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hiking (trekking) in nepal

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the annapurna circuit. deemed the most popular and diverse trek in nepal by the powers that be. since this was the first trek i attempted in the people's democratic republic, i was and still am in no position to refute that sentiment. although a little support for the publishers of the backpacking bible never hurts.

what started off as a rain-filled first day turned into an epic, yes epic, journey across the mighty thorang la pass (5,416m, 17,770ft.), and then back down to a more earthly elevation of 1000m. in total the roughly 215km trek took 14 days, 35 iodine tablets and countless breaks to look at the natural weeds growing by the trail. my horticulture skills have vastly improved.

as an eager hiker, i started off the first few days powering up hills and cruising down valleys. the elevation gain didn't effect me until we crossed the 4000m barrier. at that point i could tell my SE asian lifestyle didn't prepare me for a walk in the alpine. atleast not with 12 kg strapped to my back. so along i went, with encouragement from fellow hikers in similar predicaments. i reached high camp, situated at 4800m., watched true romance, killer flick by the way, and attempted to fall asleep before the "big day".

the morning came all too quickly and i opened my eyes to a cloudy horizon. not the best reason to hop out of bed and walk 600 vertical meters up a mountain, but i wasn't about to look down at what i had already done.

the most demanding day cleared up and my view of a glacier and desert in the background was stunning. none of the pictures taken by the professional guys will do the scenery justice, nor will my words, but if you can believe a sincere statement, you'll know that this was the most beautiful place i've ever been.

during my descent from heaven i came across a few yaks, mountain sheep and gnarly water buffalo. as enticing as yak steak sounds, i never devoured the chewy meet. my diet consisted mainly of "wild" mountain vegetables, lentil soup and anything with peanut butter. always a heady treat for the hungry hiker.

i will upload the pictures at some point, but not here in pokhara, atleast thats what the internet dude is telling me. "no upload, sir".

and so it goes, and so it goes.

Posted by ggithens 01:26 Archived in Nepal

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