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Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 18th 2019

This morning we woke to glorious blue skies and amazing views of Annapurna 2 and the Annapurna range. The original plan which was also on our itinerary had us taking the lower road to our next stop, Manang, but I had read that the upper road offers much nicer views of the mountains. As the weather last night was so bad we had agreed to take the easier low road, but with the weather so clear now we all agreed to take the longer, higher and more scenic route. We also decided that we would do that and not do the Ice Lake trek tomorrow which would be another long 8 hour return hike. This would increase our hiking time from 6 to 9 hours plus in meant ascending to 3,800m before descending to Manang at ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 17th 2019

Today was our first hiking day of the Annapurna Circuit. We had to pack our day packs with whatever we would need during the day and the rest was put into 3 large waterproof duffel bags which the porters would carry. I honestly don’t know how they do it, carrying up to 25kgs by wrapping rope around it and then attaching it to their heads and back, bloody hard work if you ask me. We had breakfast at 07:30 and whilst we ate, the porters collected the duffel bags and started the trek ahead of us. The weather today was not the best and there was light rain so Krissy decided she needed to buy waterproof pants so they went to the same shop we purchased from yesterday and she got them for just $AU20 which ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 16th 2019

This morning we had breakfast at 07:00 and this enabled us to leave earlier than previous days, at 08:00. Besides Sudarshan, our guide, we have three porters, Ganesh, Sujan and Suman. As soon as you leave Besisahar the road condition is considerably worse and very bumpy but still follows the Marsyangdi River . However the scenery just continued getting better and better as we drove further into the mountains gradually getting to higher altitudes. The first stop of the day was at a checkpoint for the Annapurna Conservation Area. Here we also saw a group of British cyclists who are cycling the Annapurna Circuit. As we drove up the first big unsealed road I couldn’t help but remember my own cycling trip in Yunnan under similar conditions. I was more than happy this time to be ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna April 15th 2019

Today we left Kathmandu for the first of two days driving. We were originally told that we were all going to go in one jeep but Vicki expressed her concerns about the comfort of that plan the day before , so Sudarshan contacted Rusha and thankfully it was changed to a mini-bus. It was just as well because there were us five plus the driver, the guide, assistant guide and two porters as well as another random person that joined us for the trip to Besisahar, a total of eleven people they expected to fit into a jeep. Sudy did explain though that the second drive from Besisahar to Chame, it was only possible to take a jeep because of the roads condition. However he said that this jeep would fit 3 in front and in ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit April 13th 2019

After a reasonably comfortable sleep on a somewhat questionable mattress, we went down for breakfast early and planned to be back on the road for around 8am. Two veggie omelettes (both mine), some porridge and a pot of black tea later, we paid our host for his hospitality, roughly 3000 rupees for 6 meals and 3 beds, and we set off on what we had already presumed would be the hardest part of the 4 day trek! At 8am on a Saturday morning in the Himalayas, nothing can quite prepare your body for the literal uphill battle which it is about to endure. Starting in Hille, we were already 1500m above sea level and our next destination Ulleri, the point which we had not quite made it to on our first day, was regrettably another 460m ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit March 31st 2019

After just over an hour and a half in the jeep travelling from Pokhara to the drop off point in Nayapul, we had finally reached our destination and I was now facing the reality of spending the next 4 days with my girlfriend and sister at the mercy of the Himalayas, a daunting prospect in itself, let alone at the bottom of a 3000m peak! As we had typically left sorting our permits and TIMS until the very last minute, a lesson we had still not learned despite several prior hiccups, we didn't arrive in Nayapul until 12:45 and all agreed that it would be better to eat at one of the local restaurants at the beginning of the trek as opposed to going hungry and hoping we'd stumble upon something further down the way. Along ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit March 29th 2019

One of the main reasons Nepal has thousands of tourists flood in from across the globe throughout the year is for the many epic trekking routes which the country has to offer, including, but not limited to, Mount Everest! On a much smaller, cheaper and realistic scale for a backpacker (and a sane man), there is also the Annapurna circuit situated in Central Nepal. Today, the APC has developed into several different smaller routes that can accommodate travellers on a budget or tight schedule and even allow the trekker to partake in the adventure without a guide. After spending weeks researching which trek would be best suited to our limited experience of following a map, as well as our now somewhat questionable fitness levels, we had decided on the Ghorepani - Poon Hill trek which is ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit December 21st 2018

Woke up today still feeling pretty sick. Raj gave me three options: stay put for a day and hope I feel better tomorrow, take the public bus back to the city (2 hours on rock filled roads, with potholes large enough to put a person in, and lots of jostles/turns), or hike out. Since staying in the room felt like a cell and not having control of when to get off the bus both felt like death, hike out was all that remained. We packed up and were on the trail by 8:30. The majority of today was downhil again which did numbers on my belly. The meds helped, but after 45 minutes, I really felt the lack of food in my system and my pace slowed way down as Raj sprang down the hill and ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit December 20th 2018

Happy Birthday to me in a not so happy way. I woke up around midnight feeling hot, cold sweats and like my insides were going to explode. For the rest of the night, I alternated between sleeping for 30 minutes, running to the bathroom, and putting on and taking off clothes as my body temp fluctuated. In the morning I was not top par and my breakfast was runny porridge which was no help to me. After some emergency meds, it was time to take off. It was a painful 30 minute start to the day with it being all uphill essentially Poon Hill minus 200 feet. But by the time, we reach the half way point of the climb, meds were kicking in and I felt like I had some control of my body again. ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit December 19th 2018

We discovered that Raj had ESP. One of the main attractions of this hike is to make it to the top of Poon Hill at sunrise. This requires hikers to leave their guesthouse at 4:30 AM hike at one of the coldest parts of day to make it to the top by sunrise. Raj said he thinks we’d much prefer sunset if it is clear tonight because the colors are better in his opinion, we do not have to get up early and we will be more warm. ALL THREE are spot on especially not wanting to get up early. Mind you, each day we will be up by 7 AM hiking by 8, but those extra 2 and a half hours are vital. All day we hiked with the hope of clear skies and getting ... read more

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