Merry X-mas and Happy New Year!
is a feast for the eyes. Every
mountain lover in the world should trek in Nepal.
Days on end filled with magnificent 360 degree views.
It's amazing how much distance you can put behind you in six hours of
trekking and how much the scenery changes.
From rushing rivers and waterfalls, to dry lands, to snowcapped
peaks. The valleys are so
deep and the mountains so high you really have to look up to checkout
the view. The rice paddies
and farm terraced land exist at high elevation on steep mountain sides.
On my first trek, I left a small day pack behind in Katmandu
to lighten my load and set out for the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary (ACAP
Region). I estimated 25-days
of trekking. My pack seemed
relatively light considering I had snow gear, but no food or stove.
The first morning of my trek, in Besi Sahar, I met Jenny and Dean, from Australia.
They were the core of my Annapurna
family. We trekked early in
the morning (5:30
when the other trekkers were sleeping
for the sunrise, clear views and cool
temperature. This also
allowed us to pick the best hotels and rooms in the small villages,
since we would arrive first. To
my surprise, at least eighty percent of the places I stayed at during
this trek had excellent food and accommodation.
I could write a book on the best food.
Plus you couldn't beat the views from a corner room.
Sounds of the trail... flip
flop, flip flop is a porter wearing flip flops and carrying a load
equivalent to me and my backpack together with a tump line (i.e., rope
over their head vs. straps over their shoulders).
It is not uncommon to see porters carrying four large backpacks,
a door, or support beam. These
amazing people are carrying huge loads and have even bigger smiles on
Hearing bells? Get to the
inside of the trail quick before you are knocked off a cliff by a mule
or yak train carrying supplies. The
Yaks were my favorite. Wooly
noble looking animals that you just want to hug but need to keep clear.
The yaks are known to be unruly and can only survive at high