The Annapurna circuit was great. It took 18 days for all the hiking. Check out the pictures on the my flickr site. There is not much to say about the trek, every day we woke up ate breakfast, hiked, had tea, hiked some more, had lunch, hiked again, ordered dinner, ate dinner, ordered breakfast went to bed. I know it doesn’t sound to glamorous, but it was, it was great. We really had a great time. The weather was pretty good, compared to Edmonton or Prince George the weather was very nice, some days with above 20 degrees, other days that it snowed it was like that late spring snowfall, not much like winter at all. There was a group of 12 of us. We all got to know each other by the end. Tanya and I couldn’t stop talking about our next trip, in about 18 months from now we are going to go on a year long trip, hit up South America, then South Asia, maybe China, maybe some of southern India or Sri Lanka, then Turkey, Mocorrow, Spain, and then probably New York (just to say I have been there). I am pretty excited, and that will probably happen the day after I write my RPF exam. In the few month before I write I won’t be spending any money, I will be too busy studying, so this will be a great opportunity to save money. Traveling is the best thing I have done, and for all of you guys right now that are thinking of spending the money on a down payment for a house, forget it, go traveling, it was an amazing experience, something that will stay with me forever, something that I cannot sum in words.
The best 6.5 weeks of my life, it was just amazing.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– Saint Augustine
Wake up at 5am, go hiking in pitch dark, and get a shot from Poonhill
One of those moments you realize that you are tourist, and you are in the way of a shepherd trying to carve out a living for himself.
It snowed 1/2 a foot the day before this shot, which was quite odd for this part of Nepal. As a result, things were a little backed up, we had to wait a day for the snow to melt, the donkeys stopped moving and everything was a bit chaotic. Our group of western hikers were making our way around a corner and up a hill when we heard a bund of commotion. Look up, and there were at least 50, maybe a 100 sheep, ready to book it down the narrow path, down the hill and trample us.
Luckily, the talented shepherds were able to hold back the heard long enough for the last of us to clear the way, when, in a flash, the sheep hurdled down the hill and moved on to the next bottle neck.
This is a shot, looking up, from below the sheep, off the main path slightly. What a cool experience.
Where the sheep are now is where we were, and this is a steep hill.
Wake up at 3am, hike 1500m to the summit, which was at 5400m. Shot taken sometime before the sun was up.
I could tell you how many suspention bridges there were on the hike, but you likely wouldn’t believe me.
This was a day to acclimatize to the elevation. So we slept at the same elevation, but went for a hike that day to gain some elevation and back down for the night.
When this photo was taken, I was 25 years old forester in training who was raised in Prince George. This was a day I realized something, I was in tip top shape.
This was an acclimatization day, which means you sleep at the same elevation for two nights in a row, but during the day, you go for a hike to gain elevation. This was the hike, but I wasn’t satisfied hiking with the rest of the group, so I started to pull a head. A few other followed me, from the left:
- Lela – One of our guides
- A sherpa – I totally forgot his name, but this young guy was super tough
We left the other hikers in the dust, heading for a spot up top where we could get some good views and photos. I lead the pack and it rocked, there is something about pounding up a mountain to see what the view is like.
My only regret is that bloody twig in the shot.
Some people like to go to warm places for their holidays. I went up, to 3000m in Nepal and I brought my down jacket. The mornings were great, the sun would be shining and the temp, just above freezing would feel great. You sure couldn’t beat the view.