After the wonderful diving in Thailand, I flew to Kathmandu, Nepal. There are the great Himalayas. As some of you may know, I am very fond of trekking. Probably because I’ve been living in large cities in either China or Japan, I miss nature. Life in the city is easy and I like it, but once in a while I crave being in a natural environment. I had previously hiked the Everest B.C trek route about 2 years ago and it was awesome. I decided to hike the Annapurna Circuit this time, which was one of treks that I really have wanted to do for a long time.
The trek began from Besisahar which is the east village of the Annapurna area and we hiked around counter-clock wise for almost three weeks. We stayed in tea houses where we could get food/bed and we had porters carry most of our luggage for us. Therefore, we needed we hiked roughly 6-7 hours walking a day including a plenty of ascents and descents. We also needed proper acclimatization for high altitude; otherwise; we might have gotten altitude sickness and we would not have been able to complete our trek. So we slowly hiked up to higher places; Bulbule (840m), Bahun Dada (1310m), Chamje (1430m), Bagarchap (2160m), Chame (2670m), Pisang (3185m), Manang (3540m), Yak Kharta (4018m), Thorung Phedi (4450m). From there, we reached the highest point of our trek, Thorung Pass (5416m). We did it only by 4h15min, which means it’s quite a good hiking pace. I can say that everybody in our group had good fitness and stamina. We all made it!
Throughout the Annapurna Circuit trek, you can enjoy different scenery everyday. This was a beauty of this trek. There were always the spectacular views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. We enjoyed looking the various mountains from Annapurna I(8091m) to the rugged local mountains which they call just a “hill”. We walked by deep valleys, waterfalls, lakes, forests, gorges, rocks and so on. We saw many goats, cows, buffalos, Yaks, donkeys, blue sheep, etc. As important as the scenery was, we also met many friendly locals and saw their basic but unique cultural life on terraced farmlands and grassy pastures. We also visited their remote monasteries and saw their interesting customs and traditions. Weather also varied; sunny, cloudy, rain, snow, hails and there were extreme variations in temperatures, too. I walked with my sleeveless tops at the beginning but day by day added more layers and by the time we reached Thorung Pass I was freezing even with my thick down jacket. So I can say we experienced pretty much everything we expected there.