On the 27th of April, a group comprised of myself, my girlfriend, her parents, and her cousin, set out walking through the Himalayas to reach Annapurna Base Camp (south). Walking up to 4,130 meters above sea level and back down again took eight days, with an average of six hours of walking each day through vast, sprawling valleys, dense forests, and, of course, gigantic, beautiful mountains.
As I wasn’t around to write any content for the blog, I compiled these photos for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy this four-part series, which I will roll out over the next few days.
Some of these photos were taken by me, and some (the better ones) were generously offered by Sara Savino for me to use. Her Flickr, containing some breathtaking photos, can be found here.
The first part of this series shows the first two days of the trek, which went from:
-> Nayapul (1070m)
-> Syauli Bazar (1220m)
-> Kilyu (1390m)
-> Kimche (1640m)
-> Ghandruk (1940m)
-> Kimrongkholagaon (1800m)
-> Chhomrong (2170m)
Click the first image to view the photos in a gallery.
We left Pokhara at the crack of dawn and were driven, weaving through the valleys to Nayapul – the start of the journey.
Before setting off, you might almost have said that we look quite good. This definitely would not be the case by the end.
Entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, we purchased tickets and were given a short guidebook with some instructions to respect the local culture.
This is representative of our first day. We followed this river the entire way to the top.
As you can see, it was quite hazy. Our first few days has quite low visibility due to the forest fires that raged in Chitwan polluting the sky.
One of the things I was most looking forward to on this trek was a big suspension bridge like this. I wasn’t disappointed, as there were several throughout the journey.
We saw loads of horses and donkeys transporting goods from one village to the next. I really like the designs on the head.
Steps! While I would describe the difficulty of the trek as only ‘moderate’, there were periods of steep steps for sometimes a good hour at a time. At the top of this set was our prize: the first stop, Ghandruk.
We finally reached our destination and walked through the narrow streets to our hotel. It was a satisfying victory.
We stayed in a hotel called Bishow Guest House, which was very nice. It overlooks a small village where the architecture is fascinating. Sitting on the balcony, you can see the people just live their lives. It’s very interesting.
We set off the next day full of resolve, and I was delighted to be confronted by another suspension bridge almost immediately!
We followed the trail, excited to see where this day would take us.
The haze continued to permeate our adventure, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. The immediate surroundings were very beautiful.
Overlooking the river…
Still following this trail, watching the river from afar.
There were, of course, many stray dogs to keep us company along the way. This one looks particularly happy to see us.
We stopped for a quick snack after reaching the highest point for the day, and I took the opportunity to indulge myself.
Fields and valleys stretched across the horizon as far as the eye could see… which, for the first few days, wasn’t very far.
An arrow directed us to Chomrong, our next destination. I get really scared of walking past horses because I’m paranoid they are gonna boot me in the face.
The village of Chomrong sits on a hill. We walked down the steep steps, anticipating our inevitable return when we would have to walk all the way back up…