Part One, Part Two
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 third part of this series shows the fifth and sixth days of the trek, which went from:
Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)
-> Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
-> Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m)
-> Deurali (3200m)
-> Hinku Cave (3170m)
-> Himalaya (2920m)
-> Dobhan (2520m)
-> Bamboo (2310m)
-> Sinuwa (2360m)
Click the first image to view the photos in a gallery.
We woke up to some spectacular views at Fishtail Base Camp. There were mountains (or ‘hills’ if you’re Nepali) all around us.
Sunrise over the mountains.
We began the walk to Annapurna Base Camp – the final stretch until the big payoff.
This photo is indicative of what the walk to the Base Camp was like. It was stunning.
Finally, we reached our destination! The prize was in sight!
A helicopter flew and landed at the camp. I’m not sure what it was doing there. There was also an expeditition preparing to try to summit from the south side of the mountain – an incredibly dangerous task. Most people who want to summit Annapurna do it from the other side.
A hot lemon was well deserved after the long climb to the Base Camp. We stayed for around 2 hours before beginning the descent.
On the way back, I saw many mice like this one.
Goodbye mountains, we’ll miss you!
And so, we headed back along the gorge between the valleys to a slightly warmer climate. The next big step of the journey was to get to Jhinudanda and enjoy the natural hot springs there.
The next morning we caught a glimpse of mountain. It was winking cheekily as if to say “Don’t worry, I will always be here.”
Our destination was Sinuwa. We basically ran back down as fast as we could.
Back through the forsts of Bamboo…
And up, up, up the big steps to Sinuwa.
That night, there was a women’s cooperative group who put on a show singing traditional Nepali songs and dancing. They even invited us to join in. The resulting video will never surface as long as I have breath in my body. The end of the journey was in sight. The next day it was expected that we would reach the hot spring, and the following day we would walk to the jeep pick up point.