Part One, Part Two, Part Three
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 last two days of the trek, which went from:
-> Chhomrong (2170m)
-> Jhinudanda (1780m)
-> New Bridge (1340m)
-> Kilyu (1390m)
-> Pokhara (826m)
Click the first image to view the photos in a gallery.
We followed our trusty river down the valleys. By this point, I think we were all ready for some relaxation in Pokhara. But first we craved the hot springs to soothe our aching muscles.
On our way down to Jhinudanda, we came across a young Nepali girl. She must have been about 13. She had passed out from exhaustion while gathering supplies. It’s very easy to think of these places in the world as novelty for tourists, but it’s important to remember that to these people, it’s life. It would have obviously been completely inappropriate to take a photo of the girl for my own memories (as some tourists were doing), but I thought it would be interesting to relay the story.
We also passed a MASSIVE herd of goats on the way. The odd goat is not uncommon in Nepal, but the size of this herd was mental. We were literally stepping over them and between them because there were so many. Obvs I took plenty of pics.
The hot springs near Jhinudanda. A river roars next to you as you bask in the jungle. This was heaven. I was a little skeptical before reaching the hot springs, but trust me, it’s exactly what you need after a week of trekking.
The next day was our final day! When I thought of the jeeps we were making our way towards, my eyes lit up and were almost as bright as this buffalo’s.
We walked through really beautiful villages on the last day. While I was eager to get home, I couldn’t help but take a moment to admire the beauty around me one last time.
We came into a clearing with a bunch of horses and donkeys in it and I had to snap this one. Spying on us through the bushes.
The final stretch of the journey… The end was in sight!
We stopped at this spot and could see a village on the other side of the valley. Under closer inspection, we could see what we were certain were…
JEEPS! The first cars we had seen in a week were a welcome sight. We bounded across the last leg of the journey.
HOORAY! We had made it! We all crammed into the jeep, bought fresh new cold mineral water bottles (we had been drinking the filtered stuff which just doesn’t taste as good) and within 2 hours we were in the luxury of our hotel in Pokhara. There was only one thing we could do… DRINKS! To celebrate a fantastic trek!
Thus concludes the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. I hope you enjoyed the series. I wasn’t able to think of captions quite as good as the Pokhara series simply because of the nature of a trek. It’s a lot of walking. There isn’t much to say other than the views are stunning, having so much time in your own head is definitely a good thing, and living in ‘survival’ mode for a few days is character building. While I absolutely loved this trek, I think I’m all trekked out for now. I’m going to spend my last few months in Kathmandu relaxing and working on this blog. We will return to normal on Wednesday with an artist highlight on Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. Until then, you can join me on Facebook and Twitter. The links are to the right. Enjoy!