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Sanctuary Trek: Conclusions and Trail Thoughts

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Seven days of life on the trail, packed with many moments of solitude and reflection have lent some educational perceptions and exciting revelations. [read on]

Day 7: Sinuwa to Naya Pul

Thursday, December 6th, 2007


7:30am:  Awake and back on the trail.  Down and up.  More walking, climbing and shock from struggles downhill.  The sights are still amazing, but have been seen before.  Now that the trek is coming to its close, my focus is set to the future’s comforts.  Pokhara tonight!  Hot shower, excellent food, beers and live music all await me at the end of this full week of intense mountain trekking.  My feet are sore and bruised, my muscles ache and I am anxious to wake up tomorrow with no agenda.    [read on]

Day 6: Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007


6:30am: I wake on the uncomfortable bench in the lodge’s common dining room.  My blankets have long since fallen to the floor and I lay there shivering and short of breath.  It is a difficult night with very little sleep, but the view of Macchapuchhre from the full wall windows every time I wake is a comforting reward.  As darkness fades, a glow behind the impressive mountain eventually gives birth to a pure sunrise, basking the Sanctuary in the morning’s light.  It took five days of the most rigorous trekking to see these wonders, but it is worth more than any struggle endured to get here.    [read on]

Day 5: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007


7:30am: There is still a foot deep snow blanketing the ground.  It is absolutely frigid and I lost my insulated cap somewhere on the trail yesterday.  We set off into the fresh powder, through the perilous avalanche zone and pave our trail along the freezing river further into the Annapurnas.  After a difficult morning facing the biting cold, low oxygen and rigorous hiking we stop for a delicious Dahl Baht in the shadow of the impressive mountains that never cease to defy imagination.    [read on]

Day 4: Dovan to Deurali

Monday, December 3rd, 2007


A lazy wakeup is overcast by heavy rain pouring outside the lodge, but it eventually subsides.  With the shortest day of the journey ahead of us, we continue the trek at 10am and start a solid day of climbing relentlessly uphill.    [read on]

Day 3: Chomrong to Dovan

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007


Another early morning greets us and our group continues the long hike through the mountains, and occasionally back down to the river.  My body is begging me to turn back, but I am determined to enter the Sanctuary.  The trek has been brutally rough so far, but the scenery is worth more than the effort.    [read on]

Day 2: Landruck to Chomrong

Saturday, December 1st, 2007


Awake at 7:30a and back on the trail.  It is very rural here.  Sometimes intense climbing, other times pleasant walks through small villages and the abundant terrace farms.  Occasionally, a waterfall or river is passed over by rickety wooden bridges.  All is beautiful, put paid at the price of laboring through the epic terrain that no vehicle has ever seen.  The day is spent tracing the turquoise Modi-Khola River for a day before we finally break away into the mountains towards Annapurna Base Camp.  [read on]

Day 1: Phedi to Landruck

Friday, November 30th, 2007

– Annapurna Sanctuary Trek –

I depart Pokhara in a taxi around 8am, accompanied by a group of four Europeans, an Israeli and an Nepalese trekking guide.   Shortly, we arrive at Phedi and begin the seven day trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary.  Through multi-hued terraced farming communities and small villages in the hills we spend a full day hiking along rough dirt paths and up countless stone stairs.   [read on]