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Annapurna Trek, Day Six: Thin Captain Crackers

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Day six, it was the day we would reach our main destination, Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m. But to get there we would have to climb over 1200m through bear-infested forests, life-threatening avalanche routes and cloud so think you couldn’t see the glasses on your nose.

Ok, so I exxagerate a little, but we did climb over 1200m and it was bloody hard work.

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Five: Breathless

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Shafts of sunlight dissected the dark morning sky, shooting straight and bold from behind the glorious fish-tailed peak of Machhapuchhre. It was 5.30am, and I was stood on the balcony of our guest house, once again rising before the big yellow ball of energy hit the sky. A lazy morning was spent watching the sun climb up over the mountains before us; it was 8.30am before we left the village of Chomrong.

For the first time on this trek, my legs were sore. My calves had paid the price of our descent from Poon Hill at 3210m to Chomrong at 2210m. We had a long day ahead of us; a six hour walk and 1100m climb to the Himalayan Hotel, which would be our last stop before reaching Annapurna Base Camp the following day.

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Four: Beat of Your Drum

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
I woke after a peaceful night's sleep. It was just starting to get light outside. Abs was already up and brushing his teeth. I ventured outside and stood on the lawn gazing up at the silhouetted mountains. I looked at ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Three: Company in my Back

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
The huge Annapurna range was visible from my bedroom window. All I had to do was turn my head whilst lying in bed and there they were; giant seven and eight thousand metre high peaks. I didn't wake up to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Two: Blame it on the Tetons

Monday, May 21st, 2007
The second day's trekking would be one of our easiest. A simple three hour climb up to Ghorapani. Technically, we weren't actually on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek yet. Ghorapani lies on a path known as the Jomson trek. But just ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day One – No more crap tunes. Please!

Sunday, May 20th, 2007
I've just returned to civilisation after ten days trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himilayas. Surprisingly, my legs aren't actually sore. I seriously find that really weird. I've just spent five hours a day climbing up and down stairs, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Trisuli River: Float on

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
Kelly poked her head around the door and in a thick, serious Irish brogue asked: "Dave, can I please see you for a minute?" Kelly is the volunteer coodinator at Umbrella, and I felt as though I'd been called aside by ... [Continue reading this entry]

Swoyambu: Lacking the essentials

Monday, May 7th, 2007
During my first week in Nepal, the most important lesson I learnt was this: attempting to register a peaceful night's slumber whilst simultaneously clencing one's butt-cheeks to prevent diarrhoea-related anal leakage is even more difficult than it sounds! I learnt this ... [Continue reading this entry]

Dhaulagiri: Part of the Family

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
We met Conor on the afternoon of Sunday Arpil 22nd. After spending three days in Thamel, the backpacker district of Kathmandu (which is hardly Kathmandu at all, given it's Western style bars, trekking stores, travel agents and internet cafes), it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kathmandu: The how’s and the why’s

Sunday, April 29th, 2007
So, how did we end up in Kathmandu volunteering at an orphanage? It's a fair question, and one Bec and I were asked numerous times during the six weeks we were home in Australia in March/April of this year. Towards the ... [Continue reading this entry]