10/23/2007-10/26/2007 - | Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurnas VI: The Annapurna Sanctuary

Predawn Annapurna I

12► After Poon Hill I was trekking on my own, heading off towards Annapurna Base Camp.  In the area right around Poon Hill there had been muggings in the past, and not wanting to have a repeat of my episode in Tibet I kind of hung around other groups during that stretch of […]

10/19/2007 to 10/23/2007 | Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurnas V: Jomsom to Poon Hill

Dhaulagiri (8167 m or 26,951 ft) at sunrise from Poon Hill.

12► We moved a little slower through this section not because of weather this time but because Tom developed blisters on his feet.  The slower pace was not a problem as it allowed us to spend a little longer in Tukuche sampling the various brandy flavors at the local distillery and an extra […]

10/17/2007 to 10/18/2007 | Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurnas IV: Snowed in at the Bob Marley

View from Muktinath after the snow storm.

12► Arriving in Muktinath was a welcome change after two days at the rather rustic High Camp.  Noting on our arrival that there was a lodge in town called Hotel Bob Marley, there was really no other place to stay given that my Canadian trekking companion was even sporting the Marley dreds.   Transportation […]

10/14/2007 to 10/17/2007 | Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurnas III: Over the Thorung La

View towards the Annapurnas from Thorung La pass.

12► From Manang, the second time (courtesy of my snow blindness and need for sunglasses), we took two days to hike up almost 1500 m to High Camp at nearly 5000 m {16,500 ft}.  High camp is a couple of lodges at the foot of the Thorung La pass the highest pass on […]

10/10/2007 to 10/13/2007 | Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurnas II: Tilicho Lake

Porters, Tilicho Lake.

12► From Manang we deviated off the typical circuit route to visit Tilicho Lake.  At 4914 m (over 16,200 ft), and depending on your definition of a lake, it qualifies as the highest lake in the world, a title which seems to be clamed by a number of high altitude bodies of water.  […]

10/3/2007 to 10/9/2007 | Nepal

Trekking in the Annapurnas I: Besisahar to Manang

Annapurna III, Manang, Annapurna circuit trek.

12► For the longest time, I had wanted to come to Nepal and hike the famed Annapurna circuit.  When planning my journey I had tried to time my arrival in Nepal for the best possible time to do the trek, just after the monsoon when the air is clear and the temperatures are […]