Nepal treks: climb every mountain

Ram chandra dahal By Ram chandra dahal, 1st Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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With sweeping political changes, Nepal is accessible again. You will now be able do the tough, high-altitude Annapurna Circuit trek without a US$20 Maoist receipt.

Nepal treks

IT's 5.30am, pitch black and snowing as we begin the longest day of our trek. The halogen beam from my headlamp catches a furry yak in the eye and he grunts, possibly asking what the hell we're doing up so early. A good question. Today we do Tho rung La, a high pass and the toughest day of the Annapurna Circuit, and we need to make an early start or we'll still be walking when the sun goes down. This is the day everyone talks about, worries about and plans for in the days leading up to it. Will the altitude make me sick? Will I slip off the icy trail? Will my knees make it down the other side? The 1,200-meter climb to the top of the 5,450m pass and the 1,600m descent down the other side begs a lot of questions. Not only is it a tough climb and a knee-grinding descent, but the thin air at this altitude also makes it mentally grueling. We walk single file, our boots making potholes in the fresh snow, grimly aware that trekking in Nepal is no walk in the park.


Nepal Treks Climb Every Mountain

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