Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Nepal - Himalayan Trek by Bridget Keevil

I decided to commemorate moving into another decade by challenging myself to trek to Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas. Amazingly, my husband decided to come too!
After six months of training (seemed adequate at the time), we left the UK late October for Nepal. We started with a wonderful three night stay in Kathmandu, and a two night stay in the tented camp in Chitwan National Park.

We then moved on to Pokhara, and the start of our two week trek. Words cannot explain how hard we actually found it in the beginning, and how much our muscles ached. Michael Palin mentioned none of the above in his book! We had a fantastic guide and porter, and with their patient help and guidance we eventually made it to 4130 metres and the Annapurna Base Camp. The sense of achievement I felt at making it was overwhelming, and well worth the pain endured to get there. The views from here are spectacular – we are in the middle of a bowl with mountains all around.

The people we met on the way up and down were all so friendly. We had a well earned few days rest when we got back to Pokhara again. It was a holiday with a difference – it really made me appreciate what we have and how we live.

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