There are thousands of peaks on Earth, but only 2 mountains contain summits, higher than 8000 meters - Himalayas and Karakorum. Ten of them are in Himalayas, four are in Karakorum. 8 of Himalayan leaders are located in Nepal, including the highest peak of the world - Everest and "our" Annapurna and Dhaulagiri! :)
"Annapurna Sanctuary" is the southern glacial valley of the main massif of Annapurna 1 /8091m/ - the 10th highest peak on Earth! The "Master" of this valley is Annapurna glacier! At the Sanctuary we will enjoy the constant falling avalanches, the huge Annapurna South Face (3500m), the sacred summit of Nepal - Machapuchre, a lot of sunrises and sunsets and other different emotions! After that we will face the 7th highest peak on Earth - Dhaulagiri!
On the below links you can find pictures from our trek to Nepal this spring (2016):
Days 1 and 2
A flight from Sofia to Kathmandu. Domestic flight to Pokhara. Accomodation in Pokhara. A walk in Pokhara and preparing for the trek.
We pick up our back-packs and head to Phedi with a van. From Phedi we start the real trek with 3-4 hours walking, most of all uphill. The first villages Dampus, the second is Potana, where we will spend the night.
Our second day in Himalayas begins with descending. We pass the lodges Pitam Deurali, Tolka and Landruk. On our way the grand figures of Annapurna South /7219m/, Hiunchuli /6364m/ and Machapuchre /7000m/ will be our supporters. We will enjoy the culture and way of living of nepalian people. After hours of walking we'll reach Himalpani guest house, where we will accomodate. Here will be one of the coziest night in our trip - our host will be our great friend Kaliu Gurung! Trek of the day - 5 hours.
At the morning we take a breakfast and prepare for an exciting day! We pass a big bridge over the great river Modi Cola. Then pass the village Dzhinu Danda. The the steep slope begins. We need another 2 hours to reach Chomrong - one the biggest villages on our way to Annapurna Sanctuary. Meanwhile we will take a bath in hot springs! :) We accomodate in Chomrong ust under the grand himalayan peaks! For supper we eat pizza and drink beer with the most impressive view for the whole trek! :)
The next morning we will have ups and downs. We begin with descending. Unfortunately we need to climb up to reach Sinuva village. :) Sinuva is a great village with 2 bridges. Once we reach Sinuva we enter Modi Kola canyon. After Sinuva we descend again. The final stage of the day will be the ascent to Bambu village. There we accomodate and rest till the end of the day. Today's trek will last 5 hours of walking.
From today on we move only up and at noon we will reach 3200 altitude! The first stop will be at Doban lodge (1,5hours), located at 2600 meters. We drink a tea, rest for a while with amazing views towards Machapuchre. We continue to Himalaya lodges (1 hour) at 2900 meters. We eat here and do the final effort to reach Deurali (1, hours) at 3200 meters. During the last hour we will meet some monkeys (macaques) and will enjoy decades of waterfalls! We accomodate at Deurali and wait for the big day tomorrow! :)
The epic day begins with a moderate slope towards Machapuchre base camp (MBC). In 2,5 hours we will reach it and immediately will appear around us 4-5 seven thousand meters peaks!!!We are at the entrance of The Sanctuary! We take a break with some tea and snacks and continue to Annapurna base camp (ABC)! Another 2,5 hours easy walking and we are in the middle of Heaven! :) We are all surrounded by decades of peaks, most of all Annapurna 1 /8091m/ with its South Face!!! We can't describe the beauty around, you can only feel it! Several icefalls are cracking around us! We accomodate in ABC and take a rest! The air is thin, so we drink more liquids!!! We watch the sunset and take a lot of pictures! :)
We welcome day 10 with inevitable sunrise at ABC and charming breakfast! Today we go down to Doban, where we were on our way up to the Sanctuary. We feel some regret to say goodbye to ABC, but for sure another great emotions are yet to come - we will face Dhaulagiri in 3 days!!! :) We accomodate in Doban and enjoy the beautiful waterfall near it!
Our 8th day in Himalayas is an easy one. We need only to go back to Chomrong. The trek will last 4 to 5 hours. We desend to Bambu, then ups and downs to Sinuva and again descend and ascent to Chomrong. We'll sleep at the same guest-house with the delicious pizzas! :)
From today on we change the route and go to Tadapani - extremely charming village. We'll pass rhododendron forest and the we go up to a steep slope to reach the village at 2600 meters! What an incredible view! :) We accomodate and enjoy the afternoon rest!
The dawn means we have to start, because today we'll face the 7th highest peak on Earth - Dhaulagiri! We descend a little bit and then we go up to a moderate slope for the next 2-3 hours until we reach the top of a hill at 3200m. From there we will see Dhaulagiri! What an impressive giant! We stays speechless! It rises more than 7000 meters above Khali Ghandaki river! We descend to Ghorepani and accomodate.
Our last day in Himalayas will be full of emotions! We wake up at 5am and go to the near Poon Hill, where we enjoy the sunrise with a view towards Annapurna and Dhaulagiri!!! Outstanding emotion - the perfect culmination for the trek! After that we continue with a long descending until reach Tikedunga village, where we will accommodate.
The last day in Himalayas is sad, because we're leaving. We start with a trek trek to Naya Pul (3,5 hours), where the van will wait for us and go back to Pokhara. We have a celebration dinner! :)
Days 15 и 16
The next two days we'll have different adventures - a safary in Nepalian jungle! A local company will service us to see unique animals. The first day we transfer to Chitvan National Park and enjoy its biodiversity. We accomodate in a hotel and the second day is the real safary. At the evening we go back to Kathmandu and enclose our luggage to go back home.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu - a pleasant day to explore the most famous places in the capital!
A flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Sofia.
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