Having chatted with many of the locals and trekkers we have selected Annapurna Base Camp as our Trek – aka Annapurna Sanctuary. Today we are organising clothing and footware which can all be hired locally at a reasonable price. We also meet our guide to run through some safety aspects, at this time of year the trek is prone to landslides and avalanches – don’t worry, we’ll have our St. Christopher medals with us.
The trek starts in Pokhara with a 1.5hrs drive to Dhampus Mailee where we hike over several days through Phedi, Tolka, Chhomrung, Bamboo, Doban, Machhapuchhare Base Camp and finally onto Annapurna Base Camp with an altitude of 4,130M. On our return trip we deviate slightly taking in Poon Hill and some of the Jomsum Trek.
Once in the Base Camp we hope to have a clear view of Annapurna I, II and III, Varhashikhar , Khangsar, Gandhravachuli Tare Kang – all are above 7,000m – this will be truly amazing!
We have discussed Sam’s ankle at great length and have provisioned many stops along the way. If she feels she is unable to complete the trek, she will stay at one of the guest houses until we return. There are many hot springs en route so she will be in heaven.
As you will appreciate there will be no posts for at least ten day or more while we complete our trek. I’m pretty confident there will be no internet access en route. If you get a minute you should look up on Google images some of the names listed above to see the views – wow!