Trekking the Annapurna far and wide
Trekking much of the Annapurna is not as comfortable as strolling hand-in-hand down lakeside in Pokhara or going for a stroll down Times square to bring in New Year’s eve – this is an arduous journey that penetrates the heart of this mighty Himalayan region packed with sublime ecosystems that leave you flushed with awe; ‘Trekking the Annapurna, far and wide’’, can be considered to be the king of all trips in the thrilling world of outback adventure…doing this trip upgrades you from a simple hiker into a ‘MEGAHIKER’’ who can proudly say, ‘I’ve seen it all, done it all’’ – and rightly so, because this journey will test your emotions and your mental strength to the core. This odyssey provides a whole assortment of diverse landscapes that can be equaled to any trip of similar duration, displaying before us every kind of scenery that Nepal’s Himalayas can offer – the ecstatic views of the Annapurna massifs and towering Dhaulagiri surrounded by dissimilar geographies that range from the sub-tropical through high alpine country with barren like desserts akin to Tibet leaves you morphed for a while. Our journey peaks on the classic ‘Thorung La’ at 5416m, and this is where we stand witness to that power of nature in all its hypnotizing beauty…and we thank God for being alive to see it, and remember it for one hell-of-a-long time to come… The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic Thorung La Pass at (5416m).
The Annapurna trails first saw the light of day in 1977. and since then thousands of enthusiastic backpackers have tread its paths, but doing a trip of this kind would only grace a selected few due to its physical challenges and the length of the trip. We have designed our itinerary with a few adjustments to give you enough acclimatization but ensuring you get to enjoy most of the loveliness found in this particular region. We clamber up the Marsyangdi Valley, before targeting the wild, exposed 5416m Thorung La (pass) that encircles the Annapurna massif. The contrasting vistas we encounter on the way amaze us throughout the trek. The trails commence and conclude in the verdant foothills of the Annapurna range that are sprinkled with Hindu villages. As we move north of the Great Himalayan Divide, we witness stunning changes where we penetrate bleak landscapes that remind us of Tibet and the lifestyles that are much linked to Buddhism. We bunk out in comfortable teahouses all the way and also get to interact with the local folks in their villages inhabited my different communities who are ethnic Mongolians and Brahmins who follow Buddhism and Hinduism. It’s a fantastic mix.
This is an unbeatable introduction to hiking in the Annapurnas where we are warmly welcomed by the local folks throughout the course of our journey. Our walking takes us through oak and rhododendron forest where the merry chirping of birds fill the air every where we go; our voyage effectively ends after we wade through the ABC, descending down through some pert villages that include the famous Poonhill and Ghandrung villages before we head back to the world renowned junction for this region – Pokhara– bringing a grand end to‘Trekking the Annapurna, far and wide’’with experiences that teach us that the best things we can bring home from traveling are the ‘Stories’’, and a more open mind that enhances our efforts to enjoy life for what it offers us…right to the hilt!