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Today we visit the Annapurna
This most magnificent of mountain ranges is situated in Nepal.
It was almost 5 years ago now that my mother and I travelled from Abu Dhabi through Kathmandu to re-visit Pokhara, where her and my father had once travelled together over 35 years ago now, before I was even a thought to them ; )
Although tourism was throughout, thankfully not much had changed in this place and it was an absolutely unforgettable trip.
This hike in particular, we decided to set off on foot with one shared back pack between us, a jacket each, change of undies ; ) and plenty of salted water.
The trek turned out to be over 7 hours of winding roads through villages and hiking up a mountainside surrounded by the most beautiful views, villages and people as we passed through.
As we’d decided to do this in the most raw way possible, literally stopping and asking locals for the correct direction. At the last point that we got lost we had ended up on someone’s land, by their house. Although with very little English the kind old Nepalese man knew it obvious where we were headed and decided after introducing us to his wife and showing us through his home he then became our Sherpa/ guided to the top.
As we set off from his home he’d farewelled his wife, she may have been aware that he would be gone for around 6 hours, which would have brought him to around a 1am return home. Not that she minded as this trip would possibly be covering their next months living costs : )
This place was just stunning. We passed small villages of people and children who lived with nothing but small hand/nature made roofs over their heads, high high up a mountain over the most beautiful views of the lake and larger villages below.
At the final destination once we arrived at the end of our panned trek, there was two small eating establishments which served us a lovely authentic late night hot meal and gave us two beds to sleep in. The cold bucket shower however is the one thing not so ‘amazing’ that I will not forget ; ) It was absolutely freezing but all worth the view that we woke up to that next morning!!!: )
Annapurna is a 220km journey through the Himalayas, Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit is renowned as one of the most beautiful treks on the planet.
A massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes one peak over 8,000 metres, thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 metres (20,000 ft). At the western end the massif encloses a high basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna I Main is the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8,091 metres (26,545 ft) above sea level.
The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 square kilometres of Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.
Historically, the Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb, although in more recent history, using only figures from 1990 and after, Kangchenjunga has a higher fatality rate