This 2 words are enough to describe it: Insanely cool. Every single day of the Annapurna circuit in Nepal takes you through new scenery, through some of the most impressive natural landscapes that you can imagine, along the 200km that I checked out. When trekking through the immensity of the beauty surrounding you, you feel both like nothing and like the invincible king of life.
And like with all big adventures, there are so many notable tails to tell! I’ll write them here below as time progresses… Well, more like when I’ll settle down a bit 😛 So read back in August/September! 😀
-So I’m in a local crowded bus to go to the starting point of the trek, and I ask at least 10 people and the ticket’s guy to drop me off at this city… 3 hours later he comes and tells me that I missed my stop by 40 minutes. LOL. So I get out of the bus at dusk, and jump in the only vehicle in the whole empty road: a bus completely full of people (4 hanging outside the door and a bunch on top), chickens, and what not, until the closest village to spend the night. Lol, funny ride.
-On the way to Tilicho lake (4950m) and Tilicho base camp (4100m), we had to go through a path the width of 2 open palms, along a landslide area. Well, the tough part were the falling rocks from the top of the steep slope, as some of them were quite big, and fly by. Anyway, on the way there, before we were aware of these stones, I sat down and took a break in the middle of the path… And by chance I turned around and saw some big rocks shooting towards me. I don’t know how I did it, but a fraction of a second later I watched from a few meters away how the exact place where I was sitting got bombarded with these rocks. And on the way back from Tilicho lake, we had to dodge once more the stones, and I got on camera how one of them flew by 1.5m away from us. The worse thing with these stones is that they do not fall on a straight line but in slalom!!
-I remember one night in a ghostly semi-empty village called Upper-Pisang… I had arrived there with some friends that I made along the way, but had chosen to stay at a tiny guest-house with 3 rooms just below a Buddhist monastery at the top of the village, because apparently the views from the Annapurna mountain range would be magnificent in the morning. Later, I popped by their hotel to have a nice chat around the chimney when someone asked me if it wasn’t a bit too crazy to do the Thorung La pass (5400m osl.) with my sport shoes… To which I laughed and confidently answered: “Look, there are quite a few people doing the trek… So the snow will be flattened out and it will be no problem!”. A few hours later, when I woke up before the sunrise, I wanted to eat my words. It was still dark but I could clearly see from the white glimmering that it had been snowing for a few hours. I went up to the Buddhist monastery, and I had a magical moment up there. We could not see shit of the mountains because of the snow and clouds but being up there alone was something extraordinary… and later Will joined me up there and we had some good laughs. After picking up the rest of the crew off we went with me leading… While laughing my ass off: No one had walked yet on that virgin snow powder, and therefore my sport shoes got totally soaked in a matter of minutes… so much for talking the previous night!
-My dal bhat (rice and lentils) record was 9 plates in one day 🙂 Dal Bhat is the national dish, and is fixed price no matter how much of it you take. Basically, you have unlimited food refills for about 1.5 euros.