I am back. Spent the week in Nepal, trekking in the Annapurna area with my family. We did the Nayapul - Ghorepani - Ghandruk trek, which is a relatively easy 4-day teahouse trek - reaching a maximum altitude of only 3200m. We chose this easy trek because we had our two boys with us and wanted to expose them to trekking in Nepal. Unlike the EBC trek which we did last year (you can read about that here), here there is no issue with AMS (although we saw incapacitated trekkers being brought down the mountain using ponies). We thoroughly enjoyed the trekking.
Here are some random photos, taken by Sathya and Vishnu.
1. The imposing Machapuchere, better known as the Fish-tail Mountain. 6993m (note : it is 3 km higher than Kinabalu, yet is considered a shortie in the Annapurna range). This is the most prominent peak along the trek and at Pokhara.
2. Local children along the trek. Most of them seems at ease running up and down the mountain, despite the cold weather.
3. A scene from the Ghorepani - Tarapani stretch. We trekked alongside the river for a considerable distance. Lovely crystal clear river and many waterfalls.
4. Horses and donkeys are the beasts of burden in these areas. The elevation is too low for the yaks.
5. Local women doing their laundry by the river. The water is freezing cold.
6. Another scene from the trek - along the Tarapani - Ghandruk section. Really, really lovely landscape.
7. It snowed on the 3rd day while we were at Tarapani. The entire village was coated white within an hour. It was beautiful and cooooollllllllllld.
8. We trekked through the snow from Tarapani to Ghandruk. Nice.
9. Bumped into this Malaysian family who were also trekking at the same time.
10. Little stone monuments like these are common throughout the treks in Nepal. Note the spectacular mountain scenery in the background.
11. One of the many hanging bridges along the trek. Although not as high or long as those on the EBC trek, they were nevertheless interesting.
12. Mountain scenery along the trek from Ghorepani to Tarapani. Simply gorgeous.
13. Dhall batt - the national dish of Nepal. Full of carbo - good for trekking
14. Typical scenery along the trek. Snow-capped mountains, little mountainside hamlets, horses and ponies and rhododendron blooms
15. A Nepali sheep. Doesn't speak very much except to say, baaaaaaaa
16. Two little girls along the Ghandruk - Nayapul stretch.
17. A local boy drinking from the standpipe near the Nayapul village. There were many of these standpipes installed at the villages along the trek.
On the whole, it was a great trip. Sathya and Vishnu took over 2000 photos. I don't think I can share all of them with you. Nepal is a wonderful country. Can't wait to go back there again.
You can read about my previous trip to the Everest Base Camp here.