Mountain Calls : How I Spent The Best 10 Days Of My Life Trekking Annapurna Circuit !

Mountain Calls : How I Spent The Best 10 Days Of My Life Trekking Annapurna Circuit !

It had only been a few weeks since I got back from the Mardi Base Camp trail. The phone rang and a voice from the other side said, “bhai, Annapurna round circuit handim nata dajubhai”. When one Ghumante says to another, “Let’s hit the Annapurna Round Circuit trail”, you just don’t say NO. The buzzing of World’s Highest crossable pass “Thorong la”, Tilicho lake, the whole of the Annapurna Range to walk side by side, soul craving for adventure, my heart was already up there in the mountains. Bags packed. Our hearts were aching to roam in the mountain’s high, and we were ready to roll. The first stop of the trail was at Besisahar, Lamjung. We celebrated the reunion of our two brother’s 16 years of friendship. Had local spirit. We experienced several colorful moments, making our stay much more interesting. It was a great way to start what was to become the wonderful 10 days. “BesiSahar”, Gateway to heaven, I love you but with nerve wrecking off trail road waiting, we didn’t explore Besisahar as much as we had hoped. It was already time to leave for the Mountains. Riding through the tunnel for the first time in my life, we left Besisahar for Chame. You need guts to drive along those off roads. Maybe that’s the reason most of the jeep drivers were young and carefree. Ours was 19. If any sort of accident was to happen, I don’t think they would find either the parts of vehicle or the bones of the passengers. With Marsyangdi flowing by your side, or sometimes thousands of meters below...
Backpacker’s Valentine

Backpacker’s Valentine

May you never be too busy to go to Mountains…. The Heart beats and the Mind wanders. My soul craves to roam somewhere else leaving my physical body. Longing for adventures to come. Thrills of joy .Somewhere far away, pathless woods awaiting. This kills me. Maybe its time for me to leave, to go away from everything, the crowd, noise, attachments, just everything that’s around. Bored,restless; I can’t breathe here anymore. Screaming Echoes in my head . Dead, I feel inside. Numb,nothing left. Stuck,drained. Storm in my calm mind, fire in my burning soul and a mess in my eyes. Always dreamed  of living. Frustrated, baffled. Running, awaiting storm, dwelling to disperse faraway. Enough of you, this crazy society.They don’t understand, they won’t, they never tried to .Fading light you are, passing by just like every other day. Never want my soul to be confined within walls, I want it to be wanderer of the wild. Feelings of failures trying to find a new beginning but I find being a lost cause already. Maybe, I need to move beyond these walls, need not to hear your counsel. Maybe, I forgot to live trying to survive. Maybe, I forgot what life tastes like in this crowd. Maybe, I need to go away to the place I belong. Where ” I” means only me. Me I so wanted to be. Me for myself. Me that I dreamt of, so desperately desired to be. No more,no less. I dream to stand far away in solitude to breathe again, to smile again. There’s no time for anything else.   As they said,”There are...
Mardi Base Camp Calls

Mardi Base Camp Calls

Like every other October that passes by, this one was filled with buzz and excitement too. The mountains were calling and I was ready to roll. Not everyone answers to the calls from the mountains – but no matter how much we want to deny the desire to travel, there is an element of curiosity in all of us. Join us on this amazing trek to Mardi Base Camp within the laps of Machapuchhre and Mardi Himal (Mountain). A four-day trek that commenced with three people soon turned into eight people. As they say, you will find heaps of like-minded people while traveling and so did we. The three of us bid our farewell to Pokhara and left for Mardi. We began this exciting adventure from Kade. The steep trails from Kade to the Australian base camp hinted a subtle clue of the challenges, which lay ahead of us. With no luck at witnessing the mountains from the Australian base camp, we left for Pothana. We rested our boots, filled our bellies and exchanged our keen eye to travel. Soon enough, we were on our way to Deurali. We had our moments of discussion just like every traveling group – whether to stay here or to continue until our next stop. With the clock showing only 2 pm, hungry for wanderlust, we continued to walk along the trail and moved towards Forest Camp. Little did we know it would take us more than 4 hours with no tea shops to stop by in between Deurali and Forest Camp. Despite the foggy weather, the two other familiar faces were all we...
Landruk Trek

Landruk Trek

“Where Next?” Pokhara is beautiful not just because of what’s inside, but also because of all the Places surrounding Pokhara. I would recommend a place that follows few kilometres away from the center, following the Baglung Highway. If you are in Pokhara for a short period of time and can’t resist exploring around, “Trip to Landruk” is an ideal one for you. It offers you the best view of Annapurna range, sunrise and sunset, traditional Gurung culture, and on top of all that, a peace of mind, away from the city hustle bustle.  The best part about this trip; it takes only 48 hours of your life to gain a memory of a lifetime. With Mardi Himal and Ghandruk nearby, other trails are very likely to make you cling into the place. The Trip kick-starts with short drive to Phedi from Pokhara which takes about an hour. Another hour of steep climbing is followed by less steep walk through the forest and the stone paved stairs until you reach the top of ridge. Continue walking for another 30 minutes and you step into a dirt road. Nobody’s road is paved perfectly, the dirt road leads you to a magnificent scenery. Dhampus village is the first village to welcome you with Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) along with the Dhaulagiri range. You can call it a day , stay in Dhampus , roam around, enjoy the hospitality Gurung community has to offer or you can continue your walk(trek) up to Australian Base Camp or Pothana and rest your boots for the day. Next morning, first thing you’ll witness is golden beams of light on your face; the best Sunrise with the backdrop of Annapurna range. The walk to Landruk continues with Rhododendron...
Hike to Gosainkuda

Hike to Gosainkuda

As they said “Respond to every call that excites your Spirit”. Six people, four days. Goodly hills were already welcoming us with smile in their eyes while we were on course to Dhunche. Tiredness we felt during jumpy bus ride went hiding somewhere when we saw red rhododendron filing the hillside with its charm.   A quick call to start the hike from Dhunche resulted walk of 5 hours in lofty trails. Walk on those trails was hard nevertheless seeing Deers roaming around freely made us forget leg pains we were having. We called it a night when we reached Dhimsa at 7:30 pm. The night was surprisingly cozy with oven to warm our hands and place to rest our physically tired body. Potatoes were delicious there. After taking a good rest, we continued our hike to Gosaikunda at 6:30 am. A day long hike welcomed us with snow covered steep slopes . Hiking in those snowy trails were never an easy since you would go down upto your knees while walking, it was amusing though. Drinking typical mountain tea with yak butter energized our hiking spirits. Thanks to warm hearted dai, working in Cheese factory, Chandanbari. We would meet trekkers returning with happiness in their eyes excitement in their words of seeing the beauty of frozen lake,the frozen trail.   Houses and Stupas were rare only to be seen after a long walk, where we would stop for a while, catch our breath and walk on. After continuing trail with just your leg to fit in width, life threating view down the trail, small frozen kundas resting in...