My Solo Annapurna Base Camp Escapade

My Solo Annapurna Base Camp Escapade

How did it start? This October, I did it! I finally checked off the Annapurna Base Camp trek from my wish list. I had for long been planning to take the ABC trek after one of my close friend, had done this trek almost two years back. I booked a solo Annapurna Base Camp Trek, although the cost was a bit more than joining a group, I chose to do a solo trek as my friend told me that trekking solo was more peaceful. The week before traveling to Nepal, I booked the trek with Third Rock Adventures as these guys seemed legit. Getting there The long flight from Seattle to Kathmandu, with multiple transits in between was tedious but once I reached and landed on the Himalayan soil, I immediately felt happy. Phurba, my courteous guide was standing there with a big smile at the arrival hall, he held a placard with my name written on it in big fonts. After a brief drive through a chaotic traffic, we reached the hotel. After visiting their office to get my permits, I came back to the hotel and slept like a log. Adventure begins Early the next morning, I woke up fresh and ready to start my adventure. We took the first flight to Pokhara, the beautiful city had a lake right beside it. We drove for about an hour and a half to reach a place called Nayapul, where the actual trek started. It was almost dark when we reached Ghandruk, I walked through beautiful patches of woods and at times we climbed up above the tree lines....
Poon hill Trek

Poon hill Trek

If you are planning to escape from the city crowd in a low budget, Poon Hill might be one of the best destination for you. If you can walk fast enough, the trek can be completed in 2 nights and 3 days. In my case though, it took 3 days and 4 nights as my team decided to observe the places thoroughly and enjoy. Trek to Poon Hill is short and comfortable. There are rest points almost everywhere on the way and water taps are readily available. Read my travel story here if you are bored now, or else, come back when you are bored 😛 Day 1 : Me and four of my friends, started our journey from Pokhara Bus Park. We took a bus from Pokhara to Nayapul which took almost 2 hours . It was nearly 11 in the morning when we reached Nayapul which is situated at a height of 2070 meters. The famous Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon hill trek both start from here. After having some breakfast, we started our hike from Nayapul. While walking, we met many children asking for chocolates and they were happy to get one. We walked dirt road for almost 4-5 hours, in between we took some snack breaks and finally reached to our destination Ulleri at around 6pm. Our Guests house in Ulleri was nice and people were very friendly. It was freezing cold, so we warmed ourselves and enjoyed a very tasty dinner. Day 2 : Next day, we started our journey at around 8:30 am. Our plan was to reach Ghorepani by evening. We...
My First Trip to Nepal

My First Trip to Nepal

This was my first visit and trek to Nepal. The 20 March 2016 marked the beginning of our trek in Shivalaya, with the finish date set for 9 April 2016 in Salleri. With no expectations we began our journey wide-eyed and raring to go! We endured many diverse weather conditions in a short space of time – heat, cold, hailstones, wind and clouds. We trekked up, down and around scenic mountains; viewing terraced mountainsides, vibrant vegetable gardens, raging rivers and tinkling streams. We walked across long wire bridges, passed donkey and yak trains, made way for Nepalese Cowboys and many men, women and children carrying extremely large and heavy loads. We trekked through flowering Rhododendron forests and fields of purple flowers. We felt the effects of altitude when we scaled Renjo La Pass at 5417m. We made it!! Celebrations were in order and we feasted on chocolate, cake and other treats to mark our achievement. We experienced many different types of transportation from a 10 hour ride in a local bus, an 8 hour jeep ride with 11 of us all squashed in, including one car sick passenger and the bumpiest ride on a tractor. Along the way I met people from many diverse countries and walks of life. Our trek was much more than a physical journey – it was a spiritual awakening. I experienced the generosity of the beautiful Nepalese people – some people who themselves had few possessions but were able to give so freely from their heart. When you are faced with and overcome obstacles, feats harder than you can imagine and you are taken...
Five Travel Zombies’ escapade,a trip to Khaptad National Park!

Five Travel Zombies’ escapade,a trip to Khaptad National Park!

I read somewhere that many travelers relate to the experience of travel closely to the throw of dice because every time we try to make travel predictable, it still finds a way to give it to us raw and random experiences with those lightning “spectacular now!!” moments which keep on treating every longing heart to take one more step further unto the unknown. And what is “unknown” besides “a walk into the uncharted” and what is “travel” other than “a walk away from your comfort”. On January of 2015, five travel zombies went on an escapade to one of the farthest region of Nepal. About 3 days away from Kathmandu, covering 225 sq.km of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti, resting at the altitude of 1000-3300m, far away from terms like “Modernity” and “21st century”, Khaptad National Park enjoys itself as it did a thousand years ago waiting to share everything that it holds.   We left from New Bus Park at around 4 in the evening and were shuttled through the Mahendra highway covering a total distance of more than 700 km. In the morning, at around 9, we were picked up by our dear friend and placed in the comfort of his house in the plains of Kanchanpur,Dhangadhi. The day went by as we took into the jungles, shared jokes with local people and watched children’s walk to their school. In the evening we bought food that we anticipated we need for our trek such as chiura (flattened rice), bhujia (crispy snack), achar (pickle), a cartoon of waiwai (noodles), biscuits and chocolate wafers (a lot) and toilet paper...
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...