Monthly Archives: January 2018

Elephant Safari at Chitwan

By | 29th January 2018

After the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, I spent a few days resting in Pokhara and thought about what I would do next. I was due to fly back to India in a week’s time, so I decided to visit Chitwan National Park before returning to Kathmandu. Chitwan lies close to the Indian border, roughly midway between… Read More »

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

By | 25th January 2018

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a glacial basin surrounded by a ring of high mountains including the massive south face of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Macchhapuchhre (6997 m). The only entrance to the Sanctuary is via the trekking route along the Modi Khola river, through a narrow valley… Read More »

Lakeside Reflection in Pokhara

By | 15th January 2018

After trekking the Annapurna Circuit, Clare travelled to Maharashtra state in India to begin a three week meditation and work retreat. My plan was to stay in Nepal, complete another trek and then meet up with her in India in three weeks time. There were loads of interesting treks listed in Lonely Planet’s guide, but in… Read More »

Annapurna Circuit Trek: Part 3

By | 12th January 2018

From Tal, we followed the trail north along a narrow path, cut into the steep rock face above the river. The valley had narrowed considerably and its walls rose high on each side. We crossed the river several times via long suspension bridges before reaching the village of Dharapani (1860 m) where the trail was… Read More »

Annapurna Circuit Trek: Part 2

By | 9th January 2018

To begin the Annapurna Circuit trek, we boarded a brightly decorated local bus from Besisahar to Ngadi, a journey of 15 kilometres north over some of the worst roads I’d ever encountered. With our backpacks on the roof and the joyful and magnetic trance of Nepali music blaring from the speakers, the bus bounced and… Read More »

Annapurna Circuit Trek: Part 1

By | 8th January 2018

Besisahar is a bustling town in the Lamjung District of Nepal that is generally regarded as the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit trek. We arrived in Besisahar by bus from Kathmandu and got settled in our hotel before taking a walk around the town. It was much larger and busier than I expected with… Read More »

Arrival in Nepal

By | 7th January 2018

Flying east from Delhi to Kathmandu took just over an hour. As we neared the Nepalese capital we were treated to our first views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. They sat above the massive foothills and deep valleys of the lower land as if somehow suspended above the landscape, like intermediaries between the… Read More »