S: Nepal 2006 - Annapurna Circuit
BC: There is perhaps no greater tool for self reflection and development than walking in the mountains for an extended period of time
FC: Annapurna Circuit Nepal 2006 | Perspective: The river in this photo is about 40 yards wide and rushing.
1: Nov 2 - Dec 5, 2006 SFO - Tokyo - Bangkok 3 days in Bangkok Flight Bangkok - Kathmandhu 2 days Kathmandhu Public bus from Kat to Besi Sahar 17 day Annapurna trek 3 days Pokhara, Nepal Bus back to Kathmandhu for 2 days Flight to Phuket, Thailand 6 days Flight back to Bangkok 1 day Flight back to US thru Tokyo
2: In the very beginning.... leaving Besi Sahar and my very first peek at the Annapurnas!!
3: 150 Miles, 17 days... of bliss.
4: At every village entrance there is a series of prayer wheels. You always enter and exit on the right, spinning each wheel and chanting a prayer. | Fresh yak
6: Upper Pisang | "If there are Gods, this is where they live." Nicole a fellow trekker | Upper Pisang Gompa
7: Gyaru | Debi My faithful porter
8: Yesterday we left the Pisang Peak Lodge at 8:10. It was a fairly easy beginning but we quickly came to the base of the arduous climb up to the tiny village of Gyaru. Switchbacks all the way of the 1700 ft in 1.5 hrs. I was exhausted at the top but had amazing views of Annapurna II & III. It was possible to take the lower, easier route to Manang but by climbing to Gyaru I've was treated with fantastic vistas that would have been missed on the quicker route. The climb took a lot out of me but we continued on to Nawal for the next 2 hrs. As we turned each corner there was a new gift. This section of the trek was outstanding, perhaps my favorite. View after view after view but i was struggling with fatigue. When we turned the corner to witness the incredible village of Nawal i felt as if i was witnessing a scene from the time of Jesus. | Day 7 - Nov 14 Braga | Journal Entry
10: Braga - Manang | Acclimation Day
11: Ghunsang | Rooftop restaurant - 3 days from summit
12: Yak Kharka
13: I am sitting in the dining room for the night. We arrived here at 2pm when we were in full sun. By 3pm the sun was gone and a fierce cold has fallen. My guess is that it's in the low 20's. There is no running water because the pipes are frozen. No shower today and i expect the next couple of days as well. It's beautiful and very clean with dry air but horrendously cold. I am in the dining room b/c there is a fire and it's bearable even though i still wear my down jacket. The street outside is filled with livestock, mostly yak and goats, but the biggest yaks i've seen yet. I'm so used to livestock always present i hardly notice. Cows, donkeys, yaks, horses, chickens, goats.... I suspect tonight will be a true test for my new sleeping bag which until today i have slept in buck naked despite the sub freezing temps. A good investment indeed. I am fortunate to feel no symptoms of altitude sickness thus far. Maybe a slight headache and occasionally my mind loses its place in thought. We're currently at about 13,500 ft and I'm not sure if i've even been this high before. My hands and fingernails are dirty but the water is freezing cold. This is the first village without electricity. | [journal entry] | Day 10 - 4:36pm Yak Kharka, Thorung Peak Guest House
14: Thorung Phedi | Beginning the grueling summit on 4 hrs sleep
15: Thorung La Pass 18,000 ft | The most physically challenging day of my life
16: Summit by noon then down 5,000 ft to the sacred village of Muktinath | Bob Marley Hotel
17: Celebrating our accomplishment with fellow trekkers from all over the world | Meeting up with Drew and his porter, Mohan
18: Muktinath | Profound healing as I wept in the temple over pictures of me and my father while a Tibetan woman chanted prayers and rubbed my back. Also, the place the Dalai Lama goes to chill ... | I strung prayers flags for my dad. They say that everytime the wind blows, your prayer goes directly to his spirit.
22: Ghasa | A night of fun, music, and laughter
24: 7,000 ft ascent to Ghorapani, then Poon Hill
25: Poon Hill, 4am Summit
26: Last day of trek sadness and smiles
27: Pokhara, Nepal
28: The people of Kathmandhu