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Jun 11, 2008 - The Annapurna Circuit

This trek will be forever burned into my memory, at 21 days and 180 miles (300 k's) it is by far the longest physical undertaking I've done. The trek splits easily into two parts: the Annapurna Circuit which was a 15 day semi-circular trek following two rivers which flow around the Annapurna mountains and with a reputation as the best trek in Nepal, and a trek into the middle of the semi-circle known as the Sanctuary. My timing coincided with the monsoon season so I was doubtful I would be able to do this trek at all, however some...

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Where's Malcolm?

May 16, 2008 - Back down the mountain

I was really sleepy when I woke up in the early morning at ABC. I had been considering spending a second night there but as I had not slept at all due to the altitude I did not think it was a good idea. The mountains were really spectacular though, with the entire panarama being visable. After a short time a thick mist came up from the valley below and soon everything was once more obscured in a gray haze. I set off with Will and Mike and the going was really easy on the way down. By the time we reached MBC about half an hour later (it had...

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May 13, 2008 - ABC (easy as 123?)

After an excellent nights sleep I awoke to an amazing view over the valley and with glimpses of the high mountains beyond the nearby "hills." The weather was also wonderful and so we carried on down the hill to the valley and then sharply ascended the other side, passing several huge landslides on the way. After a while we arrived into the town of Chumrung, which like many Nepalese towns in the area, is situated over the slope of a huge hill. I sat down and had a wonderful cup of tea (the tea always tastes extra creamy here due to the...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Peaceful Pokhara

Had to get up early-dressed in the dark as the electricity was out, and were on the road by 4am-as we had heard that the roads might be closed due to the election on the following day and also because we were in a hotbed of Maoist rebels. Had another harried ride into the mountains,with lots of huge potholes but were lucky because no one was on the road that early-only mangaged to kill one dog. When the sun came up we realized we were driving along cliffs and over bridges with the edges missing in places where someone obviously went off....

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Mar 21, 2008 - ABC Trek - Day 5

Sunrise at ABC (4,130m/13,550ft) was serene and the mountains were just massive. ABC is actually surrounded 360 degrees by eight peaks that range from 20,000ft to 26,000ft. The highest mountain in the sanctuary is Annapurna I at 8,091m/26,545ft, which is the 10th highest in the world. It is recommended that hikers leave ABC before 8:30am due to avalanche risk further down the trail. At 8:30 the light was getting better and I could not bear to leave. By 9:30 some clouds started to form over the mountains so I decided to start my hike...

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Nov 23, 2007 - I survived Annapurna! - Pokhara

Hello all and a Happy belated Thanksgiving; I hope everyone is healthy and doing well. My dal bhatt (the Nepali meal of rice, dal, and vegetables - did I mention its all you can eat!) did not come close to tasting like stuffing and I found myself settling with a Snickers Bar instead of pecan pie...such a rough life. It has been a while since I last updated this and its kind of hard to summarize an 18-day hike through the Himalayas. To begin, I was able to convince Eddie that hiring a guide and a porter was necessary for me to complete this...

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Nov 19, 2007 - NEPAL: Annapurna Trek (Jomsom)

The Annapurna area is a popular trekking region with spectacular views of the Himalayas and also great guest houses and apple pies enroute! Neal, a good friend from home came to visit me for a two week holiday and we headed out to the Annupurna. After 11 months with no holiday he decided he needed a relaxing break. Why he didn't choose St Lucia or Thailand I'm not sure. He did ask himself the same question a few times as we hiked up steep mountains, got up stupidly early, as he was puking his guts up and worse I'm sure!!! So off we went...

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