Annapurna Trek

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Flag of Nepal  , Himalayan Region,
Friday, January 2, 2009

Well, after a successful first hike we thought what the heck, lets try another one and lets make this one a little harder.  The Ghorapani to Ghandruk was billed as a 4-5 day hike but we only had three days.  Our guide from the first hike that we decided to hire again said if we did it backwards we could do it in 3.  He was right but it made for a long three days.

The first day was the easy day only 5 hours of hiking and we just had a little gear since we stay in tea houses.  We climbed only 500m from Naya Pul to Ghandruk and if it hadn't of started raining it all would have been great.  As usually it was very cold and good thing we are small as Latha and I can huddle together in one single bed for warmth.  What a nice New Years eve as we were a sleep by 8pm

On the morning of the second day we got a glimps of the mountains but unfortunatly the mountains were mainly clound covered.  The second day was the the real killer.  Seven hours of hiking from the 2400m at Ghandruk to a max elavation of 3200m before we decending to Ghorapani.  The secenery was great with lots of porters packing in everything from live chickens to propane on their backs made for an interesting day.  It even snowed a little on New Years Day - what else could you want.

The next Morning we awoke early to see the sunrise.  We climbed Poon Hill at 3200m as it is a great view point of the Annapurna mountain Range.  We were not disapointed when we arrived the skys had cleared and we could see the sky line great.  With 3 mountains over 8000m (there are only 14 in the world) just sitting there the panoramic views were great.  We took lots of pictures and it was freezing cold but worth the early morning.
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