The Sanctuary

Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
Trip End May 17, 2011

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Flag of Nepal  , Himalayan Region,
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our 10 day trek in Nepal took us into the Annapurna Sanctuary, the heart of the Annapurna Range, an amphitheater of rock and ice.  We walked on centuries-old paths from village to village, making our way from banana trees and palms to an alpine paradise.  It took us 7 days of hiking to reach the 13,550 foot Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), the starting point for those intending to summit the 26,545 foot peak.  Thankfully, the return trek was mostly downhill with some hot springs along the river along the way.          

Trekking in Nepal is known as tea house trekking.  Only in recent decades (Nepal was closed to foreigners until the 1950's), villages started offering room and board to trekkers.  The lodges offer rooms for around $3 a night, and they also cook hot meals for you.  You can actually take a hot shower at most lodges, and we even saw a few laundry services available.
The villages that we walked between had a mix of locals living traditional lives and those who now take advantage of the trekking economy.  There are about 60,000 visitors who trek in this region every year.  We met people from all over the world, and were surprised to see such a wide variety of trekkers, from children to those 70+ and from novices to life-long hikers. 

Most of our days were around 6 miles, with the longest being 15 miles capped off by 2000+ stairs.  The best day was getting to ABC, when we woke before dawn to watch the sunlight hit the Annapurna Sanctuary. 

Jay is already planning return trips to the Himalayas.              

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