This page has links to pages that describe an amazing experience—a Trek around the Annapurna mountain range. At the bottom of this page are the pages keyed to the days of the journey. Those in yellow can be clicked to take you to the various pages. Those in white are still under construction. When you visit a page, please be patient; the images may take a while to load. I put quite a few images on each page.
These pages are much more a personal photographic journal than a travel guide. But if others enjoy reading them and seeing the photos, that is great.
Returning from Nepal in April, 2011, I pulled out a blank book I had purchased at my favorite store, Folk Nepal and wrote, “Bravely charging forward, like our grueling climb over the Thorung La (pass), I go longhand without benefit of a word processor. Maybe it’s a way to kill over 4 hours in Paris, or maybe this will result in a longish recounting of a wonderful third trek in Nepal. I hope my words, inspired by Kim and based on scratched notes during the trip, will be worthy of this Nepali handmade paper by Mahagnthi from Daphne Bush (Lokta paper) grown between 6500 and 9500 feet. In any case the purchase of this journal will help support the rehabilitation of disadvantaged Nepali women and children.”
That was a long start so I’ll keep this paragraph short.
The high points for me (the first literally) included: the hike over Thorung La starting before dawn, Kagbeni, old town Manang, Upper Pisang, and Marpha. Plus no cold (first for Nepal) or illness of any kind, except for 2-1/2 days dealing with a sore left calf which I finally figured out how to manage thanks to help from Keg.
Low points were Muktinath, a noisy, dusty town after the pass, and the long (over 30 hours each way) travel time to and from Katmandu.
As on the previous two treks Chhongba was a wonderful, caring, and knowledgeable guide, and the four Sherpas (Mingmar Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Mingmar Dorji Sherpa, and Nabin K.C.) were helpful and fun. The six porters were a friendly and cheerful lot, even though they carried considerable weight up and down some long “hills”.
Stephen rented a large van and Ralph drove 6 of the 8 trekkers—plus Leeli who did not do the trek because of her Mother’s failing health—to the airport. Around Manchester Martha called Stephen to tell him he forgot his camera. He had three others (LX5, iPhone, and one which he brought for his son, Keg), but this D90 with 18-200mm lens was the one he really wanted. Leeli called son Andrew at Cape Air, Stephen called Martha and asked her to drop the camera with John at the Lebanon Cape Air Terminal. The camera would ride free on the 5PM flight to Boston in time for Stephen to get it. Martha reported the car shook from the high wind when she dropped the camera off, but we knew it was a windy day and didn’t realize the impact of her comment. Turns out the 5PM from Lebanon never made it to Lebanon from Boston because of the winds. So Stephen made lemonade out of lemons and really (finally) learned to use and appreciate the LX5.
1 Flights to Katmandu and arrival
2 Touring Kathmandu and Patan
3 Trip to Besi Shar
4 Besi Shar to Bahundanda
5 Bahundanda to Jagat
6 Jagat to Dharapani
7 Dharapani to Chame
8 Chame area acclimatisation day
9 Chame to Pisang
10 Pisang to Manang
11 Manang acclimatisation day
12 Manang to Yak Kharka
13 Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
14 Thorung La
15 Muktinath to Jomson via Kagbeni
16 Jomson and Marpha
17 Fly to Pokhara
18 Pokhara & Kathmandu
21 Faces of Bhaktapur
22 Faces of Kathmandu