Trekking the Annapurna Base Camp - Nepal

Part III

In our 6th day we left to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700M) our last stop before reach the Annapurna Base Camp. For the Gurung people the fish tail is a sacred place and they considered it the home of a Gurung goddess. We passed the forests and we entered into a different terrain and to an open space. The mountain range of the sanctuary is a spectacular setting. We climbed steadily for a few hours the beautiful landscape trekking through waterfalls, old avalanches and streams. Blue skies with a few clouds overhead enclosed by the mountain range with snow capped peaks. The journey to MBC was very scenic and so peaceful. We can only hear the wind and the sound of the running water. As we get closer to our lodge a storm was approaching the base camp. The sounds of thunders started to announce the dark heavy clouds of rain being dropped at distance as we rushed to get to our destination. Soaked wet and freezing we arrived under hail to the teahouse. We could not see anything, but only listening to the thunders and the rain drops as it hits the roof and the floor. Behind the heavy fog an amphitheater of glaciers were being hidden. We all stay in the dinning room watching the storm pass.  It was already dark and cold when finally stars appeared in the skies. It was bed’ time.

Trail to MBC
We wake up at 4:30 AM. A 2 hours trekking in the cold and in the ice with our flash lights going to catch the first glimpse of sun light lighting the peaks at Annapurna Base Camp (4130M).  The ABC is located in a picturesque valley and offers a 360-degree view of majestic mountains peaks, which included Annapurna I, III, IV, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare among others. As the sun starts to rise, the snow-capped mountains turned into gold. It was breath taking and the experience of being there is so hard to describe or to capture.  It was nature in its dazzling display.

After a couple hours thunderstorms and rain arrived again and a few minutes snow’ flakes started to fall heavily. Without a place to hide I just stayed right there, felling that special moment in such incredible place. I will never forget the beauty of that morning as   snow’ flakes gently fell over me.  It was magical.


At the same day we started to descend and our first stop was at Bamboo were we spent the night. It was much easier and faster but never than less a very long day. Next morning we went back to Chomorrong for another night. From there we took a different route and after trekking all day long we arrived in Ghandruk – a fascinated village. Here we witnessed very close the tradition and custom of Gurung people. In our final day we finally made back to Pokhara. I warm shower, clean clothe and changing of scenery. Watching the sunset by the lake I had a well deserved bear. It was an experience of a lifetime and the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people will not be forgotten.




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