Annapurna Journal

A word for word transcription of my trail journal entries

   TRIP ITINERARY

May 11 Arrived in Kathmandu at 7:30 PM
May 12 Meet with Thamserku Trekking Company (The  leading adventure travel company in Nepal)
May 13-30 Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by bus (Trek starting point) Annapurna Circuit Trek (17 days on the trail…whew!)
May 31 Naudanda to Pokhara by bus/Overnight in Pokhara
June 1 Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus
June 2 City tour of Kathmandu and vicinity
June 3 Shopping Day
June 4 Depart Kathmandu

                       TREK JOURNAL
                       May 13 – June 1 2002

Day 1 Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by Bus
Day 2 Besi Sahar to Ngadi
Day 3 Ngadi to Syange
Day 4 Syange to Tal
Day 5 Tal to Timang Besi
Day 6 Timang Besi to Bratang
Day 7 Bratang to Pisang
Day 8 Pisang to Manang
Day 9 Acclimatization day in Manang
Day 10 Manang to Letdar Settlement
Day 11 Letdar Settlement to Thorung Pedi
Day 12 Thorung Pedi to Muktinath (Thorung La crossing)
Day 13 Muktinath to Marpha
Day 14 Marpha to Lete
Day 15 Lete to Tatopani
Day 16 Tatopani to Gorepani (side trip to Poon Hill)
Day 17 Gorepani to Birethanti
Day 18 Birethanti to Naudanda
Day 19 Naudanda to Pokhara
Day 20 Pokhara to Kathmandu

 

The one thing that I will remember for as long as I live

 

  • The following conversation which we had countless times:

 Nepali:    “Where are you from?”

              Us:     “America”

               Nepali:     “America good country. America rich country. You are lucky to live in America”.

 I don’t think you can fully appreciate what you have until you visit a place that has nothing. The people of Nepal have no material wealth; no great economical boom on the horizon; Communists  threatening a coup d’estat; and no one to help.

What they have plenty of is friendliness, a strong work ethic, and a passion to improve their lot in life.

Things I will miss about Nepal

  • The incredibly friendly and hardworking people

  • The ’round the clock’ porters to assist me!!!

Things I will not miss about Nepal

  • Nepali toilets…
  • Leeches…slimy little buggers!!
  • The smell
  • Being called “Madam”
  • The bland food
  • The blatant sexism
  • The utter lack of beer and wine selection

 

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