|Photo of Fewa Lake from the Lakeshore Tourist side of Pokhara.|
We checked into the Celesty Inn Hotel. This place became home to us for awhile. Once we arrived we quickly started planning our 3-4 day trek into the mountains. The Annapurna Mountain Range (mountains as high as 8091 meters) has a complete trekking circuit around it that takes 16 days. So, you can see we were doing quite a short trek in comparison. We had to get 2 different permits for trekking, rent an appropriate backpack, trekking poles, etc. That took a full day to organize. The next day we started on the hike. We were warned of leaches as it is the beginning of the monsoon season and I had actually talked to quite a few hikers that had already experienced them. As I am not a fan of blood sucking creatures, I purchased salt, made sure my arms and legs were covered, and as my sister Pat suggested...tried to remember, "they are just sucking the bad blood out".
We were told our route would take 5 days at a very easy pace, 4 days at a comfortable pace and that we could do it in 3 days at a fast pace. We decided we would take 4 days since we wanted to take pictures, make sure we could see the mountains when they decided to show themselves etc. The first day of hiking we reached our overnight destination by noon. That was much too early to stop so we kept going and ended up reaching the destination that we were going to stay at the second night. The other hikers were all amazed that we did it in one day. I guess we are used to putting in long days on the bike and stopping at noon just didn't seem right. There is no need to camp since guiest houses are available. We had fun that night talking to the trekkers from other countries.
|Passing through one of the many small villages on the route.|
|Everything has to be carried up by humans or donkeys.|
Local person carrying a table up the mountain.
|Jeff and Jacky making their way down the muddy trail.|
|Rule #1: Hike faster than a donkey because its darn hard to get by them!|
|Trekkers Inn. This is where we stayed the second night.|
|Terraced mountain side.|
|Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchre) decided to show itself |
at the end of our hike (6,993meters)
|Enjoying a celebratory beer sponsored by Mark Pernitz.|