A NEW PAGE: NEPAL

It’s SPRING BREAK!
Last year, we decided against going to Bhutan in the hopes that we would one day visit Nepal. That day has arrived! The planning for this trip has not been smooth, but I am so excited that everything has finally worked out!

dont stopWe will be spending a little less than two weeks in Nepal for my spring break from school. We will spend a few days in Kathmandu, but the majority of our time will be spent trekking to Annapurna Base Camp! The trek takes 7-10 days, and we are giving ourselves the 10 days to make sure we are not rushing ourselves. It will be my first multi-day trek; I’ve only done overnight backpacking trips a few times. We plan to stay the nights in lodges and teahouses along the trail; they are available every few miles. We will also rely on these lodges for our meals and water. Annapurna Base Camp is 8,091 feet above sea level, and altitude sickness usually only starts to affect people around 8,000 feet, so I don’t expect it to be a significant problem.

Our original plan was to hike to Everest Base Camp. We have some friends who did this a year ago, and ever since Jared and I have been dreaming of that trek. However, after talking with our friends, and doing a lot research, we found that we needed a minimum of 18 days for our trip. This would not take into account if we needed extra days for acclimatization or weather. A minimum of 18 days was too much for our work schedules, and it made us nervous to talk about “pushing through.” We agreed that Everest Base Camp wasn’t going to happen for us, and for awhile that meant Nepal wasn’t happening.

backpackHowever, we were talking about it on our trip to Gyeongju, and we realized that just because we couldn’t go to Everest Base Camp didn’t mean that we couldn’t go to Nepal and do a different trek. Apparently, those Himalayan mountains have more than just the one hike! I latched onto this idea and refused to back down. Jared still had his heart set on Everest, but finally conceded that another trek would still be amazing. We had trouble deciding on a trek that fit into our schedule and yet would still give us the experience we were looking for. After reading several blogs and reviews, we feel that Annapurna Base Camp is going to be the best for us.

I am definitely nervous. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world. (Just to clarify, we are not going to the summit, nor was it our plan for Everest. Base camps are where the people who plan to summit start out- their base.) At one point there are over 3,000 stairs within one mile. I’ll be carrying my own pack, and I won’t be accustomed to the thinner air. Plus, I get really mean when I’m tired.

However. I’m ready for an adventure. I’ll be challenging myself in new ways, and I’ll have Jared with me for every step. We will be surrounded by epic views and fresh air, and I’ve heard that you can see the Milky Way at night. Let’s go!

 

TRAVEL TALK: DO
THE TRIP THAT ALMOST WAS

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