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  • Kathmandu - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    was long had to wait for flights to get to Kathmandu and then return so we could get a plane for our flight Due to our flight time we were about 6th in line for boarding on Yeti Air and flying back to Kathmandu we were getting a little anxious at 4pm because we knew that if we didn t get a flight before 5pm the airport would close because the sun would soon go down and we would have to go to Plan B Luckily we got called for boarding around 4 30 we all went through security and were waiting to board the plane and at 4 45pm there was an overhead announcement that our flight was cancelled and airport is closed it had started raining and the thickness of the humidity moved into the valley poor visibility no flight So close Our flight was 15 minutes from landing in Pokhara and got turned around and sent back to Kathmandu SO Plan B it was Pemba worked very hard to get us on a Tourist Bus to Kathmandu since the public buses are not currently allowed to travel we joined up with a few other tourists and we were on the road to Kathmandu Wow what a night Imagine the scariest drive you ve ever taken then put that on a narrow pot holed highway in Nepal with windy roads hills the dark of the night rain no guide strips painted on the road people and animals walking on the road big trucks buses broken down in the middle of the road tractors driving down the road big trucks with only one headlight passing slower cars while turning corners and using only headlights flashing as a warning to oncoming traffic It was a toss up whether or not

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  • Pokhara - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    intensity of the national elections coming up this November the Maoists weren t allowing normal buses to run so Pemba Sherpa called and got us a tourist bus to take us to Pokhara It s hard to believe that our trek is finished It s always a bittersweet ending and we will surely miss our very kind and hardworking Sherpas and porters who provided us with wonderful guiding excellent service answers to our many questions and big smiles and laughter Once at our hotel in Pokhara we said goodbye to Ngawang Sherpa and Mingmar Sherpa who left to take a bus back home to Kathmandu and Deep who left to take a bus back home to the Chitiwan area Back in Pokhara we all had nice hot showers Very nice to have a bed to sleep in without having to pull out our sleeping bags the luxuries of life We walked around Pokhara a bit and then took a teeny tiny taxi car to the International Mountain Museum which had exhibits on the different people of Nepal and their culture the highest peaks in Nepal of course much on Mt Everest and many other aspects of the mountains a very

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  • Trek to Dhampus - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    in elevation about 1 500 feet We had a nice lunch at Pothana and then descended a bit to a village called Dhampus where we will spend the night With our ups and downs today we ve actually ended up about 100 feet higher than we slept last night but we re pretty low for our standards With this level of humidity we claim low altitude sickness air is too thick We re still getting very nice weather and clouds in the afternoon so we re not sure what view we ll have from here until we get up in the morning Today we came across multiple groups of children singing a traditional Hindu song and blocking our trail until we paid them This is a tradition that s part of the 5 day Hindu festival Diwali Our Sherpa asked them what they will use the money for and they told him a picnic Ke Garne what to do So we ve been handing over Rupees equaling 10 50 cents for passage During tea this afternoon it was fun for us to sit outside and watch as the children blocked the trail as other trekkers passed through hopefully we have

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  • Trek to Landruk - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    several clouds in the sky today but we didn t get any rain on our trail but with the clouds in the sky the humidity was locked in i e it was a really sweaty day We stopped for a nice lunch in Himalpani and carried on down to the river at another crossing Today we crossed several bridges that were the scariest bridges I ve ever crossed in Nepal for those of you that have done the EBC trek you know that means it was serious The first was a makeshift wooden bridge with no guardrails that was just a few feet above the raging river one slip and you would quickly disappear The other was a ways down the trail where we crossed the river at another point a rickety wooden suspension bridge with very questionable side guardrails huge gaping holes made out of wire large enough to put your arm leg through at one point the height of the side fencing got lower which may be okay for a Nepali person but for those of us who are a little taller might ve gotten tossed over the side into the river if the bridge got a little too bouncy Very memorable Today we got our another crystal clear view of Annapurna South and Machapuchhre Fish Tail and it s difficult to turn away As we get lower in elevation the landscape is very lush and green so much growing plentifully At the end of the day we increased about 800 feet for our destination of the night 5 300 feet The last hour of humidity nearly took Eric down but we all made it slowly slowly This trekking in hot humid has definitely been a challenge Today we took our second showers of the trek yes we

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  • Trek back to Dovan - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    One looking for the French climbers needing help Luckily they found them nearby Camp One and brought them back to ABC Our Sherpa Pemba walked the sick climber to the lodge and Dr Eric met with him to assess the situation The conclusion was he had very bad frostbite his fingers were black and he ll lose the tips He ll likely lose his toes as well but his feet were still frozen so his boots weren t taken off His companion climber prepped their gear and loaded it into the helicopter and then they flew down to Kathmandu for treatment Based on the weather we had today they were very lucky had they not been found this morning they probably wouldn t have made it if they would ve had to spend any more time up there Pretty amazing to think that in seven days we trekked 34 5 miles starting from 1 700 feet and ending at 13 550 feet We essentially ascended 11 800 feet in seven days Dang We ve had shockingly good weather the entire way up we have been very lucky This morning when we left ABC we had a snowy trail to descend quite slick Naturally on our trek through the snow Dr Eric kept warning those we passed who weren t wearing sunglasses of snow blindness there ll likely be multiple cases of snow blindness up in MBC ABC today but now they don t have the Doctor around to help We trekked down the valley and maybe a mile past MBC our trail started losing the snow covering However from then on we pretty much got hailed rained on for the rest of our 9 ish miles It was a long day today we decided to push on a bit further

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  • Annapurna Base Camp - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    tea at Machhapuchre Base Camp MBC it took us 2 hours to get here We were very lucky to have mountain views during the first half of the day and surrounded by mountain views once we arrived at MBC We got our first look at Annapurna Three and saw peaks we ve seen before as well Annapurna South this time from the back side Machhapuchhre Fish Tail and Annapurna One stunning views Once we left MBC to continue our trek up the valley the clouds rolled in and stayed for the remainder of the day It took 2 hours for us to trek from MBC to ABC we arrived just around noon Just as we were arriving there was a rescue helicopter landing at ABC from what we heard there were two climbers on Annapurna One and one of them got altitude sickness and unable to get back down the helicopter pilot did two flights around in the clouds trying to find them without success He will sleep here tonight and try again first thing in the morning Other than that we settled in to our room and had lunch This afternoon it snowed hard and left probably 1 2

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  • Deurali - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    which followed the river up While we did have some stone stairs today we had lots of natural steps trail which was a nice break from the norm We stopped for tea in a village called Himalaya and got to see some Himalayan Thar high up on the mountainside Thar are similar to mountain goats On our trek today we saw Nepali people weaving baskets using bamboo the bamboo is plentiful in this region We crossed many streams today and the river is raging full of water lots of waterfalls along the way The second half of our hike was more exposed to the sun and a bit warmer Today was the first day we all started hiking with long sleeves instead of our normal short sleeves and short pants Once we arrived at about 1pm the clouds were starting to roll in to the valley and we had a nice cup of hot tea We re in a very tight valley similar to Yosemite so we re not able to see the mountain peaks beyond the rocky slopes surrounding us We re lucky to have beds at this village since we ve arrived many others have come and realized

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  • Poon Hill - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
    finally accepted that every day is going to be full of stone steps up and down mountains we hate the stairs but love the scenery The Nepali people have worked very hard on this trail because there are stone steps everywhere they even are noted on the map During our walk today we saw more monkeys swinging in trees and beautiful orchids bloomed in their natural environment we saw Nepali sheep scattered on the hillside eating their way through the greenery and we saw more amazing views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre Fish Tail Tonight we re sleeping at a village called Bamboo 7 579 feet It s exhausting to think how much we ve gone up and down today only to end up at around the same elevation we slept at last night Tomorrow looks to be quite an intense day as we ll be increasing a net altitude of about 3 000 feet not including what ups and downs we may run into along the way We ll all be in bed early tonight and will hopefully have the energy to update you all tomorrow once we arrive in Deurali 10 499 feet It s pretty crazy to

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