As expected, I sorted out the travel insurance issues and found a Sherpa guide in time to leave for the much-awaited trek. The insurance company ultimately agreed to waive the age limit requirement for an extra premium. And I found a well-recommended sherpa to guide me through the ranges for a spectacular view of Annapurna range(ABC), Machhapuchhre (MBC), Hiunchuli, and the Dhaulagiri mountains on the Nepalese side of the Himalayas. I was on my way to Annapurna early in the morning on 16 November.
After a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a 45-minute drive, I started trekking from Kande the very next day. A steep slope cut into steps through the forests. The equally steep climb thereafter was tiring. An unexpected 3-kilometer lift in a passing jeep helped us to get to our night halt at Lankdruk.
The trek to Chomrung, the next day took me through thick pine and bamboo forests. The 9-hour strenuous trek became all the more difficult because of the steps that were 12-to-18 inches high each. Of course, all strain in the Himalayas is worth the pain. This time my fruit was a magnificent glimpse of the Annapurna-Hiunchuli-Fishtail mountain range.
And of course, the Himalayan weather is allowed to change its mood as it very much did the next day. Half way through the day it began to rain. We were told that the path ahead had even heavier rains and that it was snowing Deurali onwards. In fact, a heavy snow fall 3-4 ago was followed by a major avalanche and had made the route to ABC inaccessible. Hoping that the weather would improve and the path would open up, I decided to continue. Just a day away from MBC and ABC, the weather conditions deteriorated further. Heavy snow fall and another dangerous avalanche had blocked the trekking ridges. Those who were stuck on the other side had somehow managed to come back, a few of them limping with ankle and knee injuries. It was anticipated that it would take a few days for the weather to improve.
I had to return. I had a view of the mountains which would have been clearer if the weather cooperated. I could have had an even closer and clearer panoramic view. Anyway, it was a tough trek and in the end I am grateful that my ankles, knees, heart and energy supported me commendably.
Great Sir !
Nice to go through your inspirational blog?
Badribhau really a great. It is motivational for we all. Wish you a grand success and many more feathers in your crown.
Excellent Sir, it’s inspired me and great guidence in future as I’m traveler. Thanks a million for posting esteemed articles.
Great job your blog give us immense pleasure of trekking without taking any physical strains sitting in Mumbai keep it up boss
Nice to read your Blog Badri Bhai. Keep sharing such experience which is knowledgeable tonic for us.
Well done sir
My heartiest congratulatiom to you and my good wishes are always with you.
All the best.
Nice to read your Blog.
Keep the same spirit.
Age is No bar for a person like you. You are an icon for your generation to boost their morale.
ALL THE BEST FOR SUCH INITIATIVES FOR FUTURE.