They say the Gods live inside the mountains. You want to arise there to truly revel in the divine. The higher you move, the closer you get to Him. The connect to nature, the oneness with the clouds handiest happens while you truly disconnect yourself from the relaxation of the sector. That’s what a trek way to me.
A true trek is like meditation. Take a few months of training to prepare yourself mentally and physically as you already know the adventure won’t be clean and now not all people is lucky enough to make it there. So, on the lookout for the divine, you want to paintings in the direction of it. Prepare your body, put together your mind and take at the soulful revel in.
Annapurna I is one in all just 14 eight,000-plus-metre peaks within the international and the trek to its base camp, at four,130m, is considered a reasonably difficult one relying on the weather situations. At eight,091m, Annapurna I, the highest of the 5 Annapurna peaks, is sort of double the altitude of the bottom camp, and it seems truly extraordinary from there.
ABC becomes the primary commercial trekking path in Nepal. Apart from an unrivalled view of one of the most scenic mountains, there are lovable views of the 6,993m Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) and lots of other peaks in the manner.
A group of 18 folks from our gym planned to do the adventurous ABC trek among April 13 and 21. The anticipation changed into high for the amusing element. We were education for it three times per week from mid-January to early April.
From high depth, going for walks close to the Rabindra Sarobar, to staircase education and interval education, it becomes pretty substantial. This was to ensure we growth our lung ability and reinforce our frame, do a whole lot of mobility exercises as the trek requires on foot long distances and for lengthy hours, wearing about 6kg to 8kg rucksacks.
Finally, on April 13, we flew from Calcutta to Kathmandu, stayed in a single day and took the early morning flight to Pokhara, wherein the movement became to start.
Day 1: Pokhara to Ghandruk
Pokhara is wherein we dropped our excess bags, actually and, perhaps, even figuratively, and headed off to Kimche. That changed into as far as we have been motoring. After that become an hour-long trek to Lower Ghandruk, the biggest village at the trek course. This vicinity changed into one of the most stunning locations I have ever set my eyes upon and has astounding perspectives of the Machhapuchchhre and Annapurna South peaks.
Day 2: Ghandruk to lower Sinuwa
This isn’t a completely long trek, just about 5km, but it takes a long term, five-six hours. We commenced at 8 am. The day’s hike became thru a satisfying trail with scenic villages on both aspects of it. A stunning snow-covered array of peaks — Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Hinchuli — are visible from various factors on the hike.
It begins with a descent on 2,500 stone stairs main to a putting bridge over the Modi River. We had to cross that to get to Chhomrong Khola, at which point it regarded like we have been getting into dense forests. We stopped at Chhomrong for lunch. It’s a photograph-ideal hilly settlement — on a hilltop — with stone-paved stairs leading up to it. It is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary we needed to get our entry lets in here.
The trail is steep till Sinuwa village that is marked by some teahouses and accommodations. It is enclosed using a thinly wooded area cowl. Greeted via heavy rains and an extended stroll with lengthy hours of a walk with our head light torches on, we reached Lower Sinuwa by eight within the evening.
Day 3: Sinuwa to Deurali
We braced for a strenuous day. As we gained altitude, the vegetation gradually modified from sub-tropical to alpine and the first-rate points of interest charged me up and kept me going. We were purported to benefit close to four,000ft that day. So it turned into really vital to take it gradual and stay hydrated.
Donovan, the first village on the day’s trek, comes up an hour after we begin strolling. This is a tiny vicinity with handiest five lodges. Soon, the end of Machhapuchchhre comes into sight. While we have been gaining peak, the muddy path remained a combination of sluggish ascents and descents main up to the Himalayas. It usually takes a day to trek this direction, but the rains made it very difficult and tiring for us.