Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp Trail - 2

A heavy burden for the porters
Heavy burden for our excellent porters
Early rise from our sleeping bags, for breakfast al-fresco in the morning sunshine, then off on the ascent to our destination of Ghorepani (2860m).

A tea stop this morning, at Ban Thanti (2210m), helps break up the incessant climb. My lungs had not acclimatised to the task yet, and I was having to dig deep. I'm thankful for the excuse of some magnificent views to stop and catch my breath! I adopted the policy of "Slowly slowly, catchy monkey!"and plodded up at my own pace.

Diane with some refreshment at Ban Thanti
Diane with some refreshment at Ban Thanti
An extended lunch break at Nangge Thanti (2430m), partly due to the length of time it took to cook our meals. I had some delicious fried vegetable momo's and the obligatory lemon tea, which I was becoming quite partial to! It was becoming apparent that some initial worries I had about eating on this trip were unfounded and my calorie intake was going to be more than enough to get me to the end.

The afternoon was further 400 metre ascent up to Ghorepani (2860m). Once again, done at a steady pace, whilst the majority tore off up the hill. Whereas the rest trailed through the town, those of us at the back followed the porters up a steep short cut, to the ideally located "Hotel Snowland" Tea House, boasting another great view of Annapurna South (7219m), and the lower hills.

Annapurna South from the tea house
Annapurna South, from the Tea House
Ghorepani is a fairly large town, and the last where you can get internet access, so, as my mobile had no service anywhere in Nepal, I took the opportunity to email home and let all know I was still alive.

Another good meal; which turned out to be our last chance for meat - roast chicken and then an early night in preparation for the morning ascent of Poon Hill for the sunrise.

The view from the tea house at Ghorepani
The view of the lower hills from the tea house at Ghorepani
  • Route: Ulleri - Ban Thanti – Nangge Thanti – Ghorepani 
  • Ascent: 925m
  • Descent: 50m
  • Duration: 6 hours 15 minutes
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