|Annapurna from Machhapuchhre Base Camp|
The day had arrived to reach our objective, and my personal altitude record would be broken yet again. As soon as we started walking, I noticed the lack of oxygen. I felt a little dizzy but I slowed my pace, took plenty of rests with drink stops.
By the time we reached Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m), I was finding the going easier. Our rest here was lengthened to a lunch stop, to help acclimatisation and I enjoyed a tomato soup and chapati.
|Lunch at Machhapuchhre Base Camp|
|Diane, Annapurna in the background|
Then the clouds rolled in, and it appeared our walk into the Annapurna Sanctuary was to be veiled in mist. We headed off, up the final 400 metre ascent, a gentle easy stroll through a valley akin to the highlands of Scotland and a welcome contrast to the previous terrains we had trekked through. With the weather and cool temperatures, this added to the ambience of the walk to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m).
|Welcome to Annapurna Base Camp!|
Arriving was a special moment for us all, despite the weather, but we didn't have to wait long before we could see the sanctuary, although in glimpses through the ever swirling clouds. We could eventually see the summits of Hiun Chuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Bharha Chuli or Fang (7647m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), and not forgetting the sacred Machhapuchhre (6997m) which was lit up at sunset.
|Machhapuchhre from Annapurna Base Camp|
|Machhapuchhre at sunset|
We had made it!
- Route: Deurali – Machapucharre BC – Annapurna BC Trail Base Camp (4130m)
- Ascent: 975m
- Descent: 30m
- Duration: 7 hours