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Inexperienced to Trekker in 10 days: Conquering the Himalayas

I have never been one for exercise. I used to dread sports day at school, I would always be last to cross the finish line with a red face, jelly legs and a sick stomach.

When I decided to trek in Nepal, I'm not going to deny, I was a little nervous but the thought of being up close and personal with some of the most spectacular mountains in the world was enough to overcome that fear. After all, what is life without stepping out of your comfort zone.


Before you set off 


Option 1:
Organise everything yourself, find a hiking buddy (if you haven't already got one) and head for the hills.

Option 2:
Pay a company (found via any street or at your accommodation) to do all the hard work for you, all you have to worry about is putting one foot in front of the other.

If Option 1 is more your style, you will be better off visiting my fave travel blogger of all time, Kristin. She does an epic job of prepping your journey via her post: How to Prepare for the Annapurna Circuit 
(This can be translated into shorter treks like the Annapurna Sanctuary or Base Camp)

My trekking buddies and I opted for the latter with no regrets. Find out how much it all cost and the benefits after we get to the good stuff!

Day 1: Naypul to Tikidunga


The starting point, Nayapul 

Quick stop off at the corner shop!
A Beautiful Dahlia 
As flat as it gets! 

Total and complete bliss. We stopped and looked at every flower, spoke to every local and bounced our way to lunchtime.



How the Nepalese build swings!

 4-5 hours later we had reached our first guest house at 1500m. Feeling high spirited and hopeful I was ready for the next challenge, and what a challenge it was!

Day 2 : Tikidunga to Ghorepani


The stepping begins! 

First sight of Annapurna South
3300 steps later, still a happy squinting bunny

In the clouds
PUPPY!


Mooooo
13,000 steps later...WE MADE IT! 
8-9 hours trek, 2874m up, this was by far the highest I had ever climbed. It was a proud moment. I am stronger than I thought I was, physically and mentally. If I can step so many steps in one day, there isn't a step I couldn't step, surely? The test was yet to come.

Day 3: Ghorepani to Poon Hill


Maybe it was something I ate? I swallowed some tap water? My body hasn't acclimatised properly? Whatever it is, its not pretty.
"Its 4:30am and we need to get up Poon Hill to watch the sunrise... I have to do this, this is why I am here. But I've had no sleep, I am dizzy and so sick".

First flight of steps, my heart is beating out of my chest, gasping for breath, fighting against gravity. Everyone is passing me on these goddamn steps, I feel pathetic and ridiculous and I really need a ****!!

"I can't do this".


"Its not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves" Sir Edmund Hillary



:D
It may only be small to some but this journey so far had been big for me. Standing on top of the world with THE best panoramic view I have ever seen, it sends tingles down my spine just re-visiting the memory.

Something that couldn't be ignored was my health situation. After we had returned back to Ghorepani, I had to make a very hard decision. Rest and get better or push myself onward to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).

I can't stress enough how important it is to listen to your body and not allow ego to take over. It was never about the destination for us but the experiences a long the way. I chose to enjoy my time in the mountains and take everyday as it comes.


Day 4: Bijayadansami Festival



Happy Bijayadansami to my Hindu Family! Blessed by the grandmother of Kamala Lodge, we received our offerings from the gods. The red Tika on the forehead represents the symbol of unity, a unity created by a God who slayed the evil murderous giant on this day. We celebrated merrily with our welcoming hosts and learnt about their festival, Hindi style!

Everything happens for a reason.

Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani 




House of God symbol, found all along the river



My new fave game, Goats vs Tigers.

Morning with a stunning view
After a 5-6 hour trek we reached Tadapani at 2100m. We learnt the definition of  'Nepali flat' the hard way; A term the Nepalese use when describing the trekking path to the next destination. Typically this path does not include any steep climbs but it is certainly not flat.

Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong 



A moment of gratitude



The air temperature has changed, we are heading down. We still have a few days left to relax and take it easy. There is no better place than Jinhu...

Day 7 and 8: Relaxin' to the Max



Steamy Hot Springs next to a fast flowing river, very special and a great way to submerse yourself in nature (pun intended!)

Day 9: Jhinu to Phedi 






Absolutely Knackered


We arrived back into Pokhara day 10 and did nothing for 2 full days!


So how much did it all cost and what was included?


The company we used was the highly reputable Adventure Bound who we stumbled upon in Kathmandu. 

Top Tip: Don't buy a package outside of Nepal, wait until you arrive in the country. The costs are a lot cheaper and you can make deals directly with the company.

What was included:
  • Tourist transport: Kathmandu > Pokhara >  Kathmandu
  • Trekking Taxi drop off and pick up
  • TIMS and ACA Permits 
  • A friendly, lovely guide
  • 2 strong porters
  • Accommodation in Pokhara and on route
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Equipment: Sleeping bag/Down Jacket/Poles etc.
Total: £368 per person

Benefits:
  • Hiring a guide and porter creates work for the locals. Many trekkers I met along the way wanted to carry their own gear which is probably the best way to save money. However our porters and guide were happy to be working, they did a fantastic job and above all we learnt so much from them. Their new found friendship is priceless.
  • The food in the mountains is almost triple the price. Imagine carrying it all up there, you'd want to get paid! Having the meals included saved us a lot of hassle. We could order what we wanted without the worry. All we had to pay for was tea and coffee.
  • All accommodation, equipment, permits and transport were of high standard, reliable and comfortable. 

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take. 

Thanks for reading
peace and love
Megaventurous 
xo



2 comments:

  1. Loved reading this Meagan and seeing such stunning pictures. Really looking forward to the next instalments on ur epic adventures, keep em coming! Thanks for bringing a bit of vibrancy to my otherwise dreary British autumn day!! Big hugs Aunty Em xx

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  2. I love reading your adventures!!! It is very encouraging to follow your footsteps. I am getting so excited about travelling. Thank you for efforts in doing all of that trekking, p**ping and writing this too!! You are amazing.. Wonder woman! xxx

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