The Annapurna Circuit Trek
Our first steps in Nepal. 12-day trek. 200 kms in a country of great beauty, with smiling and lovable inhabitants, with the key to the Thorong Pass, and 5416 meters.
Bhulbule: starting point of our trek of the Annapurna Circuit. 3 hours walking through fields of maize, millet and rice to join our first step Ngadi (900m). We were not expecting to see so many "green" here. Nepal is such a staircase where each step is characterized by a landscape. We follow the Marsyangdi river, cross suspension bridges (Delphine will be forced to love both there!) We faufilons amid boulders while continuing our "peaceful rise" until Dharapani over 1900m. It was only the third day of the trek, we leave behind us the green and humid valley Marsyangdi to gradually reach a more "dry" area and alpine blue pine and spruce. We are now at 3000 m, and the beautiful barrier Annapurna dominates us from a height of 8000m. A wall of + 5000m above our heads despite our altitude. It is magic. Tibetan atmosphere, yaks at large, the Nepalese to work in the fields, prayer flags fluttering in the wind, prayer wheels in between villages, mani stones engraved with invocations along trails, child who welcome us with a "Hello Pen" (which can result in a "Hello, pencil"), holding our hands (the negative effects of tourism ... unfortunately). But the inhabitants of great kindness. Very cold and bright mornings, where the smell of burnt wood envelops us while we awoke. Afternoons warmer weather side with a beautiful blue sky. Landscapes of great beauty, of great serenity. The music Himalayas childhood of a leader leading reinforces this sense of escape, inner fullness.
We continue our progress, Annapurna on our left with one objective: the Thorong Pass and 5416m. The start of the final climb is done from Thorong Phedi (4542m), a sort of base camp of Thorong La. It is 2 am when the alarm rings. The night is freezing. The moon is full and we 'warms'' by his presence that night could have been black. Long ascent into rhythm quickly feet in the snow. It will take us three hours to reach the Thorong Pass, a few minutes to enjoy this success (we have tears in my eyes!) and "print" forever in our minds the beauty of the panorama. Christophe is affected by Acute Mountain Sickness, we take the wise decision to go down quickly to Muktinanth, 1600 meters down . a Kagbeni one of our last steps of the Annapurna Circuit, we leave the "door" of the Mustang, this Kingdom Nepalese long prohibited where we know we will return, as this country fascinates, attracts us.