Trekking in Nepal
The Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary
Day 1, clean clothes, first of many bridges
Two Nepali Grandmothers
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From November 6, 2006 until January 30, 2007 we traveled in Nepal, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Of that time, we spent five weeks in Nepal. One of the high points of our entire 3 month trip was our 26 day trek on the Annapurna Circuit and to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
We started the trek on November 11, 2006. We were originally going to trek without a guide or porter but because of the new government rules, we had to have a Trekking Registration Certificate, "TRC" and be accompanied by a qualified porter or guide. We chose to have a guide. His name was Macchendra and he became a good friend and made our experience much more rewarding.
On day one, Barbara experienced a sore hip from lugging her pack (old auto accident injury) so we hired a porter on the fly. His name was Poon, he lived in Bhulbhule, and he too turned out to be a fun person and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. He carried Barb's 25 lb (11 Kg) pack and about 4 pounds from mine (knocked me down to about 10 Kg).
We also latched on to another American named Fred and his porter Kaila. We traveled with them for about 2 weeks. Fred worked in Nepal with the Peace Corps back in the 70's and speaks fluent Nepali so, besides his great company, we were able to communicate freely with the locals.
We took lots of pictures and collected much information regarding trekking in this region. If you are planning a trip to Nepal, we hope you will find this information useful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us by email.
One of our favorite pages is the Panorama page