It’s the experience of our 4 people journey to the mountains which lies in the lap of HIMALAYA and in NEPAL where peace and nature is everywhere you Go.
The journey began with two dramatic and tragic incidents which occurred just before we were all set to leave.
The idea of travelling, climbing and adventure dawned on us one evening when we were sitting at our town’s cafe. The idea seemed pretty good. Soon came shared links on mails after a lot of individual research by all. After surfing patiently for 20-25 days we finally met for final discussion.
As we were a little short on our budget we mutually decided that the whole trip will be an economically stable trip. No matter what the condition was we had to roll on, calling from the mountains is something that you just can’t ignore. At last we booked our train tickets.
It got us all excited and happy, after long years of hard work we were finally taking breaks just like our school and college days.
It’s a whole different story with all our work life. Few of us had to face issues while taking leave. My brother left his job, just to be on this trip. Yes that’s we call destiny, if something’s calling, you won’t be able to feel anything other than the rush to just go to the mountains. Every trip has its own set of struggles. We were supposed to travel by gorakhpur express – which passes through KANPUR STATION, where derailment of the train happens. But our lady luck had something else planned, the fog was so thick that the train got cancelled and it was impossible to travel by that train for the next 2-3 weeks. We were losing our minds and excitement.
We still wanted to travel somehow, we thought of travelling via bus. While we were discussing all this our Prime minister Mr. Modi had announced the Demonetization. 1000 and 500rs notes got banned. We literally got stunned by the news ( not us the whole India & world) was stunned by the news .This was something that we had never imagined. Everyone told us that travelling with the idea of carrying all 100rs note was impossible. One who’s travelling to Nepal must always remember that no cards are accepted unless it’s travel card. Not a single Indian debit/credits card are valid there (written in rear side of your card). So we had to collect money from banks by standing in long queues, which was the seen everywhere in India.
In one day somehow we collected money in form of 100 rs notes. We booked our buses :-
- Ahemedabad To Jaipur
- Jaipur to Lacknow
- Lacknow to Faizabad
- Faizabad to Basti
- Basti to Gorakhpur
- Gorkhpur to Saunauli.
The above is the real struggle we had to face just because of the situations in India. We had to spend 3 days to reach Nepal.
Saunauli is a village, which is half in nepal and half in UP. We crossed the border and we took a local government bus (to Pokhara City) which charges very less than private company bus or the taxi.
.You do save money in govt. buses but there’s no guarantee in your comfort zone. Buses are too small and compact where you won’t be able to sit properly if you are tall, also as it was nepal the entire ride was very bumpy due to the terrain.
The bus is a overnight bus and it takes about 7-8 hours to reach Pokhra city from Sunauli.
Pokhara city- A beautiful city with lakes, river, mountains ,stupa , lots of places to chill out and shopping .
We stayed in Pokhara city for 5 days .We chilled for 2 days as we were bit tired. Accommodations are very good and cheaper which you can always afford, the food is also available in different varieties .
Then we started exploring the city by taking city tour, we roamed each and every cornet for 2 days . On our last day we went to climb up . We went toPeace pagoda which is also known as SHANTI STUPA. Stupa. Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on a hilltop in Ananda hill of the former Pumdi Bhumdi Village Development Committee, in the district of Kaski, Nepal.
Shanti Stupa is the shrine build as symbol of peace. The spot situated at the height of 1100 meters
Annapurna Base Camp.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. The trail goes alongside terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes with the Annapurna Range in view most of the times.
The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m is unique and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m). The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. The itinerary presented here takes 12 days, starting from Nayapul (a 1 1/2 hour drive from Pokhara) and going north up to Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint at Poon Hill. From Ghorepani you go eastward to Chomrong and then north again entering the Modi Kola Valley which leads up to the Base Camp. Many people trek the circuit Nayapul-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapul, which is very rewarding in itself.
You can return via Jhinu Danda and give your tired muscles a well deserved rest in the delightful hot springs. Upon your return it is worthwhile visiting one of the Gurung villages of Ghandruk or Landruk.
The lodges in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza and chau mein. Hot showers are readily available as well. If you are planning to trek in the winter months please check with a travel agency to confirm which lodges are open.
The Annapurna trekking region is easily accessible with different trailheads starting just an hour or two away from Pokhara.
Between Himalayan Hotel and Machapucchre Base Camp there is a risk of avalanches so make sure you have the latest information on trail conditions before setting off or hire a knowledgeable guide.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can easily be done independently. It is possible to do this trek in all seasons, however, in the winter the Base Camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level. In spring time the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.
Map of Annapurna and Mustang
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