« We initially planned to visit Nepal last spring but the earthquake made us change our plans. Our motivation to discover this country is still there and that’s why we flew there in the fall to trek in the Annapurna area, an area quite preserved from the effect of the earthquake.
We landed in Katmandu on october 22h. Then we drive to Chamje, start of our trek. The 2 fist days we walk across fields of cereals that the women reap in the fall time. The hike to Meta leads us to the specific dry landscapes of nepal. We love them. We meet lots of people going up and down then valley to get some wood to heat they place during the winter and cook. Incredible…
After another big day we finally get to Phu, a wonderful little village placed on top of a little « rocky peak ». We stay 2 days here so we can enjoy life with the local people. The next day a huge snow storm force us to move and go to Naar 1 day earlier than planned.
Naar is composer of about 60 little houses on a huge wide dry field where the yaks spend the summer time. 2 days will be necessary to get acclimatized; the altitude is approximately around 5000m here… Our goal is to hike the Kang la pass 5306m and then to go down to Nawal in from of the Annapurna (the first 8000m peak to be climbed by a french team in 1950).
There is too much snow to go on to the Tilicho lake as we thought so we keep walking around the Annapurna to the Muktinath next the the Mustang area by the Thorung La Pass 5416m. Here is the kingdom of the high plates that looks like desert.
Our last day gets us to Jomsom where we take a little plane back to Pokara and then Katmandu.
For this trip we were with 1 guide from the Khumbu valley, Galshen and Tashi our « porter ». It was a great trek that allowed us to understand a bit better how the local people manage to survive in this fantastic but very rude part of the world.
I definitely recommend this trek for everybody.