Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Trek

Meredith and I are doing a trek, we knew that before we landed in Kathmandu.  Which of Nepal's beautiful and famous treks was the real question.  After being bombarded by hawkers working for the travel and trekking companies we decided to give it a go on our own.  After doing some research we decided to a heavily traveled, but no less stunning trek.  We are doing a combination of the two most popular treks in the Annapurna range, the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Sanctuary treks.  The first takes you around the range which boasts  8,000 meter peaks (to give you an idea, Everest is 8,848 meters) while the second takes you into the middle of the range.  All in all I think the 200+ km trek will be grueling yet very rewarding.  If we complete the entire trek we will traverse the highest mountain pass in the world at 5416m (almost 18,000 ft).  As a lowcountry boy let us just say I am more than a little concerned as to how I will fair at nearly 18,000 ft but right now I can only hope for the best.  We leave for Besisahar on Monday morning to start the trek and expect to be gone about a month.  We had to delay our start a day because Meredith and I forgot to extend our visas yesterday and have to wait for the office to open tomorrow, oh well, we were thankful for another day to prepare.  Internet will be non-existent or at least very rare and expensive so don't expect much in the way of updates until the end.  Wish us luck!