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The Annapurna Circuit, Part III – The Final Push

Posted on July 26, 2012

Fred here. Leaving Manang, Heather and I were actually feeling pretty rejuvenated. Good thing, considering we had more than 6,000 feet to ascend over the next 3 days. Day 8 actually wasn’t a terribly strenuous day. We gained about 2,000 feet of elevation trekking through a beautiful high alpine valley. The vegetation was pretty scrubby, almost tundra-like. We caught our first glance of yaks up on the steep mountain sides. Heather made a friend with an adorable little sheep dog along the way. And after 4 hours of trekking we were at 13,500 feet in Yak Kharka, the almost-ghost-town we would stay in for the night. No running water up here which equals pit toilets (which was pretty standard at this point) and no…

The Annapurna Circuit, Part II – Peaks and Valleys

Posted on July 22, 2012

Fred here. Day 3 and we awoke to rainless skies. Nice! It poured all night but it was looking like a good morning. Our clothes from day 1 dried a bit more but our original pair of socks and shoes were still wet. On the trail, the conditions were a bit different from the first couple of days. At this stage we were on more of a rough dirt road most of the time. I had heard this area was starting to get a bit more developed since they began building a road a few years back connecting some of these rural mountain villages. Our guide Shree called it their mountain highway. A little different from what we think of as a highway back…

The Annapurna Circuit, Part I – There Will Be Blood (Suckers)

Posted on July 21, 2012

Fred here. About 20 years ago, back in the Hudson Valley north of New York City, my obsession with hiking and the mountains really began. I became fascinated with all of the major mountain ranges in the world – most notably the Himalayas. Of all the things on my bucket list, trekking in the Himalayas has been on the top for as long as I can remember. As Heather and I planned this trip, the Himalayas and what type of trek we wanted to sign up for was a hot topic of debate. Neither of us had ever done a trek of more than 5 days. But this is the Himalayas. In order to get up close and personal with the region we were…

A Tale of Two Cities: Singapore to Kathmandu

Posted on July 21, 2012

Heather here. Our trajectory from Vietnam to Nepal would be a 36-hour affair, with a so-called “necessary” stopover in Singapore. Originally, we thought we should keep the Singapore stopover to a minimum – you know that whole “let’s stick to the less expensive places” thing. Well, we arrived in Singapore and were kicking ourselves for not allotting more time here. We felt like we had been catapulted into the future, and we liked it. I had actually spent a few days in Singapore before, but it had been about 8 years and a lot continues to develop. And with Fred’s friends from Singapore (living in San Francisco) telling us mouth-watering stories of all the amazing food to eat there, it did feel like a…