Posts Tagged ‘Annapurna’

  • Trekking with a porter

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    Trekking with a porter must be like a very easy walk through fields but it is for sure not as rewarding as doing it by yourself, carrying your own things and walking your own rhythm. But in case someone arrange their services, it is very important to respect their rights and don’t overload them as many groups do. It is very sad to see foreigners ramble around with a small backpack, while their 16 years old porters suffer to go one step further with a 40 kg bag on their backs. For more information about that, check the International Porter Protection Group IPPG or the Porter Progress websites: www.ippg.net or www.portersprogress.org).

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  • Trekking around the Annapurna’s range

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    This is one of the most famous treks in the world because of its wonderful landscapes and also due to the fact that it includes the highest pass in the world (this is what they assert, although we are not very sure about it) at 5416 metres above sea level. The average time to complete the trek is 16-21 days, depending on your strength and also on the length of the trek you choose (if you include the climb to the Poon Hill or the Annapurna Base Camp on your plans). As on the 14th day the weather changed into clouds, rain and cold we decided to quit the trek and come back to the nice and warm hotel room in Pokhara (a really long and hot shower is one of the things you miss the most up in the mountains). The whole way around the Annapurna’s range could be divided into two different parts: uphill and downhill. The differences are quite important and make from your hike an amazing experience or a long fatigue. On the way up (from Besisahar to Thorung Phedi) paths take you through forests, cliffs, rivers and beautiful villages, while on the way down (Thorung La Pass to Tatopani) the landscape is arid, the paths are windy and dusty, and people are not as friendly as they were on the other half of the trek. During your first days in the mountains you feel welcome and almost part of the place. After one week people treat you as if you were a dollar and don’t see much more of you than simply your money.

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    Everyone could do this trek. And everyone could do it independently. Even people like us, who normally party and lay on the sofa rather than practise sports. Even 60 or 70 years old people as the ones we met along the way. Paths are bright and clear and there’s no need of a guide or a porter unless you are lazy and don’t want to carry your own stuff. There are hostels and lodges aside almost every 5-10 km, as well as restaurants and tea stalls, so you don’t need to carry a tent or even food, but prices rise a lot with the altitude (a simple meal or a hotel room can cost up to 10 times more on the top than on the first villages of the trek, as food and other goods have to be carried uphill by porters and donkey caravans).

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