Himalayas (NEPAL): Annapurna and Mustang Valley, 189 miles, 20 walking days, April/May 2009
Annapurna: Besisahar – Bhulbhuli – Gherma – Tal – Thanchok – Pisang – Manang – Letdar – Thorung High Camp – Muktinath – Kagbeni
Mustang Valley: Samar – Ghemi – Lo Manthang – Ghemi – Samar
Annapurna: Jomson – Kalopani – Tatopani
In 2009, my son Mark and his wife Kirsty were based in Kathmandu. Mark was hired as a trekking consultant by a Nepalese trekking company anxious to explore the possibilities of the trails around the Annapurna Mountains and up into the Mustang Valley. Mark invited me to join him and thus I came to experience Nepalese tea houses, flimsy suspension bridges, basic dal bhat food, sleeping in a tent again, Asian squat toilets (ugh!), high altitudes and coping with the onset of Altitude Mountain Sickness, continuous beautiful scenery, and negotiating rickety bridges over fast-flowing rivers. It was all good fun!
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