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The Annapurna Diaries: Day 1


I recently finished trekking the Annapurna circuit in the Nepalese Himalayas. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever accomplished. At times I felt like giving up, but like most other people, I powered on. As usual, while on top of the world, I kept a daily diary of my experiences. And now I’m going to share my personal diary with you. Some of the content may not be overly interesting as I’m merely briefly stating what I’ve been doing. Similarly, the content may seem to be all over the place and, well, that’s true because I was just jotting down my experiences. Unfortunately, when one’s tired and cold, writing in a diary doesn’t seem appealing and so, unfortunately, a lot of the entries were written quickly and without sincere love, but sometimes I tried to take my time and explain things to the best of my ability. If you start reading these journals it would be great if you could keep it up until the end so you can see how the Annapurna story plays out. After reading everything I wrote I often had a desire to change the wording, make the content more descriptive, but I largely denied the urges. The posts are almost identical to how they were written except I’ve added a few words here and there to make them more readable, and I’ve fixed some grammar. I’ll also be publishing a photo essay showcasing the Annapurna region, as well as doing a budget breakdown and a rough guide for the popular trek so check back for those!

The Annapurna Diaries: Day 1, Besi Sahar to Nadgi

Bus from Pokhara to Besi Sahar. Took almost 6.5 hours. Bus broke down shortly after we left, then we stopped numerous times before making it to Besi Sahar around 11:30am. My god my handwriting is pitiful [something that you now won’t have to endure], let’s switch to printing. Had lunch in Besi, got my permit stamped and Jane and I were off. I had wanted to take a bus a while farther and skip the non-scenic road but Jane wanted to walk and so we walked 13km to Ngadi, arriving around 5:00pm. Accommodation will be free during the trek if dinner and breakfast are ordered at the same lodge/guesthouse. The Swedish couple who were hiking shortly ahead of us bargained over dinner and then suggested they should have bargained over tomorrow’s breakfast, too. I’m cheap but I don’t want to offend people or force them to accept a measly profit of 50 rupees. I’m now waiting to eat Dal Bhat which cost 250 rupees, not sure if it’s refillable, I hope so. Despite looking at unfinished roads, dams, and other eye sores the scenery and vibe were rather nice today. Low laying forest on steeped hills, some kindly locals, whitewashed rivers filled with towering boulders, suspension bridges, fog mystically covering and shading the hilly valley greens, and the odd decaying tree in the distance, standing taller than the others, radiating with darkness through the cloudy day as if to go out with a bang saying one last poetic phrase in its own leaveless way.


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