It was in 2014, that I first went to Nepal, with the idea to trek to the Everest Base Camp. After the amazing trek, we relished and enjoyed the time in Kathmandu. On the last day of the trip, during a careless and unlucky moment, a thief snatched our valuable backpack. It contained our camera gears, and sadly, all the pictures of our trip. He stole our happiness, stole my words, stole my will to write, stole my ability to trust strangers easily, stole hours of sleep and peace.
What he could not steal was our beautiful memories, the excitement we had when we first laid our eyes upon the Himalayas, the companions we made during those days in the mountains, the thrill that cruised through our veins when the clouds cleared on the morning of 5th May 2014, and Everest showed herself to us, the wonderful days in Kathmandu where we explored the back-alleys and the old townships.
Above all, what he could not steal was our love to return to the mountains.
That is a picture from the summit of Kala Pathar @ 5550 meters - the Himalayan range stretches with the majestic Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The tiny speck of a person is me, pushing for the humble summit.
In the fall of 2016, we decided to set off to the Himalayas once again. This time, we wished to reach the base camp of Mount Annapurna.
During our days in the EBC route in 2014, scores of trekkers mentioned to us the beauty of the trails in Annapurna. We were lured with the promise of mystique landscapes, Bamboo forests, beautiful waterfalls, towering trees, breathtaking sunrises, and to top them all, the views of Mount Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and different peaks of the Annapurna range.
The trek was more beautiful and satisfying than we had imagined. And this time, we are back home safe with the assets ;)
This one's for vanity - Dragonfly on top of the clouds, with Annapurna South.
If you look closer, you could find my name card right beneath Annapurna Base Camp ;) Maybe it would be blown off by this winter, but that is totally okay.
This post is the first in the series on our trek to Annapurna Base Camp. My writing is a bit rusty, but I intend to keep my readers entertained.