Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part II

Continued from ‘Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I’ …I woke just before my alarm for a routine jaunt to the latrine and slid across the ice in my untied hiking boots and, to the amusement of two Korean women, my skin tight long john and down jacket combo. I peered around the corner to … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part II

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 6: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I

It seems almost customary to be preparing for an expedition or event of high physical exertion whilst nursing an injury. I pulled my hamstring one week before the Leicester marathon, I suffered tendon or ligament damage to my ankle one week before the Welsh 3000s and whilst enjoying “one last blow out before we turn … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 6: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 5: A Full Circle, Reunited in Pokhara

As all mountaineers will know, summiting is only half of the challenge. We had made it over Thorong La Pass in good time, it was 10:00 and the weather was divine except for the winds. We had heard rumours that a storm was on it’s way and will hit within the next 24 to 48 … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 5: A Full Circle, Reunited in Pokhara

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 4: The End of the Fellowship & Thorong La Pass

In two senses, the apogee of the Annapurna Circuit is crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metres. Not only is it the highest point in terms of altitude, it is also the resulting sense of achievement of crossing one of the world’s highest mountain passes. To succeed will most likely depend upon the preceding days … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 4: The End of the Fellowship & Thorong La Pass

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 3: A Solitary Ascent to Tilicho Lake

Those who have read previous blogs may have noticed a common thread that is woven throughout and one that clearly defines my fervent passion, mountains and everything associated with mountains, be it rock climbing, scrambling, snowboarding, winter mountaineering, camping, hiking and trekking. Mountains are mighty, magnificent and mystical. Mountains emanate a potent lure to many. … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 3: A Solitary Ascent to Tilicho Lake

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 2: Tea House Trekking and Trail Life

The Annapurna Circuit is a long distance trek around the Annapurna Massif that stretches 230 kilometres and crosses its highest point at Thorong La Pass, 5,416 metres where it touches the edge of the Tibetan plateau. It has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combines, in its … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 2: Tea House Trekking and Trail Life

Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 1: Another Fork in the Road

“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” – Ewan McGregor A number of times throughout my life I have found myself facing an impromptu, intrepid decision. A decision that would potentially peel me away from my fixed plan, something that in the past, with an OCD induced routine and … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 1: Another Fork in the Road