Trekking in Nepal

Of course with visiting Nepal, one must do a trek.  With time restrictions, I opted to do a 6 day trek near the Annapurnas.  It may have been a shorter trek but it was a muscle wrenching trek in Nepal. Being afraid of the cold and not organized enough to do the Everest trek or the Annapurna circuit/base camp treks, I opted for the small loop which would give me wonderful views of the Annapurna mountain range. I departed end of the september,not  knowing that it was just the beginning of the high season.  I arrived only to find out that the monsoon was still in effect.  Nepali people are the most positive people out there…everyday they would look to the sky and say,”I think the monsoon will be over tomorrow”  Trekking in monsoon season means that the views of the mountains may be obscured.  Apparently, when there is no monsoon season, the sky is always blue without any clouds. Lucky me.I enjoyed the trekking, and fortunately, only small rains interrupted my trekking and usually just 30 minutes before my destination.   I have to say, that I let the monsoon ruin the whole experience.  I felt like I was constantly racing against the rain.  I am now an expert at cloud formation.  I would  be scanning the skies and when those grey clouds started looming, I just wanted to hurry up. No breaks, no food, just beat the rain.  Two reasons why the rain made for a bad experience:1) pretty obvious, the route became slippery. 2) not so obvious, leeches.  Stupidly, I chose my route because it went through the jungle. The night before we headed into the jungle, I asked my guide if there would be leeches tomorrow and his response was How did you know?  All my education on leeches is from the movie, Stand By Me which is not exactly correct. Leeches are not 1-2 inches long and they live outside of water.  So these leeches are narrower than worms and 1-2 cm long.  They hide under leaves.  and when it rains, they come out looking for flesh. Fortunately, I can say that I was leech free, but I did see one just chillin in the sun (which my guide poured salt over) and I saw one that was knocked off another guides leg (blood included).

Other than the rain and leeches, the views were amazing (when we saw mountains), the scenery was stunning with green mountains, rice fields, and rivers.  I was shown some interesting plant species along the way.  One particular one was a leaf that when engorged, if touched, explodes.  So I asked my guide what was the function of this?  He said it was protective. When birds came to eat the plant, the leaf would explode in their mouths and blow up their heads.  I believed everything my guide told me!

If I ever return to Nepal, I will spend more time and prepare myself to do the Everest Base Camp.

Enjoy some of the pictures here: https://skydrive.live.com/?sc=photos&cid=1db8a41159295e1e#cid=1DB8A41159295E1E&id=1DB8A41159295E1E%213161&sc=photos

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