Continuation from Annapurna Base Camp post 1.
Have you ever looked yonder and had a strong desire to climb and conquer? Yearning is exactly what I felt as I stared out at the Annapurna mountain range. My heart ached as I daydreamed about disappearing into the wilderness and getting lost in its beauty.
As we continued uphill, the views became more impressive and grand. Winds would push clouds into the mountain range, temperatures would drop and visibility would vanish. The clouded view was mysterious and haunting. A fellow hiker in front would tell me to turn around and I was astounded when I first saw Machhapuchhre breaking through the clouds. ‘Wow’ was all I could muster, but words seemed to do no justice. We stared in silence.
A welcoming sign at ABC adorned with colourful prayer flags greeted us on day 6. We had finally arrived at Annapurna Base Camp. I had mixed feelings of accomplishment and sadness upon arriving. Accomplishment because I got out of my comfort zone and tested my endurance but sadness because it was going to be over.
I endured 10 days of walking, eating Dal Baht and cold showers but Nepal you have left we wanting more. I came alone but left with new friendships, memories and an everlasting desire to explore. I will be back.
Below are photos taken from day 5-10 of the trek:
Buddhist Tibetan prayer flags at ABC. The 5 colours represent the elements: yellow-earth, green–water, red-fire, white-air, blue-space.
The clouds would come and go, engulfing the valley completely.
There was a small pond at ABC that gave a beautiful reflection of the mountains. I visited the next morning and the pond was completely frozen over.
The view heading back down from ABC.
This bridge is ironically named New Bridge. It was the most rickety bridge I’ve walked on and it would lean to the left as soon as you stepped on.
A final shot I got on day 9 of crepuscular rays of light.