Hello my friends,
So after two weeks, I'm back from the Annapurna circuit. It was beautiful and exciting. After anticipating for this trip for so long, I got exactly what I was told that I would get. I saw amazing views, met interesting people from all over the world and had a fair share of good and bad moments - physically and mentally.
The start was in Kathmandu, where a we took off as a group of four: Amit, Eran, Sarah and myself. We took the bus to Besisahar, a jeep to Syange, and started walking from there the following day. The first two days were a hard climb up to Chame. After that, the walks got shorter because of height aclimitization and because of snow that started to fall in the middle of the day. Also, by this point I started to get high-sick. Slowly but surely, we continued up, and after a few days we got to Tholong Phedi (Phedi = foot of the mountain). At this point I felt pretty bad (and Eran also), so we split from Amit and Sarah, who continued up to the High Camp. The following day Eran and I went to High Camp, and the next day we got up at 4:30 to climb to the pass (5418 meters above sea level) and then, the snow downhill. As we started the downhill, I immideatly felt better. We got down to Muktinath, and from there took transportation all the way to Tatopani (one jeep and two buses - a full day). From there, Eran decided to finish the trek and head to Pokhara, and I wanted to continue trekking to Poon Hill, where there's an amazing view on sunrise. One day up (almost 2000 meters climb up a huge stone stairway), and the needed descent the folloing day. After that, a taxi to Pokhara, a night of baby-sleep, and today - a bus to Kathmandu.
I had a lot of time to think during the trek. I thought about how this trip is a dream coming true for me, and how I'm so happy that it actually happened. I thought about my wonderful wife, my family and friends and also about random people I met on trek. I realized that even though I would really like to understand everything, I could never do so. I cannot plan everything, and even if I do, plans will have to chance in order to cope with reality. In the hard moments, I thought if this trek is what I really want. After looking forward to it for such a long time - experiencing hard difficulties made me think that maybe this is not for me, and then, why the hell did I look forward for this such a long time? Eventually, I'm very happy about it. Maybe because it's a metaphore for life. Good and bad things happen, and eventually, I enjoyed the good and overcame the bad.
I had a great time with different people. I met people from all over. Many Israelis, but also German, French, Swedish, Chinese, South Korean, Japanese, and possibly more that I can't remeber. I enjoyed talking to them. We talked about things that we had in common and about things we don't. This is one of the things I'm glad about this trip. A lot of interaction with so many diferent people with so many different opinions. It was funny to talk to German people work dress codes ("What?! Jeans and T-Shirts??") and with Swedish people about liquor making ("You can buy 96% alchohol in the supermarket and people don't get alcoholic?"). I was also amazed by how people live in other places. In france, each employe must get at least 49 days of vacation a year, in addition to national holidays. Public transportation stories and just life tales were to enriching to hear.
Now I'm resting a bit in Kathmandu, before heading for the next trek. I had a Friday dinner on Beit Habad, which was great.
Have a great weekend,