Here is the first batch of photos from our 4 weeks in Nepal. Yes we were their during the earthquake but thankfully quite far to the west and out of the main radius that was severely affected. It was a very terrifying feeling the witness firsthand the overwhelming power of mother nature. With everything shaking, including the ground on which we stood, one had to simply surrender and wait for everything to calm down. Nevertheless, we changed our itinerary and headed further west rather than east back to the capital city, Kathmandu. We were very appreciative to spend 2 days in Kathmandu at the beginning of our trip before heading out to the Annapurna trek. I will be posting 3 or 4 blogs about Nepal and another few highlighting our time in India.
A local fruit vendor in Kathmandu having a cup of masala chai in the morning.
Manual labor is still frequent. The transportation of goods within the small streets of Kathmandu is primarily done on the backs of locals or with small carts.
A young boy lovingly tends to his dogs
A local fabric vendor shakes out the dust as the business day begins.
Monasteries, temples and sites of worship are prevalent in and around Kathmandu.
A holy man waits outside a temple for spare change.
Also known as the "Fish Tail", Machapuchare is a holy mountain to the locals and is forbidden to climbers. Its twin peeks connected by a sharp ridge form a fishtail-like shape and a very distinct outline in the sky.
Our first night on the Annapurna trek.
Sunrise from Poon Hill, allowing for epic vistas of Annapurna I (8091m), Machapuchare (6993m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m).
Prayer flags flap in the wind, blessing both the inhabitants of these high hills and the trekkers who come to explore these areas. The Dhaulagiri massif lay in the background, spanning 120km through the Himalayas.
One of my favourite moments of the whole trip. This beautiful mountain dog saw something in the distance and just sat fixated. He was not aggressive or excited, just sat very peaceful like a living statue.
The rhododendrons were in full bloom during our trek in early April. Moving up and down the mountain we could see how the different altitudes and micro-climates affected their peak blooming period.
The Annapurna trek seemed more like endless steep climbs and steep descents. Often following these descents into a valley were steel cable bridges that allowed us to cross the numerous rivers that flowed through these low points.
Pretty difficult to get tired of this view.
In the mountain side village of Chomrong, one is rarely walking flat but nearly always straight up or down. Local villagers have found a solution to nearly all problems living in such a unique environment: they grow their crops on the stepped hillsides, produce electricity with small local hydro plants gathering the water as it spills down towards the valleys, and even playing sports not common place to the high mountains. Extra tall fences help!
Terraced hills help to increase the overall surface area for farmers in the steep Himalayan landscape. Even high in the mountain we were able to eat some delicious, FRESH! local Nepali cuisine.
Pretty difficult to get tired of this view!