Naya Pul, Lumle, Nepal
Trekking the Annapurna SanctuaryA Nepal mountain trek is a world-class adventure. My friend and I journeyed to Pokhara, where we began a ten day trek into the heart of the Himalayas. The trail begins in the steaming jungle and meanders its way along raging rivers, plunging waterfalls, and through rice terraces. The goal of the trek is to reach Annapurna Basecamp, where one can view a panorama of massive Himalayan peaks including the 8,091 meter Annapurna I. To reach this goal, the trail is forced into a river gorge of epic proportions as it ascends through boulder gardens, crosses haphazard bridges, and lends itself to incredible views. Once at Basecamp, the sheer size of the surrounding mountains is enough to take your breath away. Glaciers lie a stone's throw away and the entire area is smothered in prayer flags. It's a magical place, made even more so by the fact that you had to work for it. It is a trip that is well worth taking. Food and lodging are incredibly cheap and the people are very hospitable. If you are thinking of taking an adventurous trip to Asia, consider the Annapurna Sanctuary. It's doubtful you will regret it!
I snapped this photo on the first day of the trek, as I was mesmerized by the stunning profile of Machapuchare rising above the rice terraces and mountain huts. This was only a sampling of what was to come, but something about the way the peak seams to float, grabbed me.