I’m disappointed I don’t have enough money to allocate to a trip to Mount Everest. It is such a shame considering my close proximity. The fomo isn’t made any easier by the people I meet who are just back from trekking to Everest Base Camp. What an incredible achievement! I have accepted it isn’t possible for me on this trip & I have decided to venture Pokhara & into the Annapurna Mountain range.
The Annapurna Mountain range is to the West/Central of Nepal. It has the tenth tallest mountain in the world (Annapurna 1 at 8,091M) & 6 prominent peaks over 7200M. It is the first & largest conservation area in Nepal at 7629 square kilometres. The Annapurna peaks are notoriously difficult to climb with a fatality to summit ratio of 34% – deeming them the most dangerous in the world.
Many people in our hostel had been to Pokhara & portrayed it as a peaceful backpacker getaway from the city. The way they described the lake with such fondness & how serene it was completely sucked me in. I was looking forward to escaping to a relaxing haven! Fellow backpackers have told me the Annapurna treks are beautiful, less crowded than Everest base camp trek & not as exploited. As a beginner trekking in Nepal on a budget, it seems like an amazing hiking option!
My Brazilian friend & I booked an early morning 8 hour bus (closer to 10 hours in reality due to massive stints sitting in long queues of traffic) from Kathamandu to Pokhara. We booked the cheapest bus available accepting defeat that it would be an awful trip. As expected, the journey was long, extremely uncomfortable & tiring. We stopped for a break twice & had a 1 hour lunch stop at a roadside restaurant full of people doing the same expedition. I was snacking on a mixture of fruit & junk food on the bus, feeling like crap inside & out.
The views were incredibly beautiful. I woke my friend up on a couple of occasions so she wouldn’t miss out & she was thankful to appreciate the scenery. The mountains were so picturesque. I tried my best to take pictures but I shouldn’t have bothered, the quality is so poor. Apologies the selection of pics don’t do the area justice….
When we arrived at the bus station my friend was fed up & insisted on a taxi to the hostel. We were dropped off to the hostel where I made the booking & they said they were fully booked & put us in a shared room in neighbouring accommodation. It was so dirty & expensive for what it was. I complained & we were moved to a better room. We were cranky from travel, tired & hungry for decent food. After a brief explore we curled up in bed with plans to only stay 1 night in this hotel. The following day we checked out & went to the much nicer Little Buddha guest house next door.