Trekking in Nepal and Bhutan travel blog

Morning over Ghandruk

Team Photo

Gentle walking today

Some people have heavier loads

Back to an elevation where rice grows

Rest stop for the porters too

Big bananas

Looking down to the river

Rice Stalks

Enjoying the last morning with Lakpa


Rice harvest in progress




First cars in 10 days - the end of our trek

We woke up to the sound of the chant "Om Mani Padme Hum" being broadcast from the temple, very atmospheric! After taking a team photo in front of our last views of the Annapurna range, we set off at a fast pace, destination Nayapul. We were being met by a car and driver so were on a bit of a timeline, no dawdling today! We did stop for tea and the biggest bananas we've ever seen mid-morning! For the duration of the trip Lakpa and the porters had being calling us "Madame" or "Sir" but today Dale was referred to as "Uncle". Very sweet. He was happy they didn't call him "Grandpa"! After one steep downhill section we walked parallel to the river and enjoyed watching people harvesting the rice crops. Had lunch in Birethanti before the final push back to Nayapul and our first sight of cars in 10 days. Our trek to Annapurna Base Camp was finished successfully. Other than our cold viruses, we all made it without any real issues and Dale had no issues with his back the entire trip! Looking forward to a long hot shower now!

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