Annapurna trek Day 1 - the `easy' day

by John Wilson October. 23, 2019 255 views

A five day trek through the beautiful Annapurna range in Nepal - what could be so hard about that?

The first of many dozens of waterfalls we would see on the trek. The monsoon finished later than usual so water was not in short supply.

The first of many dozens of waterfalls we would see on the trek. The monsoon finished later than usual so water was not in short supply.

The bus trip to the head of the track gave some indication of what was coming.

The bus trip to the head of the track gave some indication of what was coming.

Fortunately the weather generally held off for the start of the trek. By the way, I have to confess we didn't carry any of those backpacks, that task was left to our amazing Sherpa porters. Carrying a day pack and camera equipment proved plenty for me.

Fortunately the weather generally held off for the start of the trek. By the way, I have to confess we didn't carry any of those backpacks, that task was left to our amazing Sherpa porters. Carrying a day pack and camera equipment proved plenty for me.

If there's a chicken involved I simply have to stop and photograph it.

If there's a chicken involved I simply have to stop and photograph it.

That was our destination. I would soon discover that in Nepal they have a quite different idea of what constitutes a `hill'. Turns out Poon `Hill' is 50% higher than Australia's highest mountain. Wish I'd checked that small detail more carefully before we left.

That was our destination. I would soon discover that in Nepal they have a quite different idea of what constitutes a `hill'. Turns out Poon `Hill' is 50% higher than Australia's highest mountain. Wish I'd checked that small detail more carefully before we left.

Anyway, as promised, Day 1 was relatively straightforward. Trailing our way through bucolic scenes, admiring the views, snapping the odd photo - this trekking business is easy.

Anyway, as promised, Day 1 was relatively straightforward. Trailing our way through bucolic scenes, admiring the views, snapping the odd photo - this trekking business is easy.

Past small communities.

Past small communities.

And goats. Throughout the trek we shared our path with thousands of them. Our guide explained they had been herded all the way across the mountains from Tibet. Their ultimate fate wasn't the best - they were being brought over for a major Nepali festival.

And goats. Throughout the trek we shared our path with thousands of them. Our guide explained they had been herded all the way across the mountains from Tibet. Their ultimate fate wasn't the best - they were being brought over for a major Nepali festival.

A stop for lunch with a nice view out the window. Everything was so lush with the late monsoon weather.

A stop for lunch with a nice view out the window. Everything was so lush with the late monsoon weather.

Then the climbing started. What slowly dawned on me was that we would now be walking up increasingly steep inclines over the coming days, with no relief. It's Day 1, the `easy' day, and already I'm feeling the knees, the hips, the back ... Why didn't I train for this?

Then the climbing started. What slowly dawned on me was that we would now be walking up increasingly steep inclines over the coming days, with no relief. It's Day 1, the `easy' day, and already I'm feeling the knees, the hips, the back ... Why didn't I train for this?

At least we were above the clouds and seeing a little sun ... for now.

At least we were above the clouds and seeing a little sun ... for now.

Late afternoon and we've made it to our first night's accommodation. That wasn't so hard to be honest, but what lies ahead tomorrow?

Late afternoon and we've made it to our first night's accommodation. That wasn't so hard to be honest, but what lies ahead tomorrow?

Sneak peak - actually, this is what lies ahead. Straight up.

Sneak peak - actually, this is what lies ahead. Straight up.

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