Final push to the top!
29.04.2012 - 29.04.2012
While looking through pictures and videos of this and thinking about what it is I would write I realized the less I write and the more I post the better. This video has all our thoughts as we make this last push to the top and our most immediate impressions of the stunning views we saw that day.
Unfortunately, my words at the end of the video ended up turning a bit prophetic. It was only less than a week after we got down from ABC, and only 1 day after we left Pokhara (the city where most hikers stay before heading into the range) that a giant avalanche broke a natural river damn in the Annapurna range. Pokhara was flooded and there was a number of people who went missing on one of the trails including a group of foreign hikers. I don't want to scare anyone away from hiking by writing this, but it is a reminder that when dealing with nature you always have to respect its power. Just because its not avalanche season does not mean you can be careless when there are clear avalanche conditions obvious to even an amateur like myself.
The hike trail itself is extremely safe and very well maintained. The people all long the trail are extremely friendly and helpful and you always know that you can find help should you need it. It is very easy to hike the entire trail yourself but a porter could be useful to make it a less physically demanding trek. We saw people of all levels of physical fitness and every age group. In the end it is truly an adventure of a lifetime, one you will NEVER forget, and I would highly recommend it to everyone regardless of fitness or age!