I assume most of you know about Climbing Everest as a quest and that many start in Kathmandu. What you may not know is that Nepal did not open for foreign travel until around 1950. Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, and Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, summited Everest in 1953 as the first people confirmed to reach the summit.
In the 1960s, Col. Jimmy Roberts, a military attache to the British Embassy in Kathmandu, thought it would be good to provide local guides and tents to trekkers. Thus began Trekking in Nepal and some also consider this the start of “adventure travel” for the general public.
Nepal has eight of the 14 highest mountains on Earth and many consider the Annapurna Circuit to be the best hike in the world.
The Annapurna Circuit is usually a 16-21 day hike, with days included for acclimatization for the altitude. I will be hiking for 13 days with 2 days for acclimatization. There were be 2 days were we drive from one town to another. We start at around 2,493 feet in subtropical forests and work our way up to go through Thorung La Pass at 17,769 feet.
For this trek, I will wear or carry in my day pack the following: 1 camel back, 1 water bottle, 1 down sweater, 1 outershell, 1 wool sweater, 2 pairs of gloves, 1 pair arm sleeves, 1 wool hat, 1 ear muff, 1 neck gaiter, 2 bandanas, 1 pair hiking pants, 1 pair flip flops, 1 short sleeve shirt, 1 pair hiking boots, 1 pair hiking poles, 1 headlamp, binoculars, sunglasses, 2 pair wool socks, 2 sock liners, small hiking safety and med kit, tp, lighter, antibacterial spray, 2 nutritional bars, journal, water purifier, camera, and batteries. My day pack will weigh about 15lbs, this includes both the camel back and water bottle filled with water.