Annapurna Circuit _Day 14_Poon Hill

We woke up to clear skies at 5am so we were on for our morning hike up Poon Hill (3,193m/10,476ft)  to see the sunrise.  It was spectacular.  There is a clear view of Dhaulagiri (8167m) , Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna 1 (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Machhapuchhre (6,993m). Two beautiful photos form my... Continue Reading →

Annapurna Circuit _Day 13

Sikha to Ghorepani A short hike in the morning but lots of stairs up again.  We reached Ghorepani by noon and had time in the afternoon to look around. Many people hike to Ghorepani to go to Poon Hill, on our agenda for the next day.  We saw more trekkers in Ghorepani than the sum... Continue Reading →


Puja are expressions of honor, worship and devotional attention for Buddhists and Hindus.   These take many forms including candles, smoke from incense or burning juniper, stacking or carving rocks, colorful ribbons, water, flowers, fruit, sweets or rice.  A puja could be above a door at a house or at one of the many shrines... Continue Reading →

Annapurna Circuit _Day 12

Tatopani to Sikha After a late night of dancing, we left around 9am for Sikha. I called it the Rupee stairmaster as we climbed and climbed and climbed that morning, mostly on actually steps which can be more challenging than a dirt trail.  We also found lots of rupees on the ground; I imagine from... Continue Reading →

Annapurna Circuit _Day 11

Ghasa to Tatopani As we started our hike that morning, it felt like we had been transported to a new country. The vegetation was lush, the air warmer and the Hindu puja of strings of dried marigolds and women marked with tikkas started to appear again. Two great things in Tatopani, the wonderful hot springs... Continue Reading →

Nepal_kitchens and cooking

Fire is sacred to the Nepalese, particularly the kitchen fire and most kitchens are off limits to strangers. It seemed that the guesthouses and teahouses were used to trekkers taking photos as I was regularly allowed in the kitchens. We also cooked at one of the guesthouses. In Sikha, our porters killed 2 chickens, cleaned... Continue Reading →

Nepal_Storing and Selling Produce

In the villages, there was are always houses with food (corn), hay or wood stored on the top of the house.  We ran across women sorting rice and beans in fanner baskets (first photo) regularly. Produce seemed to be sold mostly at small shops and we saw several local framers bringing baskets of produce to... Continue Reading →


On our route, we saw many farms and most of the guesthouses had gardens or bought from local farmers. The crops that we saw growing or ate included:  rice (bhaht), apples (syau). potatoes (ah-lu), corn (makai), squash, peas, mushrooms, carrots (gah-jar), cabbage, onions, spinach (pahlunggo or sag), mint, radishes (mu-lah), cucumbers, tomatoes (go-lbhe-dah), lemons (kahgati),... Continue Reading →

Annapurna Circuit _Day 10

Muktinath - Jomsom (lunch)- Ghasa We had an adventurous and beautiful start to our  morning with one of Shankar's famous short cuts. We walked through an apple grove and were able to see local farms. Our day continued with frequent stops to talk with local weavers and buy handmade shaws.  Late morning brought us to... Continue Reading →

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