Tips for walking The Camino Part 1

Here is first post of my tips for walking The Camino, or really for any long trek.  More to come as I have time to post. There is no right way or wrong way; choose what works for you. There are many paths to Santiago de Compostella and there are many ways to get there.  You can... Continue Reading →

Nepal_carrying stuff

Unlike many other countries, the Nepali people continue to carry goods on their backs using baskets (doko)  and a head strap (tumpline/namlo).  As I passed people or as they passed me more likely, I wondered how much the load weighed as I was only carrying between 15-20 lbs and anything more would have slowed me down... Continue Reading →

Annapurna Circuit _Day 14

Ghorepani to Birethanti After our morning hike to Poon Hill, we had breakfast at our guesthouse and then started off for Birethanti. This was a really long day as we hiked down from 2750m to 1025m. While we walked the steps, I shared some of my favorite stories with my co-trekker Tilly.  One is "The... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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