27 October, 2013- Annapurna Base Camp

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27 October, 2013 - Annapurna Base Camp

Today is day 7 of our trek and we’ve arrived at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)! Woo hoo!!! We are very glad to be here and looking forward to the views we will get when the clouds lift in the morning. Today we left Deurali around 7:30am and had a nice trek along the river in a shaded valley on our way up. The trail today was great – very naturally created and minimal stone stairs! We steadily ascended and on our way saw several bee hives up in the cliffs, and saw the Buddha on arock face (Buddha is watching us). We stopped for tea at Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) – it took us 2 hours to get here. We were very lucky to have mountain views during the first half of the day – and surrounded by mountain views once we arrived at MBC. We got our first look at Annapurna Three, and saw peaks we’ve seen before as well: Annapurna South (this time from the back side), Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), and Annapurna One – stunning views. Once we left MBC to continue our trek up the valley the clouds rolled in and stayed for the remainder of the day. It took 2 hours for us to trek from MBC to ABC – we arrived just around noon. Just as we were arriving there was a rescue helicopter landing at ABC – from what we heard, there were two climbers on Annapurna One and one of them got altitude sickness and unable to get back down – the helicopter pilot did two flights around in the clouds trying to find them without success. He will sleep here tonight and try again first thing in the morning. Other than that we settled in to our room and had lunch. This afternoon it snowed hard and left probably 1-2 inches on the ground. The lodges up here are packed tonight and again some trekkers will be sleeping in the dining room. We’ll be up early in the morning and hoping to catch a magnificent sunrise on the peaks. We’re very happy to be here and lucky that we’ve arrived without incident – and as much as Eric tries to talk Pemba into letting him fly down in a helicopter, we’ll be trekking down tomorrow – and planning to stay in Dobhan.

trekking in nepal

Trekkers on the way to Annapurna Base Camp

Trekkers on the way to Annapurna Base Camp

 

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

 

Machhapurchhre Base Camp

Machhapurchhre Base Camp

 

Mount Dome

Mount Dome

 

Mount Annapurna

Mount Annapurna