All you need is a Dash of Courage!
Trekking is usually walking on a long and tiring path and can be strenuous. This season Langtang Ri Trekking and Expedition had a lot of lively groups. One of them was the group of Russian Souls, lead by Mr. Nicoly Gavrilov. This group had a combination of youngsters (15+) and the aged ones (40+). They were in Nepal to walk the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Route. The Annapurna base camp walk is one of the famous and legendary trekking routes on earth. It stretches up to 4130 meters which is about 13546 feet.
The trek itinerary was 7 days long, which started from Pokhara. From here they had a long walk to a place called Ulleri where they spent their night on a Trekkers Lodge. The next destination was Ghorepani which was about 7 hours walk. But, the team was all set for whatever comes their way. After the long uphill and downs they finally reached Ghorepani. It was not late when they realized that the next morning was going to be beautiful as they would be walking to Poon Hill early in the morning to watch the sun shine. The next destination was Tadapani, which could be reached by lunchtime, enjoying the immense beauty of nature along the way. It was the end of day 3, but they still had the same enthusiasm going on. They knew that they were on a quest to see Nature at its best and every drop of sweat would count at the end. So, the next day began and they were up and ready for more. Today was day 4 and they had to reach to a place called Chhomrong. Tadapani to Chhomrong trek distance is 7.6 kilometers / 4.7 miles is a remarkable part of this journey. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach the elevation of Chomrong from Tadapani exploring Chuile, Kimrong Khola, Ghurjung, Taulung villages. Cameras were out. Shutters were snapping as they passed through number of villages and snow clad mountains at the horizon. They were at chhomrong in no time, at least that what they felt. After getting their rest overnight at the lodge, it was time to set off for Dovan which would take them one step closer to the long awaited ABC. The trek from Chhomrung to Dovan is one of the most popular treks in Annapurna region pass. Chhomrong to Dovan trek distance is 8.6 kilometers / 5.3 miles, which is about 5 to 7 hours of walk to reach Dovan which is at a height of 2600 m above sea level. The next day, they had to reach an elevation of 3700 meters, to Machhapuchhre Base Bamp. They continued through the bamboo forest eventually getting towards the Hinko cave (Not exactly a cave but, an overhanging rock). After passing here, the path becomes narrow into a steep gorge. The path doesn’t widen until we pass the “gates” of the sanctuary, formed by hiunchuli on the left and the machhapuchhre on the right. The lodge was just by the machhapuchhre base camp. It was a long 6 hours of walking to get here. Tomorrow was the big day. They were all set to step on the ABC, which was at 4130 meters. After a short walk they reached the Legendary Annapurna Base Camp. We could see the expression of satisfaction in their faces. After the long and tiring walk they finally glanced the Annpurna Massif as close as they could be. They had plenty of time to explore around and to change their viewpoints.
They still had the energy left after the trekking. So, they went for an extra trip to Pokhara and chitwan. Hats off to all of you brave souls people. And we wish you well in every adventure you have.
Certificate of successful ascent distributed to them by Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.