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Nepal/Annapurna Report

Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:09 pm

Flew from Manila to Bangkok. Then Bangkok to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is probably the dustiest city in the world. Worse traffic than Manila, which is saying something.

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We took the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is a bigger city than one would think. From there we could take the jeep to the Himalayas and hike.

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We started our trek in Kimche. The girl were a lot slower than I anticipated so it took a while to get through our destinations.

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A tea house with a decent view was $3 US

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Hiked through the warm lowlands. Lots of shit to see.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:11 pm

Eventually we made it to 3000+m, it was cold but not snowing yet.

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But the next morning was a different story

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:14 pm

From there we did a hard 2 days of trekking in the snow, and snow storms. It was awesome.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:17 pm

We eventually reached Gorephani, and started descending out of the snow. Then back to Pokhara. Then back to Kathmandu. Then home.

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Post by Lincoln » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:19 pm

What did you do to that horse you nasty bastard?

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:20 pm

Here's Kathmandu

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Post by Lincoln » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:21 pm

On average, how many hours a day were you walking EMG?

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Post by Andrea1 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:23 pm

Guess you satisfied your desire for snow.
Excellent photos.
When are you going back?

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Post by Kikilamour » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:25 pm

wow, that was fast!
you flew lion air there?

did you hire a company?

when i trekked there 20 years ago, i just went on my own with a couple of friends. it was this time of year. poon hill. did you go further? there was no snow when i went. how weird.

i have pics of myself by that stupa too! ha. did you like the food?

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Post by harry_flashman » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:31 pm

Lion air or Malindo?
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Re: Nepal/Annapurna Report

Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:31 pm

Lincoln wrote:
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On average, how many hours a day were you walking EMG?
5-6 hours a day. I had planned for 8 hours a day at a much faster pace, but my girlfriend and her friend didn't cut it, so I ended up hiking with about 25kilos (3 bags) for 5 hours a day to help them.

Had it my own way, would've been a lot different.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:32 pm

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Guess you satisfied your desire for snow.
Excellent photos.
When are you going back?
The weather was said to be the worst snow in 10 years. We got shut out of doing the actual Annapurna Base Camp trek. I might do INdia or something else next time.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:33 pm

Kikilamour wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:25 pm
wow, that was fast!
you flew lion air there?

did you hire a company?

when i trekked there 20 years ago, i just went on my own with a couple of friends. it was this time of year. poon hill. did you go further? there was no snow when i went. how weird.

i have pics of myself by that stupa too! ha. did you like the food?
Thai Lion from Bangkok to Kathmandu.

We weren't allowed to go to ABC.

No guide, no porter, no company.

I liked the food.

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Re: Nepal/Annapurna Report

Post by Kikilamour » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:35 pm

ahhhhh. whose donkeys were those?

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:36 pm

Kikilamour wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:35 pm
ahhhhh. whose donkeys were those?
I dunno. Nepali guys. There were fuck loads of donkeys and ponies that passed us over a week. They carry the gas tanks and supplies up the hills.

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EMG wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:36 pm
Kikilamour wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:35 pm
ahhhhh. whose donkeys were those?
I dunno. Nepali guys. There were fuck loads of donkeys and ponies that passed us over a week. They carry the gas tanks and supplies up the hills.
I know! we had a few close calls when they barreled down the hill on a narrow path.

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Post by DCComic » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:39 pm

Fabulous.
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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:41 pm

Yep. You could hear them coming from the clanging of their bells, but sometimes you had to push up against the edge of the path to let them through.

That happened a lot in the snow with other hikers as well. The path was narrow, had to edge up against it.

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Post by Kikilamour » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:43 pm

wow really scary.
you wouldn't know it, but it's a big danger.

i'm curious what you did with your winter gear after you were done. did you buy winter clothes?

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:44 pm

DCComic wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:39 pm
Fabulous.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It was incredible.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:45 pm

Kikilamour wrote:
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wow really scary.
you wouldn't know it, but it's a big danger.

i'm curious what you did with your winter gear after you were done. did you buy winter clothes?
The down jackets we rented for about $1US per day.

When we were leaving we donated a few trekking poles and a few layers to a hotel, told them to do whatever they wanted with it.

The rest I kept. I bought a big poncho that I'll use in the Philippines during rainy season when riding my motorcycle.

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Post by Kikilamour » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:50 pm

i wore doc marten birkenstocks when i trekked, with thick nepali wool socks. you didn't buy boots did you?
i didn't because i was coming straight from koh phangan. and back again. i did not want to lug around heavy stuff.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:51 pm

My girlfriend bought me a pair of Columbia waterproof trekking boots. I wore them in Bangkok and then all through Nepal.

I had 2 pair of wool sock and 1 pair of waterproof socks. Washed clothes like every 3 days.

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Post by desertstorm » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:52 pm

Great report. I am flying to Kathmandu next week to hike Manaslu with my brother. He is doing the EBC right now before meeting up with me. He got into serious problem as well with snow last week when he needed to cross from Gokyo to Phortse through Dragnag a few days ago. All the passes around there are still closed.

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desertstorm wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:52 pm
Great report. I am flying to Kathmandu next week to hike Manaslu with my brother. He is doing the EBC right now before meeting up with me. He got into serious problem as well with snow when he needed to cross from Gokyo to Phortse through Dragnag a few days ago. All the passes are closed.
Yeah, basically everyone we met throughout the trek had been turned away from ABC or MBC or some other high point. Most ended up doing the Poon Hill trek as consolation. The snow was pretty incredible.

Basically 48 hours or more of this

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Post by cummy » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:18 pm

stunning. thanks for sharing, dude.

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EMG wrote:
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Basically 48 hours or more of this

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Yeah. I'm not cut out for that. I'd probably cry.
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Post by rezuar » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:26 pm

All swap my snow for your beaches, EMG.
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Post by Kikilamour » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:48 pm

heh heh heh. me too leela. i would cry and scream. i feel like that already walking down the street this winter.

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Post by Lost Soul » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:54 pm

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:21 pm

Awesome trip report. This picture of the telephone wires looks just like Manila. Can't they just rip all that shit down now that everyone is on cell phones?

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Post by avalon_ » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:06 pm

Nice photos! It looks like an amazing trip and makes me want to do again. I pretty sure I did it in April or May. Whenever I did it, it was the end of the trekking season. Rainy season started the day we returned and it actually poured rain upon our arrival in Pokhara. Then there was a massive landslide on the drive back to Katmandu and we were stuck overnight on the cliffside highway.

I don't remember Katmandu being so hectic. Maybe it was the time of year or things have a changed.

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EMG wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:33 pm
Kikilamour wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:25 pm
wow, that was fast!
you flew lion air there?

did you hire a company?

when i trekked there 20 years ago, i just went on my own with a couple of friends. it was this time of year. poon hill. did you go further? there was no snow when i went. how weird.

i have pics of myself by that stupa too! ha. did you like the food?
Thai Lion from Bangkok to Kathmandu.

We weren't allowed to go to ABC.

No guide, no porter, no company.

I liked the food.
What did you pay for Thai lion? I fly from kl on malindo I reckon it’s cheaper and there 2 flights day.
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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:11 pm

harry_flashman wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:09 pm


What did you pay for Thai lion? I fly from kl on malindo I reckon it’s cheaper and there 2 flights day.
$300US from BKK to KTM round trip.
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heh heh heh. me too leela. i would cry and scream. i feel like that already walking down the street this winter.
Both my GF and her friend cried and vomited at one point in the trek. heh.

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Post by muthafunky » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:12 pm

If you had snow at the lower elevations I can’t imagine what the full trek was like. I was in Nepal March-April. I though the views were amazing but it’s supposed to be even clearer in the fall.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:20 pm

muthafunky wrote:
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If you had snow at the lower elevations I can’t imagine what the full trek was like. I was in Nepal March-April. I though the views were amazing but it’s supposed to be even clearer in the fall.
It dropped around 1m of snow overnight. The police were at the checkpoint between Chhomrong and the upper stops towards Annapurna Base Camp and they were hard stopping trekkers and turning them around. I would've liked to try to push on, but it was not an option, and in retrospect my companions probably wouldn't have made it.

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Post by cowtown » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:31 pm

I love Kathmandu

that picture of the valley, wow - the area blew up (DC Comic had said as much) but it still looks like Kathmandu

I went in fall and later at this time, fall was a lot more clear but clear is fleeting

it was the first time I ever used a hot water bottle, they gave them to you at night for your beds
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Kathmandu from the air on the way out yesterday

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Post by cowtown » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:40 pm

holy cow

I think it was about 1/3 of that when I was there last in the 90s, according to wiki it doubled since 2002 but that looks low to me

did you smoke any weed? it was rather swaggy, wonder if it went atomic

there was a pie shop that sold doped up cake, Snowman or something right off the square
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Post by desertstorm » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:48 pm

My brother was hiking alone but got stuck in a village called Dole for two days due to snowfall (last Wednesday and Thursday?) on his way up to Gokyo, he then joined a Korean girl with her guide at the guesthouse and the guide pulled them through the next 2 days, literally, to Gokyo.

How cold was it around Annapurna EMG? My brother said Gokyo was pretty cold at night (-20C).

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Post by mad hatter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:43 pm

nice report.

lucky you didnt push higher, that weather looks nasty.
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Post by Total Reject » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:49 pm

Your trip report would have been much better if it had descended into some "Into Thin Air meets the Donner party" ending. Try harder next time.

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Post by nycfellow » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:50 pm

Thanks for the pics and report. I did the Annapurna circuit now 30 (!) years ago. I don't think I could go back.

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Post by EMG » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:56 pm

cowtown wrote:
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did you smoke any weed? it was rather swaggy, wonder if it went atomic

there was a pie shop that sold doped up cake, Snowman or something right off the square
Nah. I'm changing jobs here in the next few weeks and part of it is a drug test. I wouldn't have even if it was offered (no one offered)
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How cold was it around Annapurna EMG? My brother said Gokyo was pretty cold at night (-20C).
My gf's phone said -9 one night. We didn't check often though. Maybe a bit colder than that on some nights.

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Post by section8 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:02 pm

After all that snow you should change your name to Shackleton.

My brother went there last year and did Annapurna and I think two of the other routes. It was one of his favorite trips but he still won’t eat lentils.
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Post by Stan In Maryland » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:10 pm

Nice report. Glad you had a good trip and the relationship survived.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:13 pm

Well posted!

I like how the truck wheels are blocked-insurance against earthquakes & floods I suppose.

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Post by nettie » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:24 pm

I’ve been enjoying your pics from the comfort of the beach.

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Post by madmonday » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:59 pm

Great photos...hard core carrying 25 kgs of other peoples stuff...
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