Annapurna in the Monsoon Day 2: At the Brink of Fog and Cloud

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21 Responses

  1. Rekha says:

    Nothing could be as adventurous as Trekking in Monsoon. Adding it to my bucket list.

  2. Mateja says:

    Such a great day of hiking and what an adventure! I fell in love with Ghorepani just by seeing your images. Water filter is something I’m currently looking into for longer treks and it seems you found a perfect one. Thumbs up for doing the trek in a rainy season! ;)

  3. Love this detailed post. I’ve been to Nepal for only a weekend trip and was wondering to do Annapurna ever since. Thank you for taking out any fears I have If I can do it :)

    • Teja says:

      I think you can! And I say that so blithely because, even if you weren’t 100% able-bodied, you can still hire horses to take you up at least to Chomrong!

  4. Louise says:

    I love your story of the trek – it sounds like a real adventure! And looks very mysterious with all the mist……it must be easy to lose your bearings! Those children must be so fit going up a hill every day to school, I can’t imagine having had to do that. I love the fact those Italian women nearly ordered wine too ;-)

    • Teja says:

      I’ll be honest – I had quite enough to do just walking forwards… If I didn’t have a guide and had to also figure out where I was going, I’d have probably checked into a random guesthouse halfway through.

  5. Maggie says:

    Wow what an adventure! I’m not sure I’d be able to handle the leeches though! I love that you bring a water bottle filter. So important and something so many people take for granted when traveling! It sounds like you had an amazing and wet adventure!

    • Teja says:

      Yes! I hope to convince as many people as I can to bring their own water supply independence when travelling!

  6. Jean says:

    Certainly looks like you had a very moist adventure! Still you got a grand tale out of your adventures. Loved reading it.

  7. Shelley says:

    Omg leeches! ? I probably woulda turned right around screaming. Your account reminded me so much of my Inca trail hike… so many similarities. A flattish first day, crazy steps and rain the second day and a whole lotta fog everywhere. Worth it though. ?

    • Teja says:

      The funny thing is, I did this trek because I thought I might do the Inca trail later in the year, also in the Peruvian wet season – thought it best to see how I reacted to altitude in a closer country that spoke more English… but I couldn’t take wet trekking twice in a year! I mean, Annapurna in the monsoon is worth it (and the later days will reveal even more why), but mentally I just couldn’t. Not twice in a year… LOL another time, Peru!

  8. Liz says:

    Great post, you put so much effort in there to share your experience with us. Thanks so much! I love all your pictures and it must have been an adventure to do this trekking!

    • Teja says:

      It was! And I try my best to narrate the sights and the sounds, the people and the moments – both to set an idea of how naturally human sustainable and slow travel is, but also for the sake of those who can’t go at all!

  9. neha says:

    Wow, what a trek. Nature definitely comes live when it rains. And it is so visible through your monsoon trek in Annapurna during the monsoons. The surroundings look so pristine and green. I could spend eternity here.

  10. Mona says:

    Oh wow. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of this place, but it was completely gorgeous. We think of seasons like monsoons to be a complete “no” but this made me realize just how beautiful a place can be during that time!

  11. Candy says:

    I’m so impressed you did the trek in the fog and rain. I would have asked to skip it and save it for a sunny day! Good thing you had the waterproof backpack and secured your clothing to keep the leeches away.

    • Teja says:

      It wasn’t an option… I kept hoping the rain was a one-off bad luck day but… well, just wait for the rest of the series!

  12. Lauren says:

    Great post on a place/trek that is really high on my list!! I love the bit about garbage bags. It’s painfully true that the best solutions can be the simplest. It’s another reason why it drives me crazy when people spend a million bucks on fancy gear, when they would have the same experience without it. Happy trails!

    • Teja says:

      Everything in that bag stayed dry no matter how heavy the rain got! That said though, I do like good gear! I would get it at a bargain if I could, but I want it good!