Annapurna in the Monsoon Day 5: Leaving Chomrong

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24 Responses

  1. Awesome photos! And I loved following the story of the little brown dog!!!! lol awwww

  2. Angela says:

    The crossing bridge has a great view! Haven’t heard about this but its amazingly great! Love this sanctuary already. Thanks for sharing this! Nice writings!

  3. Linn says:

    The lush green nature looks amazing! I was planning to hike Annapurna last year (but ended up in Bhutan instead!), but now I am glad I came across your post to be more prepared for my trip.

    • Teja says:

      Oh Bhutan is on my bucket list too! But I’m not quite prepared for that yet. I hope you find my Annapurna series useful.

  4. Shivani says:

    Wow first trek and that too one of the tallest one, bravo. I am a mountain lover myself, but not into trekking, I prefer to ride to the top! You had quite an experience and the greenery in the sanctuary is mesmerizing in itself. Great job, look forward to reading more from the trail you complete.

  5. Amanda says:

    I give you a lot of credit, especially if this is your first major trek! I’m not much of a hiker, so I can’t imagine doing anything like this (let alone enjoying it!).

    • Teja says:

      I’m not a hiker per se, myself. But, I do love nature. So I usually do hiking and other activities like that, as a necessary means to an end (getting to the nature). A lot of outdoor enthusiasts love the activity itself – the climbing, the trekking, the camping, the cycling, the diving. But I need another reason to do all that stuff, and acquire all the skills. Usually the only reason strong enough is that beautiful nature is on the other side of those skills.

  6. Ketki says:

    Annapurna trek looks amazing. I am gonna read about previous 4 days. The mountain vibes is so amazing and your article just took me back to my last trek which happened 4 days back!

    • Teja says:

      It really was – I found it reasonably tough, but every time I felt grumpy, Annapurna showed me something amazing and I was like, wellllll…. ok I forgive you. LOL

  7. Mitali says:

    ABC – Annapurna Base Camp has been my dream trek since I visited Nepal last November. Your article has boosted me and my bookmarking it to get going for the same

  8. Zoe says:

    What a lovely written story of your trek. Loved the bit about them thinking you were a local! Never heard of that Tiger balm before though!

    • Teja says:

      I seem to pass for local in so many Asian countries. If only I was good with languages… once I speak my cover’s blown!

      You gotta be Asian to know about Tiger Balm hahaha Finding out that’s what people there use as well for muscle aches was hilarious (but also comforting).

  9. Amber says:

    Oh my…. I literally stayed in that pizza place when I was on the Annapurna circuit. That is crazy as I never took any pictures of where we stayed as I had gotten injured. I also ate at that cafe and ate at the german bakery. That has brought back so many memories. I am gutted I never went to the sanctuary, but I did hike in a monsoon and do that weird walking up a waterfall of steps feeling!

    • Teja says:

      :) I’m glad the story brought you back. I hope the cafes and all were as good as I imagined them! Perhaps the stories of Days 5-8 can give you some feeling of the sanctuary (at least in the monsoon season) to make up for what you missed.

  10. Margarita says:

    Wow such an epic adventure! And an equally epic story. I’ve been thinking about trekking in Annapurna for some time now. Now I know what to expect. The scenery is amazing!

    • Teja says:

      Excellent! I’m holding no punches – I am being completely honest about what it felt like for someone like me: a first-time trekker, not a mountaineer, warm weather gal, and a middling level of physical preparation!

  11. Josy A says:

    Wowza what a post!!
    I mean, I think you are right. Tiger balm really does fix everything! It is also interesting to see which brands are famous everywhere. I’m not surprised to see Korean shin ramen!! :)

    p.s. I am really impressed that you went from not being a mountain girl straight to the highest mountains in the world! I wonder if this trip will turn you into a mountain lover!?

    • Teja says:

      Oh a Korean brand! Yes, there were many Korean trekkers!

      LOL you’ll have to stay tuned for the remainder of the trek to find out if I’m a convert!

      • Josy A says:

        Okay, so I commented on this a while ago. Did you get converted in the end? Are you now a fan of trekking?

        You know, I just re-read this whole post and I loved it all over again. You know, I always love those moments when you look back at the horizon and think *wow – I was up there earlier today!* I also love that the doggy decided to protect you for a night. <3

        • Teja says:

          Hi again Josy! Thanks for coming back! Hahahaha you should read my sufferings from Day 8 onwards… I definitely understand my mountaineer friends now though. The crispness of the mountain air, the challenge and the struggle of mountain life, the moods of the mountain, how close it seems to be despite being still so far… And I won’t mind doing another trek someday. However! The fitness requirement is quite another level from sea activities, and pretty hard to maintain unless you really live/regularly hike such a region or are a gym freak!

          I reckon Peru’s rainbow mountain could convince me to invest again in that level of preparation, but I’m not sure even the Inca Trail could – unless they start offering longer treks so that I would have time to actually look at stuff like a naturalist.

        • Teja says:

          I’m not even a dog person, but it was such a darling. Hence it gets immortalised on the internet! Good doggy!

  12. OMG – your posts are amazing – I’m so thrilled to read about the next days of your trek! Just planning my ABC trek in June, your blog is a great Inspiration!

    • Teja says:

      Oh thank you! It’s always wonderful to get responses from readers :) I’m actually astonished as I’m writing them, how each trekking day naturally tells very different stories about the expedition! Stay tuned for Day 6 (and maybe 7) soon! and Good Luck for June!