Annapurna in the Monsoon Day 7: To the Base Camp on a Trail of Flowers

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21 Responses

  1. Sazjan says:

    I just got lost reading your post. I don’t know how I even feel right now, these amazing pictures and especially the one you called Magenta Alpine field has become my favorite. I love your storytelling, Awesome just loved it.

    • Teja says:

      Thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment. Annapurna was an incredibly inspiring trek, and I’m glad I wrote this series before the detailed memory was lost.

  2. Hairy says:

    wow nice post
    Monsoon weather is perfect for trekking on base camp treks. mostly trekking tours start in summer due to lovely weather of monsoon-like k2 base camp and Annapurna base camp. thanks for sharing this lovely pictures. Rains drops on leaves look like a shining diamond.

  3. Rosemary says:

    The ice flowers are beautiful, but what a treacherous trek. It’s no fun hiking in the rain, but it sounds like your guide took great care of you. Glad you made it safely and it was well worth the journey. Thanks for sharing.

  4. bonbon says:

    Oh my… I don’t think I will ever gonna survive n this trek. ANd the Ice flower is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. I have never seen anything like the Ice Flower before! It is so dazzling and beautiful and super fitting for the area!

  6. Wow, I love all the nature in this post – truly stunning and that ice flower, omg, I have never even seen a picture of anything so magnificent! And that jump, I would have been terrified! Sounds like you endured a lot of weather but that it was truly worth it! Thank you for sharing!

    • Teja says:

      I have to admit that the ice flower is the main reason for this article! I mean, you see something like that, you *have* to tell people. You just have to. Annapurna has summer charms too.

      I think I would have made the jump if it was the first trekking day. But as it was the 7th, and my legs were wobbly even with Tiger Balm liberally smeared all over them, I was like, nope. I am not spending my one evening at ABC washing mud off my clothes with icy water TQVM!

  7. Mayi Mac says:

    Wow the Himalayan poppy is the most beautiful I have ever seen. It’s definitely worth hiking for hours to see it. The scenery is amazing even with the rain, somehow it’s making it even more special.

  8. sam says:

    Just shows you can sometimes get even better photos by travelling in the rainy season!

  9. Sarah says:

    I did this trek in the monsoon season too but we were much luckier with the weather than you. It seems like you still had a great time and you totally rock that skirt! I will remember that trick next time I’m trekking in heavy rains!

    • Teja says:

      LOL that skirt!!

      As monsoon trekking goes, I probably accidentally hit the worst monsoon timing possible…. right in the middle of the deluge that flooded that whole region last year. People were collecting donations in Pokhara and Kathmandu for the flood victims – while in the mountains there was still a remote school collecting donations for its rebuilding from the earlier earthquake.

  10. Katherine says:

    That garbage bag sarong is pure genius! There’s nothing more frustrating than having to trudge along in the rain in gear that’s wet through to your skin. I love the ingenuity! And it looks like it was totally worth the pain though!

    • Teja says:

      I consider myself a practical, solution-oriented person, and yet I’m still constantly shown up by the simple genius of people I meet in remote places.

      From this one trekking experience I think it helps me understand my mountain-loving friends more. Unlike coastal nature, there’s an element of pain and punishment to mountaineering, counterbalanced by the eventual reward of striving – the mountain does alternate between trying you and rewarding you. I can see why disproportionately more men are into this, and why they have a kind of ‘conquest’ mindset when they talk about it. Even the one female friend I have who is into this, has a sort of ‘I need to feel I deserve the reward’ kind of personality LOL

  11. Natasha L says:

    Gosh this is a stunning hike! Firstly, I have to say I love the bag skirt, très chic! Also, that ice flower might be the prettiest flower I’ve ever seen. I love wild flowers and it looks like this hike is riddled with them. Going to save this for my bucket list for sure!

    • Teja says:

      LOL I don’t know much about fashion, but it was certainly a welcome addition to the trekking wardrobe!

      Yes, yes, yes. In the summer – so MANY wildflowers on the plateau. Actually on the way up too, but it’s more striking in the valley towards the base camp.

  12. Lauren Pears says:

    Gorgeous! I’m torn between trekking in the Annapurna region or doing Everest Base Camp… The flowers here look absolutely beautiful though!

  13. The good thing about rain is that it makes nature look more raw and mysterious :) Would love to do some trekking there!

    • Teja says:

      Indeed. I totally would not at all be fazed if Legolas stepped out of the misty forest. Seriously, I would totally have believed I stepped into a fairy world.