Trekking in Nepal - Annapurna Base Camp (4.130m)
After a 3-days trekking-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, we leave the capital of Nepal and move on by bus to Pokhara, a small, nice and very friendly town about 200 km west of Kathmandu. On 30th October early in the morning we start with our "Guide" Santosh to a 10-days trip to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). Santosh a Nepalese, we met him by accident in a restaurant and he is not really a guide but more of a cook, joins us. The first day is pretty hard, we go almost 7 hours and have to climb up 3.614 stairs to our first destination. On the second day the trail leads up to Poon Hill (3,200 m) which we reach after 5 hours walking. The accommodations on the tour are simple but very clean. The main talking point every evening is always the altitude sickness, which can "get" anyone, no matter how well trained and experienced the climber is. Most get sick because people go up too fast. A rule of thumb, compiled by Rennhold Messner and Kammerlander says that up from 3,000HM one should not handle more than 400HM a day. Then you need a night for acclimatization. We do not really stick to this rule and go up on the 6th day from Dovan (2.505m) to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC, 3.640m), 1.135HM that day. We sleep on the MBC to acclimate and want to walk up the next day the remaining nearly 500 HM to the ABC. Characteristic of altitude sickness is dizziness, headache, vomiting, shortness of breath, high fever, etc., and can at worst lead to death, which happens more often than you might think. We have moved quite quickly to the MBC, but remain largely spared from the altitude sickness. In the night at the MBC, we only complain about a little shortness of breath, however the next morning we start at 4am and climb up to the ABC. There we are now at sunrise, at the foot of the 10th highest mountain in the world, the Annapurna I, 8.091m. It is overwhelming to be surrounded by the highest mountains in the world. After 4 h at the ABC we go down again to the MBC. We need 3 days for the entire descent and come after 10 days, on average 5 hours a day walking, back to Pokhara. We look back to 10 beautiful, but sometimes very exhausting days, and already miss the silence, the fresh air and picturesque scenery in the Himalaya Mountains.
registered by Joe am 08.04.2011, 13:15:12 Uhr
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