Ashley Corbett

Hi! I'm Ashley, a travel writer and photographer from Canada. I'm currently living in Japan and travelling Asia. Be sure to check out my social media pages (linked below) for more. 

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Photos: Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit

Photos: Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit

Hiking in the Himalayas was something high on my bucket list for years. I wanted to do it before leaving Asia, even though Vietnam (where I was living) isn't exactly nearby. Nevertheless, in February I purchased a relatively cheap Air Asia flight to Kathmandu. The reality soon set in that I would be trekking at high altitude in Nepal without a guide or porter in matter of weeks. A contradictory mix of panic and excitement welled inside me. 

That mixed feeling lasted up until I arrived in Nepal, and also throughout the entire trek. I hiked the Annapurna Circuit for 16 days. The highest point of this trek is 5,400 meters above sea level, and I had no experience with this kind elevation before doing the circuit. High altitude trekking is dangerous; as a trekker you risk altitude sickness, severe weather changes as well as injury in mountainous areas that are far removed from proper health care. But the rewards of hiking in this kind of environment are breathtaking. From alpine mountains, to sub-desert, and even lush forests, the beauty of the Annapurna Circuit is something I can't believe I was lucky enough to see. The landscape was overwhelmingly gorgeous, and it changed virtually everyday.

I wrote more in depth about my experience of the Annapurna Circuit trek here: https://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/13209-nepal%E2%80%99s-annapurna-circuit-a-beautiful-trek-amidst-change. In the above article, I discuss the challenges and rewards of hiking the circuit, and also talk about the changes facing the area. But in this blog post, I just want share some of my favourite photos from this incredible adventure. Enjoy! 

 Stopping in a village for lunch.

Stopping in a village for lunch.

 Trekking along a huge gorge! The best soundtrack to a hike.

Trekking along a huge gorge! The best soundtrack to a hike.

 Day 2 or 3. Some of the first glimpses of snowy mountains!

Day 2 or 3. Some of the first glimpses of snowy mountains!

 Passing through a stupa chorten (Buddhist religious monument).

Passing through a stupa chorten (Buddhist religious monument).

 One of my favourite accomidations. Wooden cabins in Upper Pisang.

One of my favourite accomidations. Wooden cabins in Upper Pisang.

 Lovely, flat day of hiking on the way to Manang.

Lovely, flat day of hiking on the way to Manang.

 Breathtaking alpine views as the climb gets higher and closer to Thorong La Pass. 

Breathtaking alpine views as the climb gets higher and closer to Thorong La Pass. 

 Soaking up the sun at Thorong Phedi base camp.

Soaking up the sun at Thorong Phedi base camp.

 Myself enjoying the view after a long day of crossing Thorong La pass (5,400 meters).

Myself enjoying the view after a long day of crossing Thorong La pass (5,400 meters).

 It's not only trekkers only the trail!

It's not only trekkers only the trail!

 The sub-desert landscape in Muktinath.

The sub-desert landscape in Muktinath.

 A villager in sunny Tatopani.

A villager in sunny Tatopani.

 Sunrise at Poon Hill. A an overcrowded section of the hike, but still worth it for this morning view.

Sunrise at Poon Hill. A an overcrowded section of the hike, but still worth it for this morning view.

 Lush rhododendron around Gorephani. These were incredible! I was lucky to be trekking in the season when they were blooming (March/April).

Lush rhododendron around Gorephani. These were incredible! I was lucky to be trekking in the season when they were blooming (March/April).

If you've made it this far, thanks for reading the post. I hope these photos illustrate just how diverse this beautiful circuit is. 

Be sure to check out my article in Saigoneer for more information on the Annapurna Circuit! Here's the link once again: https://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/13209-nepal%E2%80%99s-annapurna-circuit-a-beautiful-trek-amidst-change

Moving from Vietnam to Japan

Moving from Vietnam to Japan

People of Vietnam

People of Vietnam