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!
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