Into the wilderness again

Tomorrow we leave for a trek in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. We’ll be following the Annapurna Circuit trail, a 300km trail that should take us about three weeks to complete. Most of the trek is above 3000m altitude, and the highest point is Thorung La which, at 5416m, is the highest mountain pass in the world. We’ll be doing the trek independently, without a guide or porters.

The Annapurna Circuit is as safe as mountain trekking ever is, so there’s nothing much to worry about barring altitude sickness. That said, it’s monsoon season, the weather can be unpredictable in the mountains, and apparently there are giant man-eating leeches that crawl up your pant-legs into your crotch, which is something I could live without.

We’ll be out of touch the whole time, but if you haven’t heard from us by the 9th of June, please call the Canadian embassy in Kathmandu at +977 1441 5193.

I’ll be using the long evenings to catch up on all the dispatches I’ve been neglecting, so there should be plenty to read when we get back.

Wish us luck!


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2 Comments on this Dispatch:

May 18th, 2009

Hi Kids:
Have a safe and pleasant Trek. I hope you have some warm clothing!!! Cuddle up at night. It will help. Thinking of you both a lot. Take care.

¬ Sandra
May 19th, 2009

Leeches aren’t my cup of tea either. Victoria day is for planting flowers and watching fireworks.

Stay safe and stay warm.

¬ John - Sometimes known as Dad
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