Finally we are on our last trekking day at the Annapurna Circuit. It has been a long hard 10 days especially the preceding few days and we were all looking forward to what we assumed to be an easy day. It started off that way with us walking on a motor road after leaving Muktinath.
We visited a Nepalese Temple along the way and the ladies went crazy shopping at one of the many little shops along the road. Then we came to this amazing postcard perfect scene.For the most part of the morning we were walking on the road but somewhere in the later part of the morning, we veered off into the mountain and started walking along some loose chip stone ground.
And that was when our easy day turned out to be one of the most tiring day because of the wind! The wind came strong and fast whipping out the sand and stones from the river bed and hills. Our mask, hairs were no protection against the dust generated and there were many times when we couldn’t even walk forward but had to stop to let the gush of wind pass through. All of us inhale so much sand and dust that for many of us, 4 days after this epic journey, we were still coughing and draining dirty mucus from our nose!
But finally after a hard struggle, we reached Jomson! 18 km for the whole day over 7 hours. And with that, we came to the end of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
The 11 days have been challenging. It is not a walk in the park and requires endurance not just to keep moving day after day but to endure the heat, the cold and the basic accommodation which city folks like us might not be used to. But it was still fun especially doing this with a great bunch of teammates. The members are already talking of Everest Base Camp next year. But will I want to do it again?