Obligatory mission up to the highest point in the park without mountaineering kit. Annapurna Base Camp, or ABC, as they call it.
What they don’t tell you is that it gets pretty snowy and treacherous, cold and wet. Though there may be lodges on the way, once you get into the sanctuary, wood burning is not allowed, having the knock on effect that any heat going to be provided is either going to be a) from the sun b) from you.
When the sun disappears, it gets pretty cold.
Gave it a go. I knew it was always going to be a question of weather.
Here’s a little map of where I travelled in the last 2 days.
Day 3: Jihnudanda -> Sinuwa
The hot springs up to Sinuwa. A day taking you through the last permanent settlement, Chomrong and up, and down, a lot of steps.
Jihn at 1780 to Sinuwa at 2360. After reaching Sinuwa, most of the climbing had been done. Gave it some rest time.
Sinuwa is a smelly type of place. With a few lodges. …
There are hot springs in Jihnudanda and a couple of the hotels accept Mastercard which means I don’t have to dip into my cash balance.
Stocked, up fed myself and re-charged my batteries.
Was talking to a girl who went on a ridge walk called Mardi Himal. Kind of an alternative to base camp. They stopped at one of the viewpoints. Some of the members of her party decided to continue to the next viewpoint and one of them stumbled and fell off the edge.
1,000ft drop. Helicopter came and picked the rest of the party up to take them home.