Gandruk to Landruk

Pokhara Travel Blog

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Stepping out of my tent and into the pure Himalayan air was unreal. To this day, I still haven't seen anything more beautiful than what I saw this morning.

It was a quarter past five, and no-one else in camp was up yet, except for one of the guides who was gazing in awe at the view of the valley. The sight of the Annapurnas was so beautiful that it seemed like an illusion. The snow-capped mountains shone blue and white, like the moon. The sky was indigo, and the roof of the sky was dusted with twinkling stars. It seemed like I was in a fairy tale land. For a quarter of an hour, I was frozen in awe.

At 2000 m (6000 ft), this was the highest point we climbed to. Two thousand metres isn't even half as high as Everest base camp, which is 5030 m (16,500 ft) high. Still, it felt high to me.

At about 7 am, everyone else woke up, and it didn't have quite the magic it did at five o'clock.

Today we visited a school. It was considered rich by Nepali standards; they had a basketball court, and helicopter landing pad! We saw a goat here that Dave kept telling to "stick his dooks up".

After lunch on the heli-pad, we made our way to Landruk.

At Landruk, we watched some village dances. And they made us dance too, which was embarrassing.
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Kids at school
Kids at school
A postcard of the Annapurna Ranges…
A postcard of the Annapurna Range…
A map I drew of Nepal in my scrapb…
A map I drew of Nepal in my scrap…
On the schools helipad
On the school's helipad
photo by: Makkattack