Annapurna Circuit - Day 1 (Besisahar - Bhulbule)

Besisahar Travel Blog

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Leaving Besisahar at the start of the trek (200+ kilometers and 4600m of elevation gain and drop - net, not total - to go).
Woke early (6:15-ish) to see if there were any views of the high Himalaya.  While not the greatest views there were some sights that could be seen through the early morning haze.  But they were not very good views as the photos I will post at some point will tell (see yesterday's entry for Bandipur for photos).

After breakfast we loaded back onto the bus and prepared to depart back down the way we came to Dumre and beyond.  From Dumre to Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna trek was around 50km which meant another 2 hours of travel on the bus along a road even rougher and narrower than yesterday.  We also lost Rudy today.  He had a few extraneous issues and an eye infection of some variety and had been wavering from the get go about going on the trek.
Himalayan foothills and our trail/road.
  He decided to get a separate car and return to Kathmandu and then on to Bangkok from there.  So we were eight at this point setting out with our guides and porters (Nikki had still not caught up with us).

We arrived in Besisahar around 11:30 AM, surprisingly a larger town that what I expected.  Ordered and ate lunch before starting on the trek.  We passed our larger bags on to the porters.  The porters were each carrying two persons gear + there own - which probably averaged out to 10 kg per person, so 20-25 kilos of gear.  A pretty amazing feat as we moved higher into the mountains, but actually less than what porters used to carry and less than what many other people were lugging up and down along the trails that we saw every day.
Terraced fields along the Annapurna Circuit trail.


Heading north from Besisahar, the trail followed the Marysangdi Khola, which is to be our constant companion for the next week or so.  Just north of town the trail was a dirt road that still saw occassional traffic.  This actually included our porters who came by in a bus with our bags at one point.  An easy day for them today then :)  The trail/road was mainly a gentle grade with some rollers as we climbed from 840m (2750 ft) at Besisahar to just under 900m (2950 ft) at Bhulbule our destination for the evening.  Overall we only trekked for 2:35 today - a gentle easing into the Himalayas.

The views today were average, the high peaks still hidden.  We did see some snow in the middle hills (higher than the first hills right around us but still pretty low overall).  Not sure if that is a good or a bad sign.  Settled in at our "rustic" accomodation for the evening in mid-afternoon.  Just lounged around mainly but did take a short walk to the area of town across the river via suspension bridge.  Before and after dinner a few games of UNO came out between and among the trekkers, guides, and porters.  Carol also brought along a small handmade "cello" which came out to provide some entertainment as well.  Tomorrow is to be a longer day so we finally called it an evening and headed to our small rooms to sleep.
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Leaving Besisahar at the start of …
Leaving Besisahar at the start of…
Himalayan foothills and our trail/…
Himalayan foothills and our trail…
Terraced fields along the Annapurn…
Terraced fields along the Annapur…
Marsyangdi Khola near Besisahar.
Marsyangdi Khola near Besisahar.
Nepali Bus on the road (including …
Nepali Bus on the road (including…
Marsyangdi Khola rapids.
Marsyangdi Khola rapids.
A first view of some snowy peaks i…
A first view of some snowy peaks …
Mule trains along the trail.
Mule trains along the trail.
Our first suspension bridge crossi…
Our first suspension bridge cross…
Our first suspension bridge crossi…
Our first suspension bridge cross…
Claire and Michelle crossing the b…
Claire and Michelle crossing the …
Ciaran, Raju, and Jess crossing th…
Ciaran, Raju, and Jess crossing t…
Pastures at Bhulbule.
Pastures at Bhulbule.
Pastures at Bhulbule.
Pastures at Bhulbule.
Our rustic teahouse accomodation i…
Our rustic teahouse accomodation …
Our teahouse in Bhulbule
Our teahouse in Bhulbule
Evening entertainment in Bhulbule
Evening entertainment in Bhulbule
Besisahar
photo by: Kramerdude