Though we are not mountaineers, we have done our share of trekking. Then, just last week, we came off a 15-day trek in the Himalayas in Nepal that looked and felt something like a “best of” of our previous treks. We would like to think that’s saying something, what with journeys in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Burma and bits of the western United States under our hiking belts.
Yet until very recently we’d barely heard of Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range or the legendary path cut within it called the Annapurna Circuit. But as soon as we approached the border between India and Nepal, recommendations and ringing endorsements of “the circuit” from other travelers and trekkers hit the airwaves. More followed in Pokhara, the jumping off point for a host of great mountain hikes in Nepal. Still others arrived by email. Our choice was clear: make time and do the Annapurna Circuit.
In an attempt to give you a quick feel for what we experienced on the circuit – the land, its people, their culture, the drama and the progression of it all – we bring you a photo slideshow from our 15 days on the trail. We'll be writing more and posting photo essays later – from A Recipe for Himalayan Stew to How to Trek like a Supermodel – to give the trek its full due.
You might be asking: “So where does the treasure hunt fit into all of this?”
Here it is: How many of the following can you find in the video below? There may or may not be a prize from Nepal in the end…
1. Yaks grazing
2. Mule trains
3. Water buffalo herder
4. Naked kid saying “Namaste!” (Hello, or literally “I bow to you.”)
5. Tibetans and their amulets
6. Blue sheep
7. Buddhist prayer wheels
8. Bath time
9. Dan and Audrey
Note: Press the play button on the video below in order to view the slideshow.