All posts tagged: hiking

Security in Nepal

This post is a personal note to my travel in Nepal. I was a long time searching around by myself to find information for the hiking and for my own safety in Nepal. The first clear thing what I can say is –NO NEPAL IS NOT INDIA- I was in the beginning scared of the influence from India. Yes I have heard a lot of horror stories of raping and death there. But Nepal is in my opinion a really safe country. There are just some rules you should follow for the cultural aspect. Wear long pants and t-shirts who are going over your shoulder If you are staying longer than a few days in Kathmandu buy a mask for your face or a round scar because of the dust. When we are already in the city’s of Nepal there are also some other safety aspects. BECAREFUL of the monkeys. Sounds like a joke but you will see why! They are used to people and they can steal your stuff. The dogs have been mostly …

Hiking Gear – Nepal

Because a few of my friends have asked me what kind of gear I have used on my hike I was making a small list what I have taken with me. Here are also some tips what I would change. If you want to make a world trip and don’t need all your gear at the hike a lot of the hostels have a storage room and you can park your stuff there. That’s pretty handy because you don’t need your laptop while you’re hiking. 😉 Backpack ( http://www.globetrotter.de/shop/deuter-aircontact ) i have had the older version with 55 liters 2 Water bottles, I have had one from Germany 1Liter Bottle what i still use today, ( www.globetrotter.de/shop/nalgene-everyday  ) and one normal bottle I have bought in Kathmandu. You need 2 because in the first one you can get the fresh water with the tablets and the other one is your drinking water at this time. Warm ski underwear (www.amazon.de/gp/product/B078F6S49K ,www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01M1SPYYP ) Pullover and jacket (https://amzn.to/2K3Vqxs ) Jacket 2 layers, I just love 2 layer jackets they …

Pokhara

After all my hiking at the Annapurna I have had just 1,5 days left to see another city. Ok I must say I just don’t want to spend another few days in Kathmandu and just wait around to fly to the next destination. A lot of hikers have sad that I would love Pokhara. A city full of art, self-made stuff and a beautiful lake. It sounds awesome and believe me the first arrival was again not that nice. Our bus has had a lot of delay (It was dark and we have had no clue where we are) we don’t have had any hostel booked and a group of 3 just running around and searching something. Yes we have got a bed. But I would never recommend this hostel. On the internet it says with breakfast and Wi-Fi. Yeah, we just let it stay like that. The next day was awesome! I was meeting the guy from yesterday’s bus drive and we are starting to explore the city. More like the street around the …

Annapurna Circuite Day 8 – 12

Manang (3540hm) – Yak Kharka (4018hm) The days are getting shorter because we make more high meters but straight up the mountains. Today is just around 5 hours of walking. Really nice scenery and not really hard. It’s a dry area and now there are also no cars anymore. Everything what you need now must be transported on horses or yaks. But that’s really nice its quiet and hot. Haha after we are so burned from yesterday we need to cover everything up. I already have bought a round scarf to cover my face more. You learn just in a few days what kind of equipment you really need for a hike. Our group is now getting a bit smaller because 3 of the guys want to make another side track for acclimatization what needs 3 days but I don’t have really the time for it. So maybe we see them in the end of the track again. Today we have again a long time to recover its around 5 hours only for walking and …

Annapurna Circuite Day 7

Manang Acclimatisation day! Today we can’t really get further in the Annapurna Track because of the acclimatisation. So how to use a free day as a hiker? Jep do another hike. A small group of 5 (Swedish guy and the 3 Argentinian people) are making the way to the ice lake near Manang. We need to walk back a few minutes and coming threw a monastery with horses. Than a really big climbing part starts, 1000 meters up. At the top there is only a small café where we get a hot tea and a small rest,then we walk further to the ice lake. And jep it’s a frozen lake that’s what I can say. Frozen lake! Not really spectacular but the few OMG! You can see the whole valley and the snowy mountains. On the way back 1000 m down, I can really feel my legs, they are starting with hurting like hell and i get a bit scared how i will survive the next few days. I don’t have my walking sticks today …

Annapurna Ciruit Day 5-6

Chame (2670hm) – Upper Pisang (3300hm) Another day, another life. That’s what I say! And what a day. The walking starts to be a meditation for me. I enjoy it soo much to have no Wifi, no problems. Only where can I sleep, where is my food and my water. Maybe also where can I have a shower but that’s it totally. I realize that we really don’t need that much to life and to be happy. I haven’t felt so free since a long time. I already think of a next walk I will do or another big long time adventure. But first I enjoy these amazing day. It is an easy day for walking, no steep climb and the mountain formations are spectacular. I feel like how I Imagen Mongolia a bit, some trees but mostly stones and rivers. The scenery looks more out of a film than real. When we are arriving at Upper Pissang we have one of the best tea huts ever. The few over Snowy mountains and the walk …

Annapurna Circuit Day 2-4

Lampata (ca.1300hm) – Jagat (1300hm) We are starting really early at 6.30 o clock. Everyone is awake to have a short breakfast and then start with rumbling. An Australian phrase what I have learned down there. The walking starts with a small hill, and we see some children making a shrine out of clay. The day is really good no rain and our clothes are dry. So we can get a lot of km’s inside. It is an easy walk some side tracks but really nice ones. Off course also again some bridges but at the moment I start to get used to them. I am afraid of highs and in the morning they are usually no problems. I am than still a bit tired and with a good breakfast and energy level, no problem. After we have passed some villages we make a turn to another side-track. On the map is staying marijuana fields (see the pic) we find some plants and a really nice cold water pipe where we make a small rest. …

Annapurna Circuit Day 1

How to come to the starting point? I was taking the local Bus what is a quite, bumpy and different experience to the normal bus I was used to. No one really was speaking English (I was really lucky that a nice guy who could speak fluent English was sitting next to me in the end). In the beginning they were speaking and pointing sometimes laughing at me but I just think that they were laughing about the only tourist in the bus. In the end yes I think they were laughing because I have had no clue what I will experience in it. Loud Indian music with movies sometimes, then you are at the destination and have no clue where you are really. They just throw you out somewhere. For my luck and I can believe for a lot of hikers too is Besi Shahar full of hikers. They just sitting outside in the sun and it easy to find a hostel. (I Don’t have sad that they are nice there 😉 )We couldn’t …