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We did it!

September 29, 2012

We trudged back into Pokhara as the walking wounded. We are battered and bruised, limping, and very, very dirty. But we’ve done it. The past seven days have been the hardest physically and emotionally of my life. And will likely be the most satisfying, but it’s too soon to tell.

The Annapurna National Park is a lower level trek and is deemed moderate, with some parts demanding. Everything is relative, of course, and being able to run three miles without stopping or scrambling the Ice Glen in the Berkshires really isn’t proper training for the Himalayas.

My breaking point came on day four, our first down day after ascending into the clouds. I thought it would be my easiest, but it was my day for tears. We all had rough days. There were leeches, giant bugs, water buffalo in the camp (and at one point a stampede of them around the toilet tent which I was occupying at the time), and a monsoon which we weathered in a fragile tent on the mountainside.  We shared moments of great joy, loads of laughs, and a few low points. Twice on the trek we heard about others like us who had suffered – on our first day there was an avalanche that killed 11 and on our sixth day a plane headed to Everest with trekkers crashed killing all aboard.

Every day I did something I cannot believe was possible for me. I am filled with emotion from the trip.

But now I’ve showered and am drinking a beer with Emma, toasting our accomplishments.  We are all off to a celebration with our guides and porters where there no doubt will be hugs and cheers all around. Tomorrow we fly back to Kathmandu, the next day Emma, Fiona, and I take a quick flight to Everest and then I am off to Bangkok. I will update you all on the details of the trek in the next day or so. For now, I”m off to join my new friends!

I miss you all!

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5 Comments
  1. Anna permalink

    Wow Kathleen! I heard about the avalanche and was worried for you. Didn’t know about the plane crash- how horrible. I am so proud of you as I take my little “wee” hikes here! XO from Maine!

  2. Linda Drohan permalink

    Good for you Kath, I’m very proud of you and I’m glad you’re safe.
    Love you,
    Linda

  3. Steve permalink

    So proud of you, and incredibly happy to hear you’re OK! I heard about the avalanche and was a little worried, so it’s great to hear you’re safe and having a great time. Have fun and be safe!

  4. Joan Jolley permalink

    Amazing.
    Thanks for having me along your journey.
    When you are in Bangkok, be sure to have dinner at mandarin oriental thai restaurant and get a massage at Wat Po.
    http://www.watpomassage.com/2009/

  5. colleen permalink

    Go Girl! Thank you for sharing all of these emotions. I miss you!

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