AC Side Trip: Tilicho Lake | Dec. 21, 2015

I cannot believe I really made it to one of the highest lake in the world! Once I decided on doing the Annapurna Circuit in winter, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to to the side trip to Tilicho Lake. Usually in december there is too much snow, making the crossing far too dangerous. But…

AC Side Trip: Manang-Tilicho BC | Dec. 20, 2015

What a day! Impressive landscape, quite different from the trail so far on the Annapurna Circuit (AC) and a lot more difficult. It feels great to start the day as a group. With my guide, we are now 9 people to walk from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp today. After checking in at the Tourist…

AC Side Trip: Ice Lake | Dec. 19, 2015

Most trekkers take a rest day in Manang for acclimatization. Walk high and sleep low is the best way to get used to the altitude. So I decided to go really high today, from the 3,540m in Manang up to the 4,600 of Ice Lake. My guide adviced it would be too difficult, but having…

AC: Ghyaru to Manang | Dec. 18, 2015

This morning my water in the drinking bottle is frozen and my thermometer shows -5°C. I am “only” at 3600m, how will this be at much higher altitude? Luckily my sleeping bag is cozy and warm. Getting out of the sleeping bag into my clothes is a completely different thing though. I will probably be a…

AC: Chame to Ghyaru | Dec. 17, 2015

A bad morning, my eyes are completely swollen, I am tired and my nose is bleeding… But I am starting anyway at 7h30 and already in Chame I meet another hiker, Amog from India with his guide. It’s again a beautiful day and the sun is shining and it’s nice to talk to someone for…

AC: Tal to Chame | Dec. 16, 2015

I love that it is so easy to sleep in the mountains after a good day of exercice! Usually I am a very “difficult sleeper”, meaning I have a lot of troubles falling asleep, laying in my bed for hours still awake. But during the whole trip I seem to be tired enough (if not…

AC: Bhulbhule to Tal | Dec. 15, 2015

I want to start early and ordered breakfast for 6.30h even though my guide said it’s too early, too cold… Breakfast is ready at 6h45 and I enjoy porridge with bananas and a view on the mountains! What a great start into the day. I can’t wait to start walking so I am leaving ahead of…

Starting the Annapurna Circuit | December 14, 2015

7am is starting time, my guide is already waiting in the lobby. We take a taxi to the local bus station (500 NRS and I am still thinking it was too expensive – never count on a guide to negotiate even if he is pretending!). And then we patiently wait until the local minibus gets…

One day in Kathmandu | December 13, 2015

Getting a good night of sleep night in Thamel ist not easy – if you cannot stand noise! I am already looking forward to the quietness of the mountains. But before a full day in Kathmandu awaits me. The day starts in a hiking agency. Initially just for a bus ticket – I have decided…

Nepal, here I come | December 11, 2015

Finally – I am leaving to Nepal! I am flying only in the evening so I have enough time to enjoy going to the gym to get some exercise before having to sit for too many hours. I am flying with Etihad, first to Munich, then Abu Dhabi and finally Kathmandu. I am excited and…

Hello Nepal

As a natural choice for mountain lovers and hikers, I wanted to travel to Nepal for a couple of years now. As I can only take off a couple of weeks in a row from my work in either July/August or around Christmas, I always thought it’s out of reach. January 2015, a friend went hiking to…