ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP, DAY 7
Landslides, a common occurrence in the Himalayas
Last day of hike. We started off rather early, and it was a pleasant and relatively easy route, passing dense jungles, flatlands and small rivers. My main motivation today was just to go to my hotel and shower the shit out of myself. I miss shampoo. I miss soap. I miss smelling and looking like an actual woman. Being out there for days on end with no shower has successfully turned me into some kind of ape form.
Throughout the hike today I was very relaxed and spent the time just reflecting on the whole experience. I loved every minute of it. I love the exhilaration, the adrenaline and the views. I’m pretty sure I would be doing the Everest Base Camp hike at some point in the future, hopefully better prepared with what I’ve learned. And I’ve learned so much during this trip. About what I’m actually capable of, new skills of the outdoorsy living, other people, and other lifestyles.
Getting to the top at the Base Camp was an accomplishment, sure, but what I will remember most is days and days of the journey itself. Sometimes it was fun, sometimes it was easy, other times it was hard, and others times it was a little overwhelming. And how you experience it all depends on how you perceive these things – if you choose to complain and whine, that’s what they will all just boil down to. A miserable experience. But if you choose to take all of them with stride, you’ll end up feeling pretty happy with the whole package deal. You see many types of people during this expedition with many types of personalities. The complainers, the ones who are determined, the ones who are reflective, and the ones who always look at the glass half empty.
Me? I’m just very happy to be everywhere I have been.
Also I’ve just taken a long, well deserved shower. Civilisation is the bomb, son!
I underestimated: The power of positive thinking
I overestimated: my ‘vegan’ abilities. I ate a pile of meat when we came back.
Tips: Learn to always find happiness even in tough situations.
Freshly picked mushrooms and potatoes, but really I just wanted to eat an animal
Beautiful Aisyah with beautiful prayer flags!
What a trip it was. Unforgettable.