Sunday, May 6, 2007

Annapurna Sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary was the turnaround point for our trek. It is a valley in the middle of the Annapurna range surrounded on all sides by huge mountains, including Annapurna I, the tenth highest in the world.

We were blessed with 2 days of clear weather when we reached the Sanctuary. Previous days had seen cloud and rain roll in by early afternoon and this would have meant snow and zero visibility in the Sanctuary had it continued. Because of the enforced early finishes we started walking early in the morning and by lunchtime were sipping hot tea, eating Dahl Baht and settled in a lodge for the night. This meant lots of time for reading and backgammon! Current backgammon score: Mary 'doubles' Brett - 23, Matt 'luckless' Darby - 18.

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