Bhraga, 3450m, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.
Although I slept like a log this last night, I definitely felt physically drained when I woke up. My mind was awake, my body not so much. Anyway, hiking thawed me pretty quick. The trail was, once again, gorgeous! We were getting higher and higher in the mountains and the views were getting progressively more impressive too.
Around 11 o’clock, we passed by a guesthouse with an elevated terrace, overlooking the whole valley and the Annapurna mountain range. So, we decided upon an early lunch. The sun was amazing, the food was good (we even got some fresh fruit juice!), so we spend almost 2 hours there.
The remaining of the 12 kilometres of the day, was filled with walking in and out of little turns, carved in the cliffs of the valley. The valley was visually getting narrower now and the view in our backs was getting more and more spectacular.
The trail has a way of bringing you closer with the rawness of nature. At the same time, it won’t let you escape of respecting the absolute greatness of it all. You can only be grateful to experience her. She is a mother, but she will force you to walk on your own at the same time.
By the time we reached Yak Kharka, I definitely felt the efforts of the previous days. However, meeting our Dutch friends from our first night again, was a nice distraction! We chatted through the evening, even played a little game. A very grateful way to forget your tired legs for a minute!
Usually, everyone will walk more or equal distances on given parts of the trail. Thus, the people you pass by the first day, usually end up in the same guesthouse, in the same villages, on the trail. This is very nice for making trail friends and having a nice chat on your way to the top! This is also nice for the Nepalese guides; they can catch up with each other too during those social moments.
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