What a journey the past two weeks have been!
Having began walking from Lahachowk in the lowlands on October 30, we spent a few days climbing up to 2800 meters to catch incredible views of the famous peaks of Macchapuchare and Annapurna and to acclimatize for our later expedition into the highlands.
After a rest day on November 4 outside of the large Gurung village of Sikles, we began our slow ascent to the high pasture grazing areas in the shadow below Lamjung Himal.
It was a full on high mountain tent camping experience! We spent six nights below freezing, including one night that got down below 18 degrees F. Four of those days and nights we slept above 12000 feet, and most of our group climbed above 14500 feet, which is higher than any point in the continental USA. In total, we covered a lot of distance through beautiful forests with stunning views. Everyone hiked well and stayed in good spirits, despite the intensity of the route and freezing cold weather.
After a very long and steep descent, we spent last night outside of the high Gurung village of Ghale Gaon, and today we visited Balamchaur village for lunch, where we had stayed for two weeks in October.
Today our group of tanned hearty travelers descended down to the river at Khudi, our final day of trek. We will camp in a harvested rice field near the road, and travel back to Kathmandu tomorrow to engage in an intensive study of Buddhist philosophy, more Independent Study Projects, Nepali language, and other individual pursuits as per student interests.
Despite some tender feet, sore joints, and a few blisters, our students are well.
We will post more details of trek and updates from the students once they are settled back with homestay families back in the capital city.