Nov four, 2019 – Khopra Ridge tenting 3640m to Tadapani
It was a chilly night time within the tent. I needed to mummify myself in my ultralight sleeping bag and put on all my layers.
I solely slept a few hours, the remainder of the time listening to a superb audio e book.
At first mild I packed up the frozen Hubba rapidly (no espresso!) and acquired transferring to warm-up.
In about 90 minutes I made it to Bayeli Visitor Home for breakfast. The solar was out and it regarded a stupendous morning. I used to be blissful to get there.
The Annapurna massif contains one peak over eight,000 metres (26,000 ft), 13 peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft), and sixteen extra over 6,000 metres (20,000 ft). It’s 55 kilometres (34 mi) lengthy. A monster.
I used to be a tiny ant climbing up and down ridges at round 3000m.
It clouded up early as we speak. Uncommon. November usually brings day-after-day of clear skies. Nepalis instructed me this was atypical climate.
But this turned out to be one in all my favorite days. Completely different. The autumn colors brightest.
Strolling alone by these excessive grasslands was great.
I’ll be recommending the Khopra Ridge trek to those that wish to get away from roads and improvement. Most is wilderness, nicely above farms.
Masses are nonetheless introduced up by horse or porter.
I heard they often carry as much as 90kg !
As clouds descended and I descended some vistas jogged my memory of the Pacific N.W.
There’s nonetheless a lot accessible wilderness inside the Annapurna Conservation Space.
With out a information, I unintentionally took a distinct path than most. My decrease observe was empty. Quiet. Tranquil.
Stopping for milk espresso at Isharu, I actually loved chatting with the lodge proprietor. He’d seen Himalayan Black Bear up right here.
Everybody expects the Khopra Ridge trek to proceed to develop in recognition. It’s a part of a pattern launched by one man — Mahabir Pun — who was educated at College of Nebraska.
Mahabir helps mountain communities to advertise new trails near Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. To construct eco-friendly lodges. Some away from conventional villages. The thought is that Earnings from lodges goes to assist faculties and native well being clinics.
Trails like Khopra Ridge will exchange some present hikes which have been degraded by highway constructing.
One other good contact on this part are trash luggage at common intervals on the path. (These are for locals, not vacationers. Hikers don’t litter right here.)
I additionally favored today in that it was principally downhill. 😋
I checked into an excellent room in Tadapani (2710m). My batteries wanted recharged. And I wanted a mattress. It was solely 2pm.
Once I awoke from siesta the facility had gone out. It was pouring rain.
It’s not alleged to rain right here in November. Monsoon arrived late this yr. Maybe all the pieces was pushed later.
As Warren usually factors out, climate shouldn’t be an issue for a hiker correctly outfitted.
Many weren’t ready.
I wandered Tadapani within the rain. I used to be carrying good moist climate clothes.
Paint cans with completely different vegetation.
Tadapani is not a very good village. But it’s a brilliant fashionable cease — a crossroads for a lot of completely different hikes. In reality, it’s the official finish level for the Khopra Ridge trek. From right here I’ve choices.
I’ve achieved that journey earlier than so will head down — as an alternative — to Ghandruk.