Annapurna Base Camp - The Sholay of Trekking!!

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While returning from Roopkund we had set our target on Annapurna Base Camp to be our next destination. So the planning for this one had started from 4th June 2016, approximately. After giving a serious thought to the Annapurna circuit trek we had chosen Annapurna Base Camp to be our next destination as the former required more number of days and most of us working in private companies would struggle to get the required number of leaves.
After setting the target we had to start on chalking down a plan for achieving the target. So the itinerary we followed is as below:


Wednesday 10th May: Train (Mithila)
Thursday 11th May: Raxaul stn -> Birgange -> Pokhra
Friday 12th May: Pokhra -> Ghangruk
Saturday 13th May: Ghangruk -> Chomrong
Sunday 14th May: Chomrong -> Deurali/Doban/Himalaya
Monday 15th May: Deurali/Doban/Himalaya -> ABC
Tuesday 16th May: ABC -> Bamboo
Wednesday 17th May: Bamboo -> Jhinu Danda
Thursday 18th May: Jhinu Danda -> Pokhra
Friday 19th May: Bufferday/Travel to Birgunj
Saturday 20th May: Pokhra -> Birgange -> Raxul stn
Sunday 21st May: Home
Monday 22nd May : Home -> Hell
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The same team from Roopkund came here but Krishanu da and Dipankar da opted out because of some personal reasons and a new face Rupak, our childhood school friend joined us. So Oshtoboshu of Roopkund became the Saptarshi this time.
After a long thought we all decided to opt for a guide who would arrange our trek. I googled and indiamiked and shortlisted Mr. Devi Bhandari (+9779846059807) from Pokhara to be the guide who quoted Rs.20 thousand price per head which included 3 times food, stay and porter costs during the trek, transportation to and from the beginning and end points of the trek and hotel cost in Pokhara.
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Day 1:

The one long year wait was over and we were about to begin our journey towards the mighty Himalayas again. Deep down all of us were very excited. Everyone was eager to board the Raxaul bound Mithila express. I quickly went out to buy foil packets to pack our dinner for the night. After completing lunch I thought of taking some rest and the most un-awaited message came in our whatsapp group that the super fantabulous Mithila express was delayed by three hours. One might think that this gave me an opportunity to take some more rest but I was thinking about the effect of this that would cause to our tight itinerary and was trying to chalk out a plan B to encounter the situation, with closed eyes. Suddenly my mobile rings, ohh I was sleeping! It was shiba who had called. We decided to catch the 5.30 pm Kalyani local and reach Bandel via Naihati- Bandel local. Previously we had a plan of hiring a car to Bandel and board the train.

Finally the train started from Howrah at around 6.40 pm. Subhodip, Amit and Rupak boarded the train from Howrah. They had to spend more than three hours in the Howrah station as the train was delayed. This delay continued to haunt us in all the days of our trek.

Finally we could board into the train. It felt like as if we had won a hard fought match in the last over. We had a good dinner with home-made roti and aloo-dum. We all prayed to the God that while we sleep tight the train makes things right and makes up lost time.
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Day 2:

The train could not make up any of the lost time. We reached Raxaul at around 2.30 pm. We quickly rushed out of the station. Our target was to catch a tanga which would take us to Birgunj.

We hired two tangas for seven people, cost was Rs.450 for two tangas. The plan was to move as fast as possible and hire a car to Pokhara. But oh no! The road from Raxaul station to the rail gate was horribly over crowded. We became very wrestles with the stagnant traffic. We had to wait for almost an hour and then the rail gate opened and traffic started to move again. The traffic and the road does not suit the place. A border of a country has no checking personnel at all. No wonder this is considered to be the corridor to many things in India.

We hireda scorpio and started for Pokhara at around 6 pm. The cost was Rs.9000. We all will remember both the journeys from Birgunj to Pokhara to Pokahra to Birgunj for different reasons.

Within half an hour of our journey the driver Govind explained to us that he had just returned from Kathmandu and he was very tired. We had our dinner in a local dhaba kind of place. It was neat and clean. Govind chose this place for us. The food was good.

After starting our journey post dinner we were all dozing off a bit. Govind had put on a loud music which was so embarrassingly boring, donít know why the singer keeps saying his name in between the songs (God help DJ Aditya). Suddenly Govind stopped the music and said he wanted us to speak him as he was feeling sleepy. This was enough for all of us to stop dozing. We all indulged in chatting with him. The topics on which we discussed with Govind had to be of his choice coz we had to keep him awake and they were so nonsensical that I cannot mention them here.

Meanwhile we entered probably the worst road in the world. A good 40km stretch of gaddhas and stones with very little road to be found. I guess the moon surface would be in a better condition than this. This is a nightmare for any driver and those sitting at the rear end of the vehicle.

The road condition improved from the point where the road gets divided into two one that continues towards Kathmandu and the other takes a U-turn towards Pokhara. We took a cup of tea here as Govind was desperate to take some rest. We got him a red bull to energize his driving abilities. To our bad luck it started raining heavily hereafter. We were already late and the rain made us even slower.
It was almost dawn when we reached Pokhara Devi jee was waiting for us in one place which he communicated to Govind over phone.After entering the room which Devi jee had booked for us I looked at my watch and it was 3am. To us it was still night but for most of you it is very early in the morning.

Devi jee said he would come in the morning at around 7.30 am and would arrange breakfast for us and we would leave for Nayapool by 9 am. We crawled to our bed somehow and tried to sleep as much as possible.
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Day 3:

The night was a quite small compared to the day we had spent in train, tanga and of course the car to Pokhara the previous day. We were waked up by Devi jee at 7.30 am in the morning. Shiba was the first one to get ready so he went with Devi jee to get the breakfast for us from the German bakery in Pokhara.

After breakfast we quickly loaded our bags in the Tata Sumo which was waiting for us just outside Devi jeeís office and started our journey towards Nayapool. It took an hour or so to reach Nayapool where we took another cup of tea and then started our trek from here. Todayís destination is Ghandruk.

Most of the walk today was through road till we reached Syuli Bazar. Here we had our lunch. The road from Syuli Bazar to Ghandruk was not very difficult. Overall this was an easy day of walk except the last ascent to Ghandruk for about an hour or so. The rooms that Devi jee had pre-booked for us were excellent and after a nice dinner we all got the much needed sleep.
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Day 4:

We woke up early and took our breakfast. I took some snaps of the place where we had stayed in Ghandruk and then we started to move towards Chhomrong. I was already warned about the killer stairs of Chhomrong. I was bit worried about the stairs for myself and my friend Kiron, I was suffering from lower back pain since Roopkund and Kiron was having serious problems in his knee. Kiron showed tremendous mental strength and endurance throughout the tour. He used different types of knee-cups while I tightened by medicated belt around my waste and kept walking.

The road from Ghandruk was initially comfortable and then it consisted of descent towards the Modi khola. While we started to descend it started raining. Cloud was always accompanying us since the morning and now they started to melt down in the form of rain drops. Initially they drops were not very frequent and slowly as we approached the river the drops started becoming more frequent. We crossed the Modi khola and stpped for lunch in Kimrong. We all loved this place. It was a surrounded by lush green mountains from all sides and a not very crowded place also. While we were at lunch it rained heavily. After lunch we sat around in the table and quietly enjoyed the rain.

Devi jee warned us that we could not afford to wait for the rain to stop else it would get dark before we reach Chhomrong. So we started to walk again in the rain. After a steep rise it was a flat for a while and we stopped in a village for another small break. The rain had stopped by then. The clouds were forming different shapes with green and blue background. The snow clad peaks tried hard to peep through the clouds.

We reached Chhomrong just before sunset. Finally the mighty Fishtail showed up and peeked through the clouds. We had almost reached our stay at Chhomrong but we did not want to miss the view so we stopped and took several snaps of the Fishtail.

The stay at Chhomrong was beautiful. The beauty became more soothing in the night. Even though it was not full moon the snow clad Hiunchulli, Annapurna South and Fishtail were lit up by the moon light. The black sky with white dots and the white snow clad peaks rendered such beautiful and mesmerizing beauty that all of us were spellbound at it.
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Towards Chhomrong

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