Deurali, On the Way to Anapurna Base Camp!

“The key to life is to enjoy it and to keep it as simple as possible…”
~ Fozzy wisdom on the trail

I’m writing to you from Deurali, just two villages away from Annapurna Base Camp. Today we make our final ascent. We’ve walked six days for a minimum of eight hours a day and we’re tired and dirty. As we go higher, it’s colder and accommodations are sparser so we’ve not showered in two days but after a while you stop caring and since everyone else around is as filthy too, no one notices. We slept in Fozzy’s tent last night—outside at 9600 feet—and it was the best night of sleep we’ve had yet.


It’s an exhilarating experience. My legs turned to stone days ago but every time I walk through the beautiful rainforests, or catch a glimpse of the Annapurna range, I am motivated to go higher. I’ve never been more physically challenged, nor have had as much fun, even though I’d give anything right now for a hot shower.


We’ve fueled ourselves with traditional Nepalese food that’s available at the tea houses along the way. I’ll say more about it in next week’s blog, but I’ve had loads of ginger tea, mushroom soup and momo’s. All delicious ways to shore up for the next leg of the trek.


I have to leave it at this for now. Reception is sketchy and I am hopeful I can get even this to you before Monday. But once I’m back in Pokhara I’ll share more.


Here’s the sunrise over Annapurna Range from Poon Hill… We woke at 4am to trek to it and it was absolutely worth it!

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25 comments on “Deurali, On the Way to Anapurna Base Camp!

  1. AvatarDavid W - UK

    Barbara, just come in from Yoga ending with Namaste. A total joy to find your email and amazing update – such a blessing to read.


    David x

  2. AvatarJoan

    Barb – all I can say is WOW! This trip looks amazing. Can’t wait to hear all about it.
    Safe travels. We are thinking of you. Joan and Craig

  3. AvatarIraida Mendez

    Glad to know you are enjoying your trip. Can’t wait to see you; selfish, I know but true.
    The pictures are amazing, but you have not sent one of yourself.
    I can imagine how you must look….and smell after two days without taking a shower.
    Love you,


  4. AvatarDeborah

    Ahhh your post brings back wonderful memories! You are having an amazing time it seems and making wonderful memories for yourself. ENJOY!
    Once you get that shower, it will be squeaky clean on a whole new level (ha ha, but really).

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez R.Ph. M.S. Post author

      Thanks Deborah! IT was indeed awesome! Although I didn’t feel squeaky clean until I got home last night and took my first shower here… Kathmandu had me feeling like Pig-Pen in the Charlie Brown cartoon…. streaking dust everywhere I went 🙂

  5. AvatarKathleen

    I so enjoy your Motivational Monday emails…and this one takes the prize! We are fortunate to experience this journey with you through your blog. Thank you for sharing. Namaste.

  6. Avatargail silver

    what a wonderful and amazing trip. Something you will always remember.
    Take care and enjoy the rest of your vacation. Love, Gail

  7. AvatarLisa

    What an amazing trip! So impressed. Enjoy every minute and continue to be present to the beauty. I love that Dalai Lama quote. I am going to repost. Will be thinking of you! Xo

  8. AvatarJose and Eulalia

    Congratulations on such an amazing and unforgettable trip! Keep taking pictures and we look forward to seeing each of the 700 pictures we hope you will take. Stay warm, enjoy every minute. Love and lots of hugs.

  9. AvatarBrian Berger

    It sounds very exciting Barbara and I can’t wait to hear about it from you in person. Have a safe rest of your journey.


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