The incredible legend
Saying that hiking the in Tiger Leaping Gorge was the reason for my trip to China would be an overstatement. It was definitely at the top of the list of things I wanted to do while exploring this huge country though. The gorge is one of the deepest in the world. It’s located between Jade Dragon Snow mountain and Haba Snow mountain. It towers approximately 3,500 meters above the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the famous Yangtze, the longest river in Asia.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
The legend of the gorge says that a tiger jumped across the river at its narrowest point, which is still a massive 25 meters, to escape a hunter. When I first read about this dramatic scenery and the story behind the name I got hooked on the idea of getting there. It seemed like a perfect place to finish my travels around China.
Challenged by the cold and high altitude
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m)
My notes from trekking the Himalayas continue so no, there was no abrupt end to my adventure. I did not get stuck at 3,239 meters. I carried on but the whole experience became more demanding. From that point I could feel that I am getting easily tired. High altitude and a night spent at a cold lodge were taking its toll. I needed more stops to either have a drink of water or just rest my backpack on a side of a path. I admired the surroundings. The snow-covered Himalayas were a remarkable view that motivated me and excited me at the same time.
Sunrise at the Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek
Trekking in the Himalayas was my main motivation for visiting Nepal. I wanted to disconnect from my work, clear my head from all the unnecessary distractions and enjoy this incredible and challenging experience. I have never done any trekking, only long-distance walking including the 60K Just Walk I did with my friends for charity back in 2012 and Barcelona Magic Line plus some hiking with different levels of difficulty. Still… these were only one day trips with a small backpack and the altitude nowhere near 4,000 meters.
Once my heart was set on Nepal at the end of 2013 I started all the planning. I talked to few friends about their experiences and found out that the Annapurna Region is one of more popular destinations with its breathtaking scenery and a variety of routes that would work with my rather tight schedule. Sadly I only had a luxury of 16 days dedicated to the whole trip. I also checked some blogs and exchanged a number of emails with other helpful people to fully understand what I am getting myself into and decided that it might be best if I hire a guide for this trek. A couple of months and several emails later I was in Nepal, finally met Indra, my very friendly and experienced guide, and the ABC trekking adventure has begun!
Annapurna Base Camp Trek