Why did I choose this particular track? After all, I could go and lead a group on any route? Of course, for the incredible views of Fishtail, the second name of Machapuchare. Also, I wanted to take a route that was new to me.
And I do not know, maybe I missed the mountains so much, maybe our group is so well-matched – but I really got high from the route, it surpassed all my expectations!
The magic began on the first day. After a long drive from Kathmandu, we slowly gained the first hundred meters to the village of Deurali. At one point one of the participants asked me: “Taras, what is that interesting cloud up there, high in the sky? That’s the very top of Machapuchare in sunset colors!
Most of the participants were in the Himalayas for the first time, and it came as a real shock to them that the mountain top could “fly” somewhere among the clouds. It was unbelievable.
We arrived at the overnight stop at dusk, and it started raining exactly 10 minutes later.
I really love it and get high when everything happens on time. This happens to me a lot with groups and this time was no exception. As soon as we got to the lodge – it could start raining, when we went out to the most overlooked areas – the clouds parted. In general, if the group has good karma (and we also cleaned it by picking up trash along the way) – everything happens on time.
The next morning I emerged from my room with sighs and exclamations of admiration – the views of Annapurna South and Himchuli were right on the balconies of our lodge! That morning set the tone for the rest. It was an easy trek; there was 3 to 5 hours of walking per day on average, and no need to rush. We woke up, calibrated together, drank coffee, and enjoyed the morning views each day. Like Groundhog Day, only the views are a little different and it’s the kind of Groundhog Day everyone could wish for!
The route goes along the ridge, which means there are no constant drops and sharp rises. Smoothly, every day we stomped up to our 500 meters. The first few days the trail was through a fabulous forest. I’ve hiked many places and seen many incredible forests. But this one! Probably the most beautiful forest I’ve seen in Nepal! The bizarre trees are more than a meter thick, overgrown with moss and lianas… and only the woodsman was missing to complete the picture. Maybe we just hadn’t seen him, though, had we?
Magnolias and rhododendrons were in bloom, but not yet as brightly as we would have liked.
We had a lot of time to go through the passages, because we wanted to take pictures in every hollow tree and hang from every liane. We could afford to take our time and enjoy the forest to the fullest.
As we got higher, the forest got smaller and the mountains around us even higher. I kept wanting to catch the most beautiful angles in front of Machapuchare and I think I succeeded! When it seems that you can reach the top of a sacred mountain with your hand…
Machapuchare was on the right side of the Mardi Himal ridge, on the left was the Annapurna massif, which was just as impressive.
And if on the same trek to Everest you can see more snowy peaks, here there was a special combination of green forests and snowy giants, which gave an incredible contrast. I really enjoyed it!
We came mostly for dinner, then went for another hour and a half walk, and in the evenings we played piggyback, sang with the guitar, solved riddles and told stories about the mountains and life. It was very heartwarming and warm.
Friends, I liked the trek so much that I highly recommend it to everyone who goes for the first time or is ready to relax and enjoy the scenery unhurriedly. But if you’re all about the challenge and the 8 hour treks – then better to Everest or around Manaslu.
So yes, we’ve added new dates for spring that we hadn’t planned at first.
Nepal to all!