THISWORLDEXISTS hike the roof of the world
The sky was a deep blue and huge white crowns were within a seemingly reachable distance. We resisted the urge to clutch at these monsters whilst the morning sun began to spread a glowing amber haze on the entire landscape. Detail and deep beauty continued to be amplified during this stunning pre dawn earth show that was unfolding right in front of our eyes.
Schoolyard sounds of excitement, amazement and pure wonder woke the rest of our group that hadn't made the most rewarding 5:30am wake up in human history.
Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Macchupucchre were slowly being undressed, becoming increasingly exposed by the rising sun.
Fissures, cornices and avalanche debris could be spotted clearly on these towering mountain faces that stretched high into the deep blue sky.
Countless steps, heavy packs, bone chilling cold and sweat soaked clothing was rewarded in droves with the world's best sunrise location; the Himalaya.
Prior to leaving on our trek we explored the stunning Davis Falls of Pokhara. Despite in the middle of winter and the Nepali dry season, the waterfall still thumped down it's shallow river and plunged deep into the earth below us.
Leaning over the rail, water tumbled into a deep, dark and intriguing ravine. It took no words to agree on exploring further to find a way inside the cave.
The winter air was crisp but once inside the tunnel entrance to the cave, humidity and air temperature spiked dramatically. Sweat followed.
Peering at the tumbling waterfall from deep inside the underground cavern was a highlight of Pokhara. Our group had no idea of just how spoilt we would be for waterfalls over the coming days trekking in the Himalaya.
Ancient moss covered forest framed snow capped mountain views during our incredible Himalayan adventure.
Cloud passed through the high ridge line trails that led us up and down countless steps, through a forest that seemed like it came straight from a children's book and continued to lead us from one postcard scene to another.
Waterfalls were the biggest surprise of our trek. Leaping out from the forest and into crystal clear blue water that was ice cold.
Some of our bravest guests made it a ritual to bathe in as many of these natural showers that they could find during the hike. It would have been great to help loosen up tired legs after a long days trek. Others enjoyed an equally ice cold Everest beer.
The Himalaya are the roof of the world, Mt Everest being the highest of them all. Whilst our trek was not in the Everest region, scale is quickly thrown out the window when you are amongst these stunning peaks.
Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) was the highest we got to see and is ranked 7th in the world's highest peaks. Annapurna was the second tallest we saw and is the 10th highest in the world at a monstrous 8,091m above sea level.
Any words would not do these mountains justice. Just check out some of these views!
THISWORLDEXISTS Nepal trek started in Nayapool where the group began hiking to Tikhedhunga for our first night in the Himalaya. Ghorepani was our next destination that provided close proximity for our pre dawn hike to Poon Hill for sunrise. After sunrise, we made our way to Tadapani then returned to Nayapool via Ghandrung.
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