Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 2

Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 2

You can read part 1 here, which outlines the first 10 days of trekking the Annapurna Circuit. 

After we crossed Thorong La (our big 17,700-foot accomplishment of the trek) on Day 10, our hike down from the pass was mostly steep, steep, STEEP! It was a vast contrast from everything else we had experienced and it was painful in a whole new way we didn't expect.

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Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 1

Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 1

It has been two whole weeks since we got off the Annapurna trail through the Himalayas and returned to “normal” travel life—moving by cars, trains, and planes instead of our own two feet. And although I was happy for a rest and some clean fresh laundry, I find myself looking at photos from the trail nearly every day, still in awe of the Annapurna Conservation Area. I loved the trek so much that I left the trail with a list of thru hikes to complete in 2019 and a renewed desire to trail run.

Anyway, it is about time I share some stories and photos from this incredible trek.

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A Monk Gave Me Homework

A Monk Gave Me Homework

A post by Andrew.

Kathmandu is dusty, hot, and crowded. But also, colorful and sensational. The people are friendly and appear devoutly religious. But I will let Kelsey elaborate in another post—just know it is an overwhelming place for the first-time visitor. Fortunately, we had Monica—Kelsey’s childhood friend who lives and studies Buddhism in Kathmandu—to show us around for a few days. 

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Yellow, Lantern-Filled Hoi An

Yellow, Lantern-Filled Hoi An

Like Ha Long Bay, Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. The historical district is recognized as the best example of a historic SE Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, according to Wikipedia. But to the non-Googling eye, the area is an incredibly quaint, well decorated old town with clear Japanese, Chinese, and French influences. Presumably, because they all traded there.

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A (Group) Tour of Ha Long Bay

 A (Group) Tour of Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was our second destination in Vietnam. The bay is full of thousands of picturesque tiny limestone islands that abruptly pop out of the ocean. The area is strange and otherworldly. So much so that local legend says a dragon spit jade bullets into the ocean, which sprouted these islands in front of enemy ships. Seems logical enough, right?

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