|As we mentioned, Nepal is a natural wonder. But nothing can prepare you for your first sight of the Himalayas! They are just so tall, and so majestic, that you think your eyes are playing tricks on you. 8 of the world's 10 tallest mountains are in Nepal, including the world's tallest mountain which is Mount Everest at over 29,000 feet. The mountains here are covered in snow year round, and the reach as high into the sky as an airliner flies.
We began our trek on a popular route called the Annapurna circuit, a range of snow white mountains that tower above beautiful green valleys. We hopped on the trail near the quaint resort town of Pokhara which sits next to a pretty forested lake. We had a guide named Babu and a porter to carry the heavy stuff named Ramone. They were great Nepali people, who had a true love of the outdoors and filled us in on secrets of the local culture.
The trail we hiked weaved it's way through the sub-tropical rain forest, past waterfalls, and up and down countless rocky steps. The forest was alive with sounds, insects buzzing, eagles calling as they soared above our heads; and we got to walk through little local villages full of smiling, singing children.
We climed higher into the mountains and had views of river valleys, rice feilds, and of course the majestic mountains. We slept in little local lodges called "tea houses", and had a fun time meeting other trekkers. One of our favorites was a 78 year old guy from Florida who was determined to see the whole world, and he was well on his way.
The only thing that didn't cooperate perfectly was the weather. It has been raining a lot since we have been here (that's what keeps it so green) but the clouds blocked our view of some of the tallest peaks. Still we had a wonderful time, saw some amazing sights, and we are already trying to figure out how soon we can get back to this great kingdom!