Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal – Episode 492

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Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal - Amateur Traveler Episode 492

Hear about Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal as the Amateur Traveler talks to the Su Family from sufamilyadventures.com about tackling this well known route.

The five members of the Su family (Jonathan, Annie, Olivia, Nathan and Joani) are on a larger adventure traveling along the Silk Road, but took a detour to Nepal to hike this famous trek. The normal time to do this hike is 23 days, but by adding in some bone crunching jeep rides they shortened it to fit into 8 days.

They hiked through rain, snow and beautiful sunlit days that showcased the local mountains. They started in a forest full of fall color and hiked far above the tree line.

They found Nepal well suited for long treks with tea houses or lodges ever few kilometers, although the 43 hikers who perished the year before in a tragic snowstorm were not far from their minds.

Fueled by chocolate bars and Dal Baht they found surprises along the way like bakeries and vista but the biggest surprise may have been encountering a South Korean group carrying a disassembled grand piano to the summit for a concert.

With the rise in elevation food got more expensive but accommodation was often thrown in for free if you would eat at the lodge. They learned to get the most calories at the lowest price.

Perseverance allowed them to push through to the 5416 meter Throng La Pass and they share the highs and lows of that adventure with us.


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Show Notes

sufamilyadventures.com
Countries We Plan to Travel Through
What If We Died Here?
Annapurna Circuit
Annapurna Circuit
Annapurna Circuit Trek – 23 Day
Pokhara
Besisahar
Dal Bhat
Video of Concert at the Summit
Lonely Planet Nepal (Travel Guide)

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on Travel to Moscow – Episode 490:

Chris,

Another fabulous podcast!

Your interview with Alex brought back great memories of our family’s trip to the city in the summer of 2013.

During our five day stay we managed to see most of the city highlights giving us great insight into this historical city. A couple of our observations include:

– you need a whole day to visit the Kremlin. It is a massive complex with several museums (the world’s largest collection of Faberge eggs), five cathedrals and many public spaces. On Saturdays in the summer there is the changing of the ceremonial guard in late morning. One warning – there’s no where to buy food or water inside the Kremlin.

– the GUM department store really isn’t a department store. Rather it is a mall chock full of western stores. Prices are outrageous and there’s nothing you could buy there you can’t buy at home.

– the best place to souvenirs is the huge Izmailovsky open air market. It is a short walk from the Partizanskaya station (Metro Blue Line). Come prepared to haggle!

– Alex didn’t mention any places to grab a meal. Moscow has some great restaurants including Cafe Puskin (a high end restaurant located in an historic Baroque mansion), GlavPivTorg (decorated in a 1950s Soviet style office complex – a lot of fun) and Barashka (a fabulous restaurant specializing in traditional Azerbaijani cuisine)
We found it relatively easy to navigate the city on our own. We relied extensively on the Metro (and it is truly a sight to be seen on its own) though learning the Cyrillic alphabet will help and walking everywhere is the best way to get a true feel of the people and the history. We never felt unsafe though you’ll likely get tired of policemen and security guards blowing whistles at you because you crossed the street in the wrong place, are sitting on the wrong stairs, walked on grass you shouldn’t have and so on. No wonder the people can come across as being dour!
Looking forward to some more great podcasts.

John
Toronto, Canada

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal - Amateur Traveler Episode 492

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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