Still dreaming of El Nido island hopping. Seriously amazing memories. Travel never ceases to amaze me, the people you meet, the food you taste and the locations you explore. Nothing greater! #itsmorefuninthephilippines#dji
5 days ago, we made it to Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek. It was definitely not an easy feat especially after I got symptoms of altitude sickness when we reached more than 5000 meters. I felt dizzy and lightheaded, and I started to stumble while walking. Turning back was not an option for me though, so I decided to take Diamox for the first time just to help alleviate the symptoms. The dizziness was then replaced by a very bad headache which didn't go away until we got back down on lower altitude. Instead of feeling the magic of seeing the Thorong La sign, the only thing I could think of was "finally we can go down". If it weren't for the surreal scenery I saw in every turn, I don't think I would have pushed through with this trek. The beautiful landscape made up for everything. This will definitely be the coldest and hardest trek I've done in Nepal, mainly because I didn't have a guide and porter, and had to carry all the heavy winter clothes and sleeping bag myself. Sleeping at very basic lodges without heating in the rooms, while temperatures at night reached up to -15 degrees made me miss the warm weather in the Phillipines. I think a trip to the beach would be a good idea after this. 😉 PS: It feels like decades ago since I was in the mountains. I'm now in Kathmandu wandering around the city, dreading the day this trip ends.