We woke up extremely early in the morning, way before the Sun is up and left for our Trekking. It was the last day of 2012 and how meaningful it is to be ditching our Laptops and my iPad for 2 days, spending the new year with no form of internet connection. I kind of dreaded it at first, wondering if I will suffer from withdrawal symptoms up the mountain, but when I started hiking up the foot of the Mountain, I was glad we left all the metal in the Hotel. We were panting in the cold air just 10 mins into the trek!
Machapuchare or Machhapuchhre Lit. “Fish Tail” in English, is a mountain in the Annapurna Himal of north central Nepal. It is revered by the local population as particularly sacred to the god Shiva, and hence is off limits to climbing.It’s 6,993 m high. Though you can’t really see it from my picture, it has a double summit that resembles the tail of a fish, hence the name meaning “Fish’s Tail” in Nepali language It is also nicknamed the “Matterhorn of Nepal”.
Dampus is the starting point of the popular Annapurna Circuit trek, however, Dampus it is not as commercially popular as Nagarkot as a tourist destination even though you can also see a clear view of the Annapurna Range from here. However, it’s not a place for stand-alone tourist destination, so if you would like to just spend a day relaxing with great views, Nagarkot would be a better choice.
Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes 8,091 m Annapurna I, thirteen additional peaks over 7,000 m and 16 more over 6,000 m. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means “full of food” (feminine form). Below is a image taken from Wikipedia that clearly shows the different peaks in the Annapurna range.