When the mountains do call, you don’t say no! When I got invited to go on a trek to Annapurna Base Camp, all I cared about was "to be" in the Himalayas, one more time, coz that’s where I feel alive. Though I was dealing with the thought of walking on one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal, after being spoilt with pristine trails like Auden’s Col and Mera Peak, I packed my backpack to spend 3 weeks in Nepal without even looking at the itinerary. It was such a soothing feeling to have someone else plan it for me for a change, so that I could just go with the flow!
Ghandruk Village, Nepal - Gateway to Annapurna Base Camp
Ghandruk village perched on the foothills of Himalayas at 1950m, is a unique ethnic village occupied by the Gurung tribe of Nepal. We put up at a traditional stone house lodge, Gurung Cottage, highly recommended as the best lodge in Ghandruk with spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks. A clear morning gave distinct views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare peaks from Gurung Cottage itself, yet, the greed to be closer to these giants got me out of the coziness that this village was pulling me into.
After a delicious Gurung breakfast (Gurung Cottage makes the best Gurung bread on the ABC trail), I put on my trekking boots and strapped the backpack on my shoulders and waist to hit the trail. We took the shortest route to Annapurna Base Camp from Matkiu, where the current off-road ends. We trekked for a total of 7 days on the trail, however, the number of trekking days can be reduced depending on the physical fitness and acclimatisation of the trekkers. The gradient of the trail is quite easy for a high-altitude trek.
Namaste! I'm Medhavi Davda.
I travel to Evolve..
In Nature, I confide..
I find my calling in the Himalayas..
In the Oceans, I meditate..
A High-Altitude Trekker & PADI certified SCUBA Diver, I love exploring the heights and depths of the planet with my regular doses of mountains and oceans.
Discovering myself & life through nature, adventures, travels, sports and dance has been an addiction since my existence!
Quite fond of the natural & cultural diversity of India, I've travelled extensively in my own country before exploring international destinations.
I had left my 9+ yrs of career in Software Industry in a quest to make a living out of my passions. I packed my basics in my car (gave away the rest) and lived in different parts of Himachal Pradesh for 16 months. This invaluable time taught me to experience life from a broader perspective.
I'm currently living in Mumbai to work with an Adventure Travel company as a product manager for Scuba Diving. I continue living a minimalistic life.
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