We are very, very excited to announce the next International Edition of Modern Hiker – we’re heading to Nepal in April!
I’ll be joining the small and extremely friendly crew at Active Adventures on their Annapurna Sanctuary Trek from April 13th through the 26th, with a few days tacked on at the end for some solo exploration of Kathmandu.
I did a 2-week trip to the South Island of New Zealand with them several years ago and can attest that these trips live up to their name – we hiked through rain forests, climbed on glaciers, and backpacked through a winter storm to sleep in an old ski hut on the side of a mountain. I went paragliding, rode on a jetboat, snorkeled with seals, and enjoyed some of the most phenomenal scenery I’d ever seen … so I have no doubt this excursion to the Himalaya will be just as fantastic.
The itinerary for the trip looks great – we’ll be visiting temples (and temples with monkeys in them!), soaking in hot springs, hiking through chrysanthemum forests, and trekking up to Machapuchare and Annapurna Base Camps. From what I’ve read, I’ll be hiking through almost all of Nepal’s climate zones … which means I’ll need to pack a lot of layers, I suppose.
Internet service is spotty up there, but if I’m in Pokhara and Kathmandu and can snag some wireless I’ll post some updates to the Modern Hiker Instagram account, so be sure to tune in. Once I shake off my jet lag in May, I’ll be sharing some stories from the adventure here on the site.
In the mean time, our friendly San Diego expert Scott Turner will be guest-editing Modern Hiker while I’m out. He’ll continue posting new trails, essays, and news stories while I’m up in the thin air, and may also be spending some time manning our social media accounts, too. If you’ve read any of his extensive coverage of San Diego County (and beyond), you know you’re in very good hands – and if you haven’t had a chance to explore some of that region’s hikes yet, maybe you’ll get to learn about some great new trails while I’m gone.
In the meantime, if you’ve got any recommendations for the Himalaya, I’d love to hear ’em!
Featured image by Georgina Lean.