Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Annapurna Base Camp

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a classic shot of prayer flags and Himalayan peaks: the Annapurna Base Camp.)

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal

After seven days of trekking up and down the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas, we have finally reached our destination: the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters above sea level. That's 13,550 feet. It was the highest I have ever been in my life, but I wanted to go higher. So from the cluster of huts at the base camp, I walked a bit further up towards the viewing deck close to base camp. There, surrounded by prayer flags and stone shrines, I found myself gasping for air amazed at the breathtaking Himalayan scenery around me. Take it all in, I told myself. This is one of those moments in life you are never ever going to forget.

Where is the highest you have been? What thoughts ran through your head when you found yourself standing up there?

(Why Travel Tuesdays was inspired by #TTOT - the Travel Talk on Twitter. Started by the awesome folks at Traveldudes.org, #TTOT happens every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and at 9:30 p.m. GMT. Hundreds of travelers meet up online and tweet about various topics relating to travel. This week, the topic is Mountains.)

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