Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why Travel Tuesday: Modi Khola Valley in Nepal

(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 the early morning mist clearing through a valley in Central Nepal: Modi Khola Valley.)

View from Landruk, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Nepal
Early morning in the Modi Khola Valley of Central Nepal

Every time I see that photo I am reminded by how much luck and chance is involved when you travel. After canceling our flights to the Everest Region, whose weather at the time was not permitting any sort of plane to take off, we decided to take our chances some place else. So we headed to Central Nepal, to the Annapurna Region. Lo and behold. The Himalayan weather was being its temperamental self in this region, too. Still, we pushed through with our 10-day trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. First day: cold, foggy and the trail a steep uphill climb. Amazing vistas, nil. Second day: even colder, somewhat wetter. Still no views. At that point, I was starting to doubt if we made the right decision. Two weeks of this? It may be best to just turn back. Third day: we wake up and I see for the first time in days a tinge of sunlight. I headed to the balcony and actually see the valley below, Modi Khola. Things were getting better and by our seventh day, when we finally reached Annapurna Base Camp, there was no cloud in sight. It's all about luck and taking chances. You cannot plan everything. You just gotta roll with the punches. You'll be rewarded somehow.

In your travels, have you ever had to throw it all in the air and take chances? When and where?

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