Mountains never call anyone, it’s better off without us! But if you insist it has called you, respond to it fully – embrace it, feel it, cuddle it or even better: climb it.
As an introduction to trekking in the Himalayas, Panchase will always remain a milestone to me. Panchase is a short trek considering it’s in the Annapurna region: requires 18hrs of trekking in 3 days. It has been super hectic, but it’s completely worth 32 gruesome leech-bite that I have endured. For some of us, climbing 2,500 meters does feel more like 8,202ft tall. Though it doesn’t require you to be super fit – if you live on kacchi biriyani and coke most of the year – you better take a boat ride at Phewa lake instead of this.
Panchase is atypical of other treks in the Annapurna as told by our guide Bam Bahadur Tamang (who is apparantly 40 years old, but barely looks like he reached legal drinking age). This trek included gilmse of the calm village life, hidden forests and fields, buffalos coming to haunt you from nowhere, meeting Yoga sadhu in a cave on top of the mountain etc. Leeches deserve a special mention for sucking the life out of me discretely – since it’s monsoon, it’s party time for leeches.