View at 17,769 feet! — Pic credit — Atul

We were up at 1:30 am. The heavy silence of the night broken by the shuffling noises of trekkers preparing to court Throng -La pass. We had to put on extra layers of warm clothes. Headlamps packed all the way back in Kathmandu finally found their calling. For the first time in the trek, I felt a sense of fear settle in the pit of my stomach. Things could get really dangerous. Ram had specified that we were to follow a strict code of positions so that no one was left behind. …


Work from Heart!

Disclaimer: This post does not boast a detailed scheme or POA, it’s just about plain wholesome living.

Work From Home is not as fun when it is not a choice. If you are a mom like me, then the first couple of months may have looked like a collage of temper tantrums, disorganized routines, and unhealthy snacks. Kiddo had a hard time too.

I was constantly tired and struggled to get my to-do lists going. Yep, fatigue while working from home is definitely a thing. I love what I do for a living. But in a home environment with kids…


Churi Letdar had been a warm host. The cold morning mist clung to us like ghosts as we got ready for the last day before conquering the Throng — La Pass. Ram looked at me with an evil grin and said, “ The last 1 km stretch that we do today is going to be a test!” I raised my eyebrows … because every day so far had been a test for all the muscles in my poorly trained body. But the fact that he mentioned it especially made me think of mom and warm dosa with hot sambhar. …


The Indian household is one that can run on just lentils and rice, as long as there is a hint of spice!

The word spices conjure up images of bazaars and dusky maidens veiled by dripping sunlight on hot afternoons in quaint corners of Asian markets. Spices are considered a gift of the Gods in many cultures, where they play a pivotal role in bringing joy and warmth to the flavors of the kitchen.

My earliest memory is of Amu — my maternal grandmother, who was verily the Mistress of Spices. While we lived in the heart of the bustling…


Our lives are made up of various experiences and habits that we string along over the course of many breaths. I saw all of that flash before my eyes during the trek from Manang to Churi Letdar. Don’t get me wrong, but with my aching toes (three nails were a brilliant shade of blue) and slight AMS symptoms, I was this close to panic.

Narrow trails across mountains. Pic credit — Atul.

Churi Letdar is located past naked mountains spread out as far as the eyes can see. Gravel paths and narrow trails (I mean not more than a foot wide narrow), made the experience overwhelming for me…


I have a 10-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old salary account. Been juggling tantrums, client deadlines, and doctor’s appointments for 3650 days and counting. Years of trial and error condensed in a 2-minute read for you.

Like mommy… like baby!
  1. Set a routine ASAB — As Soon As Birth: Babies have patterns. At 1 month, both you and baby will need feeding, bathing, snuggle time, and frequent nap times. Be mentally prepared to fix a routine. Mothers who follow routines are more relaxed and able to look after themselves too.
  2. Ask for help: Self-sufficiency is overrated. Take help from your partner, family, and friends. Start…

An acclimatization trek helps the body to adjust to the new oxygen levels, this reduces the chances of AMS as one climbs higher in the next phase of the trek. What mesmerized us was the sheer number of people acclimatizing all over the place. We had to wait for our turn to pose in front of the lake. Also please note a significant loss of weight (I will reveal how much I really lost in the last installment of this adventure).

Striking a pose while the others wait in line!

The lake is formed due to the melting glaciers and I believe the waters would be quite freezing!

When…


At 11,500 feet, Manang is one of the bigger towns on the Annapoorna circuit. Boasting of several little bakeries, large (by circuit standards) hotels, and even a 12 seater theatre! We had a 1-day layover at Manang to give us a chance to acclimatize. This little town was my favorite for two reasons — Cake and movies!

On the way to Manang. Pic credit: Atul.

The trek to Manang was scenic but we had a little adventure on the way.

“Saving little goat.” Walking between two mountain paths, we had to cross a bridge. As we got ready to step on, Sumana spotted a little goat standing quite…


Chame, about 8890 feet above sea level. We had our head in the clouds… literally! Our morning was filled with gasps of wonder and delight at the sight that met our eyes. Misty, beautiful mountain peaks hid behind obliging clouds. But we had more of that ahead as Ram promised. Pisang was the stop where we would do our first acclimatization trek. I had to get my butt out of the cozy nest I had made for myself on my mattress. We had adopted a no bathing policy if we did not have hot water. …


Day 6:

As I packed my backpack on the wooden bed in my Danaque lodge I stopped a moment to think about how far I had come. This trip was a huge achievement for me. Someone who had never taken a holiday alone to the next city, let alone a trek up a mountain in another country!

I looked out of the window at the little group gathered below and said a silent prayer of thanks for the wonderful group my first trek had been blessed with. Sumana got an added Bless you.

Sumana and her wiggly eyebrows.

The trail to Chame was especially beautiful…

Neha Cougnery

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