Trek To Everest, Annapurna Base Camps

Longtime Central Oregon Nordic Club member Larry Weinberg will be giving a talk and showing photos of his trekking trip to Nepal. The presentation will be March 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the eastern Bend library meeting room.

“When one thinks of the great mountains of the world, two that always come to mind are Everest and Annapurna 1 in Nepal,” Larry reports. “Both peaks are over 8,000 meters, and the stories connected with them are some of the greatest in mountaineering. While summiting these peaks is a major undertaking, trekking to their respective base camps is well within the reach of almost anyone with the desire to do so.

“The Everest trek was an 11-day trek with the base camp at 17,600 feet, while the Annapurna hike took 10 days with the base camp at 13,600 feet. To actually see these mountains up close and personal, rather than in a National Geographic special, is a memory to treasure forever. It is somewhat mind-blowing to be at 14,000 feet and realize the tops of these peaks are another 14,000 feet or more above you!”

In addition, if time permits, there will be some scenes of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu and an orphanage in the city of Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Photo at top of story — Annapurna region, with Annapurna 1 in the background

Middle photo – Everest region

Bottom photo – Mt. Everest