The Quest Begins

The Quest Begins

After several years of planning, anticipation, and fortitude we have arrived at this moment that will surely tranform our lives. The Sojourners; Paul Hermsmeyer, Bogue Hermsmeyer, Seth Hermsmeyer, Logan Cannon, and Cameron Taylor all share incredible passion for mountains, travel, adventure, culture, ethnic food, and all things novel. These common passions have forged a bond and an opportunity for an adventure unlike any other. The trip will entail two of the most famous sections of the Himalayas, The Annapurna Circuit/Sanctuary, and the Khumbu/Everest region. We will traverse well over 500 miles and experience some of the most dramatic vistas and amazing cultures on the planet. With this being said, it is important to note that we realize we are incredibly privileged to be able to embark on this journey and will conduct ourselves with the utmost respect for both local culture and the environment. We would also like to note that this would not be possible without the incredible support from our family and friends(especially the parents) who have been there for us throughout the duration. This blog is intended to be informative, keeping our friends and family updated, and show our enthusiasm throughout our experience in the beautiful "Mountain Kingdom of Nepal".
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tatopani, Poon Hill, and onto Pokhara

Our rest day in Tatopani was fantastic! We ventured in and out of the hot springs throughout the day and we also ate steak and eggs every meal. The meat tasted fantastic and our Nebraska Brethren would have been proud at our consumption. We did all of our laundry and began to feel clean and rested. The next day we were off to Poon Hill, what was a 6,000 foot climb from the Kali Gandaki River up to one of the most famous views of the Annapurna Range. We began our climb early in the morning and found little enjoyment sweating in the heat of the lowlands. Bogue had a festering toe that had become seriously infected and we stopped for lunch discussing possibilities. He decided he would go back to Tatopani in order to take care of his infection in case it deteriorated rapidly. We hiked for another hour and I looked back and saw Bogue hiking back up the hill behind Logan. He decided to carry on for one more day to see if it would heal. We spend the next night in a nice tea house with a view of the sixth highest mountain in the world, Dhauligiri. Bogue's foot was deteriorating and it was decided that he should head down to Pokhara where he could rest his foot and be close to a hospital for medical attention. We were now down to six members and we left for Ghorepani, base camp for Poon Hill. We climbed early in the morning under the stars again and we reached the top before sunrise. I checked my backpack for the camera and realized that I had left it at the tea house. I ran down as fast as I could and grabbed the camera and the Nebraska Cornhusker Flag and ran back up the summit. We enjoyed muffins, potatoes, coffee, and good company as took pictures and enjoyed the view. After we descended we went for breakfast and Logan and I decided that we would decend down to Hile and then to Pokhara via Naya Pul. This would provide us with more time in Pokhara between treks, which had been widdled away by the traffic jam and the Sherpa rescue. Father would push onto the Sanctuary and meet us in Pokhara in about 5 days. We had a good hug and said farewell. Nima and Father would head to Chomrong and Pasang, Min, Logan and I would head to Hile. The Sojourners had split once again and would reunite in Pokhara in a few days.

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