Reason: "Nepal is one of the country I really wanna visit. There's just something about the culture here that makes me wanna really experience it in person. Not to mention the beautiful scenery of mountains and the Himalayas."
As I was planning a trip to Nepal, I thought to myself that temples in and around Kathmandu won't quite cut it for me to experience Nepal, plus many warned me NOT to get the first impression of Nepal from staying in Kathmandu. Since I just came back from India 2 months before, I realized that a busy loud street is not something I would want to experience in Nepal. I asked myself what represents Nepal, and I came up with the Himalayas so that's when I decided to fly to Pokhara and experience the Himalayas at its finest by trekking the Annapurna Sanctuary.
I was expecting Nepal to be somewhat similar to what I experienced in New Delhi, India. I have never been so wrong. Nepalese people are much more conservative. It is completely safe to walk around as a foreigner in Pokhara. The roads aren't busy and the streets are not crowded with people. Since I finished my trek early, I decided to stay in Pokhara for a day and rest. I took a stroll down the Fewa river, rent a boat ride to the Hindu temple in the middle of the lake, had delicious dinner and Everest beer at a nearby restaurant. Best rest I had in months. :)
The hotel I stayed is called "Hotel Middle Path". The room costed me $25 per night which I consider pretty decent. You can walk from the hotel to the lake in 5 minutes. The owner was friendly and welcoming. He managed to get all my trekking permits (TIMS and APAC) ready as I arrived on the first day. No extra charge. He also offered to rent me his trekking poles without charge. That is the kind of service you expect from the owner of the hotel. :)
For my trek, I decided to go the short way from Pokhara to the Annapurna Base Camp:
Starts from Khare to Australian Camp and to Tolka. Stayed in Tolka 1 night.
From Tolka, go through Landruk, Jhinhu (Hot Spring) and climb up the stairs of death :D to Chomrong. Stayed here 1 night
From Chomrong, go through the lower and upper Sinuwa, Bamboo and sleep in Dovan.
From Dovan, I pushed through Himalaya, Deurali and sleep one night at MBC.
Wake up early (3:30 AM) and set off to see the sunrise at the ABC. Come down and head back to Dovan. Stayed there 1 night.
From Dovan, I continued down (up?) until I reached Chomrong and rest for the last night.
From Chomrong, I headed to Ghandruk and from there I trek for a few hours to Kimshe where I hired a jeep driver to take me to Pokhara. It costed me 2500 rupees and I arrived back at the hotel in 3 hours.
If you are planning to trek this route, let me know if you need anything. :)