Different Shapes of Mt. Annapurna

Every morning, after having breakfast, I sit in the doorway of the mess tent here at the base camp with my eyes glued to the mighty mountain in front of me. Yes, Mt Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain with an elevation of 8,091m and the most dangerous amongst all 8000ers, but there is more … Read more

Kitchen Staff at Annapurna Basecamp

In a mountaineering expedition, climbers are the center of attention and get all the accolades, but there are many others working behind the scenes who make such ventures possible. Neither do we read about them in expedition reports, nor do we see their pictures on magazine covers. Though their services are rarely acknowledged, they are … Read more

Annapurna Puja Ceremony

t the Annapurna basecamp, smoke rose from the altar to the heaven. Lama chanted prayers from the pages of Tibetan Holy Scripture asking the gods for forgiveness and the permission to climb. This is Buddhist Puja Ceremony under the shadow of Mt Annapurna (8,091 m), the tenth highest mountain in the world. Climbers gathered in … Read more

Annapurna Camp 2

Annapurna Camp 2 / Elevation 5,515m / -11ºC Yesterday Sirbaz and Joshi estabalished Camp 2 at 1:30 pm. Six hours passed by with them tucked in their sleeping bags. Each minute felt like an hour in the cold silence of Annapurna. Sirbaz took out his phone inside his sleeping bag and started flipping through photos … Read more

Rotations on Mt. Annapurna

Climbers cannot just push an 8000er mountain in one ago. They would have to gradually go up to between 5000-7000 meteres for conditioning before attacking the summit. This process to get used to the low oxygen is called acclimitization. From the base camp, they would asend to establish Camp 1, spend a night there and … Read more

Annapurna-1 (8,091m)—The Deadliest Mountain!

Annapurna (8,091m) is the 10th highest peak in the world. It’s the most dangerous mountain among all 8000ers. Only few mountaineers dare to attempt it, and that too only in spring. The reason? Avalanches! Today Sirbaz and Joshi left the basecamp at around 8 am for Camp 1. After one hour, Saad and I decided … Read more

Annapurna Basecamp

Annapurna basecamp is located at 4,200-m altitude. There are six expedition teams camping here at the moment with climbers coming from about ten different countries. Our team has two spacious tents which we share among four of us. Our daily routine so far has been having breakfast at around 8 am, go for a hike, … Read more

Adventure Starts

Today the Team Annapurna started their first round of acclimatization. They reached the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 4,500-m altitude. I also tagged along on this three hour trek, but it was not possible to keep up with them as I huffed and puffed behind them on steep slopes. The view from the ABC was … Read more

Hello From Annapurna Basecamp!

Today we went to the helipad in the morning. First the heli made rounds to the basecamp with sherpas, kitchen crew, food, and other camping equipment. Then it flew us. It was only a 10-minute flight to the basercamp from Dana village. The heli quickly gained height and dropped us at the elevation of 4,200 … Read more

1st Pak Expedition to Annapurna Starts

On 18th March, the sun rose from the horizon like a fireball at Islamabad airport. Team Annapurna boarded the Emirates Flight EK 613. What could have been a two-hour journey to Kathmandu took us 12 hours, including a 5-hour layover in Dubai. After passing through a countless number of security checkpoints at three airports, we … Read more

From A Tricycle To A Bicycle Tour Around The World

One crisp winter morning, mom bathed me and applied Surma (kohl) to my eyes. She tried to dress me up in brown pyjamas with long yellow stripes. As a kid, I was only used to wearing Shalwar Kameez. So, I resisted every bit. “If you wear this, I will ask your dad to buy you … Read more

The Last Dance – An Open Letter To Ali Sadpara

(اردو میں پڑھنے کے لیے نیچے سکرول کریں) Dear Ali bhai, I’ll never forget the only time I saw you. It was at the Value of Life event in Islamabad a few months ago, but it feels like yesterday. As soon as our eyes met, I waved to you from the audience seats. You placed … Read more

Thoughts in the Monument Valley

In the Monument Valley, sandstone buttes and mesas towered above the Colorado Plateau. A long road stretched out into the distance like a bold line on the sandpaper. It was here when Forrest Gump decided to stop after running for three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours. He quit much to the bewilderment … Read more