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It’s all about perspective! But this sight was beyond spectacular! Sub zero temperatures, snow flurries ❄️ falling from the sky, altitudes where oxygen feels like gods greatest gift and then being a child to try and stand / walk on frozen water (no we didn’t have the courage to even dare!) - such small joys are the greatest indeed! #PostCardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #travelstoke

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This trek is a bit like LIFE. The journey and the trail only requires you to put one foot in front of another...again and again and again and have a mind that has an unwavering spirit regardless of the obstacles that you encounter. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of trek (just like life), you will witness beauty and joy every step of the way, not just at the summit. This was the most testing period of the entire trek and I was surprised by my physical capabilities! Compared to the 2 minute breathing stops I would take every 10-15 minutes throughout the trek and I’d get so easily breathless, this adverse weather ensured that my mind did the working for my body. And to my great good fortune - in the absolute positive. What could’ve easily been daunting and the feeling of giving up, actually evoked a sense of tenacity, courage and immense mental strength to say to myself - *Dont stop, you’ve got to make it to the end and just keep going and make your way before the weather gets even worse. The one and only voice I heard in my head was - You can definitely do this!* Much like life situations that I’m certain we’re all faced with everyday. It’s a matter of choice in YOUR HEAD! Control your mind and you can conquer pretty much anything! #PostCardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instanepal #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #travelgram #uniladadventure #lonelyplanet #travel #travelblogger

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The sun was shining bright when we started our day and just as we were nearing our lunch spot we could see it getting cloudy. We were in the warm cozy indoors of our lunch room at Deurali and the view from the glass windows was that of pouring rain. What we hoped was a passing shower actually continued even stronger with no sign of relief. Most of us deep down wanted to just call it a day (& not walk in the pouring rain at 2800m in near 0 temperatures) but our guide said we've got to march ahead and make it to our scheduled stop for the day - MBC (Machapuchare Base Camp) With our spirits raised, our stomachs full, a guitar performance by our guide & a warm ginger lemon honey tea session, we hit the trail. We started walking in the rain and as we walked ahead we found ourselves in the midst of nowhere - a landscape I've only seen in my dreams and fantasies. There was no one else on the trail but the 8 of us, our guides and our porters. The rain was soon accompanied by the wind and as we went higher in altitude this rain solidified to hail & with the hard hitting wind this felt like thorns being thrown like darts on a board. We went even higher and this hail was now snow - it felt like confetti was dropping from the sky in abundance! The only 1 colour we saw was white. We could barely keep our eyes open while walking due to the wind + snow + hail. If all of this wasn't enough, we suddenly see an avalanche and the only thought in all our minds was - WHY DID WE DECIDE TO DO THIS IN THIS WEATHER. But none of us said it out loud. We powered through and through to finally make our way to MBC. More on what this mental and emotional journey was like, in the next post! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #instanepal #wilderness #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #travel

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Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it. And where your mind goes, the energy automatically flows. ITS ALL IN THE MIND - I’d heard these 5 words umpteen times when I’d spoken to people about going for this trek. And while I understood it in principal, I knew it would be way more difficult to put to practical use. But this day was testimony to that chant in my head - it’s all in the mind! More on this Monumental day in the next post! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #MyNepalAdventure2018 #LostMyHeartInNepal . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #lonelyplanetnepal

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POSITIVE anything is much more pretty, tasty, fun and fragrant than NEGATIVE nothing! Just like this long walk along the trail under a canopy of green surrounded by the sound of chirping birds, mountain streams and footsteps 😊 This path literally felt like a walk in the park or like Alice In Wonderland !!!! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #MyNepalAdventure2018 #LostMyHeartInNepal . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #lonelyplanetnepal

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Point Of Self Doubt: It hadn't even been 20 minutes into Day1 of our trek (literally just the starting point!) and I had probably climbed a mere 50-100 steps but I felt like a fish out of water. I couldn't breathe, my heart was racing, my mind wasn't helping either and I pretty much decided that if this is me 20 minutes into this trek at such low altitudes in almost perfect weather, then there's no way I'm reaching BaseCamp! I had thoughts which said I didn't want to ruin this experience for the other 7 people who were doing this with me and I should just turn back and leave. This mindspace is precisely where an epic guide (more like a mental coach! not just someone whose showing you the trail) and your closest friends come to play! And I did successfully manage to control my mind in that moment! YAYYY!!!! Top Tips for The Climb (Courtesy @sanjiv_chamling and my homies @rohramonish & @bhagatasad) 1. Set YOUR pace & then stay at it. Do not oscillate around that perfect self pace you set for yourself. 2. Breathing right is so underrated. Sort this and you're in good form 3. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYRDATE 4. Control your mind and think of the moment you're in. Not the next step, Not the next day 5. Remind yourself why you decided to do it in the first place! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #MyNepalAdventure2018 #LostMyHeartInNepal . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #lonelyplanetnepal

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We had walked through some steep descents, through sunshine and rain and wind and finally reached this tiny village around sun set time. Oh my God, this view was extraordinary!! Deserving of a tear of joy. The sky was cloudy and grey with rays of the sun tearing in between creating that magical orange. To the south there were rolling foothills: the gentle ups and downs that we’d walked through. Some of the hillsides were red or purple with Rhododendron blossoms. To the west and east, there were muddles of ridges and spurs. But right in front, there were the mighty snow capped white Himalayas. The real Himalayan giants that stood tall almost welcoming us with their warm embrace! We were a decently long way from where we started and a much further way from where we needed to ultimately go! But this view here reminded me of how simple yet breathtaking life can be! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #nepal_visuals #lonelyplanetnepal

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There’s something excessively humbling about the mountains and especially when you talk of the Himalayas. Maybe, it’s their tall and grandiose appearance or the initial intimidation when you cast your eyes on them or the sound of the water running through the mountain streams or just the appearance of that enormous white peak when you least expect it or maybe it’s something peacefully unsettling about the colours Blue, Green and White together under that shining sun! But ultimately, the most humbling part is the sense of accomplishment that you get after a mountain ascend, after walking through all those steps, those rocks, those forests, after that excruciating numbness in your thigh and calf, after the feeling of achievement and appreciation for the journey, and the chance to just be outdoors and one with nature! All of the above in no particular order. #PostcardsFromTheWorld #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #instanepal #wilderness #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #travelgram #uniladadventure #nepal_visuals

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I'd never really done a trek before and here I was as excited as a child going to Disneyland at the sound of trekking in Nepal! I didn't really digest the gravity of what I was signing up for until 2 weeks before the start of the trek when I received an email from my trek guide about the final prep. What I fantasized since the past 6 months as being nirvana time in the Himalayas, suddenly seemed like climbing Mt. Everest! (literally & figuratively!) If that wasn't enough, as Day 1 was fast approaching, it was the nervous thought of spending 12 days with 4 strangers (apart from 3 of my closest friends!) There was 1 common person amongst the 8 of us! No pressure on him I guess! ;-) Sure, I'm all for meeting new people and the learnings and experiences that opens up but wasn't sure how 8 completely diverse people would get along when you have to spend 24/7 together for 12 days straight! To our great astonishment and good fortune, we built life bonds through sharing this experience together! If you met us on day 1, you'd think we've been childhood buddies! Life Lesson - Many in body, one in mind and heart is a real STRONG thing capable of developing EXTRAORDINARY ties! The #ABCCrew! #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #instanepal #wilderness #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #travelgram #uniladadventure

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I was told about Nepal and its soul umpteen times in life, but despite my itching travel bug, this country never really seemed to excite my travel diaries. Being the typical Indian with a deep urge to explore all that our country doesn't offer, the west always seemed 1000 times more exciting and unexplored, unseen! But here I was all prepped up to say Hello to Nepal and to trek the Mighty Greater Himalayas to make my way upto the basecamp of one of the worlds tallest peaks. First stop - Kathmandu. Perched at an elevation of 1,400m and set at the foot of the Himalayas, Nepal’s capital city offers an insight into Nepal’s history (with its ancient temples, monuments and palaces), its present (with its bustling downtown street life) and its future (through evidence of the constant development). Contrary to what you may have heard, Kathmandu was not entirely devastated by the 2015 earthquake. There are some visible signs of damage such as bent telegraph poles and a few collapsed buildings but by far the biggest sign of the earthquake’s devastation is the tent cities which have sprung up on playing fields and riversides to accommodate the refugees from the mountain areas which were far worsely affected. The city is very much as open for business as it ever was. My favourite in Kathmandu - if you want an introduction into Nepal and it's city life + a cool hangout spot - make your way to THAMEL! Having spent a little over 24 hours in this small neighbourhood in the capital city of Nepal, I’d highly highly recommend THAMEL for when you’re in Nepal! (And you must!) it’s the coolest area in all of KTM! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #instanepal #wilderness #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #kathmandu #uniladadventure

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Ice Cream weather and Season! Also one of my most grave weaknesses - my sweet tooth! Can I survive on desserts? 🤔🙄 Sure I can! Do I want to do that to myself ? Umm, maybe not! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #travel #wanderlust #travelblogger #instagood #instadaily #passport #worldplaces #travelstoke #passport #vacation #travelersnotebook #shotoniphone #iphoneonly #sharetravelpics #exploringtheglobe #ig_captures #traveldiaries #travelgoals #travelphotography #food #foodporn #dessert #dessertporn #foodgasm #desserttable #sweet #chocolate #foodblogger #icecream #magnum #magnumicecream

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The gorgeous Ortakoy mosque. This ones special as it stands strong right on the Bosporous and has the perfect backdrop of the sea and the Bosporous bridge. The most serene location of a mosque I’ve ever seen till date. #PostcardsFromTheWorld #WhenInIstanbul #IstanbulLife . . . . . . . . . . #travel #wanderlust #travelblogger #instagood #instadaily #passport #travelgoals #worldplaces #globetrotter #travelphotography #travelstoke #passport #vacation #travelinstyle #shotoniphone #iphoneonly #istanbul #turkey #turkiye #istanbuldayasam #sharetravelpics #exploringtheglobe #ig_captures #traveldiaries #voyage #passionpassport #instatravel #explore

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