And with these photos I conclude my Annapurna Circuit Trek at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level.
Yes, I know: I didn't complete the full circuit. And no, I don't feel like I've failed.
You see, during each day of journey I had this mantra playing on a loop inside of my head: "Raphael, be the best version of yourself you can be. This isn't a challenge of you against others, it's a challenge of the old you versus the new you". On my way to the 4600 meters above sea level Ice Lake near Manang I fainted. Truth be told, if it wasn't for this friendly dog that came to lick my face I don't know how long I would have spent there on a day where no other trekker attempted this off the beaten path day trip.
And in the end, just 2 kilometers away from the Ice Lake, my head began to hurt...A LOT. Breathing got harder and harder. It was time to make a choice: turn back or go ahead and take my chances.
I'm not afraid to say that I chose to turn back. There are more important things that pride, hubris and blind ambition...sometimes giving up is the best way to move forwards in order to reach higher goals.
I have now become the best version of myself that I can be in this specific moment in time and even though this journey ended in a bittersweet note, it has also motivated me to find the endurance to always keep trying and trying even though the first dozen attempts end in failure.
Endurance is what will bring you closer to your goals my wonder friends and I wish you an awesome beginning of the week. Love you all! 😊.
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