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I am going to Nepal in September and have no real idea on what to expect, what treks to do etc. I will be spending 1 month there.
1. I've heard of the Anna Purna trail - is this the best trail to do in Nepal given the time i have?
2. What clothing should i take? I have a sturdy backpack and trekking shoes and a fleece so far, combined with plenty of t-shirts and shorts. I want to travel extremely light - what are teh absolute essentials to take and what can i get hire in kathmandu?
3. I am intending to take the train from delhi, via varanassi (recommnded by a friend). What is the best entry point into Nepal? Is this a bad way to travel by road to Kathmnadu or should i fly??
Thanks in advance.
You have the correct information. The three weeks trek of Annapurna Circuit will be the best choice. It has the best trail and you will also experience the ascent to Thorong pass which is at the height of 17,770 ft. Prepare for extreme cold and severe gale-force winds when you climb the most testing phase of the trek.
As for the clothing down jackets and pants are improtant for this trekking. Sun glass and pancho style rain-coat will be fine to carry. You can hire these things from shop in Thamel(Kathmandu).
The best choice is to fly over to Kathmandu but if you are intended to travel by train, the popular entry points to Nepal are Belahia(Sunauli in Indian Side) and Birganj(Raxual in Indian Side).
All the best!
I've got your message from http://pub39.bravenet.com/forum/3344686796/fetch/139725/ that you are interested for Annapurna Circuit trek. I am giving you day to day itineraries as per given.
The Annapurna region is that north of Pokhara in Central Nepal, and includes some of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. These include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area boasts the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge.
This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a spectacular variety of people and landscapes, from lowland farming country to alpine meadows to the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya. We start in the foothills at Besi Sahar and rise after 6 days to the settlement of Manang at 3,500m where we acclimatise and enjoy the mountain views. We continue to ascend and on day 10 of the trek we cross the famous Thorung La, at 5,416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
From here we descend into the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side. En route back to Pokhara we pass through the many beautiful hill villages that populate this ancient trading route between Tibet and India. We also visit the hot springs at Tatopani, and climb up Poon Hill, above Ghorapani, to enjoy magnificent mountain views. This trek is a fully equipped camping trek with accommodation in two person tents and food being cooked by our kitchen staff. Transport to Besi Sahar is by private coach and the return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is by air.
Detailed trek itinerary
Day 01: Besi Sahar to Bahundanda
We start our trek at Besi Sahar (820m) and continue on to the Gurung village of Khudi at 790m where we cross the Khudi Khola. From here we follow the trail northwards up the Marsyangdi valley to Bhulbule where we stop for lunch. The trail then crosses the Marsyangdi on a long suspension bridge and continues up the east bank of the river. From here there are good views of Manaslu (8156m) to the northeast. The trail then leads up through the villages of Ngadi and Lampata before reaching Bahundanda (1310m) where we spend the night.
Day 02: Bahundanda to Chamje
From Bahundanda the trail drops to eventually cross a stream and then climbs to the settlement of Lili Bir. The trail continues high above the river eventually dropping to cross to the western side of the Marsyangdi at Syange (1190m). Beyond Syange the trail becomes steep in parts, reaching the ancient village of Jagat at 1250m. From Jagat the trail descends to the Marsyangdi, and follows the riverbank before climbing up through forests to Chamje at 1430m.
Day 03: Chamje to Bagarchhap
Today the trail continues northwards before eventually turning to the north west as it follows the Marsyangdi to Bagarchhap. The trail initially crosses the river to the east bank and climbs up to the large settlement of Tal at 1675m, where there are many shops and lodges. From Tal the trail crosses and then re-crosses the river as it makes it's way to Karte, and finally crosses again to the west bank before continuing through the village of Dharapani at 1920m, and on to Bagarchhap at 2160m. This was the scene of a landslide in November 1995 that destroyed much of the village, however it is steadily being rebuilt.
Day 04: Bagarchhap to Chame
From Bagarchhap the trail continues in a general westwards direction up the Manang valley, following the Marsyangdi river. Throughout today we obtain views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV to the west. Initially the trail climbs through forests to Dhanakyu at 2290m, and continues steadily to the settlement of Lattemarang at 2360m. The track then climbs over several forested ridges to reach the village of Kotho at 2590m, and from here it is an easy half-hour walk to Chame at 2630m, the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.
Day 05: Chame to Pisang
From Chame we cross to the northern side of the river and trek west on an easy trail to the village of Bhratang at 2840m. From here the valley is steep and narrow and leads through dense forests. The trail eventually crosses back to the south side of the river on a suspension bridge at 3040m and then continues on to our destination for the evening, the large village of Pisang at 3190m, where there are many lodges.
Day 06: Pisang to Manang
The trail continues on the south side of the river and makes a long climb over a ridge to reach approx. 3400m. It then descends to the valley floor and continues on to Hongde at 3325m where there is an airstrip, several lodges and a police checkpost. The feature of the village is a long mani wall. The trail crosses to the north bank of the river near Mungli and continues on to the stunning Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3475m, where th