Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit Trek, long considered one of the world’s great treks. This walk takes one over Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters/17,769 feet. There are quaint Nepali and Tibetan like villages, scores of waterfalls, rivers flowing through tree covered mountains, and then the high treeless white capped mountains of the Annapurnas soaring 20,000 to 26,660 feet above the sea with 19 peaks over 19,685 feet. The top budget traveler trek in Nepal as it requires no plane and can be done without a guide.

How A Nepal Trek Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

1. Nepal vs. Spain. Spain is in Europe and Nepal is in South Central Asia. Spain has a long coastline on the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Nepal is landlocked in the Himalayas Region. Nepal is one of the poorer countries in the world with a per capita annual income of $1,084. Nepal is mostly a rural …

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Annapurna Circuit Trek. Chhomrong to Pokhara:

Annapurna Circuit Days 17-18; Chhomrong to Deorali to Pokhara:   In Chhomrong on the morning of Day 17, I sat out on the ledge restaurant enjoying a steaming hot cup of Masala Tea, watching the sun come up over Machuputre shining on Annapurna South. Mikas, the owner, came out and told me that the weather …

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Nepal Annapurna Circuit. Tatopani to Chhomrong:

Days 14-16. Tatopani to Ghorepani (March 2019): Discovered remedy for sore upper front thighs after 5 days of long descents. Just walk up 1,700 meters/5,577 feet from Tatopani to Ghorepani and the pain goes away. Or perhaps it just moved. These are ancient trading routes and people are still carrying goods up and down the …

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Nepal Annapurna Circuit Days 12-13. Marpha to Tatopani:

2019 Marpha to Tatopani :   Left Marpha at 7:15 walking through the interesting medieval streets.   Soon crossing a bridge to the east side of the Kali Gandaki River. Wonderful walking in a hilly pine forest and trail covered in pine needles and cones. The day is spectacular with deep blue cloudless skies, and …

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Annpurna Circuit Trek. Day 10. Off The Beaten Track To Kagbeni:

Muktinath to Kagbeni: Woken at 6AM by some Russian voices in argument with Tashi, the friendly owner. Over my morning cup of steaming hot masala tea, I talked with a couple from Darjeeling, India and Tashi expressing my unhappiness with the development of the dirt road here to Muktinath allowing jeeps and such. I did …

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 9. A bitch; 1040 Meter ascent/1620 meter descent:

The Lonely Planet Guidebook suggests there is no reason to leave early but it is quite cold out in the room, and hard to sleep. Every half or full hour during the evening waking suddenly gasping for air. Lets get this over with. Today’s walk is best described as “a bitch”. This stage requires an …

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Days 7-8:

Manang (3,519 meters/11,545 feet) to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) to Thorong Phedi (4,540 meters/14,895 feet): After a hot milk tea, left Hotel Tilicho at 7:10 wearing my new used crampons. Though a bit flimsy, they seemed adequate enough and necessary as the walk out of Manang was icy. The view was spectacular back into valley …

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Annapurna Circuit Trek. Days 1-3:

Updating this website with content from a March, 2019 Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek, long considered one of the world’s great treks. This walk takes one over Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters/17,769 feet. There are quaint Nepali and Tibetan like villages, scores of waterfalls, rivers flowing through tree covered mountains, and then the high treeless …

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HUMILITY + GRATITUDE = HAPPINESS

On my first day back in Nepal I was browsing through a few shelf rows of books at the comfortable and friendly Yala Peak Hotel and was drawn to a single book, ‘Touching My Father’s Soul’ by Lapsing Tenzing Norgay the son of Tenzing Norgay who was the first, along with Edmund Hillary to scale …

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10 Best and Worst of Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek

Toughest Girl:   Luisa Sousa from Portugal. Traveling independently she had no sleeping bag at Thorung Phedi Lodge where the temperatures reached 10 below Celsius. She was also seen eating Garlic Sandwiches the next day in Muktinath. Most Romantic Couple: Vincente and Irina from Paris. Irina is Romanian. I saw them first in a hotel in Manang where it …

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