Monday, October 27, 2008

Annapurna Circuit Part 1
(Besisahar - Braga/Manang)






~~~~~ Day 3 ~~~~~

Trekking Day 01



Travel Expenses
*** Total: 1,250 NPR ***
Transportation: 900 NPR
Food and Others: 300 NPR
Accomodation @ Ngadi (Seasons Lodge): 50 NPR



Kathmandu - Besisahar

Transport Information
Bus from Kathmandu to Dumre: 450 NPR (About 5 hours)
Bus from Dumre to Besisahar: 250 NPR (About 2 hours)



A stopover place enroute from Kathmandu to Dumre



Besisahar - Ngadi

Transport Information
Jeep from Besisahar to Bhulebhule: 200 NPR (About 1 hour)


Trekking Information
Trekking Time Today: 3/4 Hours
~ Bhulebhule (840m) - Ngadi (930m): 50 Minutes



Bumpy jeep ride from Besisahar to Bhulebhule


Finally starting my Annapurna Circuit trek!


Lots of long bridges like this built across rivers along the circuit


Trekking between farm lands and houses




And also alongside the green rice terraces


Local with her buffaloes


A small waterfall


A swing made with bamboo poles as support


International sport, soccer!


A local house with lots of corns hanging on the second floor


Sawing wood


Trekking route usually follows along a river and its valley


First stopver night at Ngadi


My guesthouse for the night with a wonderful host!
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Simple guesthouse with a nice garden and outdoor dining area




Simple accomodation


Power cut are common, but a lamp will do =)



~~~~~ Day 4 ~~~~~

Trekking Day 02



Travel Expenses
*** Total: 950 NPR ***
Food and Others: 850 NPR
Accomodation @ Tal (Manaslu Guesthouse): 100 NPR



Ngadi - Tal

Trekking Information
Trekking Time Today: 7 3/4 Hours
~ Ngadi (930m) - Bahundanda (1310m): 80 Minutes
~ Bahundanda (1310m) - Syanje (1100m): 95 Minutes
~ Syanje (1100m) - Jagat (1300m): 90 Minutes
~ Jagat (1300m) - Chamje (1430m): 60 Minutes
~ Chamje (1430m) - Tal (1700m): 140 Minutes



Planning my trekking route over breakfast


First glimpse of the Annapurna's mountain, Ngadi Chuli (7871m) aka Peak 29 or Manaslu II


Great view!


Crossing a simple wooden bridge


A mule caravan


Another long metal bridge


Nice conical hill


Lots of corns!




Following the signboard towards Manang direction


Porter with a heavy load


Spectacular rice terraces carved out from hills






Valley of Marsyandi River


Nepali kids playing some sort of dice game


Some cheap and juicy oranges for a break!


A Gurung man with a traditional Nepali hat


Village of Jagat


Locals celebrating Tihar festival with a dance performance


Chamje village




Nice waterfall view from Chamje village


Crossing another metal bridge after Chamje


A multi level waterfall


Great view of the deep river valley


A board listing trekking time from one village to another
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Gateway that marks the boundary between Lamjung and Manang district


Navigating along the river on a small path towards Tal


Can be quite a balancing challenge!


Finally reaching Tal, ending a real tiring day...


Safe drinking water stations can be found in various villages along the Annapurna Circuit to discourage trekkers from buying mineral water bottles which cause serious environmental problems
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~~~~~ Day 5 ~~~~~

Trekking Day 03



Travel Expenses
*** Total: 950 NPR ***
Food and Others: 900 NPR
Accomodation @ Bhratang (Maya Guesthouse): 50 NPR



Tal - Bhratang

Trekking Information
Trekking Time Today: 8 1/4 Hours
~ Tal (1700m) - Karte (1850m): 85 Minutes
~ Karte (1850m) - Dharapani (1900m): 30 Minutes
~ Dharapani (1900m) - Bagarchap (2160m): 40 Minutes
~ Bagarchap (2160m) - Danagyu (2300m): 25 Minutes
~ Danagyu (2300m) - Temang (2500m): 80 Minutes
~ Temang (2500m) - Koto Qupar (2600m): 105 Minutes
~ Koto Qupar (2600m) - Chame (2670m): 30 Minutes
~ Chame (2670m) - Bhratang (2850m): 95 Minutes



Small garden of Manaslu Guesthouse in Tal


Walking thru the small village of Tal


A Tibetan Mani Wall


Large satellite dishes?


Long bridge leading to a path carved out from the cliff


A cute Nepali girl




Scenic river valley


Another waterfall


Sun rays slowing exposing the hills and valleys


Lots of rubbish!


Nice colorful flowers


Nepali at their daily chores




Information about Dona Lake (aka Manaslu Lake)
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Horse riding


Arriving at Dharapani


First ACAP checkpoint stop at Dharapani


Tibet can be reached through in this direction, just 50km away across Larke La pass =)


A separate permit will be needed to go up to Larke La pass
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Houses scattered along the river valley


Danagyu village


Another safe water station in Danagyu


A peek at the water treatment devices which include filtering and oxidation of water


Tibetan prayer wheels


Another glimpse of a mountain behind the clouds




Porters climbing up the steep slope


A small Tibetan stone stupa


Arriving at Koto Qupar from which side trek to Nar and Phu villages can be taken
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Entrance to Chame guarded by a stone gateway, typical of a Tibetan village


Celebrating Yarthung Festival (long ago actually but the banner is still here lol...)


Locals dancing themselves away happily for the Tihar Festival


Water-powered prayer wheel


Safe water station in Chame


Walking through Chame


Locals gambling and celebrating


Tibetan prayer flags hanging over the bridge


Tibetan Mani Wall and prayer poles


Very unique stupa gateway


Colorful Tibetan paintings inside the stupa gateway




Tibetan scriptures carved onto rocks


Lots of mules!


Winding river


Porters taking a break from heavy loads


Riding on narrow path


Have to be careful crossing such landslide areas


Beautiful orchard garden with various fruits like apples


Finally making it to Bhratang after a long day trek



~~~~~ Day 6 ~~~~~

Trekking Day 04



Travel Expenses
*** Total: 1,200 NPR ***
Food and Others: 1000 NPR
Accomodation @ Braga (Buddha Hotel): 200 NPR



Bhratang - Braga/Manang
(via High Route)


Trekking Information
Trekking Time Today: 7 1/4 Hours
~ Bhratang (2850m) - Pisang (3200m): 130 Minutes
~ Pisang (3200m) - Ghyara (3670m): 105 Minutes
~ Ghyara (3670m) - Ngawal (3657m): 90 Minutes
~ Ngawal (3657m) - Munji (3482m): 90 Minutes
~ Munji (3482m) - Braga (3450m): 25 Minutes



Simple accomodation


My Tibetan host family


Walking through forest




Magnificient view of Paungda Danda, a granite cliff that looms like a gigantic wave high above


Peaks of Lamjung Himal (6983m)


And first view of Annapurna II (7937m)




Wide Manang valley and you can see Pisang Peak (6091m) in the distance


It was -2 degree celcius in the morning forest and even the mud floor was frozen


Arriving at Lower Pisang through its stone gateway


Finally the Annapurnas are in sight...Annapurna II at 7937m and Annapurna IV at 7525m


Nepali kids


Safe water station cum general store in Lower Pisang


Taking the upper route via Ghyaru and Ngawal to Manang


Information about the upper route
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Crossing the bridges which lead towards Upper Pisang


Fantastic view of Annapurna II and IV enroute the high route


Small lake (Mring Tso) hidden away from the main trail




More Tibetan Mani Wall


View of Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna (7455m) further down the Annapurna range




Almost reaching Ghyaru after a steep and long tiring climb up




Magnificient view of Annapura II and IV up here is definitely worth all the hard work!




Now you see me...


Now you dun! =p


Local at her daily chore


Ancient mediaeval village of Ghyaru with its flat-roofed stone buildings




Narrow walkway through stone houses


Tibetan Prayer Wheels


A Tibetan Chorten with Annapura III and Gangapurna


Lots of prayer poles on the roofs which produce a resounding sound under strong wind


Village of Ghyaru dwarved by the sheer scale of the Annapurnas


Pisang Peak rises high above Ghyaru village


Looking down at the valley where the lower route to Manang will be


Lamjung Himal range in the far distance


Closer and closer to Annapurna III and Gangapurna


You can see Ongre's airstrip at the bottom and Tilicho Peak on the right


Chulu West (6419m), Chulu East (6200m) and Chulu Far East (6060m) rises high behind Ngawal village


Another mediaeval village of Ngawal with its pastures


Tibetan Prayer Wheels with Annapurna III and Gangapurna


Bright white Tibetan script painted onto rock


Good view of Annapurna III and Gangapurna now


Little trees above the tree line


Sun setting behind Annapura III and Gangapurna


Nice rock formation


Fresh Seabuck Thorn juice is definitely a thirst-quencher





2 comments:

Curitiba-Parana'-Brasil said...

Just beautiful !!!

Nepal trekking tour said...

wow. whats a great picture. i like very much annapurna trekking picture
thanks for sharing. keep it up

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