Annapurna Himal Travel Guide

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    Tilicho Lake as viewed from the East
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Annapurna Himal Highlights

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     Mesmerizing sceneries, Snowy Mountains, Friendly and diverse people, and more 

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     Please leave your luxury behind as things are basic here 

  • In a nutshell
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     An incredible journey ! 

Annapurna Himal Things to Do

  • EASTERN SIDE of CIRCUIT

    Take a moment to observe the huge black slippery side of the mountain on your right which you will pass on the second or third day of your trek. This is treacherous and you should not try and climb it.

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  • CHOMRONG

    Chomrong is worth spending the night before you continue the trek to ABC. The lodges cling bto the side of the hill offer good views.

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  • MINATURE SHEEP

    I came across some very small woolly sheep in a clearing just before arriving at Pisang. They couldn't have been more than 16 inches tall. LOOK out for them in that area as i never saw them elsewhere.

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  • ARCHERY IN PISANG

    I stayed a night in Pisang, a village clinging to the hillside to the east of the trail . Actually it is kind of like two villages as it is divided in to Lower and Upper Pisang. Fortunately there was an archery competition taking place as i found out as i rounded a corner and an arrow flew by my head. Archery here is the local sport and most of the...

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  • TUKUCHE

    Tukuche is just is just 6kms from the picturesque village of Marpha and worth spending a couple of hours here just to visit the distillery which has been here for decades. Tukuche brandy is made from apricots and apples, and is pretty potent stuff. Tukuche sits on the west side of the river which is very wide here, but the village was a major...

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  • GHANDRUNG

    At Ghandrung we were lucky enough to catch a village festival which seemed to be organised by the women who danced and performed a mini play. I believe this was held in May but not sure if it is an annual event.

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Annapurna Himal Restaurants

  • Food from the tea-house kitchen: Meals...

    During trekking, you will have to eat the food cooked by the tea-house kitchen. It ranges from noodles, fried rice, soups, momos (local dish), dal bat (local dish) to pizza (would you believe it). Everything will taste nice after a long and tiring trek. Don't expect dishes from high class restaurants here and don't be too worried but hygiene. Just...

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  • Camp/teahouse food...

    The range of food that is provided on a camping trek or in a teahouse trek is incredible. You will have a choice from the local dal bhat and momo,right up to pizza and spaghetti. It really is quite incredible what can be created with a basic stove/oven. You will have no problem eating any of the food as it all tends to be well cooked and delicious....

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  • What will I eat on the trek?

    Food takes a while to cook on high altitude so make sure you order as early as possible (1 hour in advance, more if the place is full). Most of the guesthouse had receive some sort of training from western non-profit organizations so don’t be surprised if you see pizza, spaghetti, pancakes, and other more uncommon items in the menus along the trek....

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Annapurna Himal Nightlife

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    Mike, Carl & Mari dancing

    by TracyG Written Aug 27, 2005

    On the last night of most treks (or nearly every night on our trek) the porters will sing traditional Nepali folk songs and play the drum and encourage you to dance! Believe me, after a few drinks you will be up dancing and know some of the words to the songs.

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Annapurna Himal Transportation

  • Doing part of the trek by Horse?

    I’m not sure how expensive it will be, but there are several segments of the trek that can be done by horse. Not all segments can be done by horse though so you should be prepared to walk!!! Horse rental should be arranged with the guesthouse as they will give you the best price. Horses can come as a life saver if you are stuck up in the Himalayas...

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  • Flights in and out of the region

    There are periodic flights from Pokhara to Jomosom that can be booked by a travel agent in Nepal. I’m not sure if you can book internationally though so I’ll leave that up to you. There are not too many flight options to Manang I’m afraid. However, I met a group of rich Swiss hikers that spent $1,000 to be flown by helicopter from Pokhara to...

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  • Getting there and away

    You would need to research which trek you want to do. Each trek has a different access point. If you are doing the Annapurna Circuit, then you’re best off starting at Basisahar. You can get to there by bus or taxi whether you’re coming from Pokhara or Nepal. Some buses leave in the early morning and drop you just in time for lunch. Therefore, there...

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Annapurna Himal Shopping

  • A bit of everything...

    In most of the larger trekking villages you will see lots of little stalls set up by the locals, selling a wide range of goods such as; jewellery,clothing, blankets, statues etc. You may also find that you will be followed by Tibetan refugees wanting to sell you there goods. If you are not interested, just be polite but firm.

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  • Shop in Advance in Pokhara or Katmandu

    We then went on a shopping galore as Pokhara (and/or Katmandu) is full of good quality inexpensive trekking equipment. Just keep in mind that when you see a brand name it will be a fake so the quality will certainly not be the same as the original, but its good none-the-less. Stuff you can buy includes sandals, hiking boots, jackets, water...

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  • Small shops

    On trekking way are many shops. You buy wather,kokos biscuit,cola or fanta,snickers or mars sweet. If you go higher then price is groove up.Sometime you must pay for tumbler boild wather.In biger vileges you can buy many another products not only eating things but everywere you drink Lemone tea for 10-20 RpN. For build wather I payd 5-10 RpN,...

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Annapurna Himal Local Customs

  • CORN OR MAIZE

    When trekking in Annapurna, particularly at the lower altitudes corn or maize will be stored and dried in racks, with the purpose of grinding for human consumption (bread or porridge) or for the livestock.

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  • Buddhism in the Annapurna Sanctuary

    Part of the trek will take you through a region inhabited by Nepali or Tibetans that practices Tibetan Buddhism. We crossed several interesting Mani walls, Shortens, Prayer Wheels, and Gompas (temples). All of these hold a deep religious meaning for the locals so please remember to walk on a clockwise path when passing thru any of these (if you see...

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  • Porters- A trekker best companion?

    "Sherpa’s simple work ethic is as refreshing as the bracing Himalayan wind on a clear spring day…. They are alert for ways in which to be used,yet are never insistent,for less service ; since thy are paid to perform a service, why not do it as well as possible… They wear their attitude like an amour that shines with remarkable cheerfulness, even in...

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Annapurna Himal Warnings and Dangers

  • ICED OVER WATERFALLS

    After you leave Hinko the trail passes over the stream and sometimes it is difficult to follow if there has been fresh snow. There are a some waterfalls that are on the left, which have been iced over due to the cold weather, but there is still a flow from the waterfall which passes underneath the frozen ice. Do not try to traverse this as the ice...

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  • Nettles

    I’m quoting an entry I wrote for what I think is the same plant in the Indian Garwhali hills. At least, my guide described it as the same plant and I didn’t have the nerve to test it. “Biting Grass. Also called ‘cutting grass,’ and it hurts. Brushing past it isn’t bad, but anything more than that and the welts and the sting last for hours, even...

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  • Careful leaving food around the...

    Remember that you're in the wilderness of the Himalayas so as anywhere in the world you will be surrounded by wild animals. We did encounter a few guest houses with rat problems. The one that came as a biggest surprise was at High Camp (over 5,000 Meters above sea level). At some point in the night, a sneaky mouse ate through one of my chocolate...

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Annapurna Himal What to Pack

  • camel bag of at least 2 liters is almost...

    backpack for max. 12 kg. For safety (cars, air planes) I recommend a good cover for it. normal trekking stuff for winter and summer. during the day can be warm to 15 degrees C, but during the nights it is really cold. do now forget the down camping slippers!!! You can find it in Kathmandu for about 14 USD. usual stuff you always take while long...

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  • Water Purifying Tablets

    Now, I already had water purifying tablets with me, but in case you don’t have you should buy some as water is expensive en route. I went ahead and purify most of the time to save expenses. A litter of water ranged between 25-150 Nepalese Rupees depending on the accessibility of the place (72 Nepali Rupees = $1 USD) during the trek. You will also...

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  • Munchies / Snacks

    Now that I was loaded with equipment, I procured some munchies and snacks to eat along the trek. These can be purchased at a premium during the trek so it’s best to stock up for the first week or two. Make sure to include a few luxury items such as chocolate and the like to pull out during your down days on the trek. You might be roughing it out,...

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Annapurna Himal Off The Beaten Path

  • DEORALI

    I was on my way from Chomring to Poon Hill and near the Deorali pass i stopped in a teashop where they informed me there was a shortcut, a path that led down from the side of the teahouse. As it was raining i decided to take this route, but after the path branched off at several locations i was halted by a fast flowing torrent so i had to turn...

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  • Pokhara

    Pokhara is a beautiful town situated on the shores of Phewa Lake. The tourist area lies at the shores of the lake. It is full of shops, restaurants, and hotels, which makes it a convenient place to stay in town. We stayed at Giri guesthouse, ran by a kind man with the same name. We got a large room at the second story that had a large window with...

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Annapurna Himal Sports & Outdoors

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    Thorong La - you can get here withough a guide!

    by darthmilmo Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Practically all the tips in this page are sport related, but I thought I should address the issue of porters/guides in this tip. So, do you really need a porter or a guide? Honestly, I do no think that is necessary. No matter what age or physical fit you have you do not need one. I was really surprised on the number of young people taking one along the trek. It’s like wasting money. The paths are really clear and the experience, in my humbly opinion, will be more rewarding if you carry your own stuff. If you do hire a guide or porter, do so locally in Pokhara or Katmandu. Agree to a set price in writing and do remember to give him/her a tip at the end. Do not be a cheapskate either and mind the weight of your bags. I met too many people taking their entire luggage on treks. I suggest you leave stuff behind at your guesthouse in Pokhara.

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Annapurna Himal Favorites

  • Reputable Guide

    Trekking Annapurna is a daunting task but an incredibly rewarding experience. Most travel agencies in Kathmandu and Pokhara will go on treks no matter what the political or weather conditions so you need to be careful. If you need a reputable trekking agency I cant provide one that I have personally used with great experiences then please contact...

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  • Annapurna villages...

    Whilst trekking in the Annapurnas, you will trek/stay in many amazing villages. This is a great way to get to know the local people in their own setting. It is a real pleasure to just wander through the narrow pathways and watch people going about their daily lives. Waking up to an Annapurna sunrise is something you will never forget...

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  • Mindset &Perspective at various points...

    One of the days along the trek I started thinking about the trek and how I’ve changed the way I thought about it over the course of the trek. It allowed me to put this experience in perspective. By this experience I mean the multi-week trek, something I’ve never done before. There are several mental cycles one has on such a trek. You start with...

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Annapurna Base Camp to Chomrong (7 hours 30 min)
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Sunrise at Annapurna Base Camp
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Sunset and night sky at Annapurna Base Camp
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