The Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna circuit is a tale of two river valleys: you trek up the steep Marshyangdi river, then over the pass and down the wide, arid Kali Gandaki. The highest pass is Thorong La. At 5,400m, it is the highest altitude reached by many trekkers in their lifetimes. The new road covers some distance which has shrunk the trek but it makes it so much easier for the fast forward world of travellers who are in a rush to see, enjoy and move on.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 16-DAY ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH THE BEST TREKKING GUIDES.
Our first day started out misty and wet but ended only after three hours of trek at a teahouse. I was anticipating a bowl of rice and lentils for dinner and a dung-burning hovel in which to sleep. It turned out to be a two-story motel with fully furnished double rooms.
The beds with mattresses were comfortable, the heating was right and the restaurant had a four-page menu and there was a list of imported beverages. While some went for the Western style, I stuffed myself with vegetable chou mein and an Indian potato curry, washed down with Nepali masala milk tea.
The trek along the Marsyangdi is interesting but you begin to really see the Annapurnas after Chame. From here onwards I was in a dilemma whether to focus on the ground and ensure I don’t slip or look up in the sky and not miss out on the best views of the Annapurna. Manang was packed with trekkers and we spent a day here, acclimatising and playing cards with fellow travellers. The man with a pony tail and the woman with a crew cut turned out to be financial advisors to a large corporate.
In the afternoon we attended a lecture at the Himalayan Rescue Association and learnt about the importance of ascending slowly. For those who have climbed Kilimanjaro would remember “Poly, Poly” or Slowly, Slowly. They stressed on drinking water copiously to avoid altitude’s dangers: headaches, bloody lungs, cerebral edema and even death.
Crossing Thorong La was by far the hardest day of the trip, climbing almost 1,000m and then a drop of about 1,700m to Muktinath, a Hindu and Buddhist temple site on the other side. It was cold and it was beginning to snow but luckily we had reached our destination in time for a hot cup of tea. The next day we reached Jomosom from where we took the flight back to Kathmandu.
Max your Awim
Rafting down the Trisuli River. Transfer to the rafting starting point en route to Chitwan National Park. After we collect our gear, there will be a safety briefing by the river guide. Then, we float down the river encountering medium class rapids from grades 2 to 5. We will pass through a beautiful canyon with Sal forest on both sides of the river before our rafting terminates at Mugling from where we drive to Chitwan.
One More Thing
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If you are travelling from Europe or the US east coast, it is likely that you will fly into New Delhi and then connect with a short flight to Kathmandu. For those travelling from Australasia or west coast of the US are likely to fly into Bangkok and then take a flight to Kathmandu. There are also some flights connecting with Hong Kong.
On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.