Around Annapurna again

From water buffalo's to yak's

MAP SCALE (for daily maps below) 1:100,000

Day 1
Elevation Change +500

Kathmandu to Besisahar by taxi, then a 4-wheel drive to the bridge before Sera (Rs 500), then a short walk to Bhulbhule.  Easy warm up walk.



Day 2
Distance 13 k
Elevation Change +1830


A tough day for early in the trip. Up, up the hill all morning to Bahun Danda and then down the hill to Syange.



Day 3
Distance 6 k
Elevation Change +350
A moderate walk with multiple small hills from Syange to Chamje.


Day 4
Distance 11 k
Elevation Change +1640

Up the hill to Tal then down the hill and then a a walk through the beautiful FLAT valley.  Then one more hill to Dharapini.



Day 5
Distance 7 k
Elevation Change +2640

We took the scenic route with the left turn after Bagarchhap and then up, up the brutal hill. Steep with lots of switchbacks. Arriving by midday at Timang with a great view of the mountains.


Day 6
Distance 15 k
Elevation Change -100

Too early to stop in Chame so we pressed on to Bharatang.  Final mile was gradual hill with strong winds.  We were both very tired for a net elevation change in the negative for the day!  Starting to get very cold .


Day 7
Distance 6 k
Elevation Change +1181

One pretty good hill and then a moderate walk with nice mountain views into Lower Pisang. A nice short day.



Day 8 & 9
Elevation Change +1640

Moderate day with no monster hills. Past the airport and always a quick stop at Braga Bakery. Then a short walk to Manang.  Most trekkers spend two nights here to start acclimatization.

Photos day 8

Photos Day9


Day 10
Elevation Change +3087

Normally a 2 day walk, but we did it pretty easy in one.  hey, momma didn't raise a fool, we took horses!



Day 11
Elevation Change +3198


This is a brutal day no matter how you do it.  Again, we aren't stupid and we know our limits.  We rode yaks to the top and then did the brutal 6-8 hour walk down the mountain to Muktinath. It was blister time.


Day 12 & 13
Elevation Change +3445

Downhill to the Hil-ton Hotel in Eklobhatti then a flat dusty and windy walk into Jomson.  We have always spent two days here resting from the downhill walking and this time getting our revenge eating Yak steaks.

Photos Day 12

Photos Day 13

Day 14
Elevation Change -426

Nice almost flat walk through the apple orchards of Marpha to Khobang. Normally too early to stop, but Bill saw a place in Sept that he wanted to try so we stopped about noon.  What the heck, it was New Years eve in Nepal.



Day 15
Elevation Change -1312

We stopped too early yesterday and that made this a long day. Several brutal up & downs before we reached Ghasa.



Day 16
Elevation Change -2919

A real tough day with some hard detours due to road construction. But, no way we are stopping short today.  It is time for a steak in Tatopani.



Day 17
Elevation Change -200

Totapani to Tiplyang is a brisk 2 hour walk with a few small hills.  Then it is a white knuckle 4-wheel jeep ride followed by two taxi rides and two 10-15 minute walks to Beni. From Beni it is 2-3 hours by taxi (Rs 2000) to Pokhara. If you arrive in Pokhara before 2 pm it is now possible to catch a flight to Kathmandu the same day.




In most villages water flows to community water spots via PVC pipes.  Here are some interesting water shots:


Not exactly like a USA sawmill but they turn out some consistent boards by hand.



I didn't see people carrying loads as big and heavy as some of my previous trip, but these were worth noting.  I actually saw women carrying some of the biggest loads.

New steel electric poles going up the mountain

Wow, that poor guy's load is so big he is walking sideways!

Still walking sideways

Sideways across the bridge!

Ladies with some heavy/bulky loads

A mobile store.  He sold snacks when he stopped for breaks

Many porters carry 2-3 tourist bags

Looked like a big load

...but mostly toilet paper

I think she wants to be a porter when she grows up.