Annapurna

14 treks including the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary

By Siân Pritchard-Jones, Bob Gibbons

A comprehensive trekking guidebook to the Annapurna region - the most popular trekking area in Nepal. Fourteen diverse treks are described including the classic Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Sanctuary as well as treks in the lesser known Machhapuchhre area, the foothills of Lamjung Himal and restricted areas - Mustang, Damodar and Nar-Phu.

Seasons

Seasons

Autumn (October-November-December) best season for clear views and dry weather Spring (March-April-May) for flowers and variable clear spells Summer monsoon (June-July-August) OK for Mustang in the Himalayan rain shadow Winter (January-February) cold but often clear, maybe snowing
Centres

Centres

Kathmandu, Pokhara, Besi Sahar, Chame, Nar & Phu, Manang, Thorong Phedi, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, Tetang, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Birethanti, Nayapul
Difficulty

Difficulty

Every grade of trek is available in the Annapurna region, from the most challenging that cross high passes in excess of 5000m, to undulating ridge walks around Phewa Tal lake. Trails vary from narrow and exposed to wide and easy; temperatures from -20 to +35 deg C.
Must See

Must See

Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Sanctuary, Thorong La, Tilicho Lake, Nar Phu, Mustang, Lo Manthang, Kali Gandaki gorge, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail mountain), Jomsom, Pokhara, Phewa Tal, Kathmandu, Durbar Squares, trekking, homestay
ISBN
9781852848262
Availability
Published
Published
2 Feb 2017
Edition
Second
Pages
328
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
Weight
370g
  • Overview
    This guidebook describes 14 multi-day treks in Nepal's captivating Annapurna region, among the foothills of the mighty Himalaya. Routes range between 24km and 200km (15-124 miles) and between 4 and 23 days, with maximum altitudes from 1750m to 5416m. With accommodation options including a mixture of homestay, camping and lodges, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their surroundings and experience the warmth and richness of Nepalese hospitality and culture.
    As well as detailed route description and sketch mapping, the guide presents a wealth of information to help make the most of a trip, including practical advice on transport, visas and permits, when to go, what to take and health and safety. There are notes on different styles of trekking, tips on cultural etiquette and fascinating background information on the region's history, plants and wildlife, culture and religion.
    Areas covered include Machhapuchhre, Pokhara and Lamjung Himal. The varied treks showcase this inspiring landscape, offering stunning vistas of snow-clad peaks and verdant valleys. From the classic Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary to lesser-known routes, this is the definitive guide to exploring Nepal's most popular trekking region.
  • Contents

    CONTENTS
    Introduction
    Geography
    Climate
    Plants, animals and birds
    Brief history
    People of Nepal
    Religion
    Cultural considerations
    Getting there
    Visas and permits
    When to go
    Style of trekking
    Accommodation on trek
    Food
    Money matters
    Altitude sickness
    Mountain safety
    Hazards and security
    What to take
    Maps
    Photography
    Communications
    Kathmandu – Gateway to the Himalayas
    Pokhara – Gateway to the Annapurnas
    How to use this guide
    The last word
    1 Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary
    Trek 1 Annapurna Circuit
    Stage 1 Bhulbhule to Manang
    Stage 3 Muktinath to Tatopani
    Stage 4 Tatopani to Naya Pul via Ghorepani
    Alternative Stage 4 Tatopani to Dhampus Phedi via Ghorepani and Ghandruk
    Trek 2 Annapurna Sanctuary
    Stage 1 Dhampus Phedi to Chhomrong
    Alternative Stage 1 Naya Pul to Chhomrong
    Stage 2 Chhomrong to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
    Stage 3 Annapurna Base Camp to Chhomrong
    Stage 4 Chhomrong to Naya Pul via Ghandruk
    Alternative Stage 4 Chhomrong to Naya Pul via Ghorepani
    Trek 3 Ghorepani Circuit (Poon Hill Expedition)
    Trek 4 Annapurna–Dhaulagiri Trek
    2 Restricted areas – Mustang, Damodar and Nar-Phu
    Trek 5 Mustang Trek
    Stage 1 Jomsom to Lo Manthang
    Stage 2 Lo Manthang to Muktinath via Tange
    Trek 6 Nar-Phu Trek
    Stage 1 Koto to Phu
    Stage 2 Phu to Koto
    3 Other treks
    Machhapuchhre region
    Trek 7 Mardi Himal Trek
    Trek 8 Machhapuchhre Korchon (Model) Trek
    Parbat Myagdi
    Trek 9 Parbat Myagdi Link
    Trek 10 Parbat Myagdi Circular
    Ridges north and east of Pokhara
    Trek 11 Siklis Trek
    Foothills of Lamjung Himal
    Trek 12 Khatri Thanti–Besisahar Trek
    Trek 13 Ramgha–Besisahar Trek
    Trek 14 Gurung Heritage Trail

    Appendix A Trek summaries and suggested schedules
    Appendix B Religious and other terminology
    Appendix C Useful words and phrases
    Appendix D Books, films and music
    Appendix E Useful contacts

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Siân Pritchard-Jones

Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. Since then they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal, Algeria and Niger, and exploring the world. However, they regularly return to their first love, Kathmandu and the Himalayas, and have published several books on the region.

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Gibbons

Bob Gibbons

Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met in 1983, on a trek from Kashmir to Ladakh. Since they met they have been leading and organising treks in the Alps, Nepal, Algeria and Niger, and exploring the world. However, they regularly return to their first love, Kathmandu and the Himalayas, and have published several books on the region.

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