Fall 2018: Nepal’s Annapurna Region

Namaste.  The Annapurna region of the Himalayas is home to two or three of the world’s ten tallest mountains. The Annapurna Circuit is a 100-200 mile trek around the entire mountain range. Annapurna Base Camp is a much shorter trek into the heart of the mountains. I decided to do both. Plus a few side trips.  (I also visited a different area of Nepal this spring.)  I would suggest that you visit the various page in the following order (more or less, as fits your mood):

  • Scenic photos: My favorite aspect to the trip
  • Life: Some scenes of ordinary life in Nepal
  • Religion: It was impossible to go far without seeing the influence of religion
  • Miscellaneous: Photos that don’t fit anywhere else
  • Place names: One of the joys of this trip was the place names, which always seemed to put a smile on my face
  • Fun stuff: The less serious side of my trip
  • Oddities: Westerners might like these photos

If you’re short on time, try these:

  • My 10 favorites: Which is your favorite child?  This was a terrible effort.  Here, I show my more or less favorite photos.  Hint: They’re all scenics.
  • Quick Intro: A little bit of everything in this region in 25 photos (from my limited experience)

AC and ABC map

Above is a map of the Annapurna region.  My trek proceeded as follows:

  • Start in the east at Besisahar
  • Trek to Manang
  • Trek west to Tilicho Lake and then back to Manang.  Unfortunately, this map does not show Tilicho Lake; it is a little north of “Annapurna I.”
  • Trek over Thorung La, which is the high point of the trek at 17,769 ft.
  • Trek to Tatopani and then Ghorepani, which is next to Poonhill.
  • Trek through Chhromrung to Annapurna Sanctuary (aka Annapurna Base Camp)
  • Trek back through Dhampus to Phedi

Total trip statistics: 25 days, approximately 260 miles (including side trips)