Highlights of (RAT) Round Annapurna Trek

Highlights of (RAT) Round Annapurna Trek

Posted Jan 17th, 2014 under Trekking & Hiking, Trip Report,

 

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  Enthralling views of Himalayan Ranges right after Thorong La Pass

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls”:- Anais Nin

Travelling through this land is courageous. Without a doubt is certainly not for the faint hearted as it is the longest pass in the country, where we come across the deepest gorge in the whole of earth and have the world’s highest altitude lake, Tilicho Lake 4919m. Newly formed (Gangapurna) Glacier Lake is truly mesmerizing and the view of locals seeking for Yarsagumba (aphrodisiac), on the edge of ridges is nerve-racking! The sight of the biggest of vultures (Lamagaya) is exhilarating.   Overall, the Round Annapurna Trek is exulting.

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The colorful Chame and gushing Marsyangdi

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Lush vegetation, golden wheat shades and tranquil destination- Koto Village on RAT Trial

Starting trek from Chame (2710m), colorful hills, waterfalls and River Marshaygdi gushing deep down somewhere is soothing. As we walk towards Dhukur Pokhari(3240m) for miles, rocks, stones and shrubs are your only companions. Next we follow the deserted trial till Manang (3540m) is the same experience, then coming in contact with civilization is extraordinary. And we soar up along the longest part of the trial, till reaching Thorang Phedi (4450m), where we encounter the hundreds of yellow beaked crows having amazing hovering skills. Getting to the only lodge in High Camp (4850m) is a steep climb. Next morning starting early to cross the pass and witnessing the most pleasant view of peaks including breathtakingly enticing Pisang Peak, and the combination of rocks and snow till you reach the summit of Throng La Pass 5416m is thrilling. First thing beyond Thorung La Pass that feasts your eyes is the panoramic sight of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri Ranges.

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Black scary cliffs towering to the skies- Between Besisahar and Chame

Now, the downhill to Charabu (4230m) and then to Muktinath (3800m) is pre cautious.  Reaching Muktinath is an experience of lifetime, which is one of the holiest places for Hindu devotees. Downhill trial continues till Kagbeni (2800m), a never ending walk in the most deserted area will definitely check your endurance. Looking down hill and noticing greenery at Kagbeni, after 6 or 7 hours of walking in the deserted plain is a relief. Closely connected houses, warm hospitality with a cup of coffee and chilly winds are rare combinations at Kagbeni. Staying a night at Kagbeni is highly recommended. The feel of Kagbeni will always remain. It’s time; we have to leave behind our longest friend of the journey, River Marshaygdi and offer greetings to River Kali Gandaki. Leaving early from Kagbeni will be a wise decision. Two hours of walk from Kagbeni will bring you to Jomsom (2720m) along the dusty road with jeeps and motorbikes hurtling by at high speed.  Then comes Marpha (2670m), do not forget apples, apple juices and apply brandy. You’ll get to know this when you get there!

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Snow, rocks, blue sky and a plateau

The next thing you might want to plan is to get to Tatopani (1200m) where dipping into natural hot water spring awaits, a heavenly touch that anyone can get after, So much of trekking.  Ultimately, cross passing the final landmarks like Poonhill 2870m (a popular hilltop for extraordinary sunrise view) and typical Gurung hamlets including Ghandruk along the trial, lushly filled hills with flora and fauna accompanied by series of extravagant waterfalls the trek ends at Nayapool before driving to the beautiful tourist town, Pokhara. 

This Exotic trek in this region is most likely to bring about a change in travelers and seekers.

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Getting closer to civilization- Cliffs against Braga

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  Walk of a lifetime-towards Thorong La

 

Text Credits: Bishant Bista (Explore Himalaya)

Photo Credits: Karan Kunwar (Freelance Photographer)

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