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.
The colorful Chame and gushing Marsyangdi
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.
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!
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.
Getting closer to civilization- Cliffs against Braga
The number of Hindu pilgrims visiting Muktinath has risen sharply according to the data collected by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Around 150 pilgrims mostly from India are visiting to Muktinath Temple daily. In the past years the average visitor figure during peak season stood at around 50. While some pilgrims fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, most of them have been seen using overland transport on the newly constructed highway.
Meeting and handling was welcoming and efficient. I felt great. My guide was very well known with the mountains in the region. The hotels in the city, I stayed in; Annapurna Fishtail had exceptionally fine services.