Annapurna Journals

Annapurna: Trekking the Apple Pie Trail

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An October 2002 trip to Annapurna by Mutt

Monastery of 1000 Lamps Photo, Annapurna, Nepal More Photos
Quote: Following the old pilgrim trail to the temple complex at Muktinath this week long trek along the Kali Gandaki River valley is one of the easiest and most popular treks in the Himalayan region.

Annapurna: Trekking the Apple Pie Trail

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Overview

Goat Photo, Annapurna, Nepal
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The ancient temple complex at Muktinath with its miraculous flame which was the ultimate destination of the pilgrim trail which developed into the Jomson trek. The remote and isolated villages of the Lower Mustang region are packed with authentic sights, sounds and smells of a rural community and offer a glimpse of a lifestyle unchanged for centuries. From the Depths of the world’s deepest gorge to the views of some of the world’s tallest mountains from the summit of Pun Hill, the rugged landscape for which this region is justifiably famous is breathtaking. Quick Tips: Trekking in the region requires a pass issued by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) the NGO that...Read More

Trekking Through Thak Satse

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Stupa Photo, Annapurna, Nepal
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This region, whose name means 700 houses, consists of the 13 villages of the Kali Gandiki valley, which is the world’s deepest gorge. The region is situated in the lower temperate zone, the vegetation consists of mixed forests of spruce, silver fir, and cypress trees and the wildlife consists of warblers and tits with the occasional sighting of a Muntjac Deer. The predominantly Thakali people of this region are referred to as Tamangs and are divided into four clans, Gauchen ("Elephant"), Tulachan ("Dragon"), Sherchan ("Lioness"), and Bhuttachan ("Yak")--they consider themselves to be true Thakalis.Ninety minutes outside of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2002

Trekking Through the Myagdi District

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Bardali Ghar  Photo, Annapurna, Nepal
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The Myagdi district lies mostly within the sub-tropical zone of bamboo and rhododendron forests. The skies are full of swallows and sparrows, while Long Tailed Langurs can be spotted in the trees. The bark of the Muntjac Deer can be heard and if you are really lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Red Panda. The people of this district are predominantly Maghar of Tibetan-Burman origin they have largely adopted the Hindu beliefs and customs of the Chhetris (warrior caste). The main crops of the area are rice and wheat and the fields are tilled by water buffalo.A 2-hour walk from the district border through the small villages of Kopche Pani and Rupse Chhahaon, wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2002

Trekking Through Panch Gaon

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A Buddhist Gompa Photo, Almora, India
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This area, known as Panch Gaon (five villages) for Marpha, Chhairo, Chhimang, Syang and Thini, is the traditional heartland of the Mustang district.The region is situated in the lower temperate zone of mixed forests, but the river valley itself is barren and inhospitable, swept by a vicious wind from around 11am until well into the night. The people of this region are predominantly Thakali of Tibetan origin, traditionally an agricultural community the Thakalis came to dominate the trade routes with Tibet and prospered greatly as a result. Their architecture consists of large stone dwellings with flat roofs and ornately carved wooden windows and doors. The Thankali...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2002

Trekking Through Bara Gaon

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Attraction

Monastery of 1000 Lamps Photo, Annapurna, Nepal
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This area of the Mustang district known as Bara Gaon meaning 12 villages although it now actually consists of 19.The villages were ruled over by the Mustang Rajas whom, in the late 16th century built fortified palaces in Kagbeni, Jharkot and Dzong. These three villages along with Samar and Dakardzong became the Ghaba or capitals of the region, the most important village of Bara Gaon is however the pilgrimage site of Muktinath. The region is situated in the sub-alpine zone above the tree line and much of it is dwarf willow and juniper scrub. The people are predominantly Bhotias of Tibetan origin, although the Shayul, who are more closely related to the Thakali from further south, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2002