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16 days ago

Did this trek in oct 2017 was amazing

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1 month ago

Completed this trek several years ago, but remains my all time number one. It was a solo trip and a personal journey, an unforgettable experience. I did get altitude sickness one day but it was easily remedied by taking an extra day of rest. The tea houses are such an amazing part of the experience. There is nothing like it. Take your time, relax your pace, and take it all in.

Did this all the way back in 1987. It was a longer trek back then (yes, I'm an old timey guy telling you whippersnappers to get off my lawn), starting in Dumre and ending in Pokhara. I was 22, and the best advice I got before the trek was NOT to hire a porter. I probably would now, but maybe not, or make my son carry the heavy stuff. This was the trek of a lifetime. Not just the scenery, but the people you meet and what you learn about yourself. If you have the chance to do this hike, you should.

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1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Trek of a life time! Fucking stunning! So many amazing guest houses, mountains! and of course amazing people!

did this in 2010. can't wait to go back

Very challenging--but worthy hike! I strongly suggest training before you take this on, if only to make the experience more enjoyable. Make sure you have poles, they will be a life saver. Bring a porter will be key as well, but a guide can be either worth it or not depending how experienced of a hiker you are. If anything, they can help you along with the language barrier if you do not speak Nepali.

Great trekking route. Enjoyed every moment.

This is a classic for a reason. the views are amazing but its about the cultural exchange and the people you meet. Thorang La is the highlight. you need to bring clothes for -10C and shorts for 25C an amazing trek through several biogeoclimatic zones from jungle to tundra. A bucket list item

Insanely amazing experience. 132kms, 14days and one of the best things I’ve done in my life! Highly recommend, take it slow and enjoy the ride.

challenging but rewarding. great views

Same as T. Hard.

Breathe taking views. Challenging, but so rewarding making it to Annapurna Base Camp

backpacking
10 months ago

Wow. To say this trail is a must would be to undersell it.
The Annapurna Circuit is a transformational experience emotionally and physically.
Prepare to hike through the seasons. Your trek will begin in lush jungle, banana trees and monkeys swinging about. As the days go by you will find yourself in beautiful pine forests that eventually give way to barren, unforgiving landscape. All culminating, of course, at the pass. Thorong La pass is evry bit as difficult as you have read. But, that's what we came for, right?

Beautiful scenery greats you at every turn. The trail is an incredibly social environment so bring some playing cards! Good luck and happy hiking ;)

backpacking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First, this site won't let you update this trail or make a new trail review from Nay Pul to Poon Hill. Not sure why. Either way, this review is for Nay Pul to Poon Hill. I Completed this trek from 23JUNE through 26JUN. Once leaving Kathmandu via travel bus (10$ for transportation) we traveled for about 3 hours until we came to a complete stop. There was a landslide along the Narayanghat Mugling HWY that caused a severe traffic jam along the Prithivi HWY. It took me 18 hours of travel, some walking and hitch hiking to make it to Pokara where I slept in a motel for 4$. This was a pretty "basic room" but there are plenty of places to stay in Pokara that can range up to 100$. The next morning I took a taxi (10$ for transportation) to Naya Pul and it took me about an hour. Once I arrived, I had some milk tea and a cigarette before I set off along the identified route (according to this site). Because I was behind schedule, I hiked all the way to Ghode Pani. The total elevation gain for this through hike to Poon Hill from Naya Pul is 7,150 Feet. Along the trail, there are multiple bridges and I had the opportunity to hang some prayer flags, take plenty of pictures, and purchase multiple bottles of water and food. This trail is heavily traveled and used by the villagers to transport goods via horse back to Ghode Pani. You can find water, food, snacks, soda, and even WIFI at the teahouses along the way (Cost is 3$ a day). There are a lot of local dogs along the trail that appear friendly ( I did not try to pet though) to humans but are territorial when it comes to other dogs. I had a dog follow me multiple times looking for food, probably because I am a westerner. Cell phone service is good and I was using NCELL. However, as you approach Ghode Pani you will need to use WIFI or buy a NTC since that is the only provider in the area from what I saw. I spent the night in Ghode Pani and then woke up at 0430 to hike up to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise. I arrived at 0530 at the top where they have a lookout tower and a tea/coffee shack. I was able to buy a cup of milk tea (the best drink in Nepal) and the metal cup as a souvenir for 3$. Once I took my photos of the Himalayas I headed back down to Ghode Pani. The was also a dog on the summit that followed me down to Ghode Pani. Once I arrived, I ate breakfast and departed for Tikhedhungga where I arrived at 1400. The legs where tired and I was very hungry since the trail doesn't provide much cover from the sun. I was able to take a hot shower (cost $3). The food was great and everything they provide me at the teahouse is fresh from the garden or gathered that day (even the chicken) which the owner of the teahouse had to go down to the nearest village to retrieve. Even had an Everest Beer. There was an issue with the WIFI though in this area for some reason. I would also recommend buying multiple minute cards before departing. I used about 1000 rupees worth of txt and call. They do have some tea houses that sell minute cards (hit and miss) but the closer you get to Ghode Pani they only sell NTC and not NCELL. I went to sleep around 2100 and woke up at 0500, ate breakfast and departed for Naya Pul where I arrived at my original drop off point at 1000. Very good trip and didn't expect anything less. Met people from Egypt, Singapore, Spain, Germany, and the US. If you don't want to drive to Pokara from Kathmandu, I would recommend flying. It cost about 160$ for a two-way ticket if you don't want to risk traffic and falling behind if you are on a strict timeline.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nepal is an amazing country, and this trek is one of the best things I've ever done. Myself and two friends completed the circuit in 22 days. We carried our own gear and did not hire porters, but I would say we were in a very small minority.

The scenery couldn't be more breathtaking or the mountains more impressive. The slow changes in scenery over the trek was fascinating. From rainy jungles, pine forests, high deserts, and alpine environments, this trek has it all. Along the way are tea houses which have food and dry places to sleep at night. Bring a sleeping bag and you'll be set. The food is very basic, Order the Dal bhat and you get second helpings. Drink lots of tea.

note: The roads being built in the region were underway when we went, but not yet open to vehicles. I think the "trek" now would be a very different animal than it was in 2011. It's not fun to be trekking in the wilderness with jeeps and motorcycles driving past.

A pretty had climb but with world class scenery.

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