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A Short Walk Around The Annapurna – Part XIV – Journey’s End

DAY 20 – JOURNEY’S END  I rise before dawn and head out to the knoll. Sunrise is preceded by a chill wind, funnelled up from the cold waters of the Mardi Kola. By the time I have set up a … Continue reading

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A Short Walk Around The Annapurna – Part XII – Ghandruk – Greed, Gurung Girls and Machapuchare

DAY 19 – GHANDRUK Ghandruk is one of the largest and most famous of Gurung villages. Poised on a hillside high above the Modi Khola, it looks across this steep sided valley to Landruk, a smaller village nestled below an … Continue reading

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A Short Walk Around The Annapurna – Part VII – Descent from Thorung La

DAY 13 – Descent from Thorung La Just as the birth canal is the passage between two different worlds, so too Thorung La. Welcome to the world of desert rock: a land more akin to parts of Afghanistan than what … Continue reading

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A Short Walk Around The Annapurna – Part VI – Crossing Thorung La

DAY 13 – CROSSING THORUNG LA I know only too well that nothing should be taken for granted when it comes to the crossing of Thorung La, the 5416m pass that tenuously links valleys of two of Nepal’s large rivers, … Continue reading

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A Short Walk Around The Annapurna – Part V – Day 12 – Manang to Thorung Phedi – Altitude Catches Up

Day 12 – Manang to Thorung Phedi – Altitude Catches Up The ascent from Manang to Phedi is most commonly done in two days with a stop over in Yak Karka or Ledar. That said, it’s a relatively charmless stretch … Continue reading

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A Short Walk Around The Annapurna – Part IV – Day 11 – How to Pass a Rest Day in Manang

Perched on a bit of high ground, Manang lies at the head of its namesake valley and just downstream of the confluence of the Thorung and Marsyangdi kholas (rivers). Its remote location at the heart of the Annapurnas has enabled … Continue reading

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