Topo: The Tour of Annapurna (Nepal)

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Topo: The Tour of Annapurna (Nepal)

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Detailed route

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We therefore present in this topo the "classic" version of the Tour des Annapurna (excluding acclimatization days), as it was traveled before the construction of roads and tracks.To adapt therefore, depending on the steps that you will make on foot or by road, and depending on the variants chosen.

Step 1: Besisahar - Bahundanda (7h / +550 m / -50 m)

Vallée de la Marsyangdi, premiers ponts suspendus à Bhulbule. On aperçoit les premiers sommets imposants, notamment l’Himalchuli au nord-est. Un raidillon mène à Bahundanda (1310 m), la crête des Brahmanes, premier villageà la vue imprenable.

Step 2: Bahundanda - Tal (8:30 am / +750 m / -400 m)

Two hours downhill to Shyange, then mounted on Jagat, a village built in the middle of large eroded blocks.Continued in a fairly narrow valley towards the Tal pass and the village of Tal, built on an old dry lake.

Step 3: TAL - CAU (9:30 am / +1100 m / -100m)

We cross the Marsyangdi to enter a conifer forest towards Dharapani then came.We discover the first chörtenset Moulins à Prayer: Welcome to the Buddhist world.

Step 4: camel - Pisang (6h / +400 m)

The path rises above a forest that has become denser.The view of the manaslu is impressive, and we follow spectacular rocky slabs before joining Pisang, dominated by the old village on the north slope.

Step 5: Pisang - Manang (8h / +700 m / -300 m)

We can either take the classic path (easy but without much interest) towards HongDE, or make a hook by Ghyuu and Ngawal, variant (infinitely) more aesthetic.The two paths meet in Mongji or Bragga, a monastery located at the gates of Manang.A splendid day, with a formidable panorama of the Annapurna II, III and IV as well as the High Singles surrounding.A day of acclimatization in Manang is recommended the next day, the opportunity to go up to the Ice Lake (± 1000 m) or to the monastery which overlooks the village.

Step 6: Manang - Letdar (5h / +700 m)

First visit to 4000, with the village of Ledar (4200 m).Possibility to sleep in Yak Kharka, on the way, then the Thorung Phedi the next day.But the ledar then high camp option, if your acclimatization is correct, is preferable to pass the collar.

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Step 7: Letdar - High camp (4h / 600 m)

Topo : le tour des Annapurna (Népal)

The rise at altitude continues by crossing the Jarsang Khola (4300 m), then arriving at Thorung Phedi (4,450 m).If you are in good shape, you can push to Phedi High Camp (4,800 m), at the cost of a very steep climb.

Step 8: High camp - Muktinath (7h / +600 m / -1600 m)

Departure at the front, very early in the morning, for the highest stage of the Tour, with the passage of the famous Thorung la (5416 m).Long descent (-1600 m), to plunge into the Kali Gandakhi valley, opposite the Dhaulagiri, towards the Hindu Sanctuary of Muktinath.

Step 9: Muktinath - Marpha (9:30 am / -1300 m)

Descent to Kagbeni (2,850 m) and Jomsom (2743 m) by a track, then Marpha (2670 m), traditional village with flat roofs of streets lined with stalls.Possibility to split the stage in two, and to explore the village of Jhong, on the right bank, or Lupra, crossing a small pass, to discover two villages typical of the culture of the Mustang.

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Step 10: Marpha - Kalopan (5:30 am / +100 m / -200 m)

We best avoid the track, along, right bank or left bank, the Kali Gandaki, very wide and practically flat until Kalopani.Conifer forests are back.

Step 11: Kalopani - Tatopani (7:30 am / +100 m / -1400 m)

We dive into the gorges for a long step that can be done by road to win a day.Otherwise, the path runs along the road to the bottom, with a left bank option to Patir de Ghasa.Good to know: thermal sources in Tatopani (1190 m).

Step 12: Tatopani - Ghorepani (9h / +1800 m / -150 m)

The biggest elevation of the circuit.A formidable step for the thighs even if, at this level, they are ready to endure such a quasi-in-depth succession of stairs which rise over the villages.Mounted to Sikha (1935 m), then Chitre (2420 m) and finally Ghorepani (2750 m).

Step 13: Ghorepani - Naya Pul (7h / -1800 m)

The last but not the least!Very long uninterrupted descent to Birethanti (1025 m), then crossed by the river to reach Naya Pul (1075 m).Possibility to cut the day in two by stopping in Tikhedhungga.

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Variant: the Naar valley - Phu / Kang la

In a loop, the route to the secret valley of Naar - Phu is a more authentic and wild variant of the "classic" tower of the Annapurnas.The start is made at Koto's checkpoint, shortly before came.On the return, to avoid a round trip route, we will "come out" by the high collar of the Kang La to join the Marsyangdi valley in Manang.

Step 1: Koto - Meta (7h / +910 m / -250 m)

We leave the "classic" path of the Tour des Annapurnas to enter the isolated valley of Le Phu Khola.Progress in gorges with the crossing of several bridges until the arrival in Meta (3,560 m, lodge).

Step 2: Meta - Chyako (4h / +450 m / -200 m)

We leave the "classic" path of the Tour des Annapurnas to enter the isolated valley of Le Phu Khola.Progress in gorges with the crossing of several bridges until the arrival in Meta (3,560 m, lodge).

Step 3: Chyako - Phu (5h / +450 m / - 250 m)

After Kyang (3,900 m), we continue to gain height to cross the mineral gorges of the Phu Khola valley, through a path carved in the rock.Impressive climb in tight zigzags to the gateway to the village of Phu (4,080 m).The end of the afternoon is devoted to the discovery of the village and the surroundings.

Step 4: Phu - Naar Phedi (6 to 7h / +500 m / -800 m)

We descend the Phu valley by the same route, in the opposite direction.After Jnunum, branching right on a sandy path and descending between rocky peaks to the bridge which allows you to cross the Khola Phu and go to the right bank (3,480 m, lodge).

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Step 5: Naar Phedi - Naar (4 to 5h / +700 m)

We go up a path bordered by chörtens which offers magnificent views of the Kang Guru and the Pisang Peak.We continue through the mountain pastures or graze the yaks, to the village of Naar (4,200 m) hidden behind a fall in the land.

Step 6: Naar - Kang la Phedi (3 to 4h / +500 m / -100 m)

Departure towards noon towards the camp (4,620 m), located at the foot of the collar.

Step 7: Kang la Phedi - Kang la - Kang la Phedi Sud (6 to 7h / +650 m / -1000 m)

Morning departure and a progressive climb to Kang la at 5 320 m.After a few laces in the scree, there is a quieter descent in the middle of the mountain pastures to reach the southern camp (4,380 m).

Step 8: Kang la Phedi Sud - Manang (7h / -800 m)

The village of Ngawal (3,660 m) promises to be with the first Chörten.The descent continues in the Marsyangdi valley, and marks the return, shortly before Manang, on the main route of the Annapurna Tour.

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