Supertrek: The Map
View our Annapurna Circuit Trek in a larger map, and if you have Google Earth, use it.
|• Blue pins: where we slept||• Green pins: places of interest|
|• Fork & Knife: where we ate||• Blue line: where we drove|
Links to each post from the trek are at the bottom of this post.
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit was a fantastic two weeks. Everything came together perfectly: terrific company, a superb guide, exceptional weather, and breathtaking scenery made this one of the highlights in our year of travel. My account of the trek, however, might not convey this. So here I try to capture the best aspects of the trek and share with you, and remind us, why it was so fun.
The scenery. The Annapurnas are a spectacular mountain range. Dhaulagri, the highest peak reaches 26,795 feet, though each of the Annapurna peaks (named, I, II, III, and IV) demanded our attention as they soared upwards filling the picture-perfect blue sky. With this for a background we spent our days walking through the gorgeous Marsyangdi River Valley: watching the lush forests turn to grasslands and terraced fields, high-plains and ultimately barren windswept mountain tops. Photos cannot capture the experience of crossing swaying footbridges with the Marsyangdi thundering underneath; passing stupas and collectively spinning prayer wheels for good luck; and, of course, stopping to simply take in the spectacular scenery. Below is a slideshow of the changing scenery as we trek from Besishara to Pokhara.
Shiba, our guide, was an encyclopedia of information. He easily answered any question we posed, whether it was about the mountains, (including our many questions about the time he summited Mount Everest! Without oxygen!), Nepali culture, and even the best dishes at each of the restaurants we ate (though the best dish does not mean it was a good dish). He quickly became more than a guide and was our friend for the duration of the trek.
And thanks to Ted's running ahead, or intentionally hanging back, he captured tons of excellent walking shots. As for those shots that I took, I am sad to say that they were the only upside of my glacial pace. Follow along as we walk for eleven days:
And if you still haven't gotten enough, here are the best 1000 (out of over 2,500) photos from the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Links to each of the Annapurna posts:
- Actually, Yes. The Return of the Super Trek.
- Actually, Not. Freezing the Water Does Not Purify it (Annapurna Circuit, Day One)
- Actually, Not. Those Are Not Spices in My Curry. (Annapurna Circuit, Day Two)
- Actually, Yes. That is a Huge Steel Plate on My Back (Annapurna Circuit, Day Three)
- Actually, Not. We’ll pass on the optional afternoon hike in the middle of a 90 mile trek (Annapurna Circuit, Day Four)
- Actually, Yes. Mexican Food in Nepal? Same Same but Different (Annapurna Circuit, Day Five)
- Actually, Not. There’s No Resting on a Rest Day. (Annapurna Circuit, Day Six)
- Actually, Yes. It’s Freezing Up Here! (Annapurna Circuit, Day Seven)
- Actually, Yes. You Can Get Altitude Sickness When Hiking at 16,000 Feet (Annapurna Circuit, Day Eight)
- Actually, Yes. We Made It! (Annapurna Circuit Day Nine)
- Actually, Yes. The Pilgrims Are Stopping For Apple Brandy (Annapurna Circuit, Day Ten)
- Actually Yes. The Woman on My Lap is Car Sick. (Annapurna Circuit, Day Eleven)
- Actually Yes. They Can Carry Six Times Their Own Weight
- Actually Yes. This is the Last Post About the Annapurna Circuit (Annapurna Circuit Wrap-Up)