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ANNAPURNA A TREKKER'S GUIDE Reynolds 2003 3rd edition
By Reynolds, Kev
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2003. 267 pp, many color maps and photos. Seen from the lakeside town of Pokhara in central Nepal, a tremendous wall of snow and ice-capped mountains dominates the northern horizon; the Annapurna Himal. With no less than twelve summits topping 7000 metres (23,000ft) soaring above a foreground of intricately terraced foothills, this is one of the most beautiful and ethnically diverse landscapes on earth.

Around this island block goes the route of the classic Annapurna Circuit - one of the great walks of the world. Into the heart of these mountains another trekker's trail leads to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Through the world's deepest valley, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, goes the Pilgrim's Trail to Muktinath, while the Ghandruk Foothill Trek provides an introduction to some of the best of Nepal's hill villages and mountain views.

Kev Reynolds describes each of these treks with full route details for 'tea-house' trekkers and those journeying with and organised group. Information with regard to lodges, tea-houses and villages is provided; there are sections on how to plan a trek, where and when to go, permits and preparations, health matters, an equipment check list and, of equal importance, how to avoid giving offence to the local people. Outline suggestions are offered for other treks in the region, and details of Trekking Peaks are also given. This is a new, full-colour edition of an established guide.

INTRODUCTION
Landscape of Dreams
Annapurna Treks
Trekking and Trekking Styles
When to Go
Pre-Departure Preparations
Getting There    
Permits and Visas
Pre-Trek Health Matters
On-Trek Healthcare    
The First Aid Kit
Equipment Check-List
Maps
Minimum Impact Trekking
Cultural Interaction
Nepal – Facts and Figures
Time in Kathmandu
About this Guide
Pre-Trek Check

TREK 1: THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT
Prologue:    Kathmandu-Dumre-Besisahar
Section 1:     Besisahar to Manang
    Besisahar to Bhulbhule
    Bhulbhule to Bahundanda
    Bahundanda to Jagat
    Jagat to Tal
    Tal to Bagarchhap
    Bagarchhap to Chame
    Chame to Pisang
    Pisang to Manang
    High Alternative Route: Upper Pisang to Mungji
    Time in Manang
Section 2: Manang to Muktinath

    Manang to Yak Kharka
    Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
    Thorong Phedi – Thorong La – Muktinath
Section 3: Muktinath to Tatopani

    Muktinath to Tukuche
    Tukuche to Tatopani
Section 4a: Tatopani to Pokhara via Beni

    Tatopani to Beni
Section 4b:    Tatopani to Pokhara via Ghorepani

    Tatopani to Ghorepani
    Ghorepani to Naya Pul
Section 4c: Ghorepani to Chhomrong
    Ghorepani to Chhomrong
    Pokhara

TREK 2: THE ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY
Section 1:    Pokhara to Chhomrong

Section 1a:    Phedi to Chhomrong via Dhampus and Landruk
Section 1b:    Naya Pul to Chhomrong via Syauli Bazaar and New Bridge   
Section 1c:    Naya Pul to Chhomrong via Ghandruk
Section 2:    Chhomrong to Annapurna Base Camp
Return Routes to Pokhara

TREK 3: THE PILGRIM'S TRAIL TO MUKTINATH
Section 1:    Pokhara to Tatopani

Section 1a:    Beni to Tatopani
Section 1b:    Naya Pul to Tatopani
Section 2:    Tatopani to Muktinath
    Tatopani to Tukuche  
    Tukuche to Muktinath
    To Muktinath via Kagbeni
Return Routes to Pokhara

TREK 4: THE GHANDRUK FOOTHILL TREK
Section 1:    Naya Pul to Ghandruk
Section 2:    Ghandruk to Chhomrong
Section 3:    Chhomrong to Landruk
Section 4:    Landruk to Dhampus and Pokhara

OTHER ANNAPURNA TREKS
Upper Mustang   
Annapurna Panorama  
The Tatopani–Ghorepani Loop
The Korchon Ridge Trek
The Siklis Trek
Begnas Tal to the Marsyangd
The Bara Pokhari Lekh
APPENDICES
Appendix A: Summary of Treks
Appendix B: Annapurna – The First Fifty Years
Appendix C: Trekking Peaks in the Annapurna Region
Appendix D: Useful Addresses
Appendix E: Glossary
Appendix F: Useful Phrases
Bibliography


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