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Just beyond Chandrakot village (trek map) we began to see other trekkers on the trail. A steep climb brought us to what would be our highest point—6,500 feet (1,982 meters)—and one of the highlights of the trek: the farming village of Ghandruk (video).

From Ghandruk we had dramatic views of the peaks of Annapurna South (23,683 feet/7,219 meters), Huinchuli (21,133 feet/6,441 meters), and Machhapuchhare (22,943 feet/6,993 meters).


Himalayan home

THE HIMALAYA UNVEILED
After three days of fog I wasn’t about to miss this sunrise.
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ACAP headquarters

“WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL”
The Annapurna Conservation Area Project headquarters is perched on the side of a cliff with a breathtaking view. Full Story>>


a boy begging

DEALING WITH BEGGARS
It’s difficult to say no when confronted by a skinny, smiling little kid.
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Pat and Baiba Morrow

EXPERTS PAT AND BAIBA MORROW
We constantly called on their experience, whether we were navigating the trails or trying to understand Nepalese culture.
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Kathmandu | Bhumdi | Ghandruk | Landruk | Puranchaur



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 Ghandruk village monastery with Annapurna
 South in background


TRAVEL TIPS: Trekking Gently
  • Bring a plastic container that can be filled with boiling water and carried with you.
  • Water must be boiled or treated with iodine before it is safe to drink.
  • Avoid purchasing water in nonbiodegradable plastic bottles.
  • Bring longer-lasting lithium batteries and take them home with you.
  • Remove unnecessary packaging before leaving home and store items in reusable containers.
  • Choose a reputable trekking agency and ask about their conservation practices (video: our head Sherpa on responsible trekking).

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