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Cicerone Guides: Trekking Annapurna: 14 Classic Treks Including Annapurna Circuit

Walking / Outdoor GuideOut of Print

Series: Cicerone International Trekking Guides

By: Bob Gibbons(Author), Siân Pritchard-Jones(Author)

312 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | waterproof PVC cover | Jan 2013 | Edition: 3 | #197141 | ISBN-13: 9781852846992
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About this book

Of all the great Himalayan peaks, the Annapurnas are unique. This vast massif of soaring spires and high ridges is about 60km in length, with many peaks over 7000m. It has long cast its spell on trekkers from all over the world.

Packed with extensive practical information, this is the essential guidebook to exploring the ever-expanding horizons of the Annapurna trekking region – the most popular trekking area in Nepal and for many years a draw for mountain addicts. The guide's 14 diverse treks update familiar old favourites, such as the classic Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary, as well as introduce exciting new routes.

The 14 treks described in Cicerone Guides: Annapurna lead around tranquil lakes, through rich farming country, forests of bamboo and rhododendron, cool rainforest, silent alpine glades and rugged, high mountain desert to explore this magical region.

Reviews of previous editions:

"If the Annapurnas present an enticing goal, there can be no better source of information than Kev Reynolds's Annapurna – A Trekker's Guide. [...] Each trek has been thoroughly researched and lovingly described [...] bringing back fond memories and recalling detail I found impossible to fault."
– Lindsay Griffin, High

"This is a good guide book covering all the essentials and a bit more which still manages to be almost pocket sized."
– Julie Carter, The Pinnacle Club Journal

"Kev describes the beauty and fascination which make this region such an attractive destination for the trekker. If a reader were in any doubt about undertaking a trek in the area, the author's enthusiasm for the region and its people clearly extols its merits, but if this were not enough the excellent photographs will clinch the deal. [...] While the guide gives clear specific directions, its principal strength lies in the additional information it provides the visitor about the history of the area, the activities of the local people, their religion, ecology, the history of exploration and mountaineering, and much more. [...] This is an excellent book. If you are going to the area, buy it. If you are just researching a trip, buy the book and reserve the tickets, it will get you hooked."
– Stewart MacKenzie, The Leader


Plants, animals and birds
Brief history
People of Nepal
Cultural considerations
Getting there
Visas and permits
When to go
Style of trekking
Accommodation on trek
Money matters
Health matters
Mountain safety
Hazards and security
What to take
Kathmandu – Gateway to the Himalayas
Pokhara – Gateway to the Annapurnas
How to use this guide
The last word

1 Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary
Trek 1 Annapurna Circuit
Stage 1 Bhulbhule to Manang
Stage 3 Muktinath to Tatopani
Stage 4 Tatopani to Naya Pul via Ghorepani
Alternative Stage 4 Tatopani to Dhampus Phedi via Ghorepani and Ghandruk
Trek 2 Annapurna Sanctuary
Stage 1 Dhampus Phedi to Chhomrong
Alternative Stage 1 Naya Pul to Chhomrong
Stage 2 Chhomrong to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Stage 3 Annapurna Base Camp to Chhomrong
Stage 4 Chhomrong to Naya Pul via Ghandruk
Alternative Stage 4 Chhomrong to Naya Pul via Ghorepani
Trek 3 Ghorepani Circuit (Poon Hill Expedition)
Trek 4 Annapurna–Dhaulagiri Trek

2 Restricted areas – Mustang, Damodar and Nar-Phu
Trek 5 Mustang Trek
Stage 1 Jomsom to Lo Manthang
Stage 2 Lo Manthang to Muktinath via Tange
Trek 6 Nar-Phu Trek
Stage 1 Koto to Phu
Stage 2 Phu to Koto

3 Other treks
Machhapuchhre region
Trek 7 Mardi Himal Trek
Trek 8 Machhapuchhre Korchon (Model) Trek
Parbat Myagdi
Trek 9 Parbat Myagdi Link
Trek 10 Parbat Myagdi Circular
Ridges north and east of Pokhara
Trek 11 Siklis Trek
Foothills of Lamjung Himal
Trek 12 Khatri Thanti–Besisahar Trek
Trek 13 Ramgha–Besisahar Trek
Trek 14 Gurung Heritage Trek
Appendix A Trek summaries and suggested schedules
Appendix B Religious and other terminology
Appendix C Useful words and phrases
Appendix D Books, films and music
Appendix E Useful contacts

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