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The best time to trek

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The trekking trails to Ghandruk and Ghorepani in the Annapurnas are surprisingly busy this season despite predictions of dismal tourist arrivals due to the April earthquake and ongoing Indian blockade.

With the Autumn trekking season in full swing, the lodges are occupied even though owners say visitor levels are lower than this time last year. Even getting a tourist bus out of Kathmandu to Pokhara is surprisingly easy despite the fuel crunch.

This lodge would have been packed with tourists around this time, but the earthquake, and now the blockade, has hurt us badly, said the owner of Super View Hotel in Syauli Bazaar.

With clear skies and stunning views of the mountains, November is probably the best month for tourists, international and local alike, to visit. The thin trekking traffic on the trails means tourist can enjoy their hikes more, and visiting Nepal is also a good way to help the economy devastated by the earthquake and blockade.

Text and photos by Ayesha Shakya

Ghandruk trek

The steps to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk trek

The beginning bit of the trek is the most steep.

Ghandruk trek

Small lodges and restaurants are mostly empty.

Ghandruk trek

Trekkers will come across many farmers harvesting this season’s rice.

Ghandruk trek

Views of terraced fields are plenty along the trekking trail to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk trek

Children perform deusi-bhailo songs en route to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk trek

A trekker and a porter enter the gate to Ghandruk.

Ghandruk trek

Morning view of Annapurna South and Himchuli.

Ghandruk trek

The first rays of dawn on Machhapuchhre.

Ghandruk test

A woman sweeps the garden in Gurung Cottage in Ghandruk.

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4 Responses to “The best time to trek”

  1. Prativa Sam on Says:

    Gurung cottage been there serves you organic coffe with internet facility.Ghandruk

  2. Finnen Morris on Says:

    Ha ha…a bit different than the services that were there in the 1970’s! I’m happy to hear the trails are buzzing again. Blessings to all in Nepal.

  3. Kathleen Kehling on Says:

    Blessings to all the people of Nepal!

  4. Isabel Schneider on Says:

    I just came back from Nepal a few weeks ago and enjoyed ABC trek very much because it wasn’t overcrowded. I was the only guest in my lodge both in Landruk and in Ghandruk… If I had the money I’d book a flight back to Kathmandu in a heartbeat and be off into the mountains again, in fact, I regret not to have stayed longer and doing some more treks…

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