Making the grade
FROM ISSUE #185 (27 FEB 2004 - 06 MARCH 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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iExplore, the world's leading resource for off-the-beaten-path travel has recently published its top 10 routes for exploring a pi? run the gamut from day-tripper walks and hikes to multiweek treks in its website: www.iexplore.com. In its admittedly audacious picks for the world's top adventures on foot, Nepal's Hiking Annapurna Circuit ranks number one, described as a, "classic Himalayan trek is a classic for good reason: It encapsulates the best of Nepal, wrapping around the stunning Annapurna range to put you in the shadow of peaks that pierce 26,000ft. Yak herds, eagle-like Himalayan griffons, blue sheep, fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, and hot springs dot this central Nepal route, which starts in lush green foothills and climbs into high-altitude desert typical of the Tibetan plateau." In the Whitewater Rafting category of iExplore, Nepal's Karnali River White Water Rafting has been given seventh place describing it as, "the Karnali's source is Tibet's sacred Mount Kailash, possibly the reason this Class V river is so divine." The Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) placed ninth in iExplore's safari category.