Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal

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    1/1/08

    This video documents a unique trip I took November 2002, sponsored by Room to Read. It combined the beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas with the inspiration of seeing Room to Read programs in remote villages along the Annapurna Circuit. The trip starts by taking in a few sights in Kathmandu before we began our bus ride to the beginning of our 200 km. Trek around the Annapurna Circuit in Besi Sahar at an altitude of 2,700 feet. Along the way, we visited three of the schools sponsored by Room to Read where we were welcomed by enthusiastic students with clapping, laughter and garlands of beautiful flowers. After a night in Besi Sahar with a dusk to dawn curfew because of Maoist activity, we began our trek and arrived in Ngadi after a hike of only four hours. We then visited the school which John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, helped the village build. The students were enthusiastic and we challenged them to some volleyball and singing games. On the third day of our trek to Jagat, elevation 4,300 feet, the scenery began to change, and the people are more Tibetan-like with houses now built of stone and vegetation less tropical. We surprised the villagers with our own Halloween party there. On the subsequent four days of trekking, we continued up along the Marsyandi River through villages of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, to the village of Ghyaru, elevation of 12,050 feet, where we had spectacular views of the Annapurna massif. On days 8 and 9 of our trek, we stayed in Manang, elevation 11,480 feet, to acclimate to the higher elevations yet to come. A day trip took us up to see a Llama at the Hermitage, which is high above Manang where we received his blessings. From here to Kagbeni the vegetation became increasingly sparse, and the Marsyandi River became small enough to jump boulders to cross it with a song. After a night in Upper Throng Phedi, elevation 15,020, we ascended to the 17,769 foot Throng-La Pass where it was clear, cold and windy marked by chomoreless