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Monsoon Hiking

posted Sep 4, 2010, 11:44 PM by Einar Olav Carlsen   [ updated Sep 5, 2010, 3:08 AM ]

with compliments from Sharad

The trans-Himalaya fortress town of Jharkot

Many areas and aspects of Nepal are best discovered in the Monsoon. Nature is at her most resplendent, rural activity is also at its peak; moreover, a myriad of Nepal’s traditional festivals falls in this season. Monsoon Nepal is our selection of the best trips in the rainy season, featuring the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara, a six-day moderate grade trek in the Nepal trans-Himalaya, and optional high water rafting and wildlife safari extensions.

Next time you go to Nepal make sure to make contact with Sharad in advance, he will advice you. How about a trek that takes you to the Tibet-like, semi-desert region of the Thak Khola canyon and the Dzong Khola valley; here the effect of the Monsoon is hardly felt. The trek begins and ends with the spectacular half-hour STOL flight from Pokhara to Jomsom up the Kali Gandaki gorge, cutting between the 8,000-meter ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. The highlights are a two-night stay at the magnificent fortress town of Jharkot and the shrine at Muktinath, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims alike. Stops include the charming Thakali town of Marpha and Kagbeni, a citadel at the confluence of the two rivers draining the region. We stay in simple, authentic lodges and savor the fare of the legendary Thakali innkeepers. A splendid encounter with trans-Himalayan Nepal and its peoples.

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Press on picture to enlarge. (all photos Sharad)