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We trekked the Manaslu and Annapurna circuits and paid a short visit to the Everest foothills to top it all...

Post 2015 earthquake, our first time during the monsoon season, we have a lot to share and reflect upon.

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Introduction

 

(vero;2017-Jan-31)

In search of the elusive rain shadow, visiting old favourites and discovering new ones

Annapurna circuit: mani wall near the village of Braga on the upper route between Upper Pisang and Manang Annapurna circuit: mani wall near the village of Braga on the upper route between Upper Pisang and Manang

After so many visits to Nepal, we wanted something different and decided to visit the country during monsoon time. Having read in guide books that Manaslu and Annapurna are in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, we headed for this area and, hoping to catch the tail end of the rainy season, timed our trip to start at the end of August.

We completed a long trek combining the restricted area of Manaslu and the well-trodden Annapurna Circuit and arrived in Pokhara after 35 days in the mountains.

After a well-deserved rest on the shores of Phewa Lake, we took a local bus to Tansen and headed back to Kathmandu via Hetauda and Daman, a worthwhile detour with great mountain views which we enjoyed very much.

But after a few days in town, we got itchy feet again and boarded our too familiar “Supper Express” bus to Jiri for a 15 day stint in the Solukhumbu foothills. We ended this trek in Phaplu from where we took a combination of buses to reach Janakpur in the Terai, a city we like very much for its Indian atmosphere. We spent a few days there before returning to Kathmandu to catch our plane back home.

We have a map detailing our trip and you can retrace our steps in the Blog section. Make sure to visit the Photo section for pictures and panoramas.


$updated from: Blog.htxt Tue 12 Sep 2017 16:57:33 trvl2 (By Vero and Thomas Lauer)$