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Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal

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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 chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the breezes. We add our own prayer flags to the others before heading down to Muktinath, Kagbeni, and Marpha. Both Kagbeni and Marpha build up walls along the walkways to cut down on the stiff winds that blow dust up from the Kali Ghandhaki River Valley, the deepest valley in the world.

Our last full day on the trail, we ended up at Tatopani and soaked off the dust in the natural hot springs found down by the Kali Ghandhaki River and then celebrated the end of the trek with our 3 Sisters Trekking Co. porters. Our final day of trekking was along a primitive road that led us to Beni where a bus returned us to Pokhara. The bus ride was the most dangerous part of the trek.

This video is 42 minutes long and I filmed it November 2002. For more travel pictures go to: www.huntforgold.homestead.com.

For more about Room to Read, go to www.roomtoread.org.

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  • Actors: none
  • Directors: Richard Hunt
  • Writers: Richard Hunt
  • Producers: Richard Hunt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Hunt for Videos
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001N0LEQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I rented this video as I am planning to go on Annapurna Circuit. I watched few videos on You Tube regarding this and came across this video on Amazon while searching for Annapurna Circuit books so I thought of giving it a try. I must say that I am extremely disappointed and I felt that I should not even have spent $1.99 on this video cause it does not deserve it. This video is poorly shot, poorly edited and poorly executed. The background narration is totally unimpressive and lacks genuine information. The video suffers from poor quality and lots of events which should have been kept out, were devoted important time. For example, first 7 minutes, you will see the introduction and trekkers visiting two schools for a noble cause. The last 5-6 minutes of this video shows trekkers discussing their journey, farewell party for porters etc. Out of 42 minutes of running time, 15 minutes have been literally wasted showing these things. I know that Nepali people are very loving and charming and no disrespect tot them but I am using word "wasted" here because the video is supposed to be about Annapurna Circuit, and not about the schools visited during the trip. Also, it lacks significant important information about the trek itself. I would have been happier if the person who shot this video would have included some information about the mountaineering gear, whether it should be purchased or rented in Kathmandu or not, what kind of precautions should be taken on this kind of circuit, what kind of dangers trekkers face on this circuit, what is best season to go etc. This is a video shot and edited by a completely amateur, or at least that's what it seems like, who went on the circuit with few friends and shot the video to show it to the family and friends back home.Read more ›
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