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    Thumbs up August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    CF Hi all,

    Currently relaxing in Pokhara after great trek: Besisahar to Koto; Koto to Phu to Nar to Ngawal via the Kang La; Ngawal to Muktinath via Thorung La.

    Nar-Phu was fantastic. Trekking in monsoon, except for 2.5 VERY wet days, perhaps the best (everything is SO GREEN, so many wildflowers and lots of blue sheep, and few if any trekjers/tourists.) We're hooked on monsoon trekking,

    We've posted a description of trip on our blog:
    http://sailing-pelagia.blogspot.com/...annapurna.html

    Photos posted on FLIKR (see link at end of blog post).
    Last edited by Landfall38; 4th September 2014 at 06:40 PM. Reason: link url issues

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    Great to read this! The road from Jomsom is dreadful but the flight is no better what with the cancellations due to weather!

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    Default Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    Thanks for the write up.....that trek still on my to do list.

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    Default Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    Great write up, thanks. I know winter trekking is the big thing recently, but it has the disadvantage that the scenery is very dull and brown looking. I was in KTM in June and it was astonishingly green and clean looking. There were no distant mountain views but the hills round the valley were beautiful, and the sky was clear blue with a few puffy white clouds. Never seen the place look so good!
    IMHO the nicest time to trek is when the monsoon is just tailing off. Its still lush and green but the crowds have not picked up. So early/mid September.

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    The last two weeks of September can be very good in Nar Phu, Mustang of course and maybe even Tsum valley and Manaslu!

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    Smile Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    August/early September: indeed "astonishingly green"!

    Left Kathmandu Sept 8th: Thamel starting to be crowded (ie crazy season now starting earlier). Happy to get out of town.

    Currently in Bali (always astonishingly green).

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    Talking Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    It's a great word, I will try and use it again!

    I'm pondering a quick trip to KTM in a week or two so might sneak in a cheeky Helambu weekend. It may be so green that I am astounded.

    Bali indeed. What a life.

    I'm stuck in Delhi. I imagine the vistas are a bit different.

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    Default Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    This info about treking out of season is great, really don't want to go when it's full of tourists and by the sounds of it out of season is just a good. What is the heat like in Nepal in August/early Septembet, is it very hot?

    Julia

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    Default Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    It is hot in the valleys Julia Kathmandu is around 28-32 celsius in the day.. more than the temperatures the monsoon brings in very high humidity!

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    Default Re: August 2014: Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trekking in monsoon

    Yes, it was hot esp in Kathmandu.

    We found the first 2-3 days from besisahar hot and wet. But, by Chamje temps felt good and we had very little rain from there on.

    Kathmandu air (smog) was much better, despite the heat. By early Sept the smog was increasing.

    Pokhara was hot but always felt comfortable.

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