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    Post NAtt trail N0.16 from Chame to Dhukur Pokhari

    From Chame one goes first to Brathang. In 2014 jeeps had to stop there as the bridge over the marsyangi bridge to Dhukur Poklhari was not finished.
    What has been formely a quiet trail through smelling pin forest is now a dirt road. Fortunately you can avoid quite a part of the road by using a beautiful forst trail just after Taleku.
    And just after Bhratang go down to the river, cross it and recross it short before the pedestriean suspension bridge bringing you to the mixed road/forest path to Dhukur Pokhari.
    see more at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England...r_pokhari.html
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    Post NATT trail No.17 from Dhukhur Pokhari to upper Pisang

    Still some People take the low route through the bottom of the valley to reach Manang in one day. But there are three reasons that it is much nicer to take the high route upper Pisang- Gyaru and Ngawal. It will take you only one1 Ĺ more days, but don’t need ane second acclimatization day in Manang so the difference is just little.
    The four main advantages are:
    • You walk on truly natural walking trails without motorcycles, which are no plying more and more on the dirt road in the valley.
    • The high route offers breathtaking views on the Annapurna range and the upper Marsyangi valley as you walk like along a “sightseeing balcony” ;-). You will never regret to have chosen the upper trail!
    • You pass along beautiful old villages in Tibetan culture style
    • The upper trail is already higher than Manang and will trigger a much faster and better acclimatization to altitude. Because of this it is enough to stay only one night in Braka or Manang. My recommendation is to sleep one night in Ngawal, on in Braka and one in Khangsar. Then Thorong la will be a wonderful and enjoying journey without problems. The trail to upper Pisang starts directly at the end of Dhukur Pokhari branching of to the right. Read more and see photos at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England...igh_route.html

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    Post NATT trail No. 21 From upper Pisang to Gyaru

    Continuing on the high route the next beautiful Village is Gyaru. First you start rather flat though some scrubby land but then you have to climb a step an 14 electric poles long hill as Gyaru is much higher than the valley. But you will be rewarded by fantastic views and gladly make some break at one of the restaurants.
    see more at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England..._to_gyaru.html
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    Post NATT trail n0.22 From Gyaru to Ngawal

    cProbably one of the best trekking days of the high route is the part from Gyaru to Ngawal. After the step climb to Gyaru you will be delighted that the trail is Nepali flat without any serious climbing. So have fairly enough breath to admire the grand Annapurna range on the other side of the valley or Pisang peak behind you. It is like having the very best seats at the opera. In Gyaru the dominant mountain is still Annapurna 2, but approaching Ngawal you will be overwhelmed by the incredible Annapurna 3.
    Ngawal is a beautiful village with a nice Gompa. As the high rout e is now the recommend trail more and more People take it and therefore many new lodges opened in the last years. From the view of acclimatization to altitude there is no better way than to spend one night in Ngawal. Ngawal is already around 3680 m and a day walking at this altitude is giving your body a serious hint that he immediately should start acclimatizing ;-) - if you slept one night in Gyaru ore Ngawal you donít need a second night in Manang.
    If You started in upper Pisang in the morning there is enough time to explore both beautiful villages, so donít miss this chance.
    see more at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England..._-_ngawal.html
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    Post NATT trail 23 a From Ngawal to Munji passing by Lophelling and Julu

    From Ngawal you can take the first trail branching of in the village canter which will lead you directly down to the main valley. But i recommend the second trail branching of at the gompa.
    see more at From Ngawal you can take the first trail branching of in the village canter which will lead you directly down to the main valley. But i recommend the second trail branching of at the gompa. This will first lead you to some gentle meadows and then to a plateau with a beautiful view and great Chorten. At the end of the plateau is the gompa and religious boarding school of Lophelling.
    After descending a step hill you cross the little river an come to the little hamlet of Julu. It has only 5 houses. From there you can follow a rather flat trail to Munji where You will join the main dirt road trail from Lower Pisang to Manang.
    Alternatively you can climb the hill just above Julu and continue on the high route till Braga

    see a more detailled description at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England..._to_munji.html
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    Post NATt trail 23 b from Munji to Braka (Braga)

    It is a sin to bypass Braka!
    From Munji you walk again on the dirt road, which has still not so much traffic.
    When you approach Braka (which is often written Braga in other books and in the maps) look to the right side there is a small path branching of the road to the houses of the upper village and this is a much nicer approach.
    On the road in Braka you will find several bigger lodges while the old village is lying above a big meadow protected by the surrealistic rocky hill wall.
    It is a pity that many people, thinking that their day goal Manang is just 30 min ahead, donít stop here and just continue.
    Braka is not only a beautiful and old village but has probably the best Gompa of the whole Annapurna area. You should absolutely visit it.
    In fact Braka is the ideal place to pass the night, so you will have time to visit the Gompa and you also could visit the next day either Milarepas Gompa or the Ice lake and continue the same day to Manang. And Braka Bakery makes excellent fresh bread and cinnamon rolls so you will not starve .
    From the point of view of altitude acclimatization Braka is similar to Manang. Therefore splitting the two days in one night in Braka and one night in Manang is perfect . On could also walk from Braka to Manang in the morning and continue to Khangsar in afternoon.
    see more at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England..._to_braka.html
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    Post NATT trail N0. 24 the high route from Julu to Braka

    Well if you like great mountain views and a little trail far away from the dirt road and the standard trail you should consider this NATT trail.
    The begin is not very clear and it is not marked yet. When we started to explore it coming from Braka we did not new where it was exactly going so we refrained to put maybe wrong marks. I gave our ACAP guide (who was also going this trail for the first time) a fresh can of paint, but I don’t think that anything has been done since.
    Starting from Julu you have to climb up the hill just above Julu. It is a very confusing array :confused f various little paths zigzagging up, used mainly by the animals and herders. So you just have to head up. When you arrive on top the area flattens and you should find some visible trail going in the main valley direction. From this plateau you will have a perfect view of the Annapurna range and instead of the sound of motorcycles just the gently baa of sheep and goats on the pasture.
    At the end of the plateau you will find a little chorten and there a little trail will lead you right into beautiful Braka. It is so nice to approach this village from above with it beautiful Gompa and you directly get a perfect impression of its structure.
    This last stretch of the high route from upper Pisang to Braka makes is just the perfect last chain link of beautiful NATT trails which you will remember for long as a wonderful trek!

    see more a more detailled description at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England...igh_route.html
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    Post NATT trail no. 25 Milarepas Cave

    A very nice excursion from Braka is Milarepas Cave. Milarepa was a famous Tibetan singer an the tale is that he lived for some years in a cave near Braka.
    The best idea is to leave you backpacks in a lodge in Braka and climb up through pineforst up to the little Gompa. The proper cave is a little bit further. From Milarepas Gompa oyu will have a beautiful view on the Mountains north of the valley and you can see the trail of the high route.
    In the winter month you should go there rather in the morning, soon in the afternoon you will be in the shadow.
    You can easily go up from Braga in the morning, come back to your lodge and continue to Manang for lunch. But you might also be already craving for some fresh cinnamon rollsÖ..

    see a more detailled description at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England...epas_cave.html
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    Post NATT trail N0. 26 Ice lake (~4600m)

    The Ice Lake is situated above of Braka at around 4600m. This is not only an excellent half day excursion for acclimatization but offers also breathtaking views. Anyway when you are going up you will get a first real impression how thin the air is above 4000 ;-) .
    There is a little path going from Ice Lake to Manang but I recommend that you leave all your backpack in Braka, climb up and return. After a good lunch you can then easily continue to Manang.
    Just be awar that there a two lakes . The bigger one is situated around 20 min further up.

    see a more detailled description at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England..._ice_lake.html
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    Post NATT trail N0.28 From Braka to Manang

    This is just a little stretch of a little bit more than half an hour. You walk in the valley, pass a beautiful chorten and finally have to climb a little bit to enter Manang. Manang was built above some sediment cliffs.
    As part of a good acclimatization for high altitude most guide books recommend a rest day in Manang, which means two nights. In fact counting the nights on is more important than what you do during the day. Normally you should not sleep more than 400- max 700 m higher than the night before.
    This means that a night spent in Gyaru, Ngawal, Braka or Khangsar equals a night in Manang.
    Feel free to make you own combination!
    I slept once for example in Ngawal, Braka and Khangsar and it was just perfect.
    Manang is getting more and more to a touristic hot spot with several cinema halls showing DVD Movies. You will get plenty of trekking stuff and it is a good place to get gloves, hats and scarfs for the colder Thorong La.
    Manang is an old village so it is worth to look around. From Manang you can may a nice side trip to Praken gompa and get you blessing, you can visit a small gompa just little bit away in direction of Braka or visit the huge glacier lake below Gangapurna. If you stay in Manang you also can make a wonderful trip to Ice Lake but I recommend to pass by Braka.
    see a more detailled description at http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England...ka_manang.html
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