Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of
high trail in the Manang valley and the trail Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang
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NATT- trail No. 20: Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang
- starting on the high route to Manang
In Dhukur Pokhari you have to make your choice between the two trail possibilities:
1. The lower trail ( Natt 25) continuing in the valley, passing by lover Pisang, the airport
village of Humde and the lovely old village Braka to finally reach Manang. This journey can be done in one day but. You will walk on the road.
2. The high route branches of at the end of Dhukur Pokhari, crosses the river and climbs of
to the old village of Upper Pisang. It then will continue though Gyaru and Ngawal. You will finally join the road short before Braka. The high route offers you absolutely awesome and
breathtaking views and gives you a much better acclimatization to the altitude and therefore is highly recommended. In fact I never have met anyone having problems at
Thorong La, who had taken the high route. ACAP has also chosen the high route as the standard new route.
I will take you two days to reach Manang. Trekking from Upper Pisang to Braka Ngawal will
be one of the best days of the Annapurna Circuit!
Starting the high route: from Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang (NATT 20):
At the very end of the village of Dhukur Pokhari after a Mani wall you can either take the
left road going to Lower Pisang with its many lodges or you can take the recommended NATT trail** on the right marked with the red/white signs. This trail is far more beautiful
and leads to the old village of Upper Pisang. Follow the trail to the river and cross it on one of the two bridges then turn left. It will first be rather flat and pass through meadows and
by the football field of the Pisang Youth Club. Then the trail gently but steadily climbs up to Upper Pisang.
going up one gets a nice view of the big bowl
Upper Pisang** (~3350)m:
This old-style village is typical for the Manang area and has a large prayer wheel wall in the
centre. Just opposite of the valley is Annapurna II in all its splendour and marvellous views of the mountains can be had.
In the middle of Upper Pisang there is a marvelous very long prayer wheel Wall. it is deffinitively the nicest on the Manang side
upper Pisang is dominated by the impressive Annapurna 2 ond the other valley side.
High on top of the village is a new Gompa worth visiting, but for Gompa lovers the 250
year old Gompa**, just opposite the Annapurna Lodge is a much more rewarding place to visit. Ask in the upper Gompa if someone has the key and if they could show it to you.
From the outside it looks like it is falling apart but the inner Gompa on the first floor is still in use.
There are only four lodges in Upper Pisang (2012), so it might be difficult to get a room in
the high season. In this case, you might have to walk the ten minutes to Lower Pisang.
On the very top of the village there was a cute little lodge with just 3 rooms. i loved to stay
there and the didi made a wonderful salted butter tea for me.
i love the many prayer flage in upper pisang which start shining when the sun is illuminating them.
in Winter the colours ar rather brown and grey, but during monsoon every thing is very green.
Climbing up from Lower Pisang
leaving upper Pisang f
You will never regret to have chosen the high route :-) !!!
Overview Annapurna region
(16) Chame to Dhukur Pokhari
(21) upper Pisang to Gyaru
(25) Lower route Dhukur Pokhari to Manang
To the page
NATT- guidebook and maps