Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of the trail
from Upper Pisang to Gyaru on the high route
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21. (Upper) Pisang to Ghyaru 2-2.5 hours: The trail starts at the
west end of the big prayer wheel wall and leads through the entrance chorten of Upper Pisang. The trail is quite obvious
and is marked with the NATT red/white signs. After 30 min you will pass above a beautiful small emerald green lake.
The alpine-style small mountain path leads mainly through small pine trees and shrubs and is
not to be compared to walking on a large road. When you finally reach a long Mani wall turn to the right and take the long suspension bridge over the river. From here you can see some flags
of Ghyaru high above on the hill. You now have to decide if it’s really worth climbing up all that way! Well, it definitively is - so up you go on the trail with its seemingly endless switchbacks
near the electricity poles, which go up in a direct line. Your goal is the last of the fourteen poles! .
And while you are climbing up the steep serpentines the pisang peak peeps up above the hill range
At the end of the steep climb you will reach a huge wall with a terasse above and a big stupa and trees..
This is one of the best viewpoints of Gyaru. Lookin gup the marsyngi valley you see Annapurna 3.
Ghyaru** (3670 m ):
Overlooking the valley with perfect views of Annapurna II, IV and III, Ghyaru is a typical village
with most houses having flat roofs. Many of them are not inhabited anymore as the people have moved to Pokhara and Kathmandu.
In Gyaru you have phantastic views on the Pisang Peak
But also form Gyaru the Annapurna 2 is still an impressive view. On the high route you are really close to heaven.
I loved Gyaru in Monsoon. We scarcely saw any mountain peak, but every thing was so lushy green and the buckwheat fields were pure red!
Gyaru has also a nice Gompa*. Ask the people nearby who have the keys. From here the
people with trekking peak permits for Pisang Peak start their climb.
The outgoing Chorten of Gyaru with Annapurna 3 and the tip of Gangapurna. The large photo is from 1981
another view of Annapurna 3
Ghyaru is surrounded by many fields, mainly of barley and buckwheat. In monsoon this give a very colourfull patchwork
In December the farmers will bring the manure and distribute it evenly in little heaps on their
stony fields giving them a little pimpled appearance
As there are only 50 beds in Ghyaru, in the peak season I suggest that you ask someone in
Pisang (perhaps a restaurant owner) to make a phone call to check if there is a free room which you could reserve before you climb all the way up there.
leaving gyaru toward the next village Ngawal
you will never regret to have chosen the high route!
Overview Annapurna region
Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang Gyaru- Ngawal
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