Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang sidePfeil gelb rechts Gif transp

Pfeil gleb Gif transp Annapurna Circuit:  on this page you will find information and pictures of the trails going from Ngawal to Braka (Braga).The lower trail desends directly to the Maryansyangi Valley while the upper one passes by the Lophelling Gompa and the little village of Julu

Lophelling Gompa, Julu, Braka

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Natt trail No. 23 Ngawal to Braka (Braga)

Page one Ngawal to Munji

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There are two possible trails .

1. The lower trail

The lower one starts in the middle of the village and descends directly into the Marsyangi. And this trail divides later again into two trails, the left one is a little nicer as it will pass directly by the little village of Bensi Ngawal.

The Valley has spectacular hill slopes.

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on this pictures you can see the two trails coming down from Ngawal and the little villag eof Bensi Ngawal. From here you just continue along the valley till you reach the dirt road in Munji.

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Bensi Ngawal. weedeing the buckwheat field in August

2. The upper trail **
gonig first to the gompa and boarding shool of Lophelling,  then to Julu to rejoin the dirt road in Munji.

This trail offers beautiful views and is fare more varied than the lower one. The trail is marked with the red/whit NATT signs. It starts at the top of the village just opposite of the gomps and passes through meadows and field below the hills to climb up to a little plateau.

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When we were there, some young monk sholars from the Gompa boarding school were coming down to play footbal below on the meadow.




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When you reach the plateau you will be owerwhelmed by the spectacular view with Annapurna 3 and tilicho peak

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in the backround you see the Gompa of Lophelling which is also a big boarding school

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During monsoon

The gompa an boarding school of Lophelling

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The Gompa is rather new and many sholars of the whole valley go there for studies

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view into the Marsyangi valley from the tressa of the gompa. Annapurna 3, Gangapurna Khangsar Khang and a the end the Grande Barriere with Tilicho Peak

To continue you desent below the gompa throug a pine forest down to a side valley where you can see the few houses of Julu.

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Julu is on the other side of the river a a little bit further up of the bridge you will find a row of beautiful water driven prayer wheels.

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The village of Julu

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 To reach Braka *** you could take the high rout which is not marked yet and takes around 1 hour longer . Pfeil gelb rechts Gif transp Julu to Braka the hight route  or the standard route along the main Marsyangi valley

 Leaving Julu you continue in the valley walking past fields , meadows or through pine trees. The terrain is rather flat till you reach a places with chorten and many prayer flags. here you turn down int the main Marsyangi valley and descent thill the main trail. This will lead you to the village Munji where where the NATT-trail joins the dirt road from Pisang to Manang

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coming down to Munji


Overview Annapurna region

 Annapurna overview 

  Gyaru to Ngawal Pfeil gleb Gif transp   Pfeil gelb rechts Gif transp Munji to Braka ***

Pfeil gelb rechts Gif transp Julu to Braka the hight route

Annapurna NATT-Guide bookMap NA 503 Annapurna circuit NATTTo the page

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