Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of the
high trail from Julu to Braka
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24. Julu to Braka on the high route * 4 hours
If when you reach Julu you still have 4 hours left until the evening you can choose
the high route between Julu and Braka. This route offers spectacular views but takes around 1 hour longer than the normal lower trail. You will also have to climb
an additional 250 m. But you will be recompensed with absolutely great views of the valley below and the full range of Annapurna II till Tilicho peak. This trail is not
yet marked and is a little bit confusing in the beginning, but soon it will be rather clear to follow. Start in Julu just after the entrance chorten gate and climb up the hill
on various little trails. As long as you are climbing up the hill they are the right ones. When you reach the ridge of a larger plateau you will see more clearly trails going
west in the direction of the main valley and soon it becomes an obvious trail. The plateau is rather flat but still you will have to climb a little bit. At the end the plateau
gets wider with extended pastures and some herders’ huts. At the end you will see a chorten made to be framed by all photographers. From there the trail will steadily
descend to Braka and soon you come to the junction where another trail goes up towards the ice lake. From there on the trail is indicated with the NATT blue/white
marks and leads you directly to the upper part of the fantastic old village of Braka.
we esplored this trail in January 2012 coming from Braka. As we did not know him
before we refrained from marking and i think that it is still not marked. But i think that the main trail should be found rathere easely coming from Julu. so just takt care
that you have enough time before it is getting dark. in january the winter colours a pale, one could even say anaemic, so expect some brighter colours in the main trekkign season ;-)
Starting point is in Julu. You start climbing the hill slop just above the village on
many different zigzagging little trails which is a little bit confusing. But when you reach the plateau you should see the main trail. On this picture you don’t see the trails; they are more on the right.
going up in the dry an scrubby hillside
When you reach the top of the hillside, you will walk on a sort of balcony with breathtaking views of the
Annapurna range on the other side of the valley
on the plateau there is pasture land ynd yo find some herders huts and stables
if You are planning to make the side trek to Milarepa Cave you can see it already from here.
At the end of the plateau is a beautiful stupa. From here the trail will go gently down till you arrive above beautiful Braka.
Overview Annapurna region
From Ngawal to Munji
From Munji to Braka
NATT_ Natural Annapurna Trekking Trail
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NATT- guidebook and maps