Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of a beautiful
walk from Ranipauwa over Purang to Jharkot and the 30 min sight seeing tour in Jharkot
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NATT trail No. 43 Purang and Jharkot
When you are at the end of Jharkot you will see directly 200 m below the village of Jharkot with its remaining
fortress ruins and the big red Gompa. Jharkot is built on a ridge and a unique village. It will take you about 20 min to go down there.
If you want directly go to Jomsom by Jeep you can buy the tickets in the morning at the jeep counter and let
you pick up in Jharkot. But you must insist that you get the front seats otherwise you will be lost.
As anyway I recommend to walk to Kagbeni by the northern villages Chongur and Jhong my proposal is that
you make a lazy sightseeing day after crossing the Thorong La. In the morning you enjoy a late breakfast, maybe do some washing and visit the Muktinath temple. After a good lunch you make a walk to Jharkot by the
village of Purang. There is a nice sightseeing round tour which takes around 30 min. All in all this walk will take
you around 2-3 hours and you will be back in Ranipauwa for a tasty cake. But you mind will be full a beautiful memories.
For people who will not go to Kagbeni it would be worth to make the half day trip Muktinath temple- Chongur- Jhong-Jharkot- Ranipauwa.
NATT trail No. 43: A beautiful walk to Jharkot
Descent in Ranipauwa at the northern end before the moonlight lodge a step path down to the Tharpa
Chyoling Nunnery. It was just built in the last years and is still very colorful. but nice to visit.
The Tharpa Chyoling Nunnery
Not far away from the nunnery you will find a beautiful lake
There is a dirt road nearby and you have to go in direction of the thre houses. Pass them an continue to Purang
Purang is a little village living from agriculture
When you are in Purnag, you already can see Jharkot. So it is easy to find a way even when you miss the
marked trail. keep you eyes open , i have found several ammonite fragments which are a really precious souvenir.
Jharkot 3550 m
Jharkot is a beautiful village still mainly built in the old style. Often Trekkers just bypass it when heading down
the road. But it is absolutely worth to make a little tour. Just follow the blue signs. The sightseeing tour will take
around 30 min and you will not forget them. I hope that my little description will incite you fpr this little side trip you will love it.
In December the whole area is very dry and brown
In September it is a little bit greener. The white pyramide is the Daulagiri
Paintings inside the Chörten
The sightseeing tour
The tour starts nearby the German Bakery at the entrance gate with the two protectors. guess who is th emale and who is the female ;-)
50 m after the entrance gate turn to right into a sort of tunnel
Jharkot has a famous Monastery
continue and pass the village on a path on the northenside and clib up again
The old house
I was fascinated by this old house and very happy that I could visit it. I is not inhabited anymore and
only used as a barn and sometimes for a puja. When the village people gather in the kitchen
In a tipicall private house of Jharkot
Teh former lodge didi of New Plaza lodge now lease it an lives in her old house. She is very proud of her solar cocker sponsored
by a german NGO which saves a lot o fuel.
But the sun also dries aples and other crops.
You find several Lodge in Jharkot. for People coming from Jomsom this is a better place to stay as it is lower than Ranipauwa.
how to continue?
1. Walking down the dirt road is not so nice but very fast. You can reach Kagbeni in three hours and Jomsom in four.
2. You can strat from jharkot and go to Jhong and continue to Kagbeni (NATT 44)
3. if you skip Kagbeni (which i would never do!) you can go directly from Jharkot to Lupra and
then to Jomsom. i like more the trail from Jharkot than the direct one from Ranipauwa
Overview Annapurna region
Going to Lupra
going to Kagbeni by the northern Villages ***
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