Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of the
trail Chame - bhratang - Dhukur Pokhari. partially on the road but often on natural trails you will turn into the upper Marsyangi / Manang Valley.
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NATT-trail no. 16: Chame - Bhratang – Dhukur Pokhari 5-6hrs.
Chame-Bhratang: 2-2.5 hours: After the bridge you turn to the left into old Chame.
The Gompa on the left side is not extraordinary but situated in a very shanty courtyard, which is worth looking at. People interested in Gompas can ask the
people of the surrounding houses for the keys. Don’t forget to give some donation for the Gompa and a tip to the person showing it to you.
As in 2014 the Jeeps are already plying at least till Bhratang the new bridge and the
road must have been constructed and i dont know if they will not pass exactly on the trail shown on this pictures.
The beautiful Chorten at the end of Chame
Continuing through nice a pine forest, after 25 min you reach Talekhu (2710 m).
Alternative NATT-trail: Just a few minutes after Talekhu a trail turns to the right
into the forest. It is difficult to find, as the road was lowered and you first have to climb to the old trail beside the road. Look out for the red/white NATT sign.
At the junkion and beginning of the fairy NATT trail we met the responsible road
ingenier and his team
This trail is just marvellous, leading through a dense pine forest and some meadows
with often nice views to the opposite side of the river with some breathtaking waterfalls; it is also much nicer to walk on the soft forest trail than on a hard road.
After three kilometres you re-join the road
You will reach after 30 min the lodge settlement of Bhratang, which is surrounded
by apple orchards. Apples can't grow in the warm areas; they need some frost in winter and feel much more comfortable up here. They are grown near Chame and
mainly on the other side of Thorong La in the upper Kali Gandaki valley; I prefer the apples of Kali Gandaki, which get more sun and taste better. Bhratang (2800m) has
only one lodge left. As the road is passing right through the village, the one lodge was already destroyed and Brathang might look no very different than on theis photo.
Pictures from 2013
Bhratang - Dhukur Pokhari: 3h
For more than 20 years the trail beyond Bhratang was carved out of a vertical rock
wall high above the Marsyangdi River. This was rather spectacular, but crossing with a mule caravan could be rather dangerous. With the new road being in construction
and a lot of blasting going on, an alternative trail had to be found. Also, it is obvious that soon Jeeps will be taking this route.
As a result, on the other side of the river the ACAP has built an excellent trekkers’
trail which bypasses this carved road. Soon after Bhratang take the red/white marked trail which will lead you down to the river and cross on a beautiful wooden bridge.
Be careful not to choose the provisional temporary caterpillar trail along the river but climb up on a little plateau with nicely-scented pine trees. Follow the gentle trail
and take in the spectacular view of the carved road stretch on the other side of the river. After a while the trail plunges down to the river again and this time you will
cross the Marsyangdi Khola on two connected wooden bridges. Climb up till you reach the road and turn to the left.
The road carved out of the rockwall
From the right side of the river one can admire this spectacular road strech. When i
made these photos workers were still drilling holes in the rock for the dynamite enlarging the road so that jeeps could ride on it.
After walking on the plateau you will cross again the river on a second little bridge
The valley turns to the left in a sort of polished enormous rock wall, which I call the
soup bowl. The local people call it Swarga Dwari or “Gateway to Heaven”, as the souls will have to climb up here to reach heaven. There are many grave markers by
the trailside, as this is an auspicious place to be buried.
Cross the river on a suspension bridge and climb up through a dense forest. The trail
on soft pine soils crosses once the road to join it later, there are some red/white marks.
An hour’s walk after the bridge you reach the long stretched lodge settlement of
After dhukur Pokhari you can continue on two trails. The first one is the high route
passing by Upper Pisang, Gyaru and Ngawal. it will take oyu 2 days more but it offes some of the best views of the treks and gives the best altitude acclimatisation.
if you sleep either in Gyaru or Ngawal this would equal the additional acclimatization day in Manang so that you could skip it.
The second possibility is to take the lower route along the valley passing by Humde.
The trail is going on the already existing dirt road and is much less pleasant. The only advantage is that you can reach Manang in one day. Both trails reunite before Manag in Munji before Braka.
Overview Annapurna region
Temang to Chame
High route- Upper Pisang ***
Low route to Manang by lower Pisang
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