Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of the
trail from Ngawal to Munji passing by the gompa baording school of Lophelling and the little village of Julu.
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Natt trail No. 23 Ngawal to Braka (Braga)
Part one: Ngawal to Munji
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.
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.
Bensi Ngawal. weedeing the buckwheat field in August2. The upper trail **
gonig first to the gompa and boarding shool of Lophelling, then to Julu to rejoin the dirt road in
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.
When we were there, some young monk sholars from the Gompa boarding school were coming down to play footbal below on the meadow.
When you reach the plateau you will be owerwhelmed by the spectacular view with Annapurna 3 and tilicho peak
in the backround you see the Gompa of Lophelling which is also a big boarding school
The gompa an boarding school of Lophelling
The Gompa is rather new and many sholars of the whole valley go there for studies
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.
Julu is on the other side of the river and a little bit further up of the bridge you will find a row of beautiful water driven prayer wheels.
The village of Julu
To reach Braka *** you could take the high rout which is not marked yet and takes around 1 hour longer . 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
coming down to Munji where you join the main dirt road
Overview Annapurna region
Munji to Braka***
high route from julu to Braka ***
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