Contrary to the frivolous prose of the above Stop Press, this page does have the latest news developments from the Annapurna region and beyond.
There are ever-improving overnight options for almost all levels of comfort here, for those great sunsets and sunrises on the Annapurnas.
Although not proving much disruption to the trekking route from Diprang, a new dirt jeep road has forged on from Pokhara to the village of Siklis. This road keeps to the west side of the Madi Khola and stops before the village confines. It is subject to wet weather and rain can make the last stretch impassable. Lodge and homestay accommodation in Siklis continues to improve, but the village retains its traditional ambience.
Parbat Myagdi Treks
We have been receiving glowing reviews about the homestays in the area. The Nangi community lodge is particularly recommended and has twin rooms, clean sheets every day and good food.
Trekkers report slightly fewer people on the section from Bhulbule to Dharapani due to the infrequent jeep services, now running to Chame, but all who continue to follow the original trails are not unhappy at having the villages to themselves.
It’s becoming hot now, so there’s little to report, other than that a steady stream of enthusiastic volunteers have been passing through.
Here's an update from avid trekker and ex-mountaineer, Ken Norman. See three of his photos below:
Ken reports back from Mustang that it is still a fantastic trek, and now a little easier to reach. Lodges are available in many places, though they are often not of an equal standard to those on the Annapurna Circuit. Also, the limited number of beds means that large groups are unlikely to find enough space to sleep in lodges. Truck access from China means more goods are on offer in Lo Manthang. Jeep access is also sometimes possible from Jomsom, but this is dependent on weather and season. On a more specific note, trekkers returning down the western side of the Kali Gandaki gorge can purchase a simple lunch snack and tea in the monastery at Ghar Gompa. As this is just before the long climb over the Marang La 4125m, this is very welcome.