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Annapurna Circuit 2011 Part I - Kathmandu to Muktinah


Alison, Sangam, Dhan, Justin, Gobinda, and Chip at the Thorong La Pass In May 2011, Justin Bond, Alison Bond, and Charles Wintch hiked the Annapurna Circuit from Besisahar to Tatopani. They traveled one-hundered and eighty miles and crossed the highest pass in the world: Thorong La at 17,669 feet. They hiked with their guide Gobina Rai and two porters, Dhan Ram Rai and Sangam Rai. Cover Photo - Horse near the village of Temang


Kathmandu to Muktinah 2


Flight from Los Angelos to China

Kathmandu Airport

Streets of Kathmandu

Alison and Chip Kathmandu

Hotel Nature, Kathmandu

Alison, Kathmandu Airport 3


Streets of Kathmandu

Alison and Chip 4

Gobinda Rai, Alison and Justin

Streets of Kathmandu


Streets of Kathmandu

Streets of Kathmandu

Streets of Kathmandu 5


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Streets of Kathmandu

Streets of Kathmandu

Streets of Kathmandu

Garbage piles in Kathmandu


Streets of Kathmandu

Kathmandu to Besisahar

Streets of Kathmandu

Buffalo

Kathmandu to Besisahar

Kathmandu to Besisahar 7


Painted mural

Lunch at the Hilltop Restaurant 8

Cutting crops by hand

Kathmandu to Besisahar


Our porters, Sangam Rai and Dahn Ram Rai in Besisahar

Besisahar - Start of the trail

Gobinda and Chip - Hiking day 1 9


Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Dahn Ram Rai, Alison, and Chip

Dahn and Sangam - Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar 10

Alison, Gobinda and Chip

Nepalese child - Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar


Nepalese child - Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Handing out toothbrushes

Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Alison, Chip and Justin

Nepalese child - Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Growing corn 11


Nepalese children - Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Gobinda, Alison, and Chip 12

Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar


Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Nepalese children

Shower and toliet 13


Nepalese child

Gobinda Rai

Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Wooden suspension bridge 14

Nepalease children

Nepalese woman and child


Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Sorting grain by hand 16

Besisahar to Ngadi Bazzar

Nepalese child


Night 1 - Ngadi Bazzar

Marsyandi River

Tourist bus

Chip Wintch 17


Nepalese woman and child

Chip in Ngadi Bazzar

Holiday Trekkers Lodge - Ngadi Bazzar

Holiday Trekker’s Lodge

Chip Wintch

Ngadi Bazzar 18

Washing dishes - Ngadi Bazzar

Livestock - Ngadi Bazzar


Children - Ngadi Bazzar

Alison, Justin and Gobinda

Alison , Holiday Trekkers Lodge - Ngadi Bazzar

Handing out toothbrushes

Sick man carried to the hospital

Handing out toothbrushes 19


Holiday Trekkers Lodge - Ngadi Bazzar

Holiday Trekkers Lodge - Ngadi Bazzar 20

Nepalese woman - Ngadi Bazzar


Chip and Alison - Holiday Trekker’s Lodge

Alison - Ngadi Bazzar

Ngadi Bazzar to Ghermu - Day 2

Ngadi Bazzar to Ghermu 21


Sangam, Chip, Gobinda, Dhan, and Alison


Washing

Alison at the top of a steep hill

Nepalese children

Nepalese child

Goat - Ngadi Bazzar to Ghermu

Nepalese girl 23


Handing out toothbrushes

Sangam - Rest stop 24

Nepalese child

Alison and Chip


Tibetan bread for lunch

Justin, Gobinda, and Alison

Sangam and Dhan 25


Gobinda and Alison

Chip with Nepalese children 26

Justin and Chip

Plowing the fields with cattle


Scarecrow

Nepalese girl

Nepalese children

Chip and Alison - Suspension bridge

Hand farming implements

Handing out toothbrushes 27


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Alison

Nepalese boy

Alison

Nepalese children


Nepalese girl

Nepalese children

Nepalese children 29


Handing out toothbrushes

Nepalese children 30

Chip, Gobinda, and Alison

Nepalese children


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Night 2 - Ghermu

Nepalese child

Weaving by hand

Weaving tool


Nepalese children

Nepalese girl

Gobinda in Ghermu 33


Alison suspension bridge

Sangam and Dhan - Ghermu

Nepalese girl - Ghermu

Nepalese gir - Ghermu 34

Nepalese girl - Ghermu

Nepalese girl - Ghermu


Washing clothes - Ghermu

Elementary school

Nepalese woman

Suspension bridge 35


Nepalese girl

Day 3 - Ghermu to Tal 36

Nepalese woman


Ghermu to Tal

Nepalese porter

Nepalese woman

Alison 37


Sangam and Dhan - Ghermu to Tal

Porters hauling chickens 38

Alison and Dal Bhat for lunch - Day 3


Nepalese child

Rock bridge

At the top of a steep hill

Dhan and Sangam packing

Justin in the village of Tal

Dhan and Sangam 39


Kani (an archway) with the village of Tal in the distance


Tal

Gobinda, Alison, and Chip

Chip and Alison - Night 3, Tal

Justin in the village of Tal 41


Nepalese father and child

Teahouse kitchen

Road construction - Tal to Temang 42

Alison and Chip - Tal to Temang

Nepalese woman and Mani wall


Waterfall teahouse

Alison in the village of Tal

Suspension bridge

Looking back at the village of Tal 43


Justin, Alison, and Chip

Building rock retaining walls 44

Nepalese children

Dhan and Sangam


Gobinda and Chip

Nepalese child

Chip paying for lunch

Manslu - Eighth highest mountain in the world - 26,759 ft

Buying water

Suspension bridge 45


Alison, Night 4 - Prasanna Hotel, Temang

Horses 46

Nepalese women in Temang

Dhan and Sangam pasing a kani


Nepalese children - Temang

Nepalese child

Tea in the village of Temang

Sangam and Justin

Porter carrying chickens

Night 4 - Prasanna Lodge, Temang 47


Nepalese children

Annapurna II - 26,040 ft 48

Alison, Chip, and Mani wall

Looking back at Temang


Nepalese children in the village of Chame

Cattle on a suspension bridge

Night 5 - Tilicho Guest House, Chame

Nepalese child

Alison and a prayer wheel

Manaslu in the distance 50

Tilicho Guest House, Chame

Village of Chame


Alison and mani wall

Milling grain by hand

Women porters

Nepalese child, Chame

Gate in Chame

Chame hospital 51


Lunch, day 5 - Chame to Pisang

Justin

Chip, Alison, Gobinda, Dhan, and Sangam

Hand grain mill 52

Alison

Mani rock


Swargadwari Danda - A holy mountain near Pisang

Nepalese child

Sangam and Dhan, Fixing a backpack

Dhan and Sangam - Chame to Pisang 53


Kani and the village of Lower Pisang

Pisang village 54

Swargadwari Danda


Sangam - Acclimitization hike to Upper Pisang

Children in Pisang

Night 6 - Mona Lisa Lodge, Pisang

Mani wall 55


Decorations at the Upper Pisang Monastery

Justin above the village of Pisang

Upper Pisang

Stuffed bird in th village of Pisang 56

Chip and Justin at the Upper Pisang Monastery

Mani wall, Upper Pisang


Nepalese woman

Alison, Dhan and Sangam.

Annapurna Massif

View of Lower Pisang 57


Pack horses

Alison and Chip, Day 7, Pisang to Manag 58

Alison and Gobinda


Nepalese Children

Nepalese Girl

Nepalese Child

Nepalese Child

Nepalese Children

Dhan, Sangam, and Alison

Nepalese Child

Nepalese Child 59


Alison, Humde Airport

Alison - Pisang to Manag

Alison

Chip in Humde 60

Mani wall

Alison, Mani wall


Om Myurpa - Mountain near Manang

Justin - Humde Airport

Mountains near Manang

Alison on the trail from Pisang to Manang 61


Ghompa near Manang

Gangapurna Glacier 62

Chip and Gobinda


Alison and Chip

Sangam and Dhan

Looking toward Manang

Sangam and Dhan taking a rest break 63


Justin near Manang

Apple pie in Manang

Children outside of Manang

Manang village 64

Night 8 - Hotel Yeti

Ghompa near Manang


Acclimitization hike - Day 8

Hotel Yeti

Dhan, Sangam, and Alison

Movie theater in Manang 65


Dhan, Alison, and Chip

Manang Valley 66

Sangam and Dhan at the Ghompa


Chip washing clothes, Hotel Yeti

Alison and Chip, Hotel Yeti

Manang village

Dhan, Chip, and Alison, Acclimitization hike 67


Acclimitization hike to Chongkor Viewpoint

Sangam Rai

Alison and the village of Manang

Manang 68

Alison, Sangam, and Dhan

Nepalese woman


Chongkor Viewpoint Restaurant

Gobinda, Dhan and Sangam

Chongkor viewpoint

Gangapurna glacier ice lake 69


Alison, Dhan and Chip

Alison - Chongkor viewpoint 70

Hiking back to Manang

Chip and Gobinda


Gobinda

Streets of Manang

Suspension bridge

Sangam Rai

Alison - Streets of Manang

Sangam and Gobinda 71


Streets of Manang

Sangam and Gobinda 72

Alison, Mani wall

Alison and Sangam, Manang


Sunrise Manang

Sunrise, Annapurna Massif

Tibetan prayer flag 73


Gangapurna Glacier

Annapurna II 74

Ghompa


Gobina and Justin - Day 9 Manang to Gunsang

Playing cards

Dhan and Sangam packing - Hotel Yeti, Manang

Looking back at Manang 76

Alison, Chip, and Gobinda

Sangam - Manang to Gunsang


Goatherder - Gunsang

Rest Stop

Himalayan Vulture

Sheep 77


Annapurna II

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Annapurna II

Village of Gunsang

Alison and Chip with Gangapurna in the background

Gangapurna 79


Prayer flags

Gangapurna and Tibetan prayer flags

Dhan and Sangam - Rest stop 80

Alison, Gobinda, and Chip

Gobinda, Chip, and Alison

Alison on the trail to Yak Kharka

Alison, Chip, and Gobinda

Sheep


Horses near Gusang

Tibetan prayer flags

Alison in the village of Yak Kharka

Chip and Gobinda with Annapura II in the background 81


Near Yak Kharka


Alison and Chip

Nepalese boy - Yak Kharka

Rest stop

Nepalese boy - Yak Kharka

Yak

Alison and Chip in the village of Yak Kharka 83


Annapurna Mossif

Village of Yak Kharka 84

Suspension bridge

Gangapurna


Gangapurna

Alison, Dhan, Justin, Sangam, and Gobinda

Chip and Alison 85


Night 10 - Thorong Phedi

Thorong Phedi - the last village before the Thorong La Pass

Alison near Thorong Phedi 86

Acclimitization hike towards the Thorong La Pass

Family crossing Thorong La on horseback

Playing cards in the village of Thorong Phedi

Gobnda Rai

Bathroom at Thorong Phedi


Village of Thorong Phedi

Gobinda carved on a rock

Gangapurna

Looking down towards Thorong Phedi on the trail toward the Thorong La Pass 87


Morning day 11 - The hike over Thorong La

Gangapurna 88

Alison near the Thorong High Camp


Thorong High Camp

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Thorong High Camp 89


Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Alison, Chip, Gobinda, and Sangam 90

Gobinda Rai with Gangapurna in the background

Towards the Thorong La Pass


Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Chip, Alison, Gobinda, and Dhan

Towards the Thorong La Pass 91


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Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass

Towards the Thorong La Pass


Alison hiking toward the Thorong La Pass

Alison hiking toward the Thorong La Pass

Alison hiking toward the Thorong La Pass

Dhan greets Alison from the top 93


Alison and Justin at the Thorong La Pass

Justin, Dhan, and Alison at the Thorong La Pass 94

Justin, Chip and Alison at the Thorong La Pass


Teahouse at the Thorong La Pass

Descent to Muktinah

Alison and Sangam on the descent to Muktinah

Descent to Muktinah 95


Descent to Muktinah

Dhan Rai on the descent to Muktinah 96

Descent to Muktinah


Descent to Muktinah

Descent to Muktinah

Paradise Restaurant

Alison - Suspension bridge 97


Village of Muktinah 98

Holy men near Muktinah


Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah 99


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Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah

Village of Muktinah

Alison and Chip, sleeping in the Village of Muktinah


Annapurna Circuit 2011 Justin C.Bond

Š 2011 Justin C. Bond


Annapurna Circuit 2011 Part 1 - Kathmandu to Muktinah