A trekking holiday in a spectacular and little-known part of the Annapurna Massif in Nepal
North of Pokhara, the peaks of the Annapurna Himal are some of the biggest and most impressive in Nepal and several classic treks can be found amongst the high valleys that encircle this spectacular massif. The south-eastern corner of this region is little-visited, however, and is the perfect place for a brilliant new trekking holiday that has as its focus the imposing and multi-faceted peak of Lamjung Himal (6983m). There are no lodges in this part of Nepal and this means we have to camp. Taking a full Nepalese trekking team we are free to set up camp wherever we can find water and this means we can access some pretty wild country.
Rather than following the valley trails, this is a trek of ridges, taking us from Besisahar in the Marsyangdi Valley into a tranquil region inhabited by Gurung people. Heading north on the Telbrung Danda and camping on a succession of isolated grazing grounds or ‘kharkas’ we reach a rugged and little-known area on the south side of Lamjung Himal which is defined by the indistinct east-west orientated ridge known as the Rambrong Danda. From our 2 highest camps we can hike up to high viewpoints; the first at the northern end of the Telbrung Danda and the second at the western end of the Rambrong Danda. Known as Rambrong West Summit (4500m) this is one of the best viewpoints imaginable, with a panorama that extends from Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) (6997m) in the west to Manaslu (8163m) and Himal Chuli in the east. We then walk out easily over 4 short days via scenic camping places and a combination of ridges, finally dropping down to the pretty farming village of Tanting in the valley of the Madi Nadi. From here, it’s just a short drive to Pokhara, where a night at a hotel in the laid-back Lakeside district will provide us with the chance to properly celebrate the completion of our 10-day trek. Remote trekking, full service camping and superb camping places, together with superb mountain views and the chance to meet the welcoming local people, make this one for connoisseurs of Himalayan travel.