Keeping the AC trekkable

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit including new NATT-trails which avoid the road, Andrées de Ruiter and Prem Rai. The authors have worked with Nepal’s Annapurna Conservation Area Project to mark and publicize foot-path alternatives to the new vehicle road that now covers most stretches of the former trekking paradise of the Annapurna Circuit. (I’m not going to debate the merits of the road, as it is clear there were good arguments both for and against its construction.) They physically helped to mark the new and newly designated trail segments, and in this book they describe and discuss the various routes that can be taken to avoid vehicular traffic.
I do not think this guidebook is suitable for a couple of novices to use as their sole source of information on the circuit. There are not enough maps for that, nor is the language clear enough in places. Bring a recent map, compass and GPS and hire a guide if needed. However, the notes in this book should be sufficient to direct trekkers to new and old trails that are better substitutes for the now graded road that was the Annapurna Circuit.
Several side trips are described, including the Tilicho Lake trip that has been misrepresented from the KG side on maps for decades and generally poorly detailed elsewhere. Note that this first edition is available from the authors as a free PDF here, and they state their intent to update it frequently as the substitute trail network is firmed up. I haven’t been there since well before most of the road was built, but the book describes an AC that is still a good trip on foot on quiet trails between small and varied villages beneath the beauty of the surrounding Himalaya.

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