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Backpacker Magazine – January 2013

Hiking Wales: Fresh Tracks Through History

Beachside trek meets pub crawl meets castle tour on Europe's newest long trail, the 870-mile Wales Coast Path, officially opened in May 2011. We have the beta on its highlights.

by: Barney Scout Mann

Wales is the first country to complete a trail running the entire length of its coastline. (Photo by Visit Wales)
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Wales is the first country to complete a trail running the entire length of its coastline. (Photo by Visit Wales)
Well-preserved Harlech Castle, used by King Edward I to keep the Welsh at bay. (Photo by Visit Wales)
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Well-preserved Harlech Castle, used by King Edward I to keep the Welsh at bay. (Photo by Visit Wales)
Harlech Beach (Photo by P.Sawyer/Minden Pictures)
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Harlech Beach (Photo by P.Sawyer/Minden Pictures)
Five more long trails: Upper Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal (Photo by Dmitri Alexander)
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Five more long trails: Upper Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal (Photo by Dmitri Alexander)

Skills for the Mileage Master
Heading out for a 50-mile weekend or a 2,000-mile trek? 
>> Prevent High-Mileage Injuries 
>> Stay in Touch
>> Protect Your Feet

Trailblazer’s Delight
Aberystwyth to Porthmadog

My first trek traced the shores of Cardigan Bay on 101 miles of freshly marked—or mostly marked—trail. From Aberystwyth, a college town on the central coast, to Porthmadog at the apex of the bay, the Wales Coast Path tracks across empty beaches, ascends ridges overlooking verdant pastures, plows inland along shallow estuaries, and delves into forested glades. Nights are in trailside inns or campgrounds. Tricky navigation, 17,000 feet of climbing, boot-sucking mud, spiky gorse thickets, and a slanted-to-the-sea tread make it the WCP’s most challenging section, but the rewards more than compensate. You will:

Walk Back in Time
The WCP is like a long trail through an open-air museum. The ruins of three-story, 700-year-old Aberystwyth Castle hunch a stone’s throw from the path as my wife, Sandy, and I shoulder our packs for our first day of hiking on a blustery morning last June. The fortress is one of many castles built by King Edward I during his campaign against the Welsh. Three days later, I approach a trio of sites the map cryptically labels “Standing Stones” on the hills above Llwyngwril. Dark lichen covers the multiton rock slabs, some up to six feet high. The 3,000-year-old monument is smaller than Stonehenge, but strikes me more powerfully, perhaps because here there are only cows, not crowds. At mile 78, the trail veers east to Harlech Castle, a massive, four-story fortification atop a 200-foot-high rock spur. In the 13th century, it took 1,000 craftsmen to build the castle. Little wonder it’s part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. High on a walkway where longbows once defended the keep, I tread stones worn smooth by centuries of footsteps.

Enjoy Private Shores
On day three, Sandy and I step onto a four-mile stretch of coast at Aberdovey. The waves all but swallow the beach at high tide. At first, boiling combers pin us against a bulwark of smooth, fist-size rocks. But as the water recedes (the tidal change here is 20 feet), the beach broadens with each step until we’re walking on a wide swath of golden sand marked only with seaweed and our own tracks. I chase a flock of jet-black cormorants that rises in squadrons each time I grow close. We see no one the rest of the way. Tip: Allow extra time for beachcombing. You might find a message in a bottle. We did.

Quick Trips
Best Day

Tal-y-bont to Harlech Castle
Head north from the streamside village of Tal-y-bont for a 12-mile hike along beaches and past sand dunes to Harlech, a 13th-century blufftop fortress. Catch the Arriva train back to Tal-y-bont for pizza at Tony’s (tonystalybont1.moonfruit.com). WCP maps 44 and 45

Best Weekend
Tywyn to Machynlleth
Start this 17-mile overnight at Talyllyn Station, a historic narrow-gauge steam railway stop. Head south across a beach to Aberdovey. Camp at Cefn Crib Caravan Park (cefncribholidays.co.uk) at mile 11. Enjoy climbs to sweeping estuary and mountain views. WCP maps 49-51





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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna Base Camp is one of the best treks of Nepal as it is the combination of splendid natural scenery with the blend of cultures. The major attractions of this place are the Annapurna Himal including Himchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre and many more.
The terraced farmland above Pokhara and the pastures, the deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron provides an alluring sensation. The view of Dhaulagiri and Kali Gandaki is even more appealing. The visit to the inner sanctuary of Annapurna gives you the panoramic views of ten peaks over 6000m. The Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda is quite relaxing.
The ABC is suitable for any trekker who has enough stamina to walk few hours a day. Previous trekking experience is not necessary and one does not need to be super fit. Daily exercise prior to the trip is strongly recommended. February to June and September to December is the favorable time to enjoy this trek.
Trip Facts
• Trekking Duration: 14 Days
• Grade: Medium-Hard
• Maximum Altitude: 5424 m
• Best Seasons: March - Jun, Oct - Dec
• Type of Trek: Lodges / Tea House
• Commences At: Kathmandu
• Ending At: Kathmandu
Annapurna base camp Trek or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Day By Day Itinerary


• Day 01: Fly/ drive Kathmandu to Pokhara.
We drive to the large village of Lumle and the hamlet of Chandrakot. From here the trail descends steeply to Birethanti on the banks of the Modi Khola. We follow the east bank of the Bhurungi with some detours to avoid cliffs. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga.
• Day 02: Drive to Nayapul,Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540)
The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to Ulleri village then more pleasantly through rhododendron forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr. above Ulleri, and further, on the stream is followed, providing water for a meal stop. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and Camp there.
• Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
Early in the morning, hike up to Poon Hill (3,100m) for more panoramic views of the mountains and out to the river plain before thermals bring the steamy clouds up from the jungle below. Back down to your hotel for breakfast and then begin the long descend to Tatopani which lies between two 8,000 meter peaks, Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m).
• Day 04: Trek to Tadapani.(2590m)
As the canyon narrows the trail is forced high up the cliff, at one point passing through a tunnel carved into the rock. The trek passes by a most beautiful Rukse Chhahara (waterfall) before reaching Ghasa, the first Tibetan- style village of the upper Kali Gandaki where the stone houses are characterized by the flat roof and narrow covered always.
• Day 05: Trek to Chomrong (2170m)
Today, you will pass through few beautiful Thakali villages, Marpha being the prominent one. Marpha is a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, famous for its apple brandy and jam. This large Thakali village exhibits the typical Thak Khola architecture of flat roofs and narrow paved alleys and passageways. It is quite wonderful to wander its streets and shops which are entirely different from towns in the west and still without automobiles. After this a gentle walk takes us to beautiful.
• Day 06: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2900m)
After breakfast in the morning, our trek begins by 8:30 a.m. crossing the Kali Gandaki river by bridge then trek about three hours to reach Eaklibatti village; another hour brings us to Kagbeni which lies at the bank of two rivers-Kali Gandaki (flows from Muktinath) and Nilgiri (flows from Mt. Nilgiri). There are good current of wind that.
• Day 07: Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m)
The trail rises up out of the valley to a high desert bench overlooking the river below. We walk onwards to Muktinath an important pilgrimage destination for Hinduism and Buddhism with a Gompa and Pagoda style temples. The most interesting importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas.

• Day 08: MBC -Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) & back to MBC or Deurali.
The trail descends to the valley 1,525m below as we retrace our steps to Jomsom through the beautiful arid landscapes. The new perspectives upon the mountains and ease of descending make this a great final day of trekking.
• Day 09: MBC/Deurali to Bamboo (2500m)
Take breakfast early in the morning, then short walk to airport and fly back to Pokhara or further connect to Kathmandu.
• Day 10: Bamboo to Chomorong. (2170m)
Take breakfast early in the morning, then short walk to airport and fly back to Pokhara or further connect to Kathmandu.
• Day 11: Chomorong to Ghandruk (1940m)
Take breakfast early in the morning, then short walk to airport and fly back to Pokhara or further connect to Kathmandu.
• Day 12: Ghandruk to Tolkha. (1710m)
Take breakfast early in the morning, then short walk to airport and fly back to Pokhara or further connect to Kathmandu.
• Day 13: Tolkha to Dhampus. (1510m)
Take breakfast early in the morning, then short walk to airport and fly back to Pokhara or further connect to Kathmandu.
• Day 14: Dhampus to Pokhara. (820m)
Take breakfast early in the morning, then short walk to airport and fly back to Pokhara or further connect to Kathmandu.

Trekking Price for per person = 687$ USA dollar
Cost Include :
• All airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome and farewell dinner
• All accommodation and meals during the trek
• Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
• An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
• Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
Cost Exclude:
• Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
• International airfare to and from Kathmandu
• Excess baggage charges
• Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters

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