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Annapurna Circuit: From the Trailhead to Thorung La Pass

Follow editor Shannon Davis and his wife Emily as they trek the first half of the legendary Annapurna Circuit for their honeymoon.

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This is where they grow all the rice for our Dal Bhat! Day 1 was greener than we expected.

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Emily leads the way along a short off-trail section to avoid some unnecessary climbing.

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Just another morning on the circuit, people getting their days going.

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Hydroelectricity is coming to the Annapurna region’s rural villages–this guy is hauling poles.

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Emily crosses the bridge into the village of Pisang.

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Highest goat I’ve ever seen, munching on marijuana near a temple in Upper Pisang.

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The Buddhist temple in Upper Pisang.

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Every member of the village donated money or 30 days of work per year to build the temple.

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Prayer wheels in the village of Manang.

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After a rest day in Manang, we climbed to Yak Kharka, passing this chorten on the way.

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After a night in Yak Kharka, then a night at nearly 15,000 feet, we climbed to Thorung La pass.