Trekking around Manaslu took us only 11 days. We ended march in the village Dharapani – located on the trail leading around the Annapurna massif – much earlier than we had initially planned. Remaining question: What to do next? We could stay in Nepal for some more time, and spend at least one week more in the mountains. We had also yet unused permits – retained after trekking around Dhaulagiri (we just had to do light, almost imperceptible modification of the dates on the TIMS cards and enrich our itinerary with the Marpha–Beshisahar episode). There were also good reasons against staying. We did not want to continue trekking around the oh-so-popular Annapurna. Our reserves of stamina were almost empty after an exhausting “run” through the Manaslu Conservation Area. And the most important – we had no money with ourselfs, because we gave last rupees to our guide in Samdo… We were able to obtain more money pretty easily (by taking a shared jeep to the nearest ATM in the Besisahar and returning to Dharapani the same day). Therefore, we rejected all the other reasons against going… And that’s how we ended up on the most popular trail in Nepal – Annapurna Circuit.
We were long wondering – even at the stage of planning a trip, a few months before coming to Nepal – which trekking to choose. We were considering only budget option, we wanted to spend as little as possible, which greatly limited the number of choices. In Nepal, in many regions (the so-called restricted areas), such as Dolpo, Manaslu, Makalu, or Kanchenjunga you can not legally organize trekking on your own – without the help of agencies, porters support and without nepali guide. Until now, restrictions have been lifted in the Annapurna region, Langtang and Solukhumbu (Everest). If you want to choose a less frequented area, you have to pay much more. Travelers whose objectives usually determines the budget, choose mostly trekking in Langtang or Everest region, a popular trail around Annapurna, or around – lying in her neighborhood – Dhaulagiri massif. We decided to do the latest of them for several reasons. This trekking is considered difficult, there are only a few people going there, and along the way, you can summit a simple trekking (officially classified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association as an expedition peak) six-thousand-er Dhamus Peak (6013 m).