Post by Peter Bakwin on Mar 2, 2015 19:06:56 GMT -5
Seth Wolpin did the Annapurna Circuit in 3d0h4m on October 2014.
The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is one of the world's classic multiday hikes. While the start and stop points and route can be variable, in general trekkers go from Besisahar to Nayapul, roughly 134 miles in total.
Seth Wolpin did the Circuit in 3d0h4m in October 2014. Wolpin was well-versed with the route, having done 10-day trips in 2011 and 2014, just before has FKT trip. Trail Running Nepal reports Wolpin's effort as the FKT, and indicates that Lizzy Hawker has the women's FKT in "5 days" from Besisahar to Nayapul (2011), which Hawker reports here.
The Annapurna Circuit was once billed as one of the most beautiful treks in the world - it was a 'must' item on many adventurer's bucket list. But things have changed over the the last few years. Namely road building. Ugly road building. The apple growers in the village of Marpha had bushels of apples that were rotting because they couldn't get them to market across the mountainous trails. What to do? Definitely don't ask other villages or think about the impact on the main source of income (trekkers). Soon bulldozers moved in and turned trail into 4x4 jeep track with locals and trekkers zooming up and down the valleys in a gaggle of Indian-made jeeps, a chorus of honks and an encore of dust. It's easy to criticize, but it's also hard to blame villagers for wanting a road to their house, a road that opens up access to food and healthcare and the ability to visit family. - Seth Wolpin
Thanks Peter for this - I tried to follow all of the New Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT) instead of the jeep track which would have been much faster. I also followed the northern track between Muktinath and Kagbeni though Jhong as this should be part of the NATT system as it avoids the road. It was a fun adventure - not a super fast time, I am sure someone will come along and break it. Speaking of - I don't think Lizzy Hawker was trying to set a FKT when she did it in 5 days, I think she was out for a hike and saving herself for an upcoming race. I'm sure she could smash 70hrs if she wanted. Cheers.
Hey all! I bumbped into this blog as i was searching for the FKT of the Annapurna Circuit. How is the FKT recorded? Is there an official webiste/authority that keeps track of these record times? What is someone aims the break the current record, how is this validated? Any information on the above would be most welcome!