How one of the ‘best’ and safest trails in the Himalayas killed dozens

October 16, 2014 3:57 PM

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The Himalayas have no shortage of intimidating and dangerous trails, but the Annapurna circuit in Nepal was not supposed to be one of them. Called the “perfect circle,” the 205-kilometre, horseshoe-shaped trail attracts thousands of hikers every year. “Fact is, the Annapurna circuit is so well-known it’s as much cliche as trek,” Backpacker wrote in 2009. “Travel writers and hikers everywhere gush about the trail.”

They aren’t right now — and they might not for some time. As of Thursday morning, following an avalanche and blizzard, as many as 26 hikers have been confirmed dead. They include Canadians, Israelis, Poles and several Nepalis. And reports now say it’s expected that number could get even higher as re...

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