Perfect weather greeted us in the morning!! Unlike other
days sky was crystal clear without any clouds. It seemed that the bad weather
had retreated, finally. We will be climbing up mighty Thorung La in the coming
days and a good weather can make that task easy.
After breakfast we set out for an acclimatization walk to
Chongar view point. It is said that the best way to acclimatize is to climb
higher in the day and come back to the same altitude for spending night.
|Annapurna III and Ganagapurna|
We crossed Marsyandi River and climbed towards the view
point. As we gained altitude, the Manang town and the valleys looked
The Gurupurna Lake which is fed by Gangapurna glacier.
You can get a view of Manang town and the lake.
Thorung La is somewhere behind these peaks. It looks too
high for us!!
The Gangapurna peak and its glacier. At 24,455 feet, it was
first climbed in 1965 by German expedition led by Günther Hauser.
A closer look at the glacier. The ice walls looks easy but
each of them will be several storey’s high!!
Gangapurna in a different perspective. While I was taking
this picture, an elderly gentleman was observed me for a long time. He then
asked what focal length and shutter speed I used.
Trying to get the full use of wide angle lens. It is the
waters coming from Gangapurna glacier to the lake and then finally joins
We need to go on this way to climb Thorung La.
Annapurna IV peak. It looks beautiful from Manang. Another
huge mountain at 24,360 feet!!
Annapurna III, another huge peak at 24,786 peak.
Marsyandi River and the bridge from the view point.
And the great Tilicho
With such great peak around, Manang was a great place to
rest for a day!!
After lunch, we attended a talk by Himalayan Rescue
Association. It was a very informative talk that covered topics on Altitude
Mountain Sickness (AMS and other hazards in Nepal Himalayas. The talk is held
at 3PM each day and I strongly recommend for anyone who stops at Manang.
Everyone follows his own itinerary till Manang. Hence at any
place we stayed did not look crowded. Manang is the place where all of them
congregate. The lodges and restaurants were teeming with trekkers. Restaurant
was the common place where people socialize themselves. Some are deeply
engrossed in the books, few play cards and garrulous people talked endlessly.
The high point in the evening was when the summit of Annapurna IV was resplendent with the final rays of falling sun. I was comfortably seated next to the heating place in cafeteria. Not a place that one feels to vacate!! I ran to the room, grabbed the camera and hastily took few snaps.
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