Around Annapurna Circuit
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March 23rd, 2008 – by: aquaholicme2
Before the Thorung La pass, we were walking besides the Marsyangdi river and valley and after the pass it was along Kali Gandaki river and valley, these are the 2 major rivers of Nepal originating from the Annapurna range.
After the 2nd days walk the Marsyangdi valley becomes a V shape and the rivers roar increases in volume. Waterfalls either spill down tall vertical cliffs in thin tendrils, or gush down a series of cascades.
At the end of 2nd day we entered a petite valley surrounded by high cliffs. A tall waterfall at one end and when we reached the top of the waterfall were greeted by a small open space just enough for a village of Tal with the river coursing through the middle.
Over the next few days the trail re-crosses the Marsyangdi river a number of times and we gradually gain altitude, all the time struggling to go up and then agonizingly going down losing the height gained. Its up mountain, down mountain, up mountain and down mountain all the way. Nepali's believe in the geometrical fact that the shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line irrespective of whether there is a mountain in between or a river or a lake. :-)
We were greeted by the first snowfall at Manang and for the next 4 days we were walking in ankle deep to over knee deep of snow.
After completing the descend we reached a place called Muktinath (Translates literally to Freedom). All this while I was not affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) caused by high altitude, but immediately after reaching Muktinath was affected by ABS (Acute Beer Sickness) :-)
Rest of the trek was more easier and relaxed with proper roads built and regular traffic.
My 16 days trek finally ended at Pokhra, a small town but full of tourists, shops, restaurants and makes you feel you are back to civilization. In this short period I experienced the "high" of crossing 5416 meters Thorung La, affected by ABS immediately after coming down to Muktinath (freedom, rebirth etc etc.) tramped through the stark beauty of Manang, glimpsed the vibrant Buddhist culture and witnessed the distinct architecture. All in all was sated with the sights, sounds and experiences of the Annapurna region.
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