Annapurna Circuit - Day 12 (Muktinath - Kagbeni)
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After our visit to the Muktinath Temple Complex, we proceeded back through Ranipauwa, past our teahouse, and headed down the road to Kagbeni. It was a short walk of just under 3 hours, but we had another 1000m (3280 ft) to descent in that time. On my already achy legs it was a quite painful day.
The land continued to be desert-like other than in areas irrigated for cropland. There splashes of green dotted the landscape. Jeeps and buses danced up and down the road. Our path switched between the road and side trails often as we passed some of the smaller villages along the way. At one point Santosh pointed out a shortcut through some of the fields and led us down a path (although Chitre disagreed).
We reached our lodge in Kagbeni (2800m - 9186 ft) and had lunch before going out to explore this town. We first walked to the edge of town to gaze out to the north up the Kali Gandaki River. North of Kagbeni lies the region of Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang (the ancient capital).
We returned through town and visited a monastery and saw the old stone fort that offered protection to the ancient kingdom. We saw some enterprising Nepals, one of whom had started a YakDonald's and another who had appropriated a 7/11 sign and placed it in his shop window. We returned to our lodge for dinner and I had probably one of the best meals of my trip a pasta dish with a homemade sauce that was just sumptuous. Much better than the fried noodles, fried rice, and Dal Baat that we had been subsisting on for the past 10+ days. It was also nice to have a beer again after avoiding the alcohol at the higher altitudes. The cards finally made a reappearance today as well as for once everyone is not completely knackered after dinner and heading immediately to bed. We were rebels again staying up until 9:30PM before heading to sleep.