Annapurna Circuit - Day 4 (Chamje - Bagarchap)
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A day finally dawned relatively clear and haze free. We started 30 minutes earlier than previous days, reaching mutual agreement the previous night to try to avoid the afternoon rainstorms that had been popping up the past few days. Also we had been advised that the section up to Tal heated up quickly in the morning and was quite exposed so we determined that the earlier we could get through that section the better off we would be. Leaving Chamje it was only a short walk before we began a steep ascent to the village of Tal. In this section we had to ascend nearly 300 meters (1000 ft) in about 3 km. The Marsyangdi gorge had closed in quite tightly at this point and the views were simply breathtaking. The climb though was slow.
As we finally finished the ascent towards Tal, we crossed into the Manang District of Nepal from Lamjung District. Most noticeable as we proceeded north was that the Manang District was much more heavily influenced by Buddhist culture as opposed to a more Hindu culture at the lower elevations in the south. As we passed into Manang at the top of the climb the trail opened into the wide Tal Valley.
Our last leg took us from Karte to Bagarchap at 2160m (7085 ft). Not as steep as the first section of the day, but another long hard slog. As we ascended we slowly left the more temperate forest region that we had passed through the first 3 days and began to enter a more sub-alpine environment.
We also wandered over to the local monastery in the village. Amazingly this was one of the structures unaffected by the landslide.
After our visit we returned to our lodge for dinner, conversation, and games. It had been a long day of trekking - 8:10 from start to finish (and 5:45 of actual trekking time - I did say that lunch was slow today). Still a 700m climb in about 15km of trekking (thankfully it was dry) wore this bunch of trekkers out and it was soon time to hit our mattresses and sleep.