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Annapurna Circuit - Day 6 (Chame-Pisang)

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Walking on a snowy trail...

Another day, another walk, another 500m (1640 ft) elevation gain.  Finished today in Lower Pisang at 3200m (10500 ft).

Started the day crisp, clear, and cold.  But did manage to stay warm in my sleeping bag last night and get an excellent night's sleep.  After breakfast we headed out again, no real hard climb early, just a steady upward trek.  Crossed a few small landslide areas that were a bit dicey trailwise, and one area that was cut into the cliff face with a sheer drop down to the river below.  A bit more climbing up to and after our tea break in Bhratang (2850m - 9350 ft) and lunch in Dhukuer Pokhari (3060m - 10040 ft).  But all in all there were no really strenuous climbs today.  The biggest challenge continued to be the mud and slick spots from the melting snow.

Swargadwari Danda (Heaven's Hill)
  Nobody slipped and fell but there were definitely a few near misses.  The highlight view today was of Swargadwari Danda.  This ridge line carved eons ago by a glacier is about 5km long, and while "only" around 4800m (15750 ft) high, the impressive snowy rock face is a sight to behold.  This sight was with us until the clouds rolled in in the afternoon like they so often do.

After lunch we passed into a wide alpine valley of the Marsyangdi that looked like nothing we had seen yet on the trek.  Some trees (mainly coniferous), splotchy grass, and a few ponds dotted the landscape.  A short 1-hour walk after lunch brought us to Pisang and our lodging for the evening.

Pisang brought us our poorest accomodation of the trek.  Poor beds - including a mattress for Patrick that had a liquid stain (what the liquid was, who knows).

Inside the Upper Pisang Monastery
  The solution to the problem - flip the mattress over.  People are also beginning to feel the effects of the altitude more acutely.  A bit more rundown in the evenings, less frivoloty and game playing, more contemplation and sleep.  I've generally been fine other than the effects I mentioned earlier (Even felt better today than on previous days).  Keeping fingers crossed that I stay OK.

After a brief rest in the lodge, most of us took the short but steep walk to Upper Pisang about 100m higher than Lower Pisang where we were staying.  Visited the town monastery as some cold rain showers began to fall and the temperature dipped to near freezing (it was damn cold).

Prayer Stones

Sitting and writing this in my journal in the dining room waiting for dinner to be served at 7:00PM.  As I said earlier it's the one room that is heated and that is really welcome right now.  Stay here until time to head to my sleeping bag sometime after dinner.  One other little tidbit from today:  Heard that Thorung La re-opened yesterday after being closed for three days due to weather.  Apparently the rain and storms that we received dropped some pretty good snow up on the pass.  Hoping the weather stays/gets nicer until we attempt the pass on Friday.  But if its cold here I can only imagine what it is like 2000m (6560 ft) higher.  Other than the sprinkles today though the weather has overall been getting better than it was on day 2 and 3.  Let's keep it that way.

Tomorrow on to Manang and then a "rest" day for acclimitization...

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Walking on a snowy trail...
Walking on a snowy trail...
Swargadwari Danda (Heavens Hill)
Swargadwari Danda (Heaven's Hill)
Inside the Upper Pisang Monastery
Inside the Upper Pisang Monastery
Prayer Stones
Prayer Stones
Prayer Stones
Prayer Stones
Stupa Outside Chame
Stupa Outside Chame
Paintings in the Stupa seen in the…
Paintings in the Stupa seen in th…
Lamjung Himal (6983m - 22910ft)
Lamjung Himal (6983m - 22910ft)
A Nepali Horse
A Nepali Horse
Bhratang (2850m - 9350ft) - Tea St…
Bhratang (2850m - 9350ft) - Tea S…
More Snow!!!
More Snow!!!
Swargadwari Danda (Heavens Hill)
Swargadwari Danda (Heaven's Hill)
Cracks in the Snow and Ice
Cracks in the Snow and Ice
Clouds Rolling In
Clouds Rolling In
Entering the Manang Valley
Entering the Manang Valley
Entering Lower Pisang (3200m - 105…
Entering Lower Pisang (3200m - 10…
Exploring Lower Pisang
Exploring Lower Pisang
View of Lower Pisang from Upper Pi…
View of Lower Pisang from Upper P…
Monastery in Upper Pisang (3300m -…
Monastery in Upper Pisang (3300m …
Inside the Upper Pisang Monastery
Inside the Upper Pisang Monastery
Dinner in Pisang Lodge
Dinner in Pisang Lodge
Lodge in Pisang
Lodge in Pisang
Pisang
photo by: Kramerdude