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Annapurna Circuit - Day 8 (Rest Day in Manang)

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"Rest" Day is somewhat of a misnomer since we didn't exactly rest today.  More eloquently and correctly termed an acclimitization day for us to continue to adjust to the higher elevations.

We didn't have to get up until 8:30 AM this morning so we did get some extra rest from that perspective.  After breakfast we started our short days walk (can't call it a trek since we came back to our original location).  But to continue in the vein of walk high/sleep low we trekked up past Gangapurna Tal (lake) and up to a ridge between Annapurna III and Gangapurna to around 4000m (13123 ft).  The trek up was difficult as we hit some extremely slick and snowy spots that made footing treacherous.  More than one person slipped and fell on their asses along the trail.

Thorung La (the V-shape in the center of the picture). Still about 1500 meters higher than my current location.
  Some amazing views of Annapurna II, III, Gangapurna, Kangsar Kang, and Tilicho Peak compensated for this however.  We even could see our ultimate destination of the first half of the trek - Thorung La (Pass) which we would be crossing three days hence.

At the top we paused for a brief spell to breathe some of that 4000m air.  I built a tiny snowman who was accompanied by Roman's tiny snow leopard.  On the descent we even managed a pretty good snowball fight with our guides.  Descent went much quicker even with the extra-curricular activities and the occasional slippery section.  It was only a 3 hour walk total (just a nearly 500 meter climb and descent) and we were back at the lodge in time for lunch.

Back in Manang we ordered lunch, managed to get some hot showers (oh it feels good to be clean - this was my 2nd shower in 8 days of trekking).

Resting at 4000m (13120 ft)
  Since it was a clear day we were able to get hot water from the solar water heaters.  In the afternoon we attended a presentation on AMS (altitude sickness) from the Himalayan Rescue Association.  It was an interesting, stimulating, and somewhat scary discussion on the effects of altitude sickness and what to do if you notice you or someone else getting it (go down, go down, go down).  After the presentation we returned to the teahouse to rest for the remainder of the day before dinner and get ready for the final push to Thorung La. 

McManamon says:
Great Pics.
Posted on: Jul 01, 2009
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Annapurna II
Annapurna II
Thorung La (the V-shape in the cen…
Thorung La (the V-shape in the ce…
Resting at 4000m (13120 ft)
Resting at 4000m (13120 ft)
Manang
Manang
Gangapurna Tal (Lake)
Gangapurna Tal (Lake)
Gangapurna Tal (Lake) and reflecti…
Gangapurna Tal (Lake) and reflect…
Manang from above
Manang from above
Gangapurna (7454m - 24455 ft) and …
Gangapurna (7454m - 24455 ft) and…
Looking Towards Thorung Peak and P…
Looking Towards Thorung Peak and …
Gangapurna Glacier
Gangapurna Glacier
Resting at 4000m (13120 ft)
Resting at 4000m (13120 ft)
My tiny snowman...
My tiny snowman...
My tiny snowman dwarfed by the sur…
My tiny snowman dwarfed by the su…
My snowman and Romans snow leopar…
My snowman and Roman's snow leopa…
Sun setting over Khangsar Kang and…
Sun setting over Khangsar Kang an…
Annapurna II lost in clouds
Annapurna II lost in clouds
Teahouse/lodge in Manang
Teahouse/lodge in Manang
Stupa in Manang
Stupa in Manang
Manang
photo by: siri