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.
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).