At night in Manang it is even quieter than during the day. Nobody runs, nobody is interested. Accustomed to tents. Silence around. But you can’t look at the stars for a very long time, it’s fresh, and it’s very cozy in the sleeping bag.
I woke up at dawn, slept well, I recommend it to everyone! Even from the sleeping bag it was not too hard to crawl out. There are many washstands in the village, and you don’t even need to run to the river to get water. Ice cold water, class! I chewed on the remains of coconuts with hot tea and went out.
Sunny clear weather from the very beginning. For the start of the monsoon season – pure luck! At an altitude of 3500+, the snow season is more likely!) Kim stayed in Manang to acclimatize a day before going out to the lake, and I felt pretty good anyway, so I didn’t postpone the exit.
The lake is off the main trail. In warmer months, there is a through path beyond the pass, and if you have equipment, you can go through the snow. This was clearly not my case, I was not even sure about my shoes. Therefore, the plan was simple – to reach the parking lot under the lake, throw things into the tent there and run radially back and forth until evening.
On the way, there were tourists who caught a light miner and returned to Manang. Symptoms include headaches and discomfort. Everyone’s body reacts differently. If this is your first time in the mountains, it is better not to rush and be very attentive to your body.
The trail is not difficult, there are no steps with handrails like in the park, but it is also not possible to jump over the curtains through cracks and on the ice.
View inside one of the stupas on the way. The drawings are very old, the plots are interesting. You can arrange a separate tour of the temples for yourself.
From entertainment on the trail, a talus area. In fact, the first bulk in my experience. Two or three kilometers long. The trail is littered with stones and small stones are constantly falling from above.
I met several groups on the grain, all were walking from the lake. It is not recommended to pass such a meta in a group, especially where you need to go up or down serpentine one above the other. Here and without the help of people, stones fly well.
The view down from the trail is also impressive. Technically interesting you can stop if you roll down. If you can normally hack into the snow with sticks or an ice ax, then with stones it’s not so simple.
On the right in the photo is a camp under the lake, where I left my backpack and planned an overnight stay. The lake is on the right behind the ridge. You can get from the camp in a couple of three hours light.
The camp has a unique opportunity to relax and have a snack. For history, I photographed the prices in the cafe. The Nepalese rupee is about 60 kopecks.
The ram turtle is a local landmark. Looks great! The horned ones themselves do not let get bored on the loose, walking above the path and inadvertently moving stones.
The backpack remained in the camp, and everything you need with you! Sunscreen, which is desirable to be smeared every morning and sunglasses! Which I forgot to get out of my backpack. At an altitude of 4000+, snow from all sides and in sunny weather is crazy. You can catch night blindness at a time!
Tourists returning from the lake saved my eyes. I agreed to return the glasses already at the camp. Otherwise I would never have reached the lake or ruined my eyesight. They also warned that they were the last from the lake and there is no one there, you need to be 10 times more careful.
The trail is well-trodden, but slippery in places. The sun drowns the snow, a cloud passes and the snow freezes, and then again. The trail is in places like a skating rink. It would be nice to have crampons and trekking poles. And boots! good trekking boots!
With the lake, no luck, or lucky, is unclear. Covered in ice and snow, despite June. With an open lake, the picture would be completely different! But I was lucky with snowy peaks.
There are buildings upstairs. It is difficult to say their purpose at the discount. Either this is the upper camp, or there was a military base. They protect from the wind, anyway, so it’s a nice picnic spot. I had my cookie snickers with me.
It was necessary to return carefully. I had about an hour before the sun went out and I coped with this task! Down is much easier, although the path is more dangerous.
In the evening, the top of Annapurna swelled from the clouds. Looks good! It seems you can run along the ridge to the very top. This is a very big self-deception and the visible part of the mountain is not necessarily its highest point, and the path to it can lie through sharp changes in altitude, for example, through huge cracks.
Now you can see the mountain from all sides and not only the mountain but also its full-fledged model. Sitting warmly, plan the most suitable route or even routes and only then go to the top. Just a few decades ago, there were no such opportunities nearby, but what is there, many of the equipment were made by themselves and by hand! The chance of a successful ascent was incredibly small. And yet, people followed their dreams, and some even managed to go upstairs and come back. Glorious madmen 🙂