Friday, 19 October 2012

101. A short walk in the Himalayas - Part 3: Around the Annapurnas

Our final Himalayan stroll was the classic trekking route of the Annapurna circuit. Covering about 200 kilometres in 18 days, we climbed up alongside the Marshyangdi river valley to Manang and then over the rarefied heights of Thorung La, one of the world's highest mountain passes at 5416 metres or 17769 feet to the Kali Gandaki river and then followed the sacred river downstream before some final days climbing to the Himalayan viewpoint at Poon Hill and returning to Pokhara.

Turning the prayer wheels 

 At the Buddhist monastery in Upper Pisang

 Upper Pisang village

Recycled prayer wheels 

 Yak near Manang


 Some snow on the climb to Thorung La pass (5416 m)

My 16 year old boots get decommissioned the day after the pass 

Jhong village, near Muktinath 

Yak caravan

 Modern yak

Kali Gandaki river near Kagbeni 


Kagbeni post office 


Dust makers 

 Drying grains on the roof

Sunrise - view from Poon Hill of Dhaulagiri and the valley towards Jomsom

Pokhara, Nepal