|Three supertrekking musketeers.|
Charles, Dave, and Ted crossing the (not so) mighty Marshyangdi.
Distance: 5 km (loop)
Elevation: 3550 m
Today was a day off. Since beginning the trek at sea level we had climbed nearly 550 vertical meters (1800 ft) per day and were hiking at over 3500 meters (11,500 ft). To help acclimatize we would spend an additional day and night in Manang, and with its pastries, coffees, and other city amenities, no one objected.*
A day off also meant laundry!
|Oh man, we can't wash our clothes in the toilet!?!|
|And to think that was exactly where we were going to wash them|
|Jesse's panty garden.|
Did Jesse break the rules and wash them in the toilet?
Did she find a washing machine? You'll never know.
Despite this Annapurna Sabbath we were actually denied a full day of rest. Shiba woke us up at dawn to see the sunrise and then marched us up to glacial point (3850 M) so we could further acclimatize. My arguments that the hike-high, sleep-low acclimatization strategy were not scientifically tested and were speculative were roundly rejected. So we hiked. The hike ended up being fun, after we walked through what appeared to be Manang's waste management area: basically a stream full of trash and waste-water. Gross. Afterwards we spent the rest of the day shuffling between the town’s three coffee shops and eating pastries. Bern would be proud.
|Crossing the Marshyangdi|
|Trudge trudge trudge|
(Yep, we're in the back)
|Still pulling up the rear. Bet you can't guess who the roadblock was?|
|A much needed rest (it was our rest day, after all) at the top|
|The view Jesse ignored while she slept|
|Inside the futbol-themed Manag movie theater.|
Despite the fire, it was clearly still freezing!
|Only three of us were permitted to enjoy this delectable movie snack|
|We were glad that the movie was not BYOFW (Bring Your Own Fire Wood)|
|The exposed brick here really added a little je ne sais qua|
|Huddling for warmth around the hotel's only stove|
|Nice view though|