Sunday, July 10, 2011

Actually, Yes. It's Freezing Up Here! (Annapurna Circuit, Day Seven)

Excitement for our snack-break!
(for some of the team, others just look suspicious)
Date: April 28, 2011
Start: Manang
Finish: Chuli Ledar
Distance: 12 km
Elevation: 4200 M (climb 650 M)

We left Manang as the local people were tilling their land as they had for thousands of years.  By hand, with men driving bulls yoked with plows and women placing seeds of wheat, buckwheat, cabbage, carrot, and potato into the freshly tilled land.  I guess we know that our food during the hike was locally sourced.
Old-school

The road out of Manang
Our mid-morning (9 AM) snack break was an especially fun one.
Our official Supertrekkers team photo
I ruined a nice picture of Charles and Kate.
I did not waste my precious (and delicious) Thai re-hydration juice. 
Shiba posed like a supermodel
And we're on the road again...
The scenery remained impressive as we continued to walk higher and higher eventually passing the tree line.  We also saw our first yak.  Yakety-yakety yak!  They are big, hairy animals that look like shaggy cows.
Yak!
And his friend.
[JLM: Make me cheese!]
My favorite picture from the entire trek
(but you knew this because you've already seen it twice and in the banner)
Love a tree with some prayer flags
As our elevation increased, so did the wind
Young Nepali girl witha bow and arrow.
I asked if she was hunting yak.
She did not understand.
A few hours later we took lunch at the Ganga Purna Lodge’s delightful sunroom in Yak Kharka.
Sunny, but still not warm enough to eat without a hat
Kate digs into the last of our Manang pastries.  She rightly savors every bite.

Afterwards, we pressed on to Chuli Ledar.  As we continued to climb higher, the landscape became more stark and imposing.

Hello treeline, goodbye trees
The endless road

The bridge to Chuli Leder
Chuli Leder: Not the kinda place you would want to get stuck in a snowstorm.
Once we arrived we "checked-in" to the appropriately named Snowland Hotel.  Appropriate, because, as we sat in the unheated dining room (as opposed to the unheated bedrooms, or eeek, bathrooms [JLM: not that you could really "sit" in there anyway]) the snow started falling.  Canceling our hike-high, sleep-low (as if sleeping at 13,779 ft is low) it was a mixed blessing, because boy, it was coooooooold.  We huddled in all of our clothes, and snuggled together under surprisingly plush “Chinese” blankets (think thick, fleece-like velux material that comes from China).  And while the cleanliness of these blankets was suspect, there was no hesitation to dive beneath them at Hotel Snowland.  Especially since there were at least 3 layers of clothing between the blankets and our skin.

Jesse, Kate and Charles retreat to the library to read, under the Chinese blanket and in every piece of clothing they have.
Jesse has a real advantage in that she can turn the pages of her kindle with her mittens on.  
Happy hour at the Snowland Hotel meant wearing all of our clothes and
trying to warm up with large pots of hot tea.  Our favorite was ginger lemon.
The chinese blanket in our room at the Snowland Hotel.
Notice what appears to be a large bullet hole in the wall.
My letter to management went unanswered.

The shared bathroom at the Snowland Lodge, no need to linger in this one.
This also may be a good time to share some of the food that we enjoyed on the hike.  Here is a typical breakfast:

Ted and Charles: Two fried eggs sunnyside up, potatoes, chappati. Served cold.
Dave: same same, but with an omelet. Also served cold.
Jesse: two boiled eggs.  Served too hot to touch.
Jesse ate the whites.  Shiba ate the yolks.  Perfect sharing buddies.

1 comment:

  1. So fun! I love all of these pictures and you're making me yearn for Nepal all over again and those tea houses along the trekking routes (okay, well maybe not yearning for the cold rooms and layers of clothes on at every meal! :)

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