|Stupa in Upper Pisang|
Distance: 19 kmElevation: 3550)
With a long day ahead of us we started early, and after 45 minutes of relatively flat walking we had a hard 2 hour uphill hike. Switchback after switchback after switchback. Finally, we reached Ghyaru and took a well-deserved snack break. Snickers, almonds, peanuts, and even Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies were broken out to celebrate the successful 470 meter (1542 ft) climb.
|The Marshyangdi river from our new, and much higher, vantage point.|
This young Nepali can't believe that we hiked all that way before 8 AM!
|After the switchbacks come the steps|
I know how she's feeling, and she does those steps every day.
|Ghyaru flying its colorful prayer flags.|
Look at me eyeing the backpacks with our bounty of snacks.
|Ted and Charles get artistic in the high altitude.|
|The view from Ghyaru|
|My and Charles's lunch of swiss rosti (pan-fried mashed potatoes |
with a sprinkling of yak cheese) and a heaping plate of mashed potatoes.
|A little uphill|
|A little downhill|
|And rarely, but gloriously, flat|
Outside Manang, Nepal.
|And I immediately demanded the entire group stop for these fellows|
(after a brief investigation of all three of the town's bakeries)
Not pictured: the delicious Illy latte that accompanied the pastries.
And did I mention that our hotel served Mexican food? It did, and serves it up in a Chili’s-style cast-iron skillet! The sizzling platter was filled with onions, potatoes, and canned mushrooms along with a fresh flour tortilla, and Mexican rice (a somewhat surprising concoction of rice, diced carrots, and ketchup). The food tasted good and slid down easily. Less excitingly, it slid out even easier.
|Double less excitingly: All things had to slide into that.|
At the end of the night, and with the next day a hike-free acclimatization day, we celebrated Danny and Darren’s 30th birthdays. We headed to the local bar, where, to my great surprise they sold Red Label, Black Label, and most shockingly, Green Label. The prices were equally surprising. Red, $5.36, Black $5.64; and Green $6.43. Needless to say, the Green Labels were especially delicious.