Day 5: Chame – Upper Pisang (3310 m)

Sun was shining on this local donkey from Chame.
Sun was shining on this local donkey from Chame.
Prayer flags and a stupa
Prayer flags and a stupa
The only really well kept buildings in the mountains were the Stupas. This is a particularly beautiful example with an amount of detail that reminded me of the decorations of catholic churches
The only really well kept buildings in the mountains were the Stupas. This is a particularly beautiful example with an amount of detail that reminded me of the decorations of catholic churches
Behind us were the beautiful views of the now slowly disappearing but still majestic Manaslu.
Behind us were the beautiful views of the now slowly disappearing but still majestic Manaslu.
Christian and Colt on the road.
Christian and Colt on the road.
Always remember to walk past the left side of the prayer wheels. One has to turn the clockwise in order not to undo previous prayers.
Always remember to walk past the left side of the prayer wheels. One has to turn the clockwise in order not to undo previous prayers.
On the way to Upper Pisang (3310 m) enormous cliffsides started rising from the river.
On the way to Upper Pisang (3310 m) enormous cliffsides started rising from the river.
These were so big that we considered if this was the socalled "Swarga Dwar"
These were so big that we considered if this was the socalled “Swarga Dwar”
Turning a corner we suddenly had this huge wave shaped cliff aheaf of us. It is called the Paungda Danda and rises 1500m straight up from the river. It is hard to understand how nature could create this spectacular cliffformation.
Turning a corner we suddenly had this huge wave shaped cliff aheaf of us. It is called the Paungda Danda and rises 1500m straight up from the river. It is hard to understand how nature could create this spectacular cliffformation.
The whole surface was entirely smooth. Locals call it the "Gateway to Heaven", in Nepali the "Swarga Dwari". It is believed by locals that spirits of the deceased must ascend this wall of rock.
The whole surface was entirely smooth. Locals call it the “Gateway to Heaven”, in Nepali the “Swarga Dwari”. It is believed by locals that spirits of the deceased must ascend this wall of rock.
One could have a cup of tea with a view - unfortunaly we were in a hurry. The sun was goind down soon.
One could have a cup of tea with a view – unfortunaly we were in a hurry. The sun was goind down soon.
Once again the Swarga Dwari this time from a suspension bridge above the Marshyangdi.
Once again the Swarga Dwari this time from a suspension bridge above the Marshyangdi.
In the right end of the picture is once again the Swarga Dwari. Behind the mountains in the left end the sun would soon set. Everything just came together making it the  maybe most astonishing experience of the entire trip.
In the right end of the picture is once again the Swarga Dwari. Behind the mountains in the left end the sun would soon set. Everything just came together making it the maybe most astonishing experience of the entire trip.
Quite suddenly the sky turned enirely red (actually yellow and orange). Sometimes you just walk and walk watching only your feet and then look up to see something like this.
Quite suddenly the sky turned enirely red (actually yellow and orange). Sometimes you just walk and walk watching only your feet and then look up to see something like this.
Even though one couldn't see the sun this was the most beautiful sunset I ever saw. To top it off here it is with beautiful people, from the left: Colt, Abhi, Jacqueline, Mees and Christian.
Even though one couldn’t see the sun this was the most beautiful sunset I ever saw. To top it off here it is with beautiful people, from the left: Colt, Abhi, Jacqueline, Mees and Christian.
Communist propaganda.
Communist propaganda.
Just before darkness fell looked like  the entire sky was on fire. We ended up climbing all the way to Upper Pisang in the dark searching for our accomodation.
Just before darkness fell looked like the entire sky was on fire. We ended up climbing all the way to Upper Pisang in the dark searching for our accomodation.

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