Day 6: Upper Pisang – Manang (3540 m)

Just a few stairs from our accomodation there was the temple of Pisang. We arrived in the dark the day before so we didn't we didn't know what to expect. It turned out we had gone too far up and we had  to go back down for a while to find the right route to Manang.
Just a few stairs from our accomodation there was the temple of Pisang. We arrived in the dark the day before so we didn’t we didn’t know what to expect. It turned out we had gone too far up and we had to go back down for a while to find the right route to Manang.
Looking in the other direction from the temple was the Pisang Peak of 6091 m.
Looking in the other direction from the temple was the Pisang Peak of 6091 m.
Both the temple and the Pisang Peak are visible here. All of these photos were taken at 07 in the morning.
Both the temple and the Pisang Peak are visible here. All of these photos were taken at 07 in the morning.
Photo of the Dalai Lama hanging on the wall of the livingroom at the "Himalayan Hotel" lodge.
Photo of the Dalai Lama hanging on the wall of the livingroom at the “Himalayan Hotel” lodge.
The woman who cooked for us in Upper Pisang.
The woman who cooked for us in Upper Pisang.
On the way to Ghyaru (3670 m) there was this small green lake in the valley.
On the way to Ghyaru (3670 m) there was this small green lake in the valley.
We had to clime about 320m in one reach and at the same time passing the 3500m limit, entering the region defined as "very high altitude".
We had to clime about 320m in one reach and at the same time passing the 3500m limit, entering the region defined as “very high altitude”.
Reaching 3670, the highest point of our journey this far, we had lunch at this place. Even better they had very good apples.
Reaching 3670, the highest point of our journey this far, we had lunch at this place. Even better they had very good apples.
Wind was getting picking up around 12 and eventually it got very cold.
Wind was getting picking up around 12 and eventually it got very cold.
Everything here had to be carried all the way from Chame or Manang: a snickers here was rp 180 as opposed to Manang where it was rp 90. We called it the "snickers index": an expression for how far you are from the civilised world.
Everything here had to be carried all the way from Chame or Manang: a snickers here was rp 180 as opposed to Manang where it was rp 90. We called it the “snickers index”: an expression for how far you are from the civilised world.
It was very cold and the sky was very blue.
It was very cold and the sky was very blue.
An impression of the entire view at Ghyaru.
An impression of the entire view at Ghyaru.
Many places, usually nearby villages or pilgramage sites, there were carved, sometimes painted, rocks like these. The carvings were in Tibetan stating a Buddhist Mantra or Sutra.
Many places, usually nearby villages or pilgramage sites, there were carved, sometimes painted, rocks like these. The carvings were in Tibetan stating a Buddhist Mantra or Sutra.
Often we crossed a small waterfall on the trail. If any animals crossed they would stop for a drink.
Often we crossed a small waterfall on the trail. If any animals crossed they would stop for a drink.
After climbing Ghyaru we had to go all the way back down again. We would end the day in Manang, but at this point we weren't even halfways and it was already 15:40 in the afternoon.
After climbing Ghyaru we had to go all the way back down again. We would end the day in Manang, but at this point we weren’t even halfways and it was already 15:40 in the afternoon.
We crossed the chorten somewhere close to Ngawal, which still wasn't even halfways to Manang, at about 16:00. We dicided to take the short route from here but somehow we got lost and ende up on the long one anyway. This was our longest day walking a total of about 11 hours with only about 1,5 hrs break.
We crossed the chorten somewhere close to Ngawal, which still wasn’t even halfways to Manang, at about 16:00. We dicided to take the short route from here but somehow we got lost and ende up on the long one anyway. This was our longest day walking a total of about 11 hours with only about 1,5 hrs break.

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