Annapurnas at the sunrise from Upper Pisang
Early wake-up, because today we are going to take the upper route to Manang. Breakfast at 6:15 after which we are ready to go. It has been freezing during the night and it's cold in the morning. The first one hour is moderate climb through the pine forest. The ascend to Ghyary village takes one hour and it's steep climb. But the views from the Ghyary are fantastic towards the Annapurna massive. The day is hot and beautiful. This part of the route has one of the most beautiful views to the snow capped mountains of Annapurna range.
After short tea break we head to Ngawal village and have lunch there after 5 hours trekking. There's still Holiday hotel, where I and Frank were sleeping in our first Annapurna trek 10 years ago. The price of the room has gone up from 20 rupees to 200 rupees.
Frank, do you still remember this Holiday Hotel at Ngawal :)
The last leg to Manang feels endless, but before 4PM we arrive to Manang and stay at Tilicho hotel. At Manang I'll meet my colleague from Poland and we'll chat for awhile at bakery enjoying hot chocolate and buns. We are going to Tilicho Tal lake and they are heading towards the Thorung La pass next day.
Altitude : 3500 m, Trekking time: 9 hours, total climb 1600 m