Had breakfast the next morning @ 0600H, together with a cuddy little puppy that joined us for breakfast too!
Just at the edge of the village is a tourist checkpost, where they checked for the ACAP permits.
Within 15 minutes the sun began to beat down on the road. This was to be the hottest day amongst all our treks. As we were on the west side of the river, there was no mountains to shade us.
We took breaks every 20 – 30 minutes from the heat in whatever shade we could find.
As we walked, the Tibetan influence became more pronounced. Violet painted walls began to reduce in frequency, and was replaced with the more punchy red, yellow and blues of the Tibetan culture. We came across our first Mani Wall, as well as a larger Mani Wheel.
With the sun battering down mercilessly, we took all the shortcuts. Instead of following the main road as it snaked across the hills, we detoured into the foliage and rejoined the road, cutting out some distance but mostly a lot of sun. We even had to hop across a stream during our detour.
Once we joined back the main road, we stopped to take a 10 minute break in some nice cool shade. XD At 0900H, we then started trekking again. The trail then rose considerably, mainly consisting of uneven rocks shaped roughly into a crude staircase of sorts. This lasted for about an hour. There were a couple of flatter spots in the area though, which we again took a break nibbling on a pomegranate.
At about 1000H we came across a villager’s hut, where while nibbling on some Mars & Snickers, I saw the Tibetan Hot Wheels car.
We had lunch at Temang, which we reached at approximately 1040H. Also had some local Chang (rice wine) which give a real nice buzz. XD
And yes, that is a huge chunk of butter.
From here on, Chame; the capital of Manang district is about 3 – 4 hours walk. Forks in the road are usually marked with signage but not always so.
The trail here then runs along a meadow with small logs used as fencing – very picturesque indeed.
At times the trail would be almost obliterated due to a landslide, and a new path made over it. This new path is usually much narrower, with nothing to stop you from falling right over.
The road then continues to slope downwards. At 1300H, we came across a hanging bridge. This marked the end of the downward slope, and right across the raving we could see the trail run right up the mountain straight to the peak! It was a tiring 15 minute slog back up, but was rewarded with one of the most cooling and windy spots along the entire Annapurna Circuit.
After a 10 minute break, we continued on. The trail was soon surrounded on both sides by wheat fields, swaying in the breeze.
The villagers were also taking the opportunity during the relatively hot and sunny summer to dry bales of hay, each stacked higher than the average person.
All too soon, by 1345H, we were back onto the dusty gravel road. To make matters worse, this time the road was mostly dry powdery sand, that billowed even when walked upon.
Along the road was evidence of Nepali graffiti – quite ingenious…
At 1420H we passed the village of Gompa, and finally reached Chame at 1450H.
Along the way to our lodge, we saw a porter carrying a fridge….
Dessert that night – pomegranate and apples. Oh, and Chang too. XDD
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