Day 108: Pass crossings and glimpses of Manaslu and the mighty Annapurna range

Posted on 12 Jun 2017

Following our acclimatisation we progressed further up the valley through pleasant grazing pastures with occasional glimpses of the snow capped mountains and impressive waterfalls. Our next camp was just beyond Samdo village on pasture looking down the valley, in the afternoon a short acclimatisation walk took us up to 4,000m.

The next morning we trekked up to the base camp for the Larke La pass and settled in for a restful afternoon in preparation for the pass (5,100m) crossing. We were however entertained by visits from blue sheep and young Yaks.

The ascent to the pass was gradual and our pace was measured but we reached the prayer flags a little while before midday. All the way up we had perfect weather and stunning views of the mountains and glaciers on both sides. The descent from the pass was initially on a path down steep and loose moraine and gradually eased towards the treeline as we approached the settlement of Bimtang and our campsite which had the most spectacular views all around including glimpses of Manaslu.

The following morning we descended through pine forest following the line of the valley for a full day eventually reaching our campsite in the grounds of a lodges in Daraphani where the odd cold beer was consumed after a long hot day on the trail.

We then commenced a steady climb up the Marshyandi valley along a track, crossing a wooded ridge and then following the line of the river to Kodo where we camped in the grounds of a lodge. The following day we continued along the trail into the Annapurna Valley through Chame via an overnight stop just outside the village of Pisang and progressed towards the administrative capital of the region at Manang where we camped alongside the river and explored the village with its rich Tibetan heritage and more modern facilities such as a "cinema", many lodges and Trekkers shops. The Annapurna mountains teased us with only occasional glimpses of snow towards their summits but we look forward to a clear view over night and early morning.

Ian, Martin, Matt, Urdu, Lydia, Brian and TL Bikash Rana

Our cook for this Stage has been Rajan Rai and our Sirdar is Nawang.

**Note from World Expeditions: The blog above was sent on 9 June, before climbing the Thorong Pass. The pic included was sent after though without a full report. And it was too good not to include! We hope to bring you a Thorong Pass blog update soon.** 

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