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Day 30: Pisang to Manang

Day 30: Pisang to Manang

Another day of unspoilt views and un-interupted walking, as far as the walking took me, which yesterday was to Manang. The end of the road.

From here it’s up to the Tharong La pass.


Is a shopping meca in Himalayan terms. They seem to have used many years of trading with the passing traveller to build up a repertoire based on the hiking type.

Shame they couldn’t include the internet.

To say Manang had internet would be generous. If you came here thinking you’d be getting on the internet, you’d get a surprise.

It’s like the internet used to be in 1998. Shit speeds and always dropping out.

Still… The hotel was surprisingly warm. And I managed to fire a couple of postcards off from the High Himalayan style PO.

Woke after a sound nights sleep. Fiddled with the internet for 2 hours plus trying to get maps and other things to work.

Not going to bother with the images today. Suffice to say; I am alive and moving.

Now will be getting on my way.

Day 29: Timang -> Pisang

Day 29: Timang -> Pisang

Through the fruitfarms and glaciers…

Ascended 11,000ft yesterday and 15,000ft the day before.

It’s decidedly more nippy up here.

Had to sleep fully clothed last night.

Electricity and internet are both patchy here in Pisang. For that reason, Google Photos has only decided to upload a select few photos from my phone.

Not only that, but the electricity is patchy and the internet is dial-up speeds.

For that reason, onwards from here, I’m only going to do 2 photo’s one from the morning and one from the evening or afternoon.

Walk from Timang to Pisang

Along the ‘highway’. Very little traffic. A breeze in hiking terms.

Didn’t seem like I’d ascended 10,000ft, but it’s all there on Strava.

Visit the next page to see the best photos from the day.

I’m going to have to stop early on the next day for what they call acclimatization. This time, it actually will be acclimatization.

Thorong La pass is at 5,000m plus. Some people can’t handle that.

At the moment, I’m feeling fine.

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Day 28: Annapurna Circuit – Chemje -> Timang

Day 28: Annapurna Circuit – Chemje -> Timang

Felt good about stopping at Chemje. This is the point the trail departs from the dusty Himalyan highway, and takes it’s own route down the opposite side of the river. Stopping any earlier would have meant walking along the ‘highway’.

Spent most of the morning walking alongside the roaring Marsylangdi. Perty wild, to be sure.

Here on the other side of the mountains, the terrain and environment is much more alpine.

The walking is fairly easy compared to the ups and downs surrounding Chhomrong, Landruk and all the other places on the ABC trek.

So much so, I managed to achieve 15 miles!

Would have liked to have done more but found a nice spot here in Timang.

It’s very pretty here.

Kind of like a Swiss village.

Another pretty village is Tal. It’s a shame Lonely Planet tells you nothing about the best places to stay. I thought that’s what I was paying them for.

They recommend starting at Dharapani. I passed through there today.

Standard kind of affair. Tal is much better. I think I will be doing my own KML of the Annapurna Circuit and uploading it to Google Earth for people to download free, what’s there at the moment is useless.

Actually, thinking about Google and the way it just promotes spam nowadays, I’m not going to bother…. is a much better app for navigation.


Here’s some photo’s from the day.

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Day 26/27: Pokhara and Besi Sahar

Day 26/27: Pokhara and Besi Sahar

Pokhara you will be familiar with, if you’ve been reading the blog.

Besi Sahara less so. Besi Sahar is the gateway to the Annupurna Circuit Trek.

Having failed on my Annapurna Base Camp mission, I decided to return to base, get a couple more bits of kit, and attempt the similarly difficult, Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Map of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Map of Annapurna Circuit Trek

It’s a much longer trek. If you look closely at the map, you may be able to recognise some of my previous destinations in the centre bit.

I’ve got 16 days before I go back home.

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Day 25: Ghorepani -> Ullari

Day 25: Ghorepani -> Ullari

Guy in the hotel tells me ‘all down-hill’.

What relieving words to hear!

True as well. Apart from a few river valleys, it was all downhill.

Poon Hill

Very cloudy in the morning.

Didn’t bother with it. Some people come specifically for this, but I’ve seen enough.

I can’t believe the views of Annapurna and ‘Fish Tail’ mountain can be beaten by the ones I got from my hotel in Chhomrong.

As for the panorama, it was covered in cloud.

Had some breakfast at around 7, and hit the trail.

Easy mode.

Mountain Yaks - Annapurna
Mountain Yaks – Annapurna

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Day 24: Tadapani -> Gorepani

Day 24: Tadapani -> Gorepani

Ghorepani is the root of the ‘Poon Hill’ trek. A short trek which gives you a vantage point to some of the mountains I visited more closely on the ABC journey.

For this reason, I wasn’t really too bothered about it. Which was a good thing.

Tadapani -> Ghorepani was a straightforward affair, a few ups and downs’, nothing spectacular.

Easy walk comparatively.

Here’s some pictures from the day.

Ghorepani Poon Hill
Welcome to Poon Hill
Poon Hill Trek
Nice and cloudy
Tadapani - Annapurna National Park
View from Tadapani West

As you may be able to detect from the photo’s, it was a cloudy day.

All the better for making progress.

Day 23: Chhomrong -> Tadapani

Day 23: Chhomrong -> Tadapani

Up and down  a load of hills, and into the Jungle.

Tadapani is set on the ridge of a hill west of Chhomrong on the Kimrong River.

The weather is set to turn here in the park, so I don’t know how much longer I’ll be hanging around for.

Going to just do Poon Hill, one of the look out spots, then head off somewhere else.

Local ‘wine’ – Tadapani
The road to Tadapani
Road to Tadapani pt.2
View South across the Modi Valley from Chhomrong
View South across the Modi Valley from Chhomrong

Stopped in Tadapani.

Everything is double the price of what you might pay elsewhere in Nepal.