Lower Pisang To Manang

on Tuesday, 20 April 2010

We get up this morning and after deciding the night before we are going to take the upper pass to Manang which is apparently much more beautiful but also means a steep climb up and back down instead of an easy flat route. We are having some breakfast and notice out the window three young kids running towards the edge of the river, we think they are just playing and are just commenting on how cute they are when the first two suddenly drop their trousers and pants and squat over the side, while the third proceeds to urinate between the them over the edge. We all start laughing and noticing us up in the window, one of them stands up turns around and proceeds to give us a big moony. It's a long day today and it takes us 7.5 hours to get to Manang. The upper pass was well worth it and the views are amazing and can see Annapurna 2 and 3. I have a look around Manang and find some apple crumble which we decide we will try out later. This is quite a posh hostel, run by a photographer and is one of te nicer places we have stayed. Manang is at 3500m so the next day we have an acclimatization day and just have a short trek to a nearby glacier, for the first time we won't have to carry our bags.