Upper Pisang to Braga, then acclimatization day climbing to Ice Lake and back to Braga. Description of days can be found in https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uh-wD04l6mhOLv31VYfJKgfOHxckXzAQWAmdFIqGsaQ if interested –
Same mountains, different light. Pretty neat.
Later the light and clouds have changed the views
A prayer wall along the way
Cool stones in the wall
Messages, pictures written on stone tablets in the wall. Neat stuff.
Inside the wall
Looking back to Upper Pisang
A little zoomed in to Upper Pisang – really dug into the side of the hill!
Mandy and the mountains
An old ruin along the way
This is supposedly a boarding school, looks very monastery-like
We had to cross this bridge. It was not quite as unstable as it looks… but close.
From the tea house
This is the yak dung heap behind the tea house rental rooms – under Tanja and Matthias’ room window…yuck! (Yak dung is used as a fuel to heat common rooms, especially at higher altitudes where lumber is scarce)
The temple on the hill at Braga
View from the temple
dude in the temple
this buddhist temple has manuscripts supposedly over 500 years old.
the temple was built on a steep hill, with many tiers, they had hollowed out logs with steps cut in to get up and down levels. Not easy to use!
Tanja, Mandy, the temple, and beautiful mountains
I call this one umbrella Buddha
There was a lot of cold rain yesterday – when we woke up we found that the snow line had moved ominously downward… only a few thousand feet up on the mountains behind the hotel
fresh snow on the lower slopes… not a lot, but a concern since we had another ~6,000 feet to climb to cross the Thorung La pass.
Town of Braga on the way to Ice Lake
Buddhist bad boy (don’t know what they are called) on the way to the Lake. Awesome view though
Mandy making her way up to Ice Lake. That’s the valley we’ve climbed up from below. Wicked!
Mandy, Matthias, and Mountains (the 3 M’s)
Wildlife on the way up. These guys are at home in the mountains!
Looking back to the valley floor
The trekkers at the top!!
Ice lake… not very Icy. But pretty chilly!
The other way view
happy hikers and the ice lake
The trail back down with some clouds moving in.
We could use a hang glider now
Us trekkers rounding the ridge, clouded in high peaks in distance. Still great.