From Braga up and over the Thorung La pass ending in Ranipauwa. Detailed log here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gwj7mWc0mNJIJXzBtIVpAAT7G3sSoxs-7pOe64cqXHc/edit?usp=sharing.
We woke up to…snow. But the smiles are still there!
Not much of a view of the Himalayas…
Mandy passing a chorten.
Our $4 yak wool gloves which saved us much pain!
See if you can find the yak…he’s camouflaged himself with snow…
Mandy disappearing into the storm
Suspension bridge. Snowing hard at this point the camera can’t focus!
Our lodgings…Mandy with a “I’m cold and wet” frown!
Believe it or not, this is the same day as all that snow, just late in the afternoon.
Waking up to a clear morning and Annapurna III
Mandy on the trail
Mandy on another loooong suspension bridge
Mandy getting a yak to pose with Po
Po with yak…
Looking back towards Annapurna III
Mandy passing a yak who picked the trail as the best spot to rest
A popular resting spot with a view
Very steep canyon we were hiking through
How many wild sheep(?) can you find? (think there might be 8)
Mandy on the trail
Looking up the steep side
this was a dangerous section with rocks tumbling down the slopes frequently. Up ahead can just see the yellow top of the pack of a porter that is waiting for our group to signal to him that it’s OK to “run” across the area.
Early morning on pass day! Mandy contemplating the steep climb towards the High Camp
Annapurna III in the early light
Some king of Ptarmigan or something of the like
The high camp (15,900 feet)
Mandy catching a rest at the high camp
Onward we go!
A rest enjoying the view
Long cut going down the mountain. Pretty neat has to be glacial in origin I’d think.
Mandy tromping through the snow along the cut
Where’s the top of the pass!?
Nice views as we go up.
Mandy and mountains
These posts were placed supposedly after the 2014 snowstorm disaster that claimed the lives of many trekkers on this route
tea house at the summit (there’s no lodging I don’t think – even though it’s called “hotel” restaurant…It’s not that big…)
Don’t think that tiny building is a hotel…but it does have a nice view
prayer flags and pass sign. 5416 meters or 17,777 feet altitude!
We made it!
Po made it too!
Other side of the pass. Much different climate we would discover
Tea house, pass from a rise above (I want to get to 18,000 feet )
This puppy is a 20,000 foot mountain next to the pass. There was a guy trying to climb it while we were here
Mandy and the mountain take 2
Coming down the 5,600 feet descent on the far side of the pass. Some tea houses below for a quick rest a welcome sight!
Goats or sheep or something else(?)
Not sure what these 2 horses are doing but they were blocking the trail. We gave them a wide berth!