The Annapurna Circuit III

Reaching Manang on the circuit is a bit of a milestone; high enough and comfortable enough to take a couple of nights there and also interesting enough that there are several day trips in the area. From there the only way is up…

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The views continue to amaze
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Prayer flags always add vibrance to a landscape that starts to lose colour the higher you go
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Looking back down into the valley you can see the progress made over the past few days
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Not a bad spot to stop for a milk coffee and cinnamon roll
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Buddhist stone inscriptions are found everywhere
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If you ever wanted to see the inside of a Himalayan kitchen here you go! My awkwardness is because the owner grabbed my camera and insisted he take a photo of me

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I was hiking alone at this point so…selfie time. Yes apparently I now am the type of guy that wears a bandana (it is very practical actually)
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Greeted in Manang
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Although not without some suspicion from the locals
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More of those prayer inscriptions
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After spending a day hiking alone I rejoined my trekking buddies. Here Diana befriends a local dog
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He was in dire need of some TLC
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Himalayan fun and games
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A day hike to acclimatize
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Locals hard at work
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Team Purple Haze Cocktail

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The small monastery at Milarepa Cave. An ascetic monk lived here and ate only nettles which apparently turned him green
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After a second night in relative luxury in Manang it was time to climb higher. I said goodbye to the team as they were taking a side trek to Tilicho Lake for which I unfortunately didn’t have the time. Here locals spin the prayer wheels
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Prayer wheels can usually be found at the ends of the villages. Some of the wheels themselves are just used tin cans (left versus right) but as long as it spins and contains the prayers inside I guess it’s enough
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Traffic jam
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Great spot to relax over morning coffee
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At this point as the great views were literally behind me so I often stopped, turned round and took photos
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Inside a guesthouse where I stopped for lunch. The stove was not on
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My room in Letdar. Not pictured: the hardest bed ever
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Light fading over Letdar. Once the sun was down it started to get dark but this was the night of the supermoon so darkness didn’t last for long
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I’ve never seen such a strong shadow at night. Always reminds me of Moonshadow by Cat Stevens
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I was hoping that high up at altitude and away from light pollution would allow me to see an amazing amount of stars but then there was a supermoon. Instead I could appreciate the moon illuminating the landscape and the mountains so clearly. That was pretty special

Next up: The Literal and Figurative High Point of the Trek

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