Today was our rest day but also acclimatization day, so not really a rest day. Breakfast was arranged for 08:30 to allow us to sleep in, but woke up about 07:00 so did some blogging. After our breakfast we started our day hike at 09:20. We walked out of Manang and crossed the Marsyangdi River and reached Gangapurna Lake around 09:50 where all the boys including Sudarshan and the porters skimmed rocks. Sudarshan then made a pile of rocks and we all had to have goes at throwing stones at it to topple it. It took quite a few goes until Ganesh finaly won the game. After enjoying our visit to the lake we left at 10:20 and had a very steep climb to the Chongkor Viewpoint with a café . It took us about an hour reaching the viewpoint around 11:20 but the views were fantastic again and we stayed quite a while. The youngsters went exploring further up one side and Vicki and I decided to walk up the track a little further which was a good choice as we were rewarded with a great view of the glacier and lake. We left around noon to make our way
back to hotel for lunch. This took longer than expected because we started seeing a lot of vultures flying around and when we got to the bottom, we could see many of them feasting on something. Mitch decided to go over to take photos so we waited for him to come back and didn’t have lunch until 13:30.
After lunch we were given the option of attending a free lecture on altitude sickness. It was conducted by a female New Zealand doctor who is working for the Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal and we found it very informative. The good outcome was that it convinced Krissy to start taking Diamox. The last days she has been suffering the symptoms but not telling any of us how bad it was. It was only after attending the talk that she realized she had to do something about it.
After that Vicki and I chatted to another Aussie, AJ, who is travelling the world for a year with his wife. They hiking the Annapurna Circuit but without a guide or porters. He also told us that most the teahouse do not charge for a room as long as you have at least
two meals, We then went exploring around the village and visited some of the shops. Even though we were told that things are more expensive as you travel higher, we found that some items were actually cheaper than in the cities. After that we returned to the hotel to relax before dinner at 18:30.
I tried Dhal Bhatt for the first time and it wasn’t bad but I probably won’t get it again. Sudarshan has advised us to stick to a vegetarian diet whilst in the mountains so it’s been a challenge for me. If we don’t finish our meals Sudarshan is also worried that we will not have enough fuel for the next day’s trek. Before dinner, the others, including Sudarshan played Uno and then Sudarshan did some card tricks which was very entertaining. Vicki was feeling quite tired today so went to bed early and the rest of us stayed a little longer before going to our rooms.
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