Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Annapurna Circuit Part 3 (Thorung Phedi - Thorung La - Muktinath/Ranipauwa)

~~~~~ Day 11 ~~~~~

Trekking Day 09

Thorung Phedi - Thorung La - Muktinath/Ranipauwa

Trekking Information
Trekking Time Today: 7 1/4 Hours
~ Thorung Phedi (4450m) - Thorung La (5416m): 210 Minutes
~ Thorung La (5416m) - Ranipauwa (3700m): 220 Minutes

New friends heading up Thorung La pass together
From left: Me, Sylvia and Peter (Netherlands), Mark (Ireland) and Paola (Italy)

And of cos Jose (Spain) who I have met a few times already along the Annapurna Circuit =)

Starting the climb towards High Camp in the morning mist

Almost at cloud level

Mini ice glacier

Reaching High Camp

And looking down towards High Camp

Most parts of trekking routes are quite obvious

Yakawa Kang (6482m) appearing in the mist

And also Thorung Ri (6144m)

Jose having a pose while putting on more gloves

Mark and Paola on a small wooden bridge

Trekking between snow-covered slopes

Getting closer to Thorung Ri

Great view of Putrun Himal (6465m) and Genjang (6111m) as clouds subsided

Putrun Himal, Genjang and Chulu West under the blazing sun

Surrounded by mountains!

Teahouse near Thorung Ri

Clouds come and go

Good views of Syagang (6026m) and Thorung Ri (6144m)

Looking back at the great panorama of Putrun Himal, Genjang and Chulu West

Feels great to be up here!

Almost as high as the mountains!

You can even see Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III in the distance

Me and Mark feeling absolutely euphoric

Chased by an avalanche?

Trails between snows and ices

Close up view of Thorung Ri

And Yakawa Kang

Finally stretch to Thorung La pass!

You can finally see prayer flags in the distance!

Finally, reaching Thorung La! I was already tearing with joy =)

Top of Thorung La pass, marked with prayer flags

New height achieved in my life, 5416m!

A little teahouse on top of Thorung La pass for the tired and cold trekkers

Thorung Ri thru prayer flags

Looking towards Muktinath

Israelis trekkers dancing with joy

Not forgetting to take some pictures with my new friends

Last look at Thorung La pass and its teahouse

Long descend towards Muktinath

Good views of Thorong Ri and Khatung Kang from different angles

Good panorama view of mountains towards Muktinath

Close up view of another awesome eight thousander Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche (6920m) and Dhaulagiri II (7751m)

Admiring some wonderful sceneries

Dwarfed by mountains

Getting all airborne!

Long descent towards Muktinath and good view of the valleys

First settlements after Thorung La pass

Awesome landscape of Muktinath and towards Upper Mustang restricted area

Welcome to Muktinath!

Looking down onto Muktinath and Ranipauwa

A scared hill behind Muktinath with prayer flags leading up to the peak

Overview of Muktinath Temple complex beneath the hill

Reaching Muktinath proper thru its stone gateway

Little statues in walls of stone gateway

Entrance to Muktinath Temple complex, a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists

Sangdo Gompa, which used to be residence of Muktinath Lamas

Shiva Parvati Mandir Temple surrounded by 4 smaller temples, each dedicated to Vishnu, Rama, Krishna and Ganesh

Vishnu Temple, central temple of the complex

108 brass water spouts behind Vishnu Temple

To bath under freezing water of all 108 spouts is said to bring salvation to Hindus

A serene feeling of isolation

Another peek at Upper Mustang landscape

A local weaving

A Tibetan Monastery in Ranipauwa

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I remember the descent from the pass- just incredible views! Thanks so much for posting. Was there in 2001, now I'd like head back there a second time :)