Day 5, Bhratang to Lower Pisang

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Start - Finish

Bhratang - Lower Pisang

Alttude - Ascent

2850 Metres - 3200 Metres - 350 Metres

Distance - 12 Kilometres


Breakfast was even earlier today. In agreance with Marco the Italian, we wanted to be on the road by 07:00. Slightly late, we left behind Marco and his porter. We agreed to meet at Lower Pisang, or, even see him on the track as there was really nobody else. According to our notes, it is mostly up to Bhratang, and as we were already there, we knew today would be easier. As we walked along the track, we came to a bridge. We looked up to the left and there was a huge , and I actually mean fucking huge slab of rock. The LP states that it is there due to glacial erosion, but our notes call it the Oble Dome, and the spirits of dead Buddhists are meant to ascend the rock onto their final resting place in Tibet. Preffering this version, we trudged over the bridge, and straight up a hill. The slab never disappeared, it was that big, and as we walked, we ended up in a forest that had prayer flags all over it. It was quite nice and we also found our first snow on the ground. As we made our way to the top of the hill, we found Marco having a rest. It was a good place to strip off of some layers and to have a break. After 5 minutes, we moved onto Duhkre Puhkre. A new village. All the buildings were made of wood, and you could see that there was going to be no forest left soon !!! As we walked out, one of the guides from the Exodus caught us. He was going to procure a hotel for his group. We walked together for half an hour, discussing the future of the Annapurna Circuit. Unlike Marco's porter, he thought it was good that we were trekking on our own, as the track is so easy, you can not get lost. As we were walking, the track became covered in ice and snow. Snow was everywhere from the big dump that they had had recently. He left us as we arrived into Lower Pisang. We walked all the way to the end of the village and settled on the Pisang Peak Hotel. Fucking Marco, was the first in for a shower. We were worried that him being Italian, would use all of the solar hot water !!! Once he was done, Lucy and I had showers for the first time since the opening day !!! It was so good to be clean again. We did not now when this would happen again !!! After lunch, we took a stroll up the hill to Upper Pisang. Really old village, with loads of little laneways. Up at the top was a monastery, at 3400 metres. We were invited in to watch a Buddhist ritual going on. They were banging drums and blowing on these huge horns and chanting. Really relaxing. We were also fed little snacks. It was very impressive. We left a donation and walked back down. Half way down, I realised I had left my bag in the monastery, I ran back up, and it was still sitting in the same place. If this was the west, or maybe even South East Asia, I would have lost it !!! On the way back down, we ran into the Exodus group. 14 Poms. They were so amazed that we were trekking on our own and were worried about our safety !!! The walk had been a good one that day, and as a reward, the hotel gave us yak to try. It was really nice and we decided that when we get to Manang, we will be eating yak !!! Out of our bedroom window, the view was beautiful, all the way to the Oble Dome. As each day passed, the views were getting better and better

Breakfast - Porridge

Lunch - Dal Baht

Dinner - Fried Noodles and Potato Curry
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