Back from Nepal ! We successfully hiked the Manaslu Circuit and crossed Larka Pass ( 5200 m ). I returned home full of new experiences and awesome impressions. And with 2000+ photos.
I am starting to upload the best ones to my flickr album ‘Nepal 2016‘.
Nepal is a very different country to what I had been used to so far and I admit I was a bit scared also when starting the trip. But I adapted well and meanwhile I can imagine to return and see different regions like the Anapurna Range or the Everest.
Our hike took 14 days and started at Arughat Bazar ( 650 m ). For many days we followed the river Buri Gandaki: many steps up and down to get to swing bridges to cross the river again and again. 1
0 days later we stood on top of Larke Pass. I got a bit of a headache when we climbed from 3400 to 3800 m but after following the advice of our mountain guide to not lay down but walk instead and after drinking some more water and tea I was fine and did not have any problems further on.
This was when we had reached Samdo. The next day we made a steep climb on top of Samdo Reak ( 4800 m ). This made me getting weak knees but at the end I made it to the summit.
We found many nice lodges and tea houses on our way, a few of course had been not so nice. After we had crossed Larka Pass a highlight of the tour was a rest day at Bimtang where we had perfect sunny weather and were surrounded by a breathtaking mountain landscape. And the next day when we hiked down into the rhododendron forest was a highlight as well.
Before and after the hike we stayed several days in the Greenwich Village Hotel in Kathmandu und had the opportunity to visit many exciting places in Kathmandu, like Pashupatinath, the old city of Bhaktapur, Swayambunath where Buddhas Eyes overlook Kathmandu, and the large stupa in Bodnath, unfortunately under construction after the big earthquake one year ago.
It has been an unforgettable trip and adventure !