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  • Dharmasala - Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    Manaslu reveals herself to us again this time her northern aspect A truly awesome icefall is one of the features of this complex giant We trek on gradually gaining the elevation to arrive at Dharmashala 4460m at about 11 30 We were fortunate enough to get rooms in this overcrowded trekking stop Our rooms are in a long stone and mud structure with a metal roof Most of th e

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  • Trek to Samdo - Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    Manaslu Himal one of the worlds 14 8000 meter plus peaks After 3 hours and 15 minutes in cool sunny weather with blue skies we reached the rustic village of Samdo at 3875 meters We checked into our teahouse and after lunch some trekkers explored the trails around the village Some hiked up into the hills to gain views of t Larka pass at 5160 meters This would be one

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  • Trek to Sama gau - Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    many of them bring their small children as well We had a great view of Mt Manaslu for most of the day its double peak covered in snow Along our way we came across a large herd of approximately 100 yaks many of them cooling off in a steep stream I found them to be beautiful animals strong and not afraid of people We soon reached Shyala village an area with lots of construction of new lodges and schools We saw very few locals as they were busy harvesting in the fields however about a dozen children greeted us with smiles and announcing Namaste as usual they were looking for handouts I noticed that the villages now have more barns for animals which now are mostly yaks and horses No more goats but still some chickens around Sama Gaon is in a valley surrounded by the most majestic mountains some covered with snow and others showing rocky peaks A helicopter was noticed entering the village and soon leaving again The warm early afternoon sun was a great opportunity for many of us to do some washing We then headed off to explore the oldest monastery in the area Some of the buildings were close to 500 years old The Buddhas were in the process of being epainted what an amazing job to have I thought The monastery is still being used by monks who live in the surrounding stone homes We then continued walking to the base of Lake Birendra a beautiful moraine at the base of Mt Manaslu We were greeted with beautiful blue water and old glaciers above The sun soon slipped behind the mountains and it turned cold quickly and we returned to our home for the night in Sama Gaon Overall this has been an unbelievably

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  • Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    by two other gold figures Every available wall space inside is painted with colourful iconography and the ceiling entirely covered with mandalas including one with swastikas of the Bön religion of Tibet Two hundred monks live there and friendly and curious schoolchildren got out for recess while we were there They spoke English well enough to converse a bit before being summoned back to class by some rhythmic gong strikes Not only did we have superb mountain scenery today there was clear blue sky until the late afternoon We observed many men and women harvesting barley by sickle Potatoes are grown and harvested in the same fields A woman sold her apples along the trail Terraced golden barley fields hemmed by stone fences and brown pastures for cows formed a lovely pastoral mosaic along the Buri Gandaki valley The river has much reduced from the torrent of only yesterday and we no longer hear its roar all night Today s hiking was quite easy with an elevation gain of 550 m We passed a few mani walls shrines with prayer wheels and there was the usual traffic of locals trekkers and mule trains on the trail We had decided to

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  • Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    trek to Deng had it all Our Canadian and UK contingent enjoyed the hospitality of our Nepalese guides porters and villagers as we trekked the 9 hours over the excellent trails with a several other trekkers from various countries Once again our accommodations at Deng are excellent and the comraderie during meal time adds to the enjoyment of the trip An excellent day and a fantastic introduction to the Himalayan

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  • Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    the Budhi Gandaki river narrow gorges with the sound of Cicadas in our ears The vegetation had changes from yesterday less bamboo and no longer any banana trees A bit cooler than yesterday and less humanity After around 2 hours we came across a hot spring called Hot Spring Tatapani and shortly thereafter we crossed the river to the eastern bank via a short suspension bridge of dubious construction with a timber deck followed by a steep climb to a lunch of egg fired rice with chapatti at Soli Bati 892m After lunch we descended back to the river and an hour later we crossed a tributary to the river over across a metal suspension bridge of 93m This was followed by a shorter suspension bridge which took us back to the western bank of the river We were scheduled to stay at Jagat but in fact stopped about an hour later at 15 00 at the Budhi Gandaki Guest House around 1 km short of Jagat Chris arrived only slightly knackered For any Canadians that require translation see below Washing was done and then dinner which was interrupted by a downpour of monsoon proportions Huddling in front of the

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  • Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    up trying to sleep and tried to figure out how I was going to stay dry from the rain without drowning from perspiration on the inside of my Goretex clothing I wasn t sure if it was possible Probably the Nepalese have it right Just be prepared to get wet after all your skin is mostly waterproof and eventually you will dry off However by the time breakfast was over the rain mostly was too I did start out with gaiters and rain pants but the heat soon persuaded me to remove both and go back to shorts The humidity is what I imagine I d encounter in a Turkish steam bath The track was along the river up and down and around to avoid various rock features A few long and quite spectacular suspension bridges were along our path one in particular crossed a nice high gorge I was thankful that it was one of the sturdy wire cable and metal variety I ve seen pictures of the other kind Lunch was at Maccha Koli We Canadians were amused to find that this translated to Peace River So there Alberta An easy walk delivered us to Khola Besi The

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  • Alpine Club of Canada Saskatchewan Section - Annapurna, Manaslu Trek and Chulu West Climb 2013
    late on Wednesday After breakfast we mustered in the lobby for a last talk with Wongchu Sherpa He gave us specific instructions stay together go slow and listen to your main guide Pasang Sherpa He gave us these instructions many times just in case we were not paying attention The bus ride out of Kathmandu was uneventful The adventure started when we left the main highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara and turned north towards Arughat The road was narrow real narrow single car garage narrow But that did not seem to deter buses Lorries and the odd four by four from heading up know the same were heading down So up we go twisting and turning on a dirt track much like logging roads in BC only narrow Passing other buses was well interesting It reminded me of porcupines courting slow deliberate and with lots of communication taking place When we met other buses coming down invariably on a corner of course we would negotiate a short dance Usually we moved left but not always Sometimes we move forward sometimes not Backwards was not infrequent But we always got past with no injury no fouls words and no fear Ok

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