Monday, July 22, 2013

Mini-trek pics

Perhaps the smallest plane I've yet been in  Farewell, Kathmandu! The beautiful lake at Pokhara, in the off-seasonAfter the first burst of climbing, the valley following us upNot much to see at Pothana ... ... except rain-bejeweled spider webs Long-tailed ferns on a rainy forest trailLandslide-devastated trail At Landruk, the rain stops and some mountain shapes emerge A trekking map shows the sights and trailsDown through rice terraces toward the other side of the valley
The rain-swollen Modi Khola river The view back to Landruk from the other side A rainbow in the valley below! Typical Gurung houses of Ghandruk Annapurna starts to show itself (look up!) Annapurna South garlanded in sunset cloudsIn the last light of day, the Fishtail appears (on the right)Annapurna South detail and Fishtail closeup the next morning
Back at river level again, a little shrine to Shiva Shrine to goddess of the mountain as we hit a "motorable road" Pokhara and its lake out the car windowThe view east on the lake, and west Am I sorry the Jomsom-Muktinath itinerary didn't work out? On balance - no. While culturally fascinating, the high desert terrain is apparently similar to what we'll encounter on the way to Mount Kailash. I might never have known the steep forest trails, lush greens, tiny villages and near-vertical rice terraces - not to mention the leeches!

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