BIKEPACKING THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT:::::::::::: Pt 9, Manang to Yak Kharka

From Manang onwards, progress is strictly on the hiking path. Everyone — hikers, bikers, porters and pack-donkeys, all have to share the same narrow trail all the way to Thorong La and all the way down to Muktinath on the other side. Continue reading

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BIKEPACKING THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT:::::::::::: Pt 8, Acclimatization in Manang.

For the first time on this trip, I experienced one of the symptoms of AMS — the inability to sleep. We were at 3,500m, after all. I was tossing and turning almost the whole night; I just could not sleep.

Finally, around 5 in the morning I dozed off. It wasn’t sound sleep though. The temperature had also dropped to zero early in the morning. Manang, in reality, is cold all the time, even in the daytime outdoors. Continue reading