Everyone on the Annapurna Circuit seems to stop at Manang for a rest or acclimatisation day before pressing on to the Thorang La, the big day, two days. It's a good place to stop, best tea house so far with toilets in the bedroom and a good menu, shops and even places to buy coffee and cake.
Manang itself is an interesting little town, the original part of town is 800 years old and is built in the traditional style with flat roofs and integral accommodation for animals. All the snow from the flat roofs has been swept into the narrow alleys which, because of the amount of recent snow, were almost impassable.
|Christine and Helen|
|Christine, John and a pile of rocks|
It's also a very pretty valley, very dry because it's sheltered from the humid south by the Annapurnas, and with the mountains above incredibly dramatic. Went for an acclimatisation walk in the morning, curtailed because it turned out to be very icy and a bit treacherous, and then Christine and I went for a walk down the valley after lunch. Found tea house which did "proper" coffee and ate a huge piece of carrot cake.
|Down the valley to Manaslu|
It is now official, spring is two weeks late and that's why it's been so cold. Still the weather today has been absolutely brilliant, it's stayed sunny, but with a strong wind all day.