Friday, November 12, 2010

Trekking Annapurna - - Days 6 - 8

On day 6, we leave the main Annapurna Circuit Trail and hike up incredible canyon toward ancient village of Phu

Amazing white knuckle trail chiseled into cliff-face

Looks like a giant worm bore a hole through this cliff-face

Over an 18-day period, we only had one afternoon shower. It was clear and sunny the rest of the time. Guess that's why October is one of the prime months to trek Nepal.

Phil Stone, assistant trek leader, is a pro-photographer and took 10,000 photos

We turned up this awesome canyon which reminded me a little of The Narrows in Zion Canyon

Crossing a new steel bridge

The trail loops behind a plunge waterfall

My only shower on the trek :-)

It's October and the foliage is beginning to turn

Donkeys over-take us on a steep climb

A brief break for the donkeys to graze

Taking a break on a cliff edge

Hitting the Grand Canyon with amazing contorted canyon wall

Click on pic once/twice for enlarged view

Fall is here!

We wash our hands before every meal.

Kitchen crew cooks our lunch on the trail (below)

Mike taking a snooze after a big lunch

A fantastic hot picnic lunch served on the trail

Lunch is served!

Life is good on the trail

Coffee after a big meal

Fruit compote for dessert (below)

A breath-taking view spot for picnic lunch

Amazing spires on our way to Phu

Another rest break to take in the views

High ridge trail takes us above a awesome canyon

Click on pic to see red roof monastery across the canyon

Zooming in on new monastery. A couple days later, we camp next to monastery on our way to Nar.

Below the new monastery, is the old monastery

Ubang at the fork in the road. We head to Phu then return to Nar a few days later.

Stressed and contorted strata on wall across the canyon

More fall colors

Blue pine cones

A glacier high on a mountain

Dawa and Kate resting

Talking to a villager

Donkeys and porters tackling a steep trail

Sherpas taking "5"

Coming out of deep canyon

Porter passing chorten (Buddhist gateway)

Passing an abandoned Kampas village. Kampas were "freedom fighters" who fought the Chinese take-over of Tibet. They fled to this region of Nepal but were forced to leave when a treaty was signed with China. The Kampas received asylum in India.

Another view . . . structures are reminiscent of Anasazi ruins of the American Southwest

View of Kampas village from above

Climbing toward Phu

Looking back from where we came

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