Occasional Climber

Annapurna Circuit – Chyamje to Pisang

The valley walls close in above Tal (1,675m), with the roar of the Marsyangdi amplifying off the sheer walls
A mother and baby enjoying the sun at Karte remind me of my own family back in New Zealand
One of a series of swing bridges spanning the Marsyangdi Khola. This one near Dharapani
After a solid day’s walking, the hot springs at Latamanang (2,400m) are a welcomed interlude
Approaching Kotho (2,550m), one of numerous small villages on the trail – a perfect spot for breakfast, with a fine view of Manaslu
My host at Kotho - not only friendly, but a great cook too
A porter labours in the morning sun below Chame
Locals greet me as I enter Chame (2,630m)
High altitude volleyball in Chame
Meaningful art - a beautiful example of the countless carved mani stones placed along the trail
A small boy in Chame
Young Evergreen Oak in the forest belt, near Chame
Langur monkeys scale an almost verticle cliff as though it was a Sunday stroll. These long-limbed creatures venture up to about 3,600m
Harnessing nature’s power for spiritual purposes – a water powered prayer wheel above Chame
Above Chame, a portion of the trail is hewn from solid vertical cliff faces – very spectacular to tread and vastly easier than trying to follow the broken path of the Marsyangdi Khola below
Climbing through oak and rhododendron forests towards Teluku (2,775m)
Bleak snowfall at dusk in lower Pisang (3,200m). In April the weather can change quickly and dramatically
A wooden bridge spans the Marsyangdi Khola at lower Pisang
A view of lower Pisang, looking towards Manang  > Pisang to Ghyaru

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