Trek from Lower Pisang (10,498 ft) to Manang (11,613 ft) via Upper Pisang – 9 hours
Destination: Hotel Tilicho
Today was going to be a long walk, so decided to start early at 7 am.
Our porters took faster route by walking the road. Dol, our guide took us on a train via Upper Pisang.
The first 1.5 hours was a steep climb, we took a long tea break at around 9.30 am after that uphill.
The rest of the trail was Nepali flat (gentle slopes), which made it easier to acclimate with gaining altitude. It started raining around 10am and got heavier in an hour and stayed like that for the rest of the day.
It got cloudy and the views were obstructed, we also couldn’t look up due to the rain, we kept on walking for two more hours and stopped for lunch. The teahouse had heater, so we tried to dry up as much as we could. We waited there for an extra hour for the rain to stop. It tapered a bit so we left but it started again in an hour. We had no choice but to keep walking till we reached to Manang. Another three hours of wet walk took us to Manang.
It was 6.30pm when we checked into our hotel, we all were tired, wet and cold. Hotel Tilicho was nice. We ordered dinner and took hot shower, which helped reduce the fatigue.
Dinner was great, food was very good today. Oxygen check after dinner by our guide Dol and his team revealed that we all were still holding nice oxygen levels!
Dol briefed us on the next day’s acclimatization hike. Hike to Ice Lake was going to be a long and strenuous hike with 3000 ft. elevation gain. A few people were so tired from today’s long and stormy day that they opted out of hike to Ice Lake. Dol suggested that they do another smaller hike as we all needed to acclimate. We agreed to split the group into two and went to bed around 10.30pm.