Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Manang side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of the trail going up to the Ice Lake
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27. Ice Lake ** 4 -5 hours: blue /white NATT marks
The Ice Lake, also called Kicho Lake is situated north of Braka at an altitude of
~4600 m. This makes it a perfect half-day destination for acclimatization and you have from there a marvellous and breathtaking view of the whole Annapurna and Tilicho ranges.
There is a small trail starting from Manang, but it is rather difficult to find. Some
years ago, ACAP installed some signposts, but the people of Braka were upset and said that the Manang people were trying to take all the business so they removed the
signposts which were on Braka community ground. Therefore, most people will climb up from Braka on a very clear and well-marked trail. This trail begins just above the village.. When you reach it, turn to the right. After a while you will come to a
junction where the trail branches up to the left ascending to Ice Lake. There should be signposts. There are two separate lakes. The first is smaller and
you have to continue some 10 minutes to reach the larger one. They are rather close, but you will be aware that the air is much thinner above 4500m!
Normally the lake will not be icy in October /November but it may take till March to melt again.
Starting in Braga
Going up you will have a phantastic view of the Annapurna 3
But also Annapurna 2 and 4 are superb!
On the hill tehre ar many prayerflags showing that the Ice Lake is also a pilgrimage destination
from left to right:; Annapurna 3, Gangapurna, Khangsar Khang (Roc Noir) Grande Barriere with Tilicho peak Bild XL 625 Pixel hoch, Bild XXL 850 pixel hoch
We were there in Oktober and there was already a lot of snow! Annapurna 2 und 4 .
The first smaller lake
There are two lakes separatet by a natural damm
The second, bigger lake
Kicho Lake Bild XL 625 Pixel hoch, Bild XXL 850 Pixel hoch
It is worth going to the northen shore as you will have the best view.
mountains north of the lake.
I was there with my friend and Partner Prem rai who is also a perfect Photographer
A group of Israelis was just crazy seeing so much snow and they built abig snowman
Aber es lohnt sich !
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Overview Annapurna region
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