Trekking in Nepal -round Manaslu
travellogue Day 13: Finally we crossed the Larkya la a pass of more than 5000 m .
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Our Nepali Crew started to make tea at half past five in the morning. so I could eat some breakfast and pack my things very early. i started as soon that there was some light, as I knew that I walk very slow in high altitude. There fore i call myself “snail on the trail” And I wanted to have enough time to be able to enjoy the moment when I on the pass.
My friends started later, they just began breakfast when I started my ascent.
in the beginning the trail leads on the right side o the glacier moraine . I had started before all the others, but after 2 hours the catched me up. Nothing to worry, Hans is a very strong mounteneer ans Stupps is a triathlon runner.
Hans and Stupps continued very fast but Manfred stayed with me.
A long time teh trail was just on the side of the moraine but more and more we were walking on snow fields and at the end we just walked mainly on the snow.
Teh inclination was not to hard so we could walk without using crampons or having difficulties.
Finally we reached the Larkya La !
Bachan and me
Manfred and me with in the east Samdo Peak Bachan with in the north the Peri Himal
Hans Adin with the view to the west
In fact Larkya La is a double pass with the two passes in 15 min distance.
These pictures are from the east pass where a house with broken roof and full of snow doesnt give sherlter anymore.
Probably it was build by people form Samdo but some trades burned the wooden tyles .
Raj frolicing in the snow !
The second pass is about the same height than the eastern one. In fact both passes are fals one, as thers is a deeper ravine on south. But it is probably to dangerous because of avalanches, so the trail goes above it.
From teh second pass one can see the awesome panorama and the step descent.
With Manfred i stayed pretty long on the pass. When we started to descend Hans and Adin came an made some steps with their Ice axes, The trail was very step and slippery on the western side.
Dthe sescent was stepe and slippery.
We should have used our crampons as this would have much helped to go down.
Finally down !
We were rather happy, when we reached the lower valley . The trail is heading along the moraine
Meantime the sun had gone . On the Nepal map two houses were marked but they did not appear.
This map from Paolo Goldoni is beautiful and the topography in correct but it is not really reliable concerning trails and villages,
But this is not a very big problem as the trail is normally easy to find and MCAP had put many signboards.
Probably Mr. Goldoni used accurate satellite Pictures and asked some Guide to tell him where trails and villages are. In the upper part this was not very successful.
As it was getting dark we decided to camp at the first suited meadow still on the side of big moraine.
WE were all happy to have successfully crossed the Larkya LA.
Photos: the pictures of the Manaslu pages are from me and my friends. You can see the respective photographer in the filename of the photo: HH = Hans Henninger, HPS = Hans-Peter Stupp, MJ = Manfred Jeckel and AdR = Andrées de Ruiter
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