summit day on Syagang Ri
The goal on this particular trip was simple; acclimatize, and see how much climbing we could get done. In the end, we found unstable and late seasonal snow in the Annapurnas, which turned us back from a nice summit on a rarely climbed peak in the northern portion of the range. Setting out from Kathmandu, we had a Chullu West permit in hand; but when snow for 6 out of 9 days on the Chullu's became a reality while on approach; we opted to look in another less visited portion of north central Nepal. We climbed some new ice, got to 6000 meters on a nice peak, and experienced the warm hospitality of the Thakali, Gurung, and Manangi people of the region.
Agnieszka Pilarczyk - climber
Tserku Sherpa - local guide
Luke Smithwick - trip organizer and guide
Moving up valley over a period of ten days, we passed through the beautiful upper Marsyangdi Valley. With all the negative talk, I wasn't too excited to see what had happened to the valley I'd first visited in 2001. I was content to see that while the road is progressing, the valley still retains its wild feel just five minutes off the trail. The Annapurna Trek is still quite worth a go, and allows for some fine exploring. Pisang Peak in the background in image above, note the seasonal snow.
Choughs circle in view of Annapurna II
Moving up valley from Manang to Base Camp.
Tasty veg momos on a weather day.
fine views of the Dhaulagiris and lesser peaks west of the Kali Gandaki. There is a lot of untapped potential in this range. We completed our trip here at Tatopani Hot Springs. Get out there!
Gangapurna (7454m) from High Camp.
Gangapurna from high camp.
Thakyakang (6484m) at dawn.
The sun burns through passing clouds as Yakwakang (6352m) towers above.