Tiger Balm Tales – Vol. 8
And on the 7th day, we rested.
I woke up in Manang; I didn’t have to roll up my sleeping bag, repack my backpack, tend to my blisters, or put on my dingy hiking clothes. No, this morning we rested. I lay in my bed listening to the heavy hiking boots on the wooden floor outside my door – clomping back and forth getting ready to depart. You could feel that nervous energy that exists in the mornings as people get ready to depart yet again; however this morning I dozed in and out of sleep feeling happy. I am still today.
Traditionally Manang, at aprox. 11,000 ft, is the resting spot for the Annapurna hikers. You don’t necessarily rest here because you are tired, you rest here to let your body try to acclimate to the altitude; to slow down and let it try to adjust and fight off the ill effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
The village of Manang was different than the other villages we had been through. It was designed for rest. There were little shops showing movies at night, bakeries and coffee shops, laundry ‘facilities’ and tons of trekking supply shops. This was the last real ‘livable’ village before we reached Thorong La pass and descended into Muktinath; which would be 4 days from now.
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