Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Annapurna Nepal, day 9, hike to ice lake

day 1// day 2// day 3// day 4-6// day 7// day 8

We decided to hike up to Ice Lake on the ninth day.
We had already decided to spend a couple of days in Manang,
and allowing our bodies adjust to the high altitude.

It was recommended that we hike up to this lake.
the purpose?
push our bodies a little further,
acclimatize a little more,
see how we reacted to the higher altitude.
then go back down,
and allow our bodies to recover.

Besides, the views were suppose to be incredible.

So, we set out.
This time, I carried no weight on my back,
and the now fiance carried just what we needed for the day-
pastries from the "German" bakery, water, and his water purifier.

The ascent to the lake was 1000m.
one thousand meters...
in case you don't know,
this is a lot to climb up,
and back down,
in one day.
it was, quite literally, straight up.
It took hours.
and hours.

the views, however, were well worth the effort.
the photo below is real.
and does not do justice to the beauty of this Earth.
I am so very blessed to have seen,
with my two eyes,
this overwhelming valley,
surrounded by towering mountains.

After several hours, we made it to the lake.
and evaluated how we felt-
(both very good considering the altitude and exertion)

as we devoured our pastries,
we sat in silence,
looked at what lay before us,
and took it all in.

All day,
throughout the entire hike up,
we had not seen any other people.
We were completely alone with each other.

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Jenna said...

Incredible! Absolutely and simply gorgeous - must have been amazing to feel like you were the only two people in the world :)


The Pink Growl said...

These pictures are goregous!!

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great post

Amanda @ Life, Experience Needed said...

That looks beyond amazing. Thanks for stopping by, following back

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

These are such breath taking photos! A trip that will stay in your memory forever I'm sure!

Milynn luong said...

I love hiking. The view is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful pictures by the way!

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Jessica Druck said...

you're making me want to pack up and get out of here!