Trekking Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit – Day 8

A Visit from a Friend

Today was a rest day, and after a week of trekking in Nepal,  I never thought this day would come! I tried to sleep in but woke up at 6 a.m. However, I refused to get out of bed. Instead I laid there awake and listened to a podcast until about 7 a.m. I finally had my own room – a rare and special occurrence on the trek – and I was soaking up every moment to have some waking hours to myself.

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit - Day 8
Happy as a clam in my purple house – hanging up the hiking boots for a day.

When I finally got out of bed to meet the world, I stepped out of my personal purple cabin to Priscilla washing her clothes. Together we went upstairs and found a spot and practiced yoga. Some other people staying at our teahouse saw us and joined. We didn’t have any yoga mats so were practicing yoga on the dirty ground – by the end of it we were covered in dirt.

After our make-shift yoga class, we went for breakfast. This morning, I tried chapati (a type of bread) with yak cheese and tomato. Apparently, you must try yak cheese while in the Himalayas – and I’m glad I did because it was delicious!

After breakfast I saw a Facebook message on my phone (yes, remarkably they have wi-fi up there) from my South Korean friend Harry that I had met while living there. He started his trek in Nepal a few days after me and said that he would do the same trail as me and try to catch up. I didn’t think he stood a chance – but the message on my phone said otherwise – he arrived in Manang this morning!

I couldn’t believe that he got here so quickly – it was only 10 a.m.!

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit - Day 8
Did I mention Harry made killer time with an extremely heavy backpack?

I quickly ran outside and found his teahouse. Sure enough, there he was! I invited him to come sit with my friends and me. We all hung out for a bit and then Harry left to go off on a small side trek (he’s nuts!).

I wasn’t interested in hiking because I had waited fot this rest day for a week and was going to live it up to the fullest. Instead of another hike, I was more interested in checking out a local bakery to sit down for a hot cup of coffee and a treat. It was perfect.

After my relaxing morning, I decided to take a walk around the town and ran into Harry. He told me about a cool lake about 15 minutes away and invited me to come check it out with him. I decided that I could partake if it truly was only 15 minutes.

So I strapped on my hiking boots and we went to go find Lake Gangapurna. Harry was right – it was very easy to  reach. It was a small lake but beautiful and peacefully tucked away behind the mountain side. This is definitely a spot that you need to check out while in Manang.

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit - Day 8

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit - Day 8
It was freezing cold!

That evening Harry joined me and my hiking crew for dinner and then we all went to a teahouse that shows movies. We paid our ‘ticket price’ and then followed a man behind the teahouse to a back room that we needed flashlights to get to. If I was alone I would have been terrified for my life. When we entered the room, the man turned on the light to a basic room with a T.V, plastic chairs, and blankets. The owner played Seven Year’s in Tibet (rather fitting while trekking Nepal) for us and brought us each a cup of tea and some popcorn. It was the last thing I expected to do in the Himalayas – but a very unique experience.

 

P.S: check out the awesome video he made of the Annapurna Circuit trek here!

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit - Day 8
Movie night in Nepal!

Total Daily Distance: 0 km (okay unless you count walking to the lake and “movie theatre”)

Trekking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit - Day 8

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