The trek from Chame to Upper Pisang went as usual. Some parts we had to climb, some went downhill, nothing much to say. It took us nearly 6h with 1,5h long lunch break.
There are two trails you can take to reach Pisang. Either the road which leads to Lower Pisang where the views are not that spectacular or the trail that is a bit more difficult and leads directly to Upper Pisang (so no need to climb from the Lower to Upper one). We took the trail of course.
The only thing worth mentioning is that the landscape is changing almost with every step we take. First it still looked a bit like jungle, then more dusty and rocky, afterwards we walked through a pine forest and the smell of pines reminded me of Croatia and then we went across plains that looked like they were transported there from Canada.
My day before the Manang trek didn’t start very well.. Around 1am I started to feel some weird bubbling in my stomach and guts but I decided to ignore it, since my sleeping bag was super warm and cozy and to use the toilet would require to leave the sleeping bag into a sub zero temperature.
I managed to ignore the bubbling until 5:40am when I realized that if I keep waiting one more minute longer, it will not end up well for me😂 So yup, I realized I probably have a food poisoning or something.
The trek today was quite difficult and I really didn’t feel as myself. Was very weak, with stomach cramps and sick overall. We were supposed to avoid any steep climbs today but the graduate climb was blocked so we used some 30 years old trail and we zigzagged the steep hill for like 2 hours or more. I thought I’m gonna die.
Then we stopped for lunch, I ordered just a coke and must say that I felt much better after drinking it! So full of newly discovered energy I set off for the second half of trekking. Little did I know that the worst was yet to come – I intentionally skip this part but yeah, it was bad😅💩
We reached Manang after 4pm at last, so it took us more than 8 hours today (15km long trek with 600m of elevation). We also made a short stop in Braga village, just 2km before Manang and I bought a cinnamon roll in a bakery called ‘Pie in the sky’ for later because I was finally getting hungry – good sign that I was getting better.
We are now at 3540m and except the stomach problems I’m fine. No sign of shortness of breath or anything. I guess I still have the acclimatization from last year in me, at least a little bit. But to cross Thorong La I need to be perfectly ok so I decided to spend 2 acclimatization days here in Manang. Tomorrow I take it easy and the day after I’ll try to go up to 4600m. So let’s hope my diet consisting of bread and black tea will work and I start to feel better soon😉