The hills are alive
Jul 15, 2017-This monsoon, I found myself embarking on yet another enchanting journey—a five-day trek along the Manaslu Circuit.
Monsoon is deemed an off-season for trekking in the northern Himalayas. However, when I started the trek, it was proven otherwise. Neither rain, nor storms seemed to hinder the beautiful route that kept surprising me ever so often. The circuit was unlike anything I had in mind.
Imagine a waterfall, at least a 100 feet high crashing down from the gorges thundering an inconceivable roar. Imagine the serpentine Marsyangdi ambling below, while hills suffused in vibrant green towering up high. And the wild flowers, red and purple, in full bloom.
As I navigated through the circuit, sometimes exhausted, the mountains didn’t quite allow me to quit. They invitingly asked to be captured, and capture I did.
On our way back home, we stumbled upon the quaint settlement of Bhimthang, slouched along the foothills and past it awaited the Ponkar Lake. Situated 4100 m high on the lap of Manaslu, the lake is spread across in the shape of the map of Nepal, flanked by a garden of flowers of many hues. I could however neither capture the Nepal-like shape of the lake nor the peaks surrounding it.
The disappointment aside, this trip to the Manaslu was one that will be etched in my memory for years to come. More so, because it remains relatively less popular than other trekking circuits in the country, making you feel that you have the Himalayas all to yourself.
Text and Photos: purnima shrestha
The weather in this circuit changes every five minutes.
Published: 15-07-2017 11:42