The photos in today’s post don’t need any comments. The Day D of our trek. We are reaching to the Larke pass at 5106 meters. Manaslu seems closer than ever before. The Manaslu Circuit is one of the toughest treks in Nepal. The reason is that there are no ways out along the trail. Once you start trekking, you trek for 13 days until Larke Pass. If the weather is not on your side, you have to turn back and walk another 13 days the same route to the place where you started. It’s hard but worth it!

Manaslu Photo Story Trilogy:

  1. Photo story 1 – Upwards! First steps in the Budhi Gandaki valley
  2. Photo story 2 – Getting closer to the giants! First views of Manaslu
  3. Photo story 3 – Summiting the Larke Pass at 5106 meters

Samdo to Dharmasala. It's only 4 hours walk, but we can already feel the altitude. Legs are getting heavier, but we are strong enough!

Samdo to Dharmasala. It’s only 4 hours walk, but we can already feel the altitude. Legs are getting heavier, but we are strong enough!

Mana wall with a religious craving.

Mana wall with a religious craving.

Porters rest as they are approaching Dharmasala. Last point before the Larke Pass. They carry heavy loads, mainly food.

Porters rest as they are approaching Dharmasala. Last point before the Larke Pass. They carry heavy loads, mainly food.

Sleeping at the altitude. We thought it's gonna be extremely cold, but those Chinese plastic cabins proved to be a great shelter against wind.

Sleeping at the altitude. We thought it’s gonna be extremely cold, but those Chinese plastic cabins proved to be a great shelter against wind.

8 Oct 2018. 2AM. -10°C. "Wake up we have to leave!" Up there you dont have many dreams, but it felt like the worst dream. Quickly heated up really disgusting Paneer Massala instant noodles, got my down jacket and set off. The legs were tired, bodies and minds frozen but we didn't stopped. We went on in the clear windless night and the stars were so bright that no headlight was needed. Several hours later, we stood as the first people that day at 5106m on Larke pass, highest place on our trail.

8 Oct 2018. 2 AM. -10°C. “Wake up we have to leave!” Up there you don’t have many dreams, but it felt like the worst dream. Quickly heated up really disgusting Paneer Masala instant noodles, got my down jacket and set off. The legs were tired, bodies and minds are frozen but we didn’t stop. We went on in the clear windless night and the stars were so bright that no headlight was needed. Several hours later, we stood as the first people that day at 5106m on Larke pass, the highest place on our trail.

5 seconds and Kate was gone for a few hours. This was a triumphant nap before we were supposed to have a late lunch. After descending more than 1200 meters and being 12 hours on our feet, our bodies needed a proper rest. Well done!

5 seconds and Kate was gone for a few hours. This was a triumphant nap before we were supposed to have a late lunch. After descending more than 1200 meters and being 12 hours on our feet, our bodies needed a proper rest. Well done!

Manaslu. The 8th highest peak in the world. From the North Face. That's where most of the ascents take place. It's interesting the mountain looks unrecognizable from all the notorious pictures of the South Face.

Manaslu. The 8th highest peak in the world. From the North Face. That’s where most of the ascents take place. It’s interesting the mountain looks unrecognizable from all the notorious pictures of the South Face.

Ponkar lake. Glacier lake with a crystal-clear but freezing cold water.

Ponkar lake. Glacier lake with a crystal-clear but freezing cold water. Celebrating our successful “summit”.