Tilicho 4949m is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. Four Australians; Mr. Brian Steely, Mr. Noel Cada, Mr. Tom Rogers and Mr. Greg Myrick had the trekking expedition Tilicho Lake and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Their arrival to Nepal was on October 1. However, they took the opportunity of sightseeing tour of Thamel, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath on their arrival date and the following day.
Buckwheat at Timang.
On October 3, they boarded the plane to Pokhara. A brief sightseeing in Pokhara was followed by the flight to Jomsom on October 4. Jomsom is a small valley from where the Dhaulagiri range stands tall on the left and Annapurna range on the right. No doubt both these mega mountains top 26,000ft.
High altitude Thakali Habitat.
October 5, their trek took pace to Thini and above. The inhabitat of Thakali; Thini is the last village on the trekking trial with excellent views.They climbed up to Kaishang 10,660ft and returned to Jomsom. October 6, they hiked back to Kaishang and camped. The team hiked to Nama Phu Kharka 13,450 on 7th and returned to the previous camp. On October 8, they camped for the night at Nama Phu Kharka. The journey on 9th continued towards the Tilicho Lake as they climb about 4,100ft beyond Mesokanta Pass. The spectacular mountain views on the right, made no place for tiredness in the Aussie team. Then they descended to the Tilicho Lake at 4949m. October 10, they hiked down to Manang and camped between Manang and Tilicho. October 11, they were at Manang and from there they hiked to ThrongLa Fedi 14,500ft. Their trek on October 13 continued to Muktinath 15,060ft. Muktinath is probably the only one common pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists and the Tibetans. Upon discovering the lesser steepness the team decided to hike upwards to Throng-la Pass for the incredible views of Annapurna and Mt. Mukut bordering the Dolpo region to the west. On October 14, the team descended to Kagbeni. On 15th the team was again at Jomsom and then to Marpha.
They gradually came down to the Kali Gandaki River valley; Thak Khola, the ancient habitat of Thakalis. On the 16th the team made the ascending move towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp and camped at Yak Kharka. On October 17, they were on the move towards the base camp crossing Dampus Pass 17,100ft and French Col 17,600ft and finally descended to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 15,500ft.
Fantastic Mountain ranges.
After exploring around the region on 18th, they came back to Jomsom, and then flew to Pokhara. They made their departures on October 24 after enjoying couple of free days at Pokhara and Kathmandu.
High altitude Desert valley.
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