6 AM temperature: -12°C. You wake up, dreaming about wanting to pee but do you have the courage to do so? Absolutely not! So you lay awake in bed inventing new ways to solve your problem. You soon learn that you're not an inventor. You somehow gather the strength to do so and move the blanket, and you realise its better to die of a kidney stone rather than dying of the cold.
Anyway, good thing that the restaurant opens up by 6:30 AM. Manang has the most meditative mornings. The elder people humming prayers and rolling every prayer wheel present in the village. Its the silence that takes you in, and the cold! Yes, the cold takes takes you straight back in the restaurant.
By the time we had our breakfast, the sun had blessed us, and it got quite bearable. We started getting ready to head for our day's outing, to the village of Khangsar. One can only travel upto Khangsar on their bikes and its a trekking trail further ahead.
Khangsar, the doorway to Tilicho Lake, the highest altitude lake in the world, at an elevation of 4949m (16236 feet) above the sea level. Where Khangsar is at an elevation of 3756m above the sea level, one has to go up 1200m. Its a two day job. A 6 hour trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp, an overnights stay, and then a 4 hour trek to Tilicho Lake. You experience the views at the lake and then again back to the base camp, in the same day. Then again, a hour trek back to Khangsar from the base camp. Ofcourse, that time duration is for a regular trekker. If you don't trek regularly, this timeline might increase by an hour or two.
Yeah, we didn't go!
But, if you love trekking you should definately, atleast once go there. We did try to trek, only for a half and hour, and the view was amazing. We could only imagine what lied ahead of us.
Disappointed we headed back to our hotel.