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Himalaya

Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung

Chomrung,  Nepal 
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Chomrung. Where, disconcertingly, our ascent of Annapurna (on the left of the horizon) begins by with a steep descent into the village.
Michael Palin - HimalayaThe one sop is that, because of time constraints, we shall be taken by helicopter to our start point at Chomrung. A 20-minute flight instead of what would be a two-day walk.

Once the helicopter has delivered us we're left in deep and almost sensuous silence, hemmed in by the steep and thickly wooded walls of a valley, one side in brilliant sunshine, the other in deep, impenetrable shade.

At this height we're at just over 7000 feet (2130 m) even the most precipitous slopes are cultivated. Across the valley, I can see a farmhouse with 40 terraces, descending the hillside below, one after the other. Rising high in the distance, the summits of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail Mountain) mark the parameters of our adventure; our constant companions on the trail, the objects of our pilgrimage.

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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 49: Pokhara to Chomrung
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Chomrung
  • Book page no: 111

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