徒步第九天 - 看戲    Day 41

Manang is the largest village along the circuit trek, it is also the acclimitization stop for most trekkers. When trekkers arrive Manang, they will rest for the night, get up early the next morning to climb 700m to see the Gangapurna glacier, and then down. The rapid gain of altitude will speed up the acclimitization process of the body, hence reduce the risk of AMS (acute mountain sickness) when attempting the pass at above 5000m.
This small lake is located about 300m above Manang on the way to the
Gangapurna glacier.
We were in Manang for three days. Hiking around this beautiful village, trekking up and down the nearby mountains, looking at the glacier, etc... are the best entertainment. But for us city dwellers, we started to feel bored... I found an English translation of the famous ancient Indian sex instruction book - Kamasutra on the shelf of our guest house. I "stole" it. We ended up carrying the book for the rest of the trek. Penny would read out a few paragraphs whenever we were bored with playing cards. We ended up "reading" the whole book. I must say, every couple should own a copy, for this book is really more about relationship than sex!

On the third night, we decided to watch a movie. There are 3 "cinema" in Manang, showing "Into Thin Air", "Seven Years in Tibet", "Carvaran" respectively. I don't understand why anyone would want to watch "Into Thin Air" when they are climbing the mountains, it's like watching a plane crash movie on a plane! So we decided on "Seven Years in Tibet". The cost is Rs100 per person. The cinema is just a small non-heated hut. The screen is a 32 inch tube TV. The movie was interrupted 3 times due to sporadic electricity supply.
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10月15日 Manang (3540m)

Ange 早上七時多走過來說頭還在疼,不能上路,於是大家只好在Manang 多留一天了。

今天天高雲少,冰川被太陽照得閃閃發光,於是我決定acclimitize一下,走上去冰川前面的山峰看冰川。我們住了兩天的Annapurna III & IV 及冰川景觀房已被人訂了,只好搬去對面性價比低很多的旅館,待一切收拾停當,出發時已經十時半了。我一口氣向上爬了300米,也不覺得太累。上了一半才發現冰川腳下有一個冰湖,湖的一邊缺了一個口,形成一條細小的冰河,流進主河Thorong Khola去。

峰腰處是一個平台,佛教經幡被吹得獵獵作響,我面向冰川坐下休息,掏出莊子唸秋水篇。唸到“吾於天地之間,猶小石小木之在大山也”時,忽然一陣強風括來,猛地想起Lok說過這處中午之後開始刮大風,心裡頓時叫糟,下山之路四外無遮,碎石鋪就的路又異常滑溜。我匆匆收拾東西,趕路下山。今天這風刮得比前天昨天都厲害,我用手帕遮住口鼻,避免過多乾風入肺,卻弄得呼吸不暢,鼻水欲流又止,好不難受。因下坡石滑,加上須保護膝蓋,因此走得特慢,到底還是滑了一交,幸好屁股肉厚,也沒怎樣。只是對過 Thorung La 山口一役卻添了恐懼,因為越過5416米的山口後,便要連續下降1600米,Lok 說下山口的路況可都是碎石路啊... 唉,現在大叫糟糕已經太遲了!天,我究竟在幹甚麼了?

這兩天在Manang 逛時發現在這深山裡的小鎮竟有好幾家“電影院”,每天下午三時及五時播放片子,分別有"Into Thin Air", "7 Years in Tibet", "Carvaran",真不愧為大環線上最強的休整站!我們決定五時去看"7 Years in Tibet", 除了因為可看 Brad Pitt 外,其實是怕看"Into Thin Air"會把自己嚇倒,正如坐飛機時不會看空難片。我們到達那“影院”時,收錢的小哥把我們指向後巷。我們左穿右拐,終於來到一間木頭小屋前面,小屋門口站著一小哥向我們招手,收取門票每人100盧比。那木屋門口也沒甚麼招貼廣告之類,那小哥手裡拿著一疊紙幣,樣子鬼鬼崇崇的,搞不好還以為是妓院招徠呢! 走進木屋,裡面大概25平方米,角落放了一部34吋的tube TV,一邊牆堆滿VHS及DVD影片,一邊牆掛了好些舊片海報,正中央一個火爐,其他空著的地方便擺了板凳。今天的五點場滿座,約四十來人。電影準時播放,除了電視畫面外,室內漆黑一片,倒真有點去電影院看戲的感覺!不過片子播了不夠十分鐘電視忽然“喳”的一聲關了。停電乃山上每天例行公事,我一直奇怪在如此供電不穩的情況下“電影院”如何保證付了錢的觀眾能看完全片呢?事實證明我們付的戲票沒有白費,兩個半小時的影片,雖然中間斷電三次,到底還是看全了。不過此片有不少冰天雪地的鏡頭,今天Manang 刮了一下午強風後氣溫驟降,木屋內的火爐也只是做樣子根本沒點上,把我冷得直打咯嗦,心想要是我像片中Brad Pitt 一樣要在雪地求生,那就慘了!

費用:食+住:656盧比,看戲:100盧比 (共US11.81)