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Annapurna II

For the more adventurous, there is a really interesting trip up the central ridge of the unbelievably impressive north face of Annapurna II. From Pisang it's possible to climb up to the snowline, from where the left icefall is so close you feel you can reach out and touch it. If you're lucky (or just patient) you'll get to see an avalanche as well ...

Running parallel to Lower Pisang, on the south side of the trail, is a ridge with prayer flags on the top. Walking back through the village to just after Hotel Peaceful, take the path on the right, and walk up to the east end of the ridge.

A steep dusty path climbs up and through pine forests to a couple of sheep fields - this is not a bad viewpoint for so little effort.

It's then possible to continue south, descending then ascending through steep, thick pine forest. Suddenly you come out of the trees and the icefall is right in front of you. Depending on how quick, acclimatised, enthusiastic you are, it's possible to walk right up to the snowline. A cursory glance at the end of the ridge tells you why you won't be going a lot further ...


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