sunrise in sarangkot

Monday, January 21:  Last night, the hotel clerk told me that someone would knock on my door at 5 a.m. this morning.  This unknown person was to wake me up so I could head with a driver up to Sarangkot, the ridge north of Phewa Tal, to see the sunrise.   At 1590 meters, it’s the most popular of the mountain viewpoints around Pokhara.  The mountains appear closer than from the World Peace Pagoda, at 1113 meters, but not as many of them are visible.

Annapurna Himal & Machhupuchhre before sunrise

Annapurna Himal & Machhupuchhre before sunrise

the peak of Fish-Tailed to the right.

the peak of Fish-Tailed to the right.

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Luckily I set my alarm.  Had I depended on the hotel staff to wake me up, I would have missed the sunrise.  I wake up, toss on some clothes, and go downstairs, where the reception area is dark and a person is snoozing in a sleeping bag on the floor.  It turns out that I wake him up!!  He hops up, rushes around and makes phone calls to the driver, who has seemingly forgotten his commitment.

Machhupuchhre, commonly known as Fish-Tailed

Machhupuchhre, commonly known as Fish-Tailed

the first powdering of sunlight on the peak

the first powdering of sunlight on the peak

blushing mountain peaks

blushing mountain peaks

When he arrives, we drive quite a long way up the mountain in the dark and then walk up to a terrace with tables and chairs for viewing, along with lots of other tourists.  I order a cup of coffee and try to get in a good position.  I figure out shortly that there is no one perfect position.  One spot looks north, out over Pokhara Valley and the Himalayas.  The other looks east, toward where the sun will rise.  To the south is Phewa Tal and the town of Pokhara.  To get a good view, I have to keep moving around, to wherever the best views are in the different light.

the rose hue slides further down the mountain

the rose hue slides further down the mountain

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We stay for quite a long time, enjoying each moment of the sunrise.  Before sunrise, we can see the white peaks of the Annapurna Himal and Machhapuchhre, glowing and hovering above the pinpricks of light from the town in the valley below.  As the sun rises, the snow-covered peaks gleam like a smile.  Once the sun peeks over the horizon, a rose-colored hue settles like a blush over the peaks.  Breathtaking.

the sun breaks over the horizon

the sun breaks over the horizon

...and colors the sky

…and colors the sky

mountains

mountains

breaking out

breaking out

Himalayas

Himalayas

me & the mountains :-)

me & the mountains 🙂

a new day

a new day

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?  ~ E.M. Forster

sunrise over Phewa Tal

sunrise over Phewa Tal

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