From our camp, we embark on a trek alongside the Bheri Khola for 45 minutes, then ascend the lower Sangda La at 5,035 meters. This elevated vantage point affords awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the Kali Gandaki Valley, Thorong La, and the grandeur of 6,000-meter peaks like Tongu Himal and Mukot Himal.
Descending from the pass, we navigate a challenging trail of loose slate, reaching a crest marked by a cairn at 4,800 meters, followed by a descent to a prominent rock at 4,500 meters. Here, we encounter two trail options: a steeper, more direct path favored by porters on the right, and a longer, scenic route on the left, passing a waterfall and a saddle. We then proceed to a grassy plateau adorned with pine trees and continue along an exposed new trail, leading to a suspension bridge at 3,900 meters, where we pause for lunch. This morning's trek covers approximately 3 ½ to 4 hours.
After lunch, we undertake a steep ascent, traversing higher along the Kyalunpa Khola. An hour later, we cross a crest marked with prayer flags at 4,150 meters. Descending through a steep gulley, we reach our first tributary river crossing at 3,800 meters, followed by another half-hour traverse to the second river, crossed using rocks as stepping stones. Soon, we reach Sangda village, enclosed by a wall surrounding cultivated fields, designed for efficient land use. Across the valley, the abandoned remains of two villages stand as poignant reminders of the challenges of life in this region. We set up camp for the night in the school grounds above Sangda village, ensuring a safe and comfortable rest stop.