Blue skies clouding up a bit in the afternoon was what we expected. Instead, we unfortunately got severe winter weather with 48 hrs of continual snow leading to the closure of the Thorung La and trapping us along with a Russian party in waist deep snow in Manang! We had to retreat by cutting a path using ice axes and body force through the snow to Hunde (first leg), then again, a day later, to Pisang. This was pretty arduous and cold. It took us 10 hrs to cover the 4kms to Hunde arriving at dusk and eternally grateful for a full moon. Fortunately most of us had good winter treking gear with us. Many though suffered wet feet as conditions underfoot were severe -treated nubuck leather boots did well. Microspikes were good where the snow was compacted or iced. Hands got cold/wet - teaching me to use a layered glove system on a trek. We had to retrace our steps to Besishahar which was quite tedious except that we saw Manaslu from Timang and Annapurna 11 became fully visible. Manaslu had been obscured by rain cloud on the way up and we had had only brief glimpses of Annapurna 11. The new road/dam construction does impact on the attractiveness of the trail on this side. We then crossed to Birethanti by a bus arranged by Exodus from Besishahar and had a successful circular mini-trek in deliciously warm weather and good visibility to Poon Hill/Ghorepani and over via Tadapani to Ghandruk and back. The views from Poon Hill were outstanding. The lodge at Ghorepani is in a great location and many of the rhodedendron were in bloom - a beautiful sight.