October 12, 2011
IMG leader Eben Reckord reports that the Annapurna/Chulu team departed Kathmandu on schedule this morning. With Eben and assistant guide Charlotte Austin we have five Annapurna trekkers (David, Jacqueline, Laura, Rebecca, Beth) and four Chulu climbers (Joe, Fredrick, Joseph, James). From Kathmandu the team drove on the Pohkara road towards the west, a beautiful drive through central Nepal. When they reached the Marsyangdi River Valley, they turned to the north, to Besisahar. Then, from there, the road has been extended a bit further to Bulbule, which is now the trailhead. Finally, a couple hours of trekking took them to Ngadi, where the Sherpa team was waiting for them.
Since cell phones are now sporadically working in the Annapurna area (as far as Manang), Eben was able to send a photo from Besisahar. We’ll look forward to receiving some more photos and following the teams’ progress over the next three weeks, as they tackle the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and Chulu Peak.