April 14, 2012
IMG guide Eben Reckord reports that the team’s first few days of trekking have gone well, and they are now in Bradang (2850m). From Kathmandu the team drove west on the Pohkara road, 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. Yesterday the team got a nice view of Manaslu.
Eben says: “it has been raining a ton in the afternoons and evenings, but we’ve managed for the most part to stay dry and out of the rain. There has been a lot of movement on the trail with donkeys, sheep, brahma bulls, chickens, mongooses and monkeys. Today is Nepali New Year, so there are a lot of local people traveling to visit friends and celebrate. At one point we had to get out of the way of a whole herd of goats that was being herded down the trail! Work continues on the road up to Chame. Two days back we were asked to stay put by two soldiers while dynamite blasts cleared more of the road across the valley. Needless to say it’s been an exciting walk in so far. We hope to get to Humre tomorrow and base camp in just a few days. The team is all happy and healthy and ready to get climbing”.