August 27, 2012
Phunuru Sherpa called from Sama Gaon to report they are now loading up the new local porters to go to base camp (the low level porters from Arughat can not go to BC, as this stretch of the journey is claimed by the local men from Sama). Phunuru says they are sending 4 of the climbing sherpas and 50 porters today up to BC today, and the rest of the loads should go up tomorrow. They had to split the available porters with other expedition teams since there is a shortage of local porters. The expedition members are now arriving in Kathmandu, and getting ready to hit the road!