September 3, 2022
Yesterday Senior Guide Max Bond drove to Soti Khola with the climber’s duffel bags, about a 4 hour drive west of Kathmandu in the Gorka District. The plan was for him to spend the night there, and fly the next day, but the weather was improving and the helicopter company decided to fly immediately to Samagaon (11,500 ft) at the base of Manaslu.
This morning, Phunuru and the rest of the team loaded into a helicopter in Kathmandu and flew direct to Samagaon where they met up with Gyalgen Dorje Sherpa. Now, they will spend a couple days acclimatizing there. Meanwhile, the rest of our Sherpa Team are up at Manaslu Base Camp (16,000 ft) and today Dawa Tenzing went up to Camp 1 to secure our camp up there. The plan is to start fixing to Camp 2 on September 5th. So far so good on Manaslu!