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Dispatch Five: March 29th, 2010

Annapurna Expedition 2010

Day Five: Trekking Plans Change; Bus from Beni to Lete

Today, we woke up at 6:30am, packed up our bags, had a quick breakfast and headed down to the gear jeep, which was being loaded down our gear. We decided at breakfast that it would be better, instead of walking three days, to take the bus to Lete as the road was quite dusty and unpleasant and we would probably end up getting sort of upper respiratory infection rather than gaining any acclimatization. We can then spend more time trekking close to Marpha up to the French Pass and over to Jomosom in order to better acclimate. We managed to get on the local bus and two hours later, were in Tatopani. We continued till Ghasa, then stopped to switch busses for the remainder of the journey to Lete. While we were waiting, we noticed a helicopter parked up the road, and headed over to find that it was Ferran Latorre who had injured his tendon on Annapurna and was being evacuated back to Spain. We wished him luck on his journey down and a speedy recovery, then boarded our bus to Lete. Two hours later, we arrived, unloaded our equipment, and had lunch at the Old Namaste Guest House. We spent the cool afternoon chatting about past expeditions and planning our acclimatization program. We watched as the Korean Sherpas and a HUGE amount of equipment arrived to Lete. We also heard a number of helicopters flying past which we can only assume must be the Korean’s equipment arriving to Annapurna Base Camp. We are all quite interested to see what the rumored 20,000kg’s of gear that the Koreans are travelling with consists of. Shortly after, around 30 Korean members arrived to Lete (most of whom I was told were television crew for the live air of the expedition on Korean television). I was quite put off when, while speaking to one of the members, someone who I assume was a television presenter came over and began saying “Amazing” and “Wow” to everything I said in quite a condescending manner while the whole conversation was being taped. Something tells me that I’m not going to be hanging out with the Korean expedition this time around!

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