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Dispatch Six: March 30th, 2010

Annapurna Expedition 2010

Day Six: Trek from Lete to Marpha (2,670 meters)

Today, we woke up at 6:30am, packed up our things, and went into the lodge for breakfast. We started on our way around 8am and a short three and a half hours later, arrived to Marpha. The trek was supposed to take around seven hours, however, we went at a decent pace, and didn't feel the need to stop at all along the way. Unfortunately, I find myself slightly disappointed with the trek thus far compared to the trek to Manaslu Base Camp. The villages are far less picturesque and most of the way appears to be under construction with land-moving machines littering the side of the roads. It’s a shame that this area’s charm and beauty are being traded for easier access for tourists. The wild areas like those close to Manaslu to me remain the most attractive trekking destinations. It’s still early in the trek though, and my opinion may change (I hope it does). Upon arriving to Marpha, we had lunch at the Neeru Lodge then relaxed in the dining room discussing our plans for the coming days. We managed to change the plan yet again. Tomorrow we will head to Muktinath (3760m) and the following day, trek to Thorung Phedi, where we will stay in a teahouse, then  hike up to the Thorung La Pass (the world’s biggest pass at 5416 meters) and return to Thorung Phedi where we will take a jeep back down to Jomosom, then catch the local bus back to Lete. At this point we will start up the trek to Annapurna North Base Camp (as laid out in the “Expedition Overview” section), hopefully well acclimatized.

Photos: Left: Children in Lete; Right: Our cook, Indra, at the signpost indicating our arrival to  Marpha

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