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Dispatch Seven: March 31st, 2010

Annapurna Expedition 2010

Day Seven: Trek from Marpha to Muktinath (3,700 meters)

Today, we woke up at 6:30am, had breakfast at the lovely Neeru Marpha Hotel (which I will add had excellent rooms, food, and staff; highly recommended) and got on our way. We said goodbye to Indra (our cook), as he will return to Lete today and wait for us to arrive tomorrow. We arrived at Jomosom roughly an hour after we began, and I couldn’t resist the draw of the internet café. I hooked up my laptop (which I carry in my backpack) and worked out some kinks in my technical communications setup. Once these were solved, I continued on my way to Kagbeni (2800m), where I took a quick break and had a milk tea in one of the lodges. I continued up toward Khingar (3280m) past the “caves in cliffs” and finally, after making a number of wrong turns into villages off the route, I arrived at Muktinath (3,700m). I checked in with the local police, who checked my trekking permit and recorded my details, then walked around town trying to locate the kitchen boy, Jorge, and Martin. I walked all over with no success, and finally decided to stop and have lunch in the Freedom Café (with a Bob Marley theme). Just as soon as I ordered food, I saw Jorge and Martin walk by, and darted out the door after them. They said that they had also made a number of wrong turns as well and had also been looking for me since arriving. They ate at the California hotel (don’t ask me where they get these names from) and after dining, we all went down to the Muktinath hotel and were given our rooms. Tired and sunburned, we ate dinner, and went to bed. Tomorrow, we will head toward the Thorung La pass (starting at 5am) at 5,416 meters, then head down arriving by noon to catch the 12:00 Jeep to Jomosom (we should arrive by 3pm) then catch the 4pm bus back to Lete for the start of the trek to Annapurna North Base Camp.

Photos: Left: View from the trek close to Jomosom of Nilgiri; Right: Nick trekking close to Kagbeni

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