26 October, 2013 - Trek to Dharmasala

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26 October, 2013 - Trek to Dharmasala

Tea arrives at our door at 6:30 as has been the practice for the past few days. Breakfast follows as our porters prepare and leave with our loads. The rest of the team leaves Samdu at 8:00. The roughly 500 meter climb today is gradual. During the morning trek Manaslu reveals herself to us again, this time her northern aspect. A truly awesome icefall is one of the features of this complex giant. We trek on, gradually gaining the elevation to arrive at Dharmashala (4460m) at about 11;30. We were fortunate enough to get rooms in this overcrowded trekking stop. Our 'rooms' are in a long stone and mud structure with a metal roof. Most of thteam heads out for a walk along the trail that will take us over the pass tomorrow. Tea and cookies follows. A lazy afternoon is followed by supper and planning for the big day to follow.

heading up to Dharmasala

Heading up to Dharmasala