Hello this is Matt Belman with SummitClimb's Dhaulagiri autumn expedition.
Yesterday we spent the night at a nice hotel in Beni and had breakfast. Then
did a little provisioning and had a few hours bus drive which, was a little
bumpy but pretty comfortable. We started walking at the end of the road where
the landslide made a path and for a few hours.
There was a little bit of heat and after a few hours we stopped off and had
lunch at a little settlement along the beautiful Marsyangdi river. The staff
prepared a delicious lunch with lots of interesting food, rice and veg and
We continued to walk along a nice road and trail for a few hours. Some were
fast and others a little slower but we all kept ourselves well hydrated as the
temperatures were quite warm. The sun stayed hidden behind the clouds so it
was nice and cool and we didn’t have any rain.
We stopped after a few hours in a town called Darbang. The porters found us a
beautiful place to set up our camp in a small yard where many many children
came out to meet us, see our tents, cameras and toys/gadgets that we have
here. We enjoyed a little bit of internet, another delicious dinner prepared
by the SummitClimb staff and then rested. Our altitude is 3800ft / 1200m.
Today has started with blue skies and the river is moving swiftly alongside of
us. In the distance we can see a 7000m peak, white against the blue sky with a
few light clouds. We’ve had our breakfast; eggs and salami and plenty of tea.
Now we’re all packed up and ready for another nice stroll for anywhere between
5 to 9 hours. So everything’s well here, we're all feeling good and getting
very excited about the trip ahead of us. We’ll be calling in with another
dispatch as soon as we can.
4 September -
Hi this is Violetta Pontinen speaking, I’m from Poland. Today is the 4th
September and I’m calling with the dispatch for SummitClimb for the Dhaulagiri
expedition. We started in Kathmandu very early in the morning and we came to a
small village called Beni, which is about 800m above sea level. Our trip was
very interesting with absolutely breath-taking views, we crossed a few rivers
and a few bridges and although it was a little bit difficult we got to Beni
safely and are very happy. We all feel good and admired the views. The trip
lasted 8 hours and tomorrow we are going to our next destination.
Now I’d like to say something in Polish and in Finnish (click the audio link
above to hear)
3 September -
The entire team met for an informative get-to-know-you expedition orientation
meeting at the excellent Shakti Hotel. Then we went out to a few of
Kathamandu's more than 100 outdoor gear shops to buy the equipment we needed.
Great prices! At the end of the day, we all met up for a delicious dinner on
the rooftop of 3rd eye restaurant, while Deha, our loyal office staff,
configured our satphones to use twitter. So please watch out for our twitter
messages coming to you live from the mountain!
2 September -
Today we received the permit at the Ministry of Tourism. Then we had a
delicious celebratory dinner with the team at Northfield's in Thamel
1 September -
Today expedition leader Arnold Coster and our 8 member Sherpa staff packed and
prepared all day at the Kathmandu SummitClimb Headquarters. The weather was
good and we got a lot done!
Dan Mazur (leader) - US/UK
Arnold Coster (leader) - Netherlands
Ms. Violetta Pontinen - Poland
Fredrik Johansson - Sweden
Jerry Gladh - Sweden
Andrea Rigotti - Australia
Slavo Fila - Slovak Republic
Juerg Merz - Switzerland
Robert Mooney - Ireland
Richie Maybank - UK
Matt Belman - USA
Karel Masek - Czech Republic
Dennis Miller - USA
Chris Bailey - UK
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