28 October, 2013- Trek back to Dovan

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28 October, 2013 - Trek back to Dovan

We got up around 5:45am this morning to a clear sky and peaks surrounding us that were freshly dusted with snow. Beautiful!! Temps were around 17-19 degrees F in the morning. Bundled, we watched the sunrise light up the peaks – Annapurna One & Three, Annapurna South, Machapuchhre (Fish Tail), and Hiun Chuli. Such a nice treat after everything was clouded-in the prior afternoon/evening. We also saw the South Annapurna Glacier from where it begins to its path down the valley. Also at first light, we saw the helicopter warm up and fly around the base of Annapurna One looking for the French climbers needing help. Luckily, they found them nearby Camp One and brought them back to ABC. Our Sherpa, Pemba, walked the sick climber to the lodge and Dr. Eric met with him to assess the situation. The conclusion was he had very bad frostbite – his fingers were black and he’ll lose the tips. He’ll likely lose his toes as well, but his feet were still frozen so his boots weren’t taken off. His companion climber prepped their gear and loaded it into the helicopter and then they flew down to Kathmandu for treatment. Based on the weather we had today they were very lucky – had they not been found this morning, they probably wouldn’t have made it if they would’ve had to spend any more time up there. 

Pretty amazing to think that in seven days we trekked 34.5 miles, starting from 1,700 feet and ending at 13,550 feet. We essentially ascended 11,800 feet in seven days! Dang. We’ve had shockingly good weather the entire way up – we have been very lucky. This morning when we left ABC we had a snowy trail to descend – quite slick. Naturally, on our trek through the snow Dr. Eric kept warning those we passed who weren’t wearing sunglasses of snow blindness – there’ll likely be multiple cases of snow blindness up in MBC/ABC today but now they don’t have the Doctor around to help. We trekked down the valley and maybe a mile past MBC our trail started losing the snow-covering. However, from then on we pretty much got hailed/rained on for the rest of our 9(ish) miles. It was a long day today – we decided to push on a bit further than we’d originally planned and ended our trek today in Sinuwa, elevation 7,100 feet – we descended a net total of 6,500 feet today and boy are our legs feeling it. Still raining at the moment, and with the forecast of rain for the next couple of days we’re grateful that we’ve been able to see all the things that we’ve seen.

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Out team at Annapurna Base Camp

Out team at Annapurna Base Camp

 

Hidden Valley

Tent Peak

 

Annapurna East

View of Annapurna East

 

Sunrise view at Annapurna I

Sunrise view at Annapurna I

 

ready to back from Annapurna Base Camp

ready to back from Annapurna Base Camp

 

back from Annapurna Base Camp

back from Annapurna Base Camp