The team are comfortably resting in Jaghat...relaxing after cooling showers and finally dry shoes. Yesterday was a bit of a wash out. In fact, quite a wash out. Two Sherpas had to drop their loads to beat a descending landslide yesterday. The group passed the landslide scene today and the gear is buried!
Finally in Samagaon, the last village before base camp! The team is ecstatic that tomorrow is a rest day...well kind of a rest day with only a short day hike around the village planned. The last few days of steep trails, in rain, heat and increasing altitude have been tiring. The team will acclimatise here now for a few days and rest up before moving to base camp only a few hours walk from the village.
The team is well settled in Manaslu base camp at 4800m, which is shrouded in mist and daily afternoon rain. Today they enjoyed clear views of Manaslu once above the clouds during their first rotation to Camp 1 (5700m). The climbing was good but busy! Manaslu has attracted huge numbers this year with teams rerouting Cho Oyu expeditions to this normally lesser climbed mountain.
The storm did come dumping metres and metres of snow. The team have delayed their Camp 2 acclimatisation rotation and have made a quick escape to Manaslu base camp. Unfortunately as it snows up top, it is raining down below. But at least they're dry inside warm spacious tents and are eating well.
As expected, the storm passed quietly after dumping meters of snow at base camp and higher on Manaslu. The team waited out an extra day to let the snow safely settle and compact, before beginning their 3rd and last rotation on the mountain.
It's been an emotional and exhausting last few days. Lapka and Anjkaji spent most of yesterday on the rescue team looking for survivors or bodies. Unfortunately no one was recovered. The mountain is not safe this season. It's received too much snow, and even though it's unlikely for history to repeat itself during a single season, this mountain is just not meant to be climbed this year.