Putha Hiunchuli Expedition- Sept 2016 dispatch #3

Yesterday was a busy day with last minute preparations- meeting with the officials at the Ministry of Tourism for the official briefing of our expedition and getting the permits for the Sat phones and radios. About 70 pages documents had to be signed. We also met our Liaison officer who will be “following us” to Base Camp.

Our climbing permit

This morning was an early flight to Nepalgunj, near India border, far west of Kathmandu. On the way we were lucky to get a glimpse of the mountain that we will be climbing. It looked so impressive.

Now we are resting at the hotel in Nepalgunj. It is 28 C and the hotel has a nice swimming pool, which we will use to relax this afternoon.

Waiting for our flight to Nepalgunj
Dhaulagiri range seen from our flight
The big pointed mountain on the left is Dhaulagiri 7 (Putha Hiunchuli) 7246 m

Tomorrow an early morning mountain flight to Juphal, which is the starting point of all trips in Dolpo area and “our mountain”.
Half of our staff has already reached Juphal with some of the equipment, but we still have about 600 Kgs more to ferry it to Juphal tomorrow. Hope the weather is clear tomorrow. Keeping fingers crossed.

Meanwhile we enjoy the pool at our hotel at Nepalgunj.

View from our hotel at Nepalgunj
Enjoying the pool at the hotel in Nepalgunj

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