A sleepless night. Will was constantly getting up to see to another virus victim, this time it was Lesley. I was beginning to get paranoid, as I had sat next to her through dinner and we teamed up for a game of scrabble. I was beginning to wonder if I was the carrier!
I didn't get up for the sunrise. I was way too tired to stir from my sleeping bag for a bunch of pink mountains. In hindsight, my decision was the correct one as it wasn't particularly inspiring, the sunset being much better the night before!
|Team photo at Annapurna Base Camp|
After breakfast, we had our group photo with Annapurna 1 in the background (see right), then started the long journey down. Our Nepali guide, Padam, started to get quite agitated by our slow descent. The day was beautiful, and a few of us took advantage of taking pictures to make up for the missed opportunity on the previous days ascent in the mist.
|Annapurna, leaving Base Camp|
|Leaving base camp|
A decison was made to split the team. Will would stay with Lesley who was very poorly, at Bamboo. The rest of us would continue on to Sinuwa where we had booked in. Padam was conscious that at our current rate, we would be walking in the dark! Although, being a bunch of British hillwalkers, most of us carried torches, this wasn't considered an ideal situation by our Nepali counterparts.
|Descending through rocks|
So the day was a bit of a march once we had reached Machhapuchhre Base Camp. We stormed through Deurali and, after Jackie hitting a bit of a brick wall, we stopped for quick lunch at Dobhan (2600m). My lungs were enjoying the lower altitudes and by the time we reached Bamboo it looked like we would make Sinuwa in the last of the days light.
|Will; suitably proud we all had head torches!|
Whilst Jim, Diane, Sarah, Tanya and I made it without the use of head torches, Jackie and some of the others did get caught out, but there were no real dramas.
- Route:: ABC – MBC – Deurali – Dobhan – Bamboo – Sinuwa
- Ascent: 355m Ascent
- Descent: 2045m
- Duration: 9 hours