Yesterday morning I flew into Kathmandu. It was my first daytime flight into Kathmandu. It was beautifully clear weather, and seeing the Himalaya from the air provided an awesome perspective — with Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and many other peaks visible on the horizon. This is my third 8000 m expedition, with previous expeditions to Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma. My goal for this expedition is to climb Manaslu 8156 m solo and without bottled oxygen
Today I had a relaxing afternoon catching up with my Nepalese friends on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. Drinking Nepali Raksi (moonshine) Chhaang (rice beer) along with some quite tasty finger foods – with no ill effects this morning – hopefully I’m working up some immunity to Nepalese microorganisms. However, the heat and humidity of Kathmandu have me daydreaming of Manaslu’s glacial base camp. I’m excited to be back in Nepal!
The next two days I will busy myself with buying supplies and packing for the trek in. I plan to depart on the 2nd of September for Arughat, a small village in central Nepal. From Arughat it is an 8 day trek into Manaslu base camp. This time of year is hot, humid, and wet. So I am packing my umbrella as the trek starts in the lowland rainforest.