Dan Mazur's Kangchenjunga Spring 2002

29 May Dispatch: Trekking out... We started before 5 am, taking down tents and assembling porter and yak loads. We had a long day's march-- over 20 km (it took 3 days to do this distance on the way up) to Ghunsa. By the end of the day it was cold, raining, and we were glad to reach the village. 

Before leaving Base Camp, we held a short memorial service for Chris and
took a group photo. The yaks stopped at Kambachen, with promises to be in Ghunsa the next morning.

We spent the night in the same place as on the way up .The fire was especially nice after the wet afternoon. Also, they had beer!

30 May Dispatch: A shorter day. We transferred loads from yaks to porters for the rest of the trek. We wandered down through rhododendron forests in sun and some rain to Gyabla (2600m), staying at the 'Kangchenjunga Hotel'. Dan was limping with slightly frostnipped toes, and he hired a local boy to carry his pack. The rest of the team wandered along at their own pace, some fast, some slow.

Sincerely, Daniel Mazur from http://www.SummitClimb.com

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