Mortenson is whacked in the face by a branch as they roll into Skardu.
They meet up with Mohammed Ali Changazi, a trekking agent whom Mortenson trusts to help him.
Changazi lets Mortenson store all his materials at his office, saying it's "too late" (8.10) to build anything now.
After Mortenson washes up, he runs into Akhmalu, a cook he knows, who tries to take Mortenson to his village, Khane.
Mortenson agrees to the trip, which is "only three or seven hours" (8.21) (give or take a day).
He has to cross a zamba, a bridge made of yak hair, to get there.
Once he arrives, the chief, Janjungpa, is excited that Mortenson is there to build the climbing school he promised.
Mortenson swears he never promised this, and argument breaks out between Janjungpa, Changazi, and Mortenson.
Eventually, Akhmalu takes Mortenson to his home and feeds him.
The next day, Mortenson returns to Changazi's office, where the man says that he had Mortenson's supplies "shifted" (8.47) to another office.
Changazi tries to convince him to build his school in his village, because Korphe is very far away. But Mortenson refuses.
They eventually travel to Korphe, but the only way to get across the gorge is by a several-hundred-foot cable, and more importantly, a cable that can't support the weight of all the supplies. Whatever will they do?