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  Dutch Mt Everest 2004 Expedition Dispatch Three


3/26/04: "After some minor delays, we had our first patch of bad luck upon arrival in Kathmandu. Our trekking agent in Kathmandu (Suraya) has been imprisoned. There was no-one at the airport to pick us up, and after waiting several hours, we decided to organize it ourselves. We tried to contact Suraya (no reply), and eventually took a taxi to Thamel.

We managed to contact Suraya's brother, who told us Suraya is being held in Kathmandu jail. At least his brother could confirm that the preparations for our expedition are all done. Our date of departure to Tibet however remains unclear, and we will still have to organize the fuel for our stoves.

Apart from these organizational tasks, we will try to put in a good word for Suraya at various ministries. Suraya got arrested five days ago, but nobody knows what the charges are. Possibly, others being jealous of his success as a trekking agent?

We do not know yet whether our cargo has been released either.

We had a beer, which nearly knocked us over. Might have something to do with the long journey as well. All in all, we arrived safely, but a lot of things remain to be organized. Come what may, we will be on our way to Basecamp soon. With or without Suraya.

Tomorrow we will dispatch the first pictures, now it's time for some rest. Tomorrow we will sort out the fuel, departure, the cargo and Suraya's release. Best, Wilco, Ron and Rex"

Update "Surya Bastakoti still missing.

Our agent Surya Bastakoti is still missing. The team have sent an urgent fax to the Dutch Consulate in Nepal and various Nepali government departments in which they plea for a timely release of Mr Bastakoti. Fortunately, Surya had completed most of the preparations for our expedition, but Rex, Ron and Wilco will have to sort out the final details. We are in the process of doing so.

Cargo stuff: We are also experiencing some trouble with the cargo that DHL delivered at Kathmandu airport in time. The Nepali customs are not very eager to release it. Harm Jan, our contact at DHL is helping the best he can, even though the problem is not within DHL's responsibilities. Such wonderful service! And there is still the last package with equipment that has to arrive. However, it will be here in Kathmandu on Wednesday earliest."

Apparently Surya Bastakoti is the director of Mount Pumori Treks, their agent in KTM!

Editorial Note: We were somewhat confused by all of this because we knew the Dutch was on the Monterosa Treks and Expedition permit, therefore we contacted Monterosa Treks and Expedition.

Dear EverestNews.com, Namaste !

Thanks for your mail. Mr. Surya is not working with us, he have own trekking company in Kathmandu and his 3 persons Dutch group join with us. He is missing. Now the Dutch group knows me.

We have cleared all cargo of Dutch group and all group is ready for start Everest Expedition 2004. On 31 March 2004, they will start the Expedition and they will be in zhangmu tomorrow. Finally everything is OK and all ready. Thanks, with best regards, Ganesh Neupane Monterosa Treks and Expedition

Pictures copyright the Dutch Mt Everest expedition

Dispatches

 
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