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  Makalu Expedition 2004 lead by Norwegian Sven Gangdal: Update Five


Earlier today we received this report from the expedition. It was Stian Voldmo who called us, via satellite. The connection was bad, but he managed to get this through:

"...After all the members of the expedition arrived safely in Katmandu, the preparations for the expedition continued. This was done in a record breaking time, and we was airlifted to Tumlingtar, Tuesday 23. march.

We have been trekking for 8 days, and it has been a hard trek. We are at this moment, about 4-5 days of trekking from Basecamp. During this trek, we have experienced tropical heat in the jungle, and bad weather over snowy mountains. We also ran into the Maoists. After some dealing, we now have a written contract with them, and they didn't want any payment to leave us alone. Thanks!

At the most, we have engaged over 80 carriers, but this numbers is decreasing as we go along. Mick from Australia sends his best to his Pyton-snake, he misses it alot.....

The Czech trekkers are leaving us tomorrow, we wish them a nice trip home! We are all in good shape, and sends our greetings back home!...."

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