We have now left
Kathmandu, which is a lovely city, but very dirty so we were happy to leave by
bus on Saturday morning. An 8 hour drive to the Langtang region. Our GPS tells
us in those 8 hours we only got 35 km away from Kathmandu. But fair enough, we
are in the mountains and ready to start the acclimatization process.
We start the trek at 1500 meters, it
really feels great to be in the mountains and moving again. The last week has
been nothing but packing and traveling...
Now we are in Langtang village, at 3400
meters. The military posts disable us to make any film shots. To film in this
area a very expensive permit is needed... Of course, cheaper options also
Tomorrow we will walk up to almost 3800
meters. We hope to use our ski's for the first time somewhere in the next few
days. Getting close to the real stuff...
Acclimatizing is going
very well! We are now in Kyangin Gompa, at 3800 meters.
The past days we have made some acclimatizing treks.
Yesterday, we climbed Tsergo Ri (4984 m) and today we
climbed up to Naya Kang base camp. We dropped some loads
up there, including our skis!
feeling very well and we are enjoying being in the
mountains. A couple days ago, Herman was sick and had a
tough night. He recuperated quickly (he's a doctor!).
Tomorrow we will
climb back up to base camp and use our ski's! We have
spotted some very nice couloirs! We will stay at higher
altitudes the next days to lets our bodies get use to
the thin air.
We'll keep you
We have had some great days since the
last update! We climbed up to base camp where we had a
beautiful camp site. Setting up our tents on high rocks
and very nice views. The next day we climbed up to a
high camp at 4850 meters, above the summit of Mont Blanc
(4808 m). We all feel relatively OK. This means
acclimatising is going well. Of course, we all have
minor headaches and sleep bad once and a while, but
Herman says it's all OK.
The first day from high camp we climbed up to 5000
meters and had some good skiing. While we were skiing,
we spotted some very nice couloirs... So the next day we
went back up, into a steep couloir. Early in the morning
we arrived at the top of the couloir. It feels so good
to be climbing again, and we are about to ski down a 46
degree (thank you Suunto) couloir. The snow is good and
Afterwards, we skied down to Kyangin Gompa (3780 m). We
all felt tired, but a surprise package helped us back up
Its now a two day walk from where we will take the bus
to Kathmandu. We feel ready for the Cho Oyu, especially
because the past two weeks have been good. Final
preparations will take place and we will head off
towards base camp on the 23rd.
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