We are now
in Intermediate Camp at 5350 m. We are having 2
problems: non-cooperating yaks and mountain sickness. It
is unclear when we will reach basecamp (about 4 hours
climbing from here).
morning our Chinese Liaison officer lets us reweigh all
the loads, in the presence of the yak drivers. The final
count shows 1784 KG. According to a recent rule a yak
may only carry 40 KG when carrying expedition loads. In
theory we thus need 44 yaks to carry everything up to
basecamp instead of the 12 yaks we have now.
everything is negotiable... Instead of loading the yaks,
we find ourselves in the army tent of our Chinese friend
drinking tea while bargaining. Our strategy (playing the
poor student) finally works, but at a price. We agree
that the 12 yaks and 4 yak drivers will do 2 carries to
deliver everything to basecamp for an additional fee,
leaving a significant gap in our expedition budget.
Due to the
yak issues, we don't leave until 2 PM. Everybody carries
heavy loads and we reach Interum Camp by 7 PM. Everybody
morning, our sherpa Ang Pemba appears in the kitchen
tent with a swollen face. A clear indication of mountain
sickness. Herman examines Ang and concludes that going
further up is not responsible. We have to stay one extra
day in Intermediate Camp. We consider our options and
decide to ask the yak drivers to go down today and carry
the remaining loads to Interim Camp. Apparently, yak
drivers don't like to change plans... after long
discussions they agree to go down, but 2 "sick" yaks
At the moment, 10 yaks are hopefully carrying our
remaining equipment to here. We are not sure if they can
carry everything, without their 2 sick colleagues.
Pasang went down with the yaks, to keep an eye on the
situation and to keep us informed by radio. But the
radio is silent since a few hours (probably empty
In the meantime Ang Pemba's condition is improving. It
seems like everybody will be able to climb further
tomorrow. We just have to wait if and when the yaks will
While I am writing this, a very strong wind has
developed, blowing away one tent 50 m. After inspection
it's luckily only partly damaged. We'll keep you posted
on our situation.
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