Part of the
route with huge ice seracs and crevasses on the way to Camp 2.
Dear EverestNews.com readers,
This is Philip Ling with the
latest news from the Summitclimb International Pumori Expedition, 2005.
Today the whole team left Namche
Bazaar at around 8.00am heading for the village of Pangboche, situated at
3930m. This is a long day lasting between 6-10 hours depending on how many
cups of tea and yak trains are encountered along the way! All members were
advised by the leaders to take the walk slowly, to aid our acclimatisation to
altitude and to enjoy the spectacular scenery. The altitude gains made 2 days
ago on the hard journey up to Namche Bazaar were lost (to the disgust of some
members!) as we descended to cross
the Dudi Koshi river once more
before again ascending towards Thyangboche and the spectacular Thyangboche
Monastery, situated at 3860m, passing through Rhododendron forests along the
The highlight of the day was
undoubtedly our first views of the 'Big E'! Mount Everest, the highest
mountain in the world at 8848m. The Jetstream was in full flight roaring over
the summit pyramid at speeds of up to 200 mph. Also visible was Lhotse, at
8501m the 4th highest mountain in the world. Ama Dablam 6856m, and considered
by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the Himalaya, is very close and
was fully visible for most of the journey.
We are all now settled into our
guesthouse in Pangboche for the night, we have taken a well deserved break
from camping. All members are doing well and acclimatising to the ever
increasing altitude. Our excellent Sherpa chef (who has trained at the
Sheraton hotel in Kathmandu) and his kitchen staff are about to surprise us
with more excellent cooking. These guys work unbelievably hard in difficult
conditions, and continuously produce excellent meals of fantastic quality.
These guys are perhaps the most important members of the expedition team!
Tomorrow we walk to the village
of Pheriche, situated at 4240m. Thank you for following the progress of the
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