Intermediate Camp; Tashi
Delek from Intermediate Camp. Yes, we’re still here and we have a quick
update. Our momentum came to a grinding halt today as we encountered the
Chinese PLA as we left camp en route to ABC. The border military would not let
any of the Tibetan yak drivers we had with us near the Nangpa La pass. We
spent a fair amount of time trying to work out a deal with the military to
allow us to pass to ABC but in the end we returned to Intermediate Camp.
Things seem to have been cleared up this afternoon and we are all set to
proceed tomorrow a.m. onward to ABC.
The Chinese have began a multi-million dollar road project in order to be able
to better patrol this historic pass. Many Tibetan refugees escape across this
pass into Nepal and many times onwards to India. The Chinese government has
made a great effort to keep Tibetans from leaving Tibet over the years and the
infrastructure that has been built recently has increased their presence here
at the border dramatically. We could see multiple patrols in the hills
surrounding our camp this morning. This is also the “40th Anniversary” of the
“agreement” to create the Autonomous Region of Tibet and the government has
stepped up security throughout Tibet. There was heavy military presence in
Lhasa as well in case of any uprisings.
With the immediate issue apparently resolved we hope to be settled into ABC by
late afternoon tomorrow.
We’ve heard brief reports on the Nepali radio regarding the disaster in
Louisiana and New Orleans. Our thoughts are with those enduring the loss.
We’ll be in touch soon.
All the best, Dave
Sept. 1- Intermediate Camp:
Night has fallen here at Intermediate Camp. The only sounds to be heard are
those of our staff chatting in the cook tent over the static heavy signal of
their short wave radio. I can barely make out the faint chimes of yak bells
off in the distance.
It's 7 pm on Thursday. We
left Chinese BC at around 10 am this morning in a long procession of yaks.
Last night we had quite a bit of rain but were lucky this morning to have a
lull to pack up camp. By the time we arrived at Intermediate Camp it was
raining steadily again. We piled into a Tibetan trader's tent near camp to get
out of the rain and wait for the yaks. Camp went up quickly and dinner was
again excellent. It's all about good food and good conversation at dinnertime
Suzanne, Don, Kevin, Tony and
Mike are all doing well and we're all excited to arrive at ABC tomorrow. It'll
take a bit of time to get used to camp at over 18,000 feet. We will have a few
days to adjust before venturing much above that altitude.
We'll be off again tomorrow
at around the same time and hope to be in camp well before dark. We are
thinking of all of you back home.
All the best, Dave
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