Dispatch 1 – 25th March 2004
We arrived in Kathmandu on the 23rd having had a pretty uneventful flight.
As usual the welcome at Kathmandu was fairly ‘lively’!!! Marai Shamar of
Perivar trekking met us at the airport, which was really nice. He helped us
with our many bags and delivered us to the Nepa Hotel, which has been home for
the last three days.
We spent most of Wednesday in the airport trying to clear our equipment
contained in six big blue plastic drums that we freighted from the UK two
weeks ago. This was a new experience for us – and one we will never forget.
We were expecting some difficulty clearing the cargo, after all Nepal isn’t
renowned for organisation and procedure. However once we had cleared the two
lots of unofficial customs had all of the contents of our drums emptied and
checked by a number of freelance helpers and Marari argued our corner, we left
the airport happy if not a few rupees lighter.
Today we spend this morning meeting our oxygen supplier Neil Greenwood of
SummitOxygen. It is the first time we have seen the kit, so Neil spent some
time showing us how to us it. First impressions of the SummitOxygen kit are
really good. It looks and feels like good quality and fairly simple to
operate. I guess the real test will come at 8000 meters on the north face of
Everest in about 2 months time.
Tomorrow we plan to finalise our plans in Nepal get a few last minute items
before we travel out to Lukla on Saturday morning. We have decide to spend 6
days trekking towards the Everest base camp to do some physical training and
get out of the smog in Kathmandu. Our next dispatch will probably be on
That’s all for now
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Boreal, T & F Electronics, Comar Fluid and Power, Brookleigh Lanscapes, RAB,
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Manufacturing Services, Barry Hawkins Narowboats, DMM, Esporta Warwickshire
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