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  Everest 2006: ANDALUCIA EVEREST EXPEDITION RETURNS TO NAMCHE BAZAAR


One before last journey of trekking for acclimatization in Solokhumbu 

Namche Bazaar 

Andalucia Everest Expedition has returned today to Namche Bazaar from Tyengboche in a hard journey.  They went early to visit the religious epicenter of the Sherpa region, the monastery of Tyengboche where lama monks hold their prayers.  After the visit to the sacred place they started the descent of more than one hour by a gaunt zone until they crossed the point where the Dudh Khosi and Imja Tse rivers meet.

Going through little villages and among woody vegetation they went south.  After more than two hours of constant descent by the sides of the mountains and these sinuous paths of this very hard topography, they reached Namche Bazaar to stay in the same lodge where they were on the way up and now the headaches proper to the mountain sickness have disappeared.  

When they got to Namche Bazzar with the accumulated exhaustion, the Andalucians found a strong military presence and they learned that during the last days there has been unrest in the Nepalese capital with strike situations and police and military intervention that has even resulted in loss of life to some people.

Tomorrow Monday, the group will conclude the acclimatization trekking in Lukla after descending during six hours by foot to the spectacular 'milk river'.  In Lukla the climbers will sleep before flying to Katmandu from the impressive airport of Solokhumbu next morning.  In Katmandu they will rest for a couple of days before going to Everest's Base Camp in Tibet.

The Andalucia Everest 2006 Expedition is sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte of the City of Andalucía, RTVA and the City of Sevilla, and de The North Face, Nervión Plaza, Estadio Deportivo, Grupo La Raza and Merkamueble.

AN EXTRAORDINARY RACE

The Sherpa people are extraordinarily strong and hard working.  During these days we have see porters on the road with sixty kilos on their backs climbing with effort the endless slopes.  Also women and teenagers do their daily work of transporting goods, food, wood, food for the yaks, soft drinks or beer and tourist's backpacks by the natural rock stairs that make hearts beat faster and take your breath away.  They drive their cattle by difficult trails with the easiness of someone who crosses the street in any city of Andalucia.  They are made to adapt their way of life and they don't whine about their environment.  They are courteous, kind and well mannered inside and out.  They are fighting people, unique and extraordinaire.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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