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  Everest 2006: ANDALUCIA EVEREST EXPEDITION: ANDALUCIA EVEREST EXPEDITION RETURNS TO LUKLA


 

 

A journey of eleven hours to end the acclimatization trekking. 

Lukla, April 10, 2006

Andalucia Everest Expedition has had today its last day of trekking with a very long journey of eleven hours on their way back to Lukla.  This last phase of preparation and acclimatization for the expedition started with a control of a threatening military patrol on the way out of Namche Bazaar before a long descent by the valley to the Dudh Khosi river.

The group of Andalucians have seen hanging bridges, tones of green in the exuberant vegetation of the zone and all kinds of impacts to their senses, who could taste the details of the trail which were not noticed in the first journeys through the Sherpa territory.  The sounds of the water, the songs of the birds, the white, pink, yellow and purple colors of the flowers and the diversity of the vegetation in a flat path of several kilometers. 

Along the trail they went through villages and towns - Jorsale, Mongo, Chumoa, Benkar and Chumio - where they could see customs of the inhabitants of such an exceptional scenery.  After having lunch in a lodge in Phakding, the expedition has continued the trip to Lukla with a demolishing final ascent to the city which has the only airport in the entire Solukhumbu. 

There is another military patrol which guards the entrance to Lukla, zealously looking over the entrance and exit of all pedestrians.  On the road, a couple of Catalans who have recently arrived comment that there was a curfew in Katmandu two days ago, with tanks in plazas and avenues and most of the commerce was closed in deserted streets. 

Early tomorrow - 07:00 AM - the expeditioneers will take a flight to the capital of Nepal not without having gone through the special sensation of lifting off from an airport among the mountains with an inclined runway of not much more than 500 meters of length.  The team will rest a couple of days in Katmandu before starting the second phase of the project, the assault of Everest.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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