March 5th: Due to the worst
snowfall since 10 years, over 500 flights in and out of Frankfurt were
cancelled. My plane did divert to Munic, because the airport was closed. Seven
Hours later, it arrived finally in FRA. Thus, my connecting flight out of Abu
Dhabi was lost. I had to wait for about 13 hours, to continue via Muscat to
Kathmandu, where I arrived about half a day late. Although I did not sleep for
two nights, I arranged to do lots of work today. First I checked paperwork
with my trekking agent, thereafter I topped up my equipment by 20 kgs more,
having now 70 kg in total.
After final preps are finished, (2-3) days, I will set up to the mountains to
start with the akklimatization process. Unfortunately, my mobile does not
work, communications have to be done via Internet or via Satphone.
All the best, Dirk
This morning I was ruggedly
awoken by Pasang. Obviously I had falsely set my clock for one hour. Now I
realize why yesterday everybody seemed to wait for me....... The flight from
Kathmandu to Lukla is both pure excitement and spectacular at the same time.
Shortly the smogdome of Kathmandu is broken-through by the small twin-engine
turboprop and clears the view to the roof of the world's snowcapped summits!
Underneath I see terraced cultivated land. Hairbreadth we browse a pass, the
altimeter shows 3.000m, promptly the airplane is pulled down, then I can see
the increasing runway, ending at a mountain's face. We expose roughly, break
violently, the pilot immediately turns the airplane 180 grade and slows down.
Here we are!
Starting from now I have to rely on my own strength and interaction. No
streets, at the utmost unhitched tracks up to the base camp of the Mt.
Every evening the military seals off Lukla, maostic rebels controls the area
underneath the airfield. 16.000 people have fallen victim to the civil war.
To be continued
Best regards Dirk
March 21, 2006: First night
in the mountains is unaccustomed. It appears that thousands of dogs are
barking all night long. In a moment of silence one of them starts once again
and encourages the whole pride of Lukla to continue. Sometime the bark finally
stops, instead the rats start to race on the roof. After falling asleep
nightmares bother my sleep. Drenched in sweat I wake up again and again. 7
o'clock I wake up, knocked out, it's cold and the jet lag takes its toll. I
have cereals with protein powder and tea with milk for breakfast and start
walking at 8 o'clock.
I am accompanied by Ngima, who was a monastery monk for 14 years, now a family
man, owning a Lodge in Lukla. Bored by the monotonous prayer, he says.
It's good to climb again. In almost 4 hours we reach Monjo, 10 km off, 500
elevation gain up and down. We spend the night at Mt. Kailash' Lodge. I meet
someone from Iceland, he has woolly hats and pullovers manufactured in Nepal
using wool from down under and sells the goods to Iceland. I used to think of
icelandic pullovers as a prototype of pure icelandic economy. That's
globalization, the Icelandic grins. The evening was enjoyable. The owner of
the Lodge has jazz music and the other guests are very amusing. A Japanese
couple is traveling for two years, having a lot to tell. This night is much
quiter, despite bothering nightmares.
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