The Chinese summit attempt is not expected to start from 8300
meters on April 28th. How much the Chinese are delayed appears to be a state
secret. But summits are now not expected until May ..... As the Summit
day moves back the pressure on South Side commercial guides will grow
11 foreign journalists including
Dolf Reist and the BBC have left to join 19 Chinese journalists headed to
Everest Base camp.
Earlier: Climbers on the Tibetan side of Everest at 7500 meters. High
winds. Ropes only to 7500 meters. A long way to go....
Earlier: March 15 Started to establish BC
March 31, mobile phone service in the region was on.
April 3, climbers, about 50 in total, started to move to
Route to North Col had been cleared up, rope fixed. Hundreds
of porters are now moving to higher altitude.....
The torch fire will be carried to and lighted up on the Top.
3 summit pushes was planned. The first bid might be from 8300M on April 28,
depending on the weather condition
The Chinese are widening and improving the road to Everest Base Camp for
Spring 2008. Yes it will include asphalt paving on at least part of the road.
While Environmentalists have expressed concern, commercial Everest operators
and Everest climbers have not that we have heard of....
The plans will allow many "tourists" to visit Everest base
camp and the possibly see the torch-bearers of the Olympic Games. The road
frankly will make things safer, hotels are very unlikely...
It does appear the government still has to approve final
plans, which appear to be moving ahead...
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