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 Everest 2008: Chinese climbers delayed on Everest


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 exponentially.

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 ABC

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

Earlier: 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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