25th April 2012:
Eco Everest Exp. After spending the night at
Camp I on 23rd April, team members Naim Logic, Gia Tortladze, Paul Thelen and
Eberhard Schaaf have gone to Camp II on the 24th and will return back to base
camp on 26th April.
Lovraj , Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil, Bill Burke
and Bud Allen are heading upto Camp I where they will spend the night. They
will be traveling to Camp II tomorrow.
Vit and Jan Morava are performing the puja ceremony today at base camp.
Already well acclimatized they will be moving upto Camp I tomorrow.
Lumbini to Mt. Everest Youth leader's Peace Expedition 2012: The puja ceremony
for the Lumbini to Mt. Everest Youth leader's Peace Expedition held on 22nd
April at base camp. Prior to EBC, 10 members summited Island Peak(6183m) as
part of acclimatization. The team members are all excited to begin their climb
above base camp.
Peace Everest Expedition-Spring 2012: Peace Expedition puja is being held
today at base camp. They are excited to begin their climb above base camp
which will resume from tomorrow.
From Ang Tshering Sherpa:
North Side Everest:22nd April 2012
Asian Trekking's International Everest: All Polish members(5) arrived ABC
(6500m) and their health conditions are good. Jap/Hungarian members returned
to BC. They plan to move to ABC on 24th April.
South Side Eco Everest: 23rd April 2012
Asian Trekking's Eco Everest members Gia Tortladze, Paul Thelen , Eberhard
Schaaf and Naim Logic are arrived Camp I. They will spend the night at Camp I
as part of their acclimatization rotation.
The rest of the climbing members including are all went near C1 for
acclimatization and returned to base camp. C2 of Eco is already established by
Breakfast this morning is interrupted by the shouts and excited sounds of the
Sherpa camp above. Soon enough our Sirdar, Naga Dorjee, BC Manager, Pertemba
Sherpa calls us forward to take part in Puja ceremony.
With climbing equipment and prayer flags to be blessed we scramble up the
slope. Suddenly all that noise through breakfast becomes understandable, there
now stands a large stone alter adorned in prayer flags, candles, incense
sticks and offerings of rice, taltersampa and assorted chocolate bars.
Ushered into position we sit crossed legged in front of the granite alter,
beyond we gaze upon the western shoulder of Everest and the Khumbu ice field.·
The ceremony is led by Phurba Tshering Sherpa, who happens to be a Lama
released by his monastery for the climbing season. Knelt in front of the alter
Phurba Tshering Sherpa is reading aloud from Tibetan scripts, slowly but
surely his chanting silences the crowd.
Occasionally laughter breaks out as the Sherpas share jokes becoming at times
light hearted; above the sky is blue and the prayer flags flutter in the wind.
All the time my legs are screaming at me to get up, looking around I can see
the grimaces of Bill, Alan, Gia, Niam and Loveraj confirm I am not alone
Binita, Rajendra, Nandini, and Kapil are beginning to look a little pained.
Only if I could stretch my little legs.
To one side of the alter a fire is lit of juniper and incense sticks, the
smoke is thick and acrid as it hangs heavy like gun smoke amongst us. Eyes
watering, coughing, I can here Paul and Eberhard moaning as they try to adjust
their numb neither regions.
Encouraged by the Sherpa’s we throw rice towards the alter, drinks are then
brought forward and snacks are shared amongst the climbers. Sherpas’s chanting
increases in volume as he asks Everest’s guardian spirits for our safe passage
As a finishing touch a flag pole is erected from the centre of the alter, it
is adorned with more prayer flags that are then ran out for over 50m in a
north, east, south and west direction.· Ushered to our feet, legs screaming
with joy, we stand around and gaze at the magnificence of what we have been
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