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  Cho Oyo Team Members Share Experiences

9 September 2013

Today our team of 7 members, 3 Sherpas, and 1 Tibetan reached Gyepla at 5350 metres / 17,500 feet. It was a gorgeous walk through rocky river valleys and turbulent glacier moraines. The winds were calm as the warm sun beamed down on us through clouds as we walked the 3.5 hours on a jeep track into the short grass - rocky valley of Gyepla, where a small community of Tibetan teahouses and western mountaineering tents has sprung up. Our little team was accompanied by 25 yaks and 1 large noisy Japanese cargo truck. The yaks went empty, and the roaring truck was bursting with gear and people. Upon arrival in Gyepla, many kind Sherpas came out to help us set up camp. Such gentlemen! We dove into the exotic carpet and cushion lined teahouse tent for a comfortable cup of tea, enjoying a hot drink while perched upon plush sofas around the warm yak dung stove. When we first arrived here in Gyepla, the small valley stream was dry as a bone, then in the late afternoon, it turned into a burbling brook. Finally, as we sat in our team's own dining tent and enjoyed a delicious evening meal of veggies, pasta, soup, papadum, and mango slices, with loads of hot drinks, the sun popped out over Cho Oyu, known by the Tibetans as the "Turquoise Goddess", and the world's sixth highest mountain was draped in golden light, against a brilliant blue sky backdrop. Tomorrow we will quest for the next higher camp. Wish us well!


Matti Sunell from Finland writes in:

After sorting our things into two separate bags, one going directly to the advanced base camp and the other containing equipment we would need in the interim camp, we packed our backpacks very light and started the walk up the road towards the interim camp. The big bags would come by truck. The easy road followed the valley floor near the river, and after about one hour's walk, started winding up the hills of the glacier moraine. We took it easy, but made good progress. Near the interim camp the truck carrying the expedition's equipment and our bags reached us and we were offered a ride, but we decided to walk the rest couple of kilometres because we felt strong.

The iterim camp's field was packed, as there were many expeditions arriving at the same time. As usual, the day ended in a comfortable and crowded teahouse.


Juergen Landmann writes:

Heute habe ich einmal die Gelegenheit, meine geistigen Erguesse kundzutun.
Am Abend konnte ich ganz fuer mich allein den Sonnenuntergang auf ueber 5600m geniesen. Ein einzigartiges Erlebnis, welches ich sehr gern mit meiner Frau und meinen Kindern geteilt haette. Bloed war nur, dass ich alle Not hatte mit dem letzten Licht ins Lager zurueckzufinden. Da hat man sich schon maechtig Gedanken gemacht und nach mir gesucht, sorry dafuer. Richtig froh bin ich ueber die Ankunft meiner Ausruestung am Morgen von Tag 11!!! Nun hat der Nervenkrieg ein Ende und ich bin zurueck im Spiel. Herzliche Gruesse nochmal an alle Leser meines Blogs und alle meine lieben zu Hause, Euer Lander


After some libation in a local tea shack we all headed for our tents, head torches on and prepared for sleep, another full and exciting day over, many more still to come.

 

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