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  Fall 2013 Cho Oyo Team Trains

4 September 2013

Today we rested and acclimated in Nyalam, hiked around on the hills, hung out in teashops, and read books.

The team went on an acclimatization hike above town. We walked up the Mt. Kagali (4300m). Juergen and Matt went all the way to the top. We had a good time. We have a great group pace. Mt. Kagali has many prayer flags on it. It is very aesthetic in Tibetan style. The rest of the day we read, relaxed, and went on smaller hikes around town. We enjoyed another dinner at the Snow Land Restaurant and are enjoying Yanjidroka's tea house once again.


3 September 2013

Today we drove to Kodari for breakfast, crossed the Friendship Bridge, cleared Tibetan customs and immigration, drove to Zhangmu for lunch, and Nyalam for dinner.

At five in the morning, the expedition left Kathmandu by bus, people sitting in front and the back of the vehicle filled with our equipment. We drove through the beautiful Kathmandu valley, then the road started to climb up the mountainsides. There had been no bad landslides thus no long waits besides one to get past a fallen truck. We arrived at Kodari after four hours, had breakfast and then crossed the border to Zhangmu, Tibet. The formalities were quick and easy. After a lunch and money changing we jumped into Tibetan jeeps. The drivers took us along a road carved into a vertical mountainside, on the brink of infinitely deep canyons and underneath kilometre-tall waterfalls. The skillful drivers kept an astonishing speed, and we arrived at our first Tibetan town Nyalam in just two hours. We came to enjoy the comfortable beds and warm showers of the Snowland Hotel. After a dinner at the Snowland rastaurant we enjoyed the hospitality of Yanjidroka tea house.


2 September 2013

Today we finalized all formalities for the Chinese visa application. Contrary to our expectations, we did not get an individual visa, only one paper serving as a group visa. After the visa process we moved onto our team orientation and briefing which was a very informative and helpful affair, lots of team building involved here. We were shown the equipment to be taken on our trip to base camp, paying particular attention to safety and medical equipment, making sure that each member understood everything that was required to be carried in their bags and how the medicines were to be used and further information on the meds were also made readily available to everyone. Considerable attention was made to the medicine called Diamox and it's qualities and possible side effects, with each member given there own choice whether to use Diamox or not.


After the briefing we moved onto individual equipment checks in each members room to make sure that everyone had the required amount of gear needed for the expedition. Then whole team went off for the last bit of equipment shopping. It is amazing what can be found in Kathmandu, and it is so cheap! From crampons to summit day suits, packs, high altitude boots... Everything. Additionally, the team stocked up on medicine and snacks. We have an impressive amount of snacks with us and Dan is encouraging us to buy even more in Tingri where all the Chinese riches can easily be purchased. We ended the day with pizza in one of the many many restaurants in Thamel, the climbers district in Kathmandu.


1 September 2013

Today was a very busy day. We woke up early and made the medical kits for the team. Along with The Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development we planned renovations for the Deboche Monasteryunt. In addition we met with Miss Elizabeth Hawley, Himalayan Chronicler. She is a historian for the Himalayas and records major events for the area. Everyone on the team has finally flown into Kathmandu! We are excited to get on the road!


31 August 2013

We have been busy packing and are almost all done with all of the group gear. This includes the tents, kitchen and dining tents, solar panels and lots of food. The team is arriving and we will be on our way to Cho Oyu within a few days. The Swayambhunath: Stupa (also called 'Monkey Temple') is not far from us in Kathmandu. We are very excited to get to the mountain!


Matt Olsen, Cho Oyu Leader In Training

 

 

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