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
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!
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