Hi, this is Morten (Gunnersen) with today's dispatch from Base Camp (BC). The
climbers have packed their gear for the Advance Bace Camp (ABC) and the yaks
have started the ride towards ABC fully stocked.
Some of the group members went to the Rongbuk monastery just one hour walk
north of BC. The visit at the old monastery was part of the preparation for
the puja at ABC.
Love and hugs to all our family and friends. Looking forward to getting you
all the stories when we have succeeded our tasks.
16 April -
This expedition had kind of a rough start from the beginning. The border
between China and Nepal was closed for foreigners for nine months and the
Chinese authorities checked us all very carefully. This slowed down our border
crossing a lot and we were only able to reach Zhangmu that day. No problem
though, because this gave us an extra day in our acclimatization schedule.
The next day we headed off to Nyalam at around 3600m and did a beautiful
acclimatization hike in fresh snow.
On the 12th we moved on to Tingri at 4300m, again we had a delay. The clutch
of our vehicle burned out and we had to wait in the middle of the Tibetan
plateau for a replacement vehicle.
In Tingri we went for a short hike to a viewpoint where you have the best
views of Everest and Cho Oyu.
The last two days we spend hanging around Base Camp. Today we loaded our Yaks
and they went up to ABC together with some of our staff to prepare the camp
All the members went to the old Rongbuk monastery to get the blessing from
So after a rough start all is fine again, tomorrow we will spend another day
in Base Camp. We are planning to move to interim camp at 5850m on the 19th.
That's it for now,
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