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  Tibet Base Camp

17 April -

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.

Morten



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 for us.

All the members went to the old Rongbuk monastery to get the blessing from Lama Sange.

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,
Arnold Coster, expedition leader
 
 

 

 

 

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