Day 2: March 28 2004
This is Sarah Henley reporting from Kathmandu at the Yak and Yeti Hotel.
Today the remaining team members were greeted at the Kathmandu airport, with
fresh Nepalese flower necklaces. Although, a little foggy eyed everyone is in
This evening the group roamed the streets of Thamel, the most popular
tourist spot in Kathmandu. The narrow streets and alleys of Thamel are filled
with great restaurants and shops. This is the place to buy cheap authentic
Nepalese clothes, art and even last minute gear for the trek and Everest
All the team members, trekkers and climbers, enjoyed a nice dinner at the
Rum Doodle tonight. The Rum Doodle is famous around here. Once one achieves
the summit of Everest they become part of the Everest Club and are fortunate
enough to eat at this restaurant for free for life. However, I am sure there
are restrictions for those broke travelers who may try and take advantage of
this honor! As the group began to learn names and a little about each other
the anticipation for what is to come started to build...
Tomorrow, those who are interested or not too jet lagged, will experience a
guided tour of the beautiful Kathmandu Temples. We will also visit the
International Mountain Explorers Connection office. Since 1998, the IMEC has
raised thousands of pounds of gear and clothing from hundreds of companies to
benefit the Porter Assistance Project clothing lending banks. These banks
operate in Nepal, Peru, and Tanzania. Tourists and companies who wish to
borrow clothing from these banks to properly outfit their porters can do so
simply by leaving a deposit. Mountain Madness encourages their clients to
assist IMEC in donating and transporting gear for this cause.