Today Jorge woke up wanting to
chat and chat, you have to notice that for him two days without voice is like
for Dino two days without ... well, he had to catch up. We didn't know it
could be so cold here in the lodge in Deboche! We are still shaking.
Yesterday, the experience of the
Hospital in Khoride was very gratifying. After covering a difference of
almost 1,000 meters of altitude round trip, it had to be worth.
A Canadian doctor saw us
there. It is a volunteer, as everybody who works in the Hospital. Besides
treating us nice, for Jorge he was like a shaman, he said his throat was OK
and he would soon feel better. A saint's hand! By the evening he had
recovered his voice and could eat without swallowing swords as before.
In Khoride's hospital the
price for the appointment for foreigners is 40 euros and for Sherpas is 20
cents. So the first visit can look like a scam but thanks to this system the
hospital supports itself and the locals can get medical attention during a
year for a symbolic price. So for this time, although our soul hurts, we were
not cheap and we paid.
... so Jorge was still
chatting and chatting when an Italian they had met yesterday did not
recognized him. "Are you that mute who sat in a corner to avoid bothering
us?" evidently he didn't know Jorge and his blah, blah, blah.
Today has been a day of
surprises. When we started the trekking the people said cheers because of new
year, without giving us time to show our rancid sarcasm and say Merry
Christmas, they told us that today is the Nepalese New Year. We have just
started the year 2062. It looks like the Sherpas are not following this
calendar (they use the Buddhist calendar), but the immigration of people from
the low lands who come to work as porters introduce the customs of other
We continued our trekking and
after an hour on the road... we met with Xavi, Mercé and Albert! 3 Catalan
friends from Esplugues, with whom we shared base camp in Cho-Oyu in 98. Looks
like they will try to climb Everest by the North Face, but they will do the
trekking of the South Face to have a good acclimatization.
Remembering past times and
because of Jorge's theory of compensation we spent 2 hours chatting with them.
The poor Sirdar, who was there waiting for us, did not know if he should go
or start barking.
After we recovered strength
in a lodge on the road we got to Periche, our destination for today, a little
village at 4,200 m where because of the altitude there is hardly any
vegetation and the lodge is even more minimalist than the others.
From here Ama Dablan looks
close and Everest's walls start to be seen, and they are so impressive that we
would like to run and don't stop.
This is surely our chance to
have the last shower before Base Camp. When the sun sets it starts to be
really cold, so we decided to stay not farther than a meter from the stove
while Jorge continues his blah, blah, blah. Good night.
Translated from Spanish by
This is their second
expedition to Everest, this time via the South Face. They have already tried
the North Face in 2001. They will hire two Sherpas for the expedition.
· 1996 Bolivian
Andes, summit of Illimani, 6490 m and other 6.000 m. peaks.
· 1998 Cho-Oyu.
Jorge and Endika made it to the summit, 8.201 m. and David gave up just 700m.
from the summit.
· 2.000 Manaslu
(8.163m.), did not make it to the summit due to bad weather, first time in the
Himalayas for Haya.
· 2.001 Everest North
Face, Jorge reached the summit, 8.848m., David was 200m. down because of a
malfunction of the oxygen equipment, and Endika around 500 m. below.
· 2.002 David, Jorge
and Endika went to the Geographic North Pole after a trip of more than 20 days
over frozen ocean.
· 2003 defeated by
Nanga Parbat, just got to Camp II.
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