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  Everest Summiter Zeddy checks in from the road to Cho Oyu: Nice pictures!


Finally, we left Lhasa after the third day of seeing so many temples and monestary's and monks. We headed to Xigatse which is the second largest town in Tibet and it was the former home of an important Lama - Altitude 3860m). The drive was all on paved roads - and even though we criticize the Chinese, they have done an amazing job with the roads, bridges and planting trees all the way. It makes you wonder what they are getting out of Tibet.

The drive to Tingri was not so great because of the major road works that are taking place. They are building a highway all the way to Everest Base Camp. It took us over 12 hours to drive 300km. It was incredible to see the way they were building the roads all by hand. Very difficult at this altitude. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the South African team that were traveling with us. They stopped at Zegar (New Tingri), to head off to climb Lakhpa Ri (7045m). We enjoyed their company, and they were wonderful people that made us change our minds about South Africans! They were nearly all in the medical field, so we had many interesting conversations about the effects of altitude. Personally, I had entertaining conversations with Mike, the vet. He warned me about my two dogs (a German shepard and a staffy). He thinks in less than a year, they will eat each other. I hope not before I get back - as I nearly cancelled the expedition when I heard this news! Nevertheless, all conversations were equally interesting.

We arrived in Tingri after dark. The altitude here is 4340m. It resembles a small town in the wild west in the 19th Century. One Barber, a brothel, general store, blacksmith, and horse carriages tied up down the street. Today we are resting and acclimatizing. Jenny and Francoise went to have their hair washed, and Stewart got his head shaved (with Gillette razor blade). Jan went out for a walk and we haven't seen him since - we'll check the brothel later on :)

Russell and the Sherpas are already at Base Camp, setting up for our arrival tomorrow.

Normally, you can see Everest from Tingri, but it is now raining heavily (with a bit of hail), and we are all inside resting. Jenny is helping me to type this email, as it would have taken me 3 days in order to finish it!

Next news from Base Camp - Cheerio

Zeddy

Tingri

 

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