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  International Mountain Guides 2005 Cho Oyu: Tingri

Current Expedition Time Sunday, August 28, 2005 3:52 AM

Mount Everest photos Eric Simonson expedition

Climbing above Camp I on Cho Oyu Photo© Eric Simonson Collection

Update IMG Cho Oyu #4: Justin Merle and Ang Jangbu report that everyone has safely reached Tingri.  The Sherpas had a good drive up from Kathmandu and Justin's team had a long and bumpy drive from Xegatse, due to road construction.  The Sherpas will move to Base Camp tomorrow to start getting it set up.  The climbers will take an acclimatization hike tomorrow and another night in Tingri (a little over 14,000 feet) with the plan to move up to Base Camp the following day.  So far everything is going smoothly for the team and everyone appears to be doing well with the altitude.

Eric Simonson, International Mountain Guides

Update 08/29/2005: Justin Merle reports that the team left Lhasa in three jeeps and traveled to Gyantse (13,500 feet) in the Nyang Chu valley, along the way visiting the famous Kumbum Stupa and Shalu Manastery.  From there they continued on to Xegatse (12,800 feet), the second largest city in Tibet.  Today they spend an acclimatization day in Shigatse and visit the carpet factory and Tashilumpo Monastary.  Tomorrow they do the big drive to Tingri. We have heard that the road is in bad shape, so this will be a rump-buster, crossing two passes in the 17,000 foot range!  We'll look forward to hearing that they have linked up with the Sherpa team in Tingri---from there it is just an hour drive from the Cho Oyu Base Camp.

Eric Simonson, International Mountain Guides

Update: IMG 2005 Cho Oyu Expedition Team

Justin Merle, co-leader

Ang Jangbu Sherpa, co-leader, sirdar

Jack Sutton      

Robert Hottentot   

Charles Gray      

Richard Davis   

Gary Giss      

Steve Hirschorn (trekker)

Mike McNeill  (trekker)  

Danuru Sherpa

Phunuru Sherpa

Kaji Sherpa (head cook)

Phubu Thundu (Tibetan climber)

Rinjing (Tibetan cook boy) 

 

Dispatch #1: August 25: Justin Merle reports from Beijing that all members and duffel bags have safely arrived.  Just getting out the front door is sometimes the hardest part of the trip, so we are happy to report that the team's first steps on the way to Cho Oyu have gone smoothly!  Our Beijing host, Li Guowei from the Chinese Mountaineering Association, joined the team today for a tour that included Tianiman Square, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City.  Tomorrow the team flies to Lhasa.  Ang Jangbu and the Sherpa team will leave Kathmandu tomorrow for Zhangmu, on the border.  The plan is for the two groups to meet in Tingri on August 29th.  So far, so good!

 

Dispatch #2: August 26: We have received the news from Ang Jangbu that the truck and Sherpa team have all made it safely to Zhangmu, which is good news since the road to the border is sometimes blocked by landslides.  They met the Liaison Officer at the Friendship Bridge, which is the actual border between Nepal and China. Justin reports from Lhasa that his crew has also made their flights safely from Beijing and that everyone is doing fine. They will spend tomorrow visiting the sights of Lhasa (the Potela, Johkang, Barkor) before starting their journey across Tibet. 

Eric Simonson, International Mountain Guides

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