Hello Everestnews readers,
Today I went to the ministery of tourism for our expedition
briefing and we received our permit.
So everything is fine and we will be on the way soon.
Saturday all the climbing staff, Tunc Findik and me went to
Lama Gyek Ombila Rimpoche to get our expedition blessed and pray for a safe
passage on the mountain.
Our staff will leave 5am Monday morning by truck to
Tumlingtar. First they will drive Hilli, a 16 hour drive and the next day to
tumlingtar. Here they will arrange transport to Chichila for us. We can
drive there over a small trail by 4x4 and pick up truck. From Chichila we
will start trekking to Makalu base, this will take another eight days.
All members will arrive tomorrow, Monday, morning and
afternoon. We will have a group dinner in the evening, but most of us
already met before. Wednesday we will fly to Tumlingtar and catch up with
Arnold Coster, expedition leader
Dear Everest news readers,
I am in Kathmandu for two weeks already
preparing the Makalu expedition.
Already met Miss Hawley and got the
latest information about the mountains condition and the other teams who are
going to be up there.
Things are going well and I am almost
finished packing. We roughly packed 2500 kg of gear meaning: tents, stoves,
food, ropes, tables and chairs. We will have a full base camp setup with a big
heated dinning tent, 2 toilets, shower, kitchen and staff dining. Electricity
from solar power and even a projector to see some movies when we have to hang
out in Base camp in case of bad weather or when we are resting. Everything is
going to be carried up to Base camp by men power. For that we will need about
80 porters who will carry 30kg each for 7 days! These guys are though!
We have a strong international team of
climbers all of us climbed multiple 8000m peaks before and for half the team
climbing is their job.
Arnold Coster, the Netherlands,
Tunc Findic, Turkish
Haris Kiriakakis, Greek
Mor Doron, Israeli
Guntis Brands, Swiss
Adele Pennington, British
Ron Rutland, British
We will be supported by the strongest
Sherpa team I could find.
Dawa Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, Climbing
Wongchu Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, high
Lakpha Sherpa from Makalu, high altitude
Kanchha Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, high
Pemba Chhhiri Sherpa, from Solu Khumbu,
high altitude climber
Sange Sherpa from Makalu, head cook
Phuri Sherpa from Solukhumbu, assistant
Monday all members will arrive in
Kathmandu and the plan is to fly to Tumlingtar on the 7th and start our
Stay tuned for more news,
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