Namaste! This is Turkish climber Tunc Findik
reporting from Makalu advanced base camp.
All is good here at 5700 metres, and after
our puja ceremony of 22nd april, we have climbed to camp 1, situated on a
glacier saddle 6350 metres high. Our team does well apart from occasional
small health problems and everybody seems to acclimatise really well to
The climb to camp 1 is quite straightforward.
We began by a scree gully, bypassing the lower seracs of the Chago glacier
and took to the flat, dry glacier slope reaching a small ice wall, approx
100 metres high at around 6200 metres. There are some crevasses to
negotiate around and be careful, but it is surprising that the mountain is
very dry- all blue ice and yellow- black rocks!
We made a storage tent at camp 1 and
tomorrow, by 25th april, we will be climbing back up to camp 1 and explore
camp 2 and beyond to 7000 metres.
The base camp is really comfortable for us-
good food, good rest and superb views of Chamlang and other peaks around
Makalu, not mentioning the majestic west wall of Makalu. The ABC is a very
windy spot, which can border at annoying at times.
So- all the best to you our followers and
supporters from Makalu- the black pyramid!
Hello Everestnews readers,
Today we had a great "Puja", a ceremony to ask
for the mountain favour to climb it. A "lama" buddist priest, prayed for our
safe passage. we put our pray flags in abc, danced with the Sherpa's and met
a lot off old friends from other expeditions we have climbed with on other
Tommorow we will climb to camp 1 approx 6100m,
leave some grear there and come back down to abc. The next couple off weeks
this will be our life. Climb up to a higher altitude and then go down to
For now this is it, Arnold Coster
As we walked around the corner towards Shershong (4600m),
the South East ridge of Makau unravelled itself with the summit rising a
huge 3700m from base camp (BC). Arriving at BC (4700m) after 10 days on
the trail marked the completion of the first stage of the expedition,
which in itself provided some of the best trekking to be encountered in
The journey to base camp started in Tumlingtar at just 400m
above sea level and the gateway to the Arun Valley. Tumlingtar's tiny
grass airstrip provides easy access to the trek in just a 45minute flight
from Kathmandu. From here a two and a half hour jeep drive saves two days
trekking in the heat of the lower altitude and takes us to Chichila
(1850m). Here porters who are more than happy to recieve work in this
remote trekking region of Nepal gather to collect their loads as we set
off on our journey to BC. For the first three days we trek through small
villages as the trail winds its way through dense rhododendrum forests.
Every spare piece of flat land is terraced to support the growth of crops
for the local communities. Each day we loose and gain height and
eventually cross the massive Arun Khola (river) and reach Tashigoan
(2100m), which is home for many porters. Tashigoan is like a
station interchange and seems to be a compulsory stop before progressing
onto the next stage of the trek, where T houses and porter accomodation is
far and few between. After a day purchasing fresh meat and vegetables and
finalising porter loads we set off Northwards on the ridge bounded by the
Kasuwa Khola on the east and the Ipsurwa Khola on the west.
After an overnight stay in Khongma (3515m) we cross four
passes and get the most amazing views of numerous Himylayan peaks
including Kachenjanga and Makalu. The Shipton La (4200m) marks the high
point of the day before we descend to the Barun Nadi (valley) which we
follow for the final two days into base camp. At BC we sit and stare at
the grandeur of Makalu towering directly above us. In three days time we
will move our camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) 5300m where we begin
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Dear Everestnews reader,
7 april we finally flew to Tumlingtar. Our flight was scheduled at noon, but
we had to wait on the waiter in Tumlingtar to improve. There where too much
clouds hanging around the airport. There are no good navigation systems on
the small airports here in Nepal, so if you can't see the runway you can't
land. Luckely after a couple hours the weather cleared and we where able to
go! It's only a 45 min flight, but our staff whent by truck and took them 2
airport is just a grasstrip in the middle of some hills. A quiet warm place,
because it's only 450m high.
After a nice Nepali meal
and some beers we spent our first night in a village again and everybody had
a good quiet sleep. No sound of traffic, planes, music. It's good to be out
the morning we drove by Landcruiser to Chichilla at 1850m, before this was a
2 day walk, but now with the dirtroad only 3 hours. We met all our staff
there and they prepered a nice lunch for us. Tonight we will sleep in tents,
these are going to be our home for the next 60 days!
evreything is fine, tommorow we will walk to Num at 1530m, the first of the
eight days of walking to base camp...........
Coster, expedition leader
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,
Background: Outware treks & Expeditions is a
family company run by Dutchmen Arnold Coster and his Nepali wife Maya Sherpa.
Arnold and Maya go married in2003 and since then they lead many successful
expedition and treks together. Both of them are expert climbers with many
ascents on their name. They are friendly relax persons treating their clients
as true guests. Because their country backgrounds they have extensive contacts
in the east and the west, which you will see back in the quality of the treks
and expeditions! Many of the world famous Sherpa’s are their family members
and work together with them.
During our treks 6000m,7000m and 8000m
expeditions, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Arnold Coster,
fluent English and Dutch speaker. He is a relaxed, considerate and thoughtful
person; an expert leader; technical expert and a highly-skilled professional
who specializes in getting people to the summit and back down in 100 percent
safety. He has extensive knowledge in recognizing and treating altitude
sickness and other common health problems during treks & expeditions. He is a
good communicator, a great motivator, and has a positive attitude. Arnold is
at home in any terrain, with any kind of group. He is an expert technical rock
and ice climber. Arnold Coster's first Himalayan climb was on 8,156 meter-high
Manaslu, but he led numerous expeditions. Arnold has led 5 successful summits
on Everest (north and South) and 4 successful expeditions to Cho Oyu, but also
Shishapangma, Lhakpa Ri, Mustag Ata, Khan Tengri, Mt Kenia and Kilimanjaro
Maya is our connection with the Sherpa
people. She is also a well accomplished high altitude climber. She was the
first Nepali woman on numerous peaks as: Ama Dablam 6812m, Pumori 7112m, Cho
Oyu 8211m, Khan Tengri 7010m. She has two accents of Everest also, from the
north and the south. She is a relax person with good communication skills,
which helps us to get the best out of our staff. She is a trained leader from
the Nepalese Mountaineering Association, so she has solid technical skills.
Maya is also trying to do something back for her country; she is active in
many NGO’s and wants to be an example for other woman in Nepal. Maya led
expeditions to Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lothse and Khan Tengri
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