8000 Meters Facts
Summits Everest Expedition
Tibet 2011: Base Camp
Today, our team reached the base camp. Alex Abramov called,
but the connection was bad. "It is very cold in the Base Camp. We go to
dinner and then sleep. Everything is normal, all got safely. "
Today we returned in Kathmandu, after an early flight from
Lukla. All of the team enjoyed the acclimatisation trek in the Khumbu a lot.
It was very nice to get out of town. Our permits for Tibet are finalized and
we will leave Kathmandu early tomorrow morning. We will drive to Kodari and
the cross the "friendship bridge" into China to the Border town of Zhangmu.
If everything goes smoothly we will continue to Tingri at around 4200m. Here
we will spend two more night to finish our acclimatisation before going for
Our Tibet visa are a little bit delayed, so we decided to go up
Khumbu and start our acclimatization. This way we can make some time up during
the approach in Tibet. Yesterday we reached Namche Bazar at 3600 metres/11,800
feet. Today we are just hanging out here and enjoying the nice coffee and
apple pie..........hard work expedition climbing!
Tomorrow we will head up to Tengboche at around 4000 metres/13,100 feet. After
this we will go down and back to Kathmandu. Today I got the good news that all
our permits are ready, we only have to get the Tibet entry visa in Kathmandu.
We expect to be back in Kathmandu on Wednesday and we will probably cross the
Tibetan Border on Thursday!
All the members are doing well and are enjoying the fresh mountain air and
great views here! I think we have a very strong group with a lot of experience
this expedition, but let's see what the mountain does this year.......stay
tuned for more news......
Arnold Coster - expedition leader
We look at the Himalayas from south to north. Kanchenjunga. The
team collected by Alexey Bolotov will try to climb this giant mountain. It
consists of two top Russian high altitude climbers - Nikolay Totmyanin and
Gleb Sokolov. As well as our close friend, president of Mountaineering
Federation of Azerbaijan, the snow leopard and the climber at the Seven
Peaks Israfil Ashurly. Together with them - Pole Paul Michalski, Romanian
Alex Gavan and Italian Mario Panzer and Spaniard Antonello
Martinez. And also a group of Nepalese climbers. If successful Sherpa Mingma will
be the first in the country climbed 14 eight-thousanders
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