19th: Jean-Christophe begins his trek to the base camp of Makalu and I am in
have left Tingri on April 15th to join Karta after 6 hours of Jeep on a really
bad track ... Karta, the end of the world.. the poverty is even more
outstanding here... the children are in a sorry state... I have distributed a
little of my clothing carried with me for the trekking... Karta is also the
end of the Jeepable track and thus the beginning of the trekking to join the
base camp of Makalu.
then arrived, as each day, in a storm, a storm of wind. We had difficulties in
assembling the tent in these conditions as now we sleep under a tent and not
in lodges. The cook and his assistance have install the kitchen and prepare
the evening meal and the tea. They are really very good, effective, organized
and very good cook! April 16th we organize the loads for the Yaks and begin
the negotiations on the number of Yaks and the timing to be respected, and so
on... always talking and Tibetans are not easy...
17th my road with Jean-Christophe finishes, separations are always so
difficult... I leave by Jeep at 9h30 in the morning and Jean-Christophe will
leave about midday Karta to start his first day of trek. I sleep in Nyalam the
17th by the evening after 7h00 of jeep with pain in the back by the jolts. The
night was short and without sleep... much noise in the lodge and the night the
dogs take over barking all over the night. The 18th in the morning, we join "Zangmu"...
the sordid city near to the border Tibetan/Chinese/Nepalese. I pass the
control of customs, visa, quarantine (before returning and leaving the
Country, the temperature is taken)... then my driver leaves me at 500 meters
of the border where a guide makes me cross the border Tibetan/Chinese and to
return again to Nepal with more formalities.
I wait 20
more minutes before climbing in a car which must lead me to Kathmandu... I
first believed that I was going to take another jeep, because considering the
roads I never imagined I was going to reach Kathmandu in such a vehicle... I
am not really relaxed, we pass 5 or 6 check point, the soldiers are behind
bags of sand with the rifle aimed on the hills... it is the Maoists zone, the
tension can be felt in the car with the chauffeur and my escort... two guides
arrival at Kathmandu, another manifestation, we go back to take another way
and reach the hotel. Lastly, which happiness to find a "clean" bed and to take
a shower! After this essential toilet, I met Mr. Dawa of the agency with whom
I resume the events. I talked, via another telephone, with Jean-Christophe. He
is well, the place is beautiful, he plans to arrive at the base camp by the
20th or 21st April. The mood is good! Today April 19th , I will solve the
last details of my return, walk in Kathmandu, try to rest before my departure
to France tomorrow Tuesday April 20th. Translations by Fabienne for
regards, Katia Lafaille.