Expedition Dispatch 4:
Greetings to all from Advanced Base Camp (ABC), situated on the glacier/rocky
moraine at approximately 5700 meters (18,810 feet) above sea level. I'm
writing to you from our dining tent, looking out to clear blue skies, little
wind and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains here at ABC - A perfect
day for our puja.
After a couple of days of
preparation and day hikes to aid with our acclimatization at Chinese Base Camp
lower down, the team, 53 yaks and a new additional climbing Sherpa (Lakpa
Rangdu Sherpa, replacing Pasang which got stuck in Lukla during the temporary
Nepali unrest), moved up to our present advanced base camp which will remain
our home base for the next three weeks or so. We made the upward trek over two
days (September 11-12) and are happy to finally be settled in. Advanced base
camp is slightly crowded this year or so it seems, perhaps due to the 50th
anniversary of the first ascent of Cho Oyu, but we were able to find a great
area nestled between a few other teams. Our Sherpa team worked hard to prepare
platforms for all our personal and dining tents as well as a cooking area for
our kitchen team, which in my mind and stomach at least, is the most
important, the kitchen team! For the next few days we will need their
expertise as we hydrate and consume the great food these masters prepare for
us. We've had our second re-supply shipment of fresh vegetables that are so
enjoyed! Without them, the meals would be not nearly as exciting. Everything
begins to taste very similar after a week or so, but the team in kitchen and
the folks back at the office are keeping all in order with any requirements we
may have in the future. And of course, we spice it all up with copious amounts
As mentioned above, we
arrived here on 12 September and have generally taken it easy and relaxed over
the last couple of days. Some of the team have made day hikes on the
moraine, over to the Nangpa La (the pass to Nepal) or taken the time to
prepare gear for the first load carry to Camp One tomorrow, 15 September.
Everyone is well and generally quite happy - or as happy as one can be with
such a huge challenge ahead over the next couple of weeks, and as the daily
rigors of life here at Advanced Base Camp at over 5700 meters or 18,000 plus
feet start to sink in. We finally got the huge solar panel and the charging of
electronics on course, sorted out high camp food today and the team enjoyed
some time exploring the surrounding area.
We have a plan to carry our
first loads of gear to Camp 1 in the morning and return to ABC. We'll have a
day's rest on 16 September and head to Camp 1 for the night of 17 September
and gradually start moving up the Turquoise Mother - the sixth highest
mountain in the world. Of course, we'll make various trips up and down prior
to our summit attempt, taking great care to be as safe as possible - and at
the same time enjoying the experience and working with the other fine
expedition teams and people on the mountain. So far, we've met old friends and
made new ones - there seems to be good vibes flowing around at the moment
which is nice, but it is in the very early days for the majority - I hope this
good vibe continues throughout the expedition.
We had our puja this morning
- the Sherpa once again did a phenomenal job. It was special, as always -
incense was burned, prayers chanted, snacks offered and the prayer flags hung
over our camp, fluttering in the light breeze, sending our good thoughts and
prayers for safe climbing to the gods of the mountains. Discreet, pleasant and
meaningful. Its was simply just so nice.
We'll touch in a couple of
days with more news
for Arun Expeditions.
(USA & England), Brook A.(USA),
Phillip G.(Swiss), Jocelyn M(Swiss), Ben W.USA), Diana F.(USA), Philippe S.
(France), Darrell B.(USA), Jens V. (Germany), Claire D.(France)
veteran expedition leader, Everest summiter, author and motivational
speaker. To book Gary
the world's 6th highest mountain at 8,201m
- Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain at 8,201m, is located just west
of Everest and Lhotse along the Nepali-Tibetan border. Cho Oyu is a
straightforward climb and not technically demanding, an excellent mountain for
climbers wanting to scale their first 8,000m peak.
Flying from Kathmandu
(1,280m) over the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain, we'll arrive just
outside Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibetan Buddhism, at almost 3,600m. We'll
spend our first night in Tibet relaxing and acclimatizing to the significant
increase in altitude. While in Lhasa, we'll tour the former winter residence
of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace, and his summer residence, Norbulingka
Palace. We'll visit other notable sites such as Jokhang Monastery, barter for
goods at Barkhor Market, and travel just beyond the city limits to watch the
scriptural debates at Sera Monastery.
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