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  Cho Oyu - Everest Summiter Gary Guller for the 2004 Expedition 8,201m: Two new dispatches


Cho Oyu with the peak glowing in the sun.

Expedition Dispatch: Dispatch 6: 25  September  2004

Greetings from High on the Turquoise Goddess!

All is going well with the team. We are healthy and ready to advance to higher camps. The six team members that will be advancing are Gary Guller from the good old US, Jens from Germany, Claire from France, Ben and Diana from Colorado and Brooke from Washington. Our Sherpa team includes Namgya Sherpa, Lakpa Rangdu Sherpa and Dawa Gelgin Sherpa who has replaced Phura Dorjee. Phura Dorjee had to descend due to health reasons, but I spoke with him yesterday and he is resting well in Kathmandu. Dawa Gelgin joined also. We have arrived at Camp I on 9/25 at 6400 meters and all are healthy and ready to continue higher. The plan is to continue on to Camp II at 6900 meters on 9/26, and then advance to Camp III, the last camp on 9/27. After a five-six hour rest at Camp III, we make our bid and with the blessings of the gods, we will reach the summit on the morning of 9/28. We thank you for all the prayers and good wishes that have come our way from all of you that are following our journey!

Now, off to sleep, hydrate and prepare for the coming days!

Cheers! Gary and the Team

Dispatch 7: 26 September  2004

Hello from Camp II!

We all have arrived to Camp II at 6900 meters. The team is resting and drinking lots of warm liquids in preparation for our pust to Camp III tomorrow. The weather is freezing, but with only a light breeze and blue skies - just like Texas, but cold!! Perfect climbing weather!

I am proud to announce that another Arun Treks Team with Japanese climbers, Hitoshi and Kitashi with one Manbardu Gurung summitted Cho Oyu at 8 am on 9/25/04. They are now safely on the way down to Base Camp, with one climber at Camp II and the other at Advanced Base Camp. Congratulations to these climbers!

Our team is on our way to Camp III, where we will rest for several hours before our summit push. We hope, with all your prayers and the blessing of the gods and goddesses, we will also be successful. Our thoughts are with all of our families and friends at home as well.

Talk to you again soon,

Gary Guller  for Arun Expeditions.

Team Members: Gary Guller (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)

Gary Guller, veteran expedition leader, Everest summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book Gary

Dispatches

Cho Oyu, the world's 6th highest mountain at 8,201m

Tibet - 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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