After finishing our
trek in Langtang we headed back to Kathmandu. There we
made our final preparations for our departure to Cho Oyu
We went to the
Bodnath, the largest Stupa of the world where we walked
three rounds around it, according to boudhist
principles. We bought a lot of prayer flags which will
be used on several occasions. Our Sherpa's took them to
a Lama who gave his blessings for the success of the
These four days in
Kathmandu were probably too long as both Greg and Herman
got intestinal problems. Kathmandu's food with all its
"foreign" organisms, is hard on our western stomachs.
After having a hard time with diarrhea we are now
recovering with some help of antibiotics.
As you can imagine we
were all very happy to start our journey to Cho Oyu base
camp. After a few hours in the bus we arrived at the
Chinese border. Since the middle of the 20th century
China occupies Tibet. Therefore officially we entered
China but were very happy to enjoy the beautiful
landscape of Tibet!
of some delay at the Nepali side of the border we were
to late to go directly to Nyalam and forced to spend the
night at the filthy border town Zangmu, 2250m. The next
morning we cleared all the cargo and headed off to
Nyalam via the Friendship Highway, a beautiful road up
the Tibetan plateau.
After a rough night,
because of barking dogs, we were anxious to leave Nyalam
and to go to Tingri (4350 m), our next destination. This
meant being able to see the Cho Oyu for the first time.
After the Tongh La Pass, 5200m, we got where we came
for, the Cho Oyu within our sight. On the 29th of the
march we should arrive at Cho Oyu base camp.
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