Update4: After a good
night sleep in a colorful Tingri we only needed a two
hour drive to Old Chinese Base Camp 4900 m. From here
our transportation will be on foot!
The Cho Oyu is now
within good sight. Although there is little snow on the
mountain we see some promising ski routes. The past few
days we have used the binoculars extensively assessing
the current conditions on the mountain.
Tomorrow we plan to go
to Intermediate Camp, the day after to Base Camp. For
this we need many Yaks to carry our loads up the
mountain. Our liaison officer told us today that one yak
can only carry 40kg. This means that we have a big
problem. Normally yaks carry up to 60kg. As we agreed
with this guy we ordered 12 yaks who will do two runs to
base camp. Today we weighed our loads. As expected this
was a lot, 1500 kg. Besides all our personal stuff,
tents, ski's and climbing gear including 1000 m rope our
cook Kancha would like to bring something to Base Camp.
He has amongst others, 330 eggs, 130 kg rice, 65 kg
potatoes, 45 kg flour, 2 kg garlic, 20 kg yak meat, 10
bottles of Heinz ketchup, 90 kg gas and 40 kg
We cannot get any more
yaks as it will take them five days to arrive here.
Tomorrow we will have to arrange quite a lot with our
liaison officer. We hope to get things sorted out with
him. Maybe we will have to leave some things behind, or
if possible pay some extras and have the yaks carry
more. We hope for the best.
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