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Hi SummitClimb news readers, Yesterday we finally got the
got news from Lhasa that our Everest permit is approved. Now we only have to
see how fast they can wrap up the paperwork.
We had a very good trek up to Kala Patar. All members
reached above 5300 metres/17,400 feet and some even went up to 5500 metres/18,000
feet. Because we are all used to the altitude now, we can drive straight to
basecamp and be able to make up for lost time.
Actually, we are very lucky to see both sides of the
mountain and the trek in the Khumbu Valley is so nice.
Today we will trek for about 8 hours back to Lukla and if
everything goes well weather wise, we will fly back to Kathmandu Friday
This is it for now and I hope the next message will be from
Tibet in a couple of days. -Arnold Coster
SummitClimb news readers. This is Arnold Coster, the leader of the Everest
Tibet and Lhakpa Ri/North Col expedition reporting in.
The whole Everest Tibet group is in Namche
now, except for Herve.
It is still not sure when we will receive
the Tibet permit, so instead of waiting in noisy, dusty Kathmandu, we decided
to go into the mountains to start our acclimatisation.
We will climb as high as possible, so we
can skip days on the drive into Tibet. This way we will not loose a lot of
time. We are having contact with Tibet every day and they are positive we will
get a permit and visa. It's just a little bit delayed.
Today everybody walked to the 'Everest
View Hotel' and got some very good views of Everest. Tomorrow we will probably
go to Pangboche at about 4000 metres/13,000 feet to gain some more altitude.
The whole team is very happy to be here and thinks this little side trip is
like a bonus.
As soon as I have more news about the
opening of Tibet, I will report it to you. This is it for now.
Dan and his company is planning to return to Everest again in 2009 with
several expeditions. Some of the highlights...
A. Mount Everest. In May of 2008, we put 14 members on the summit with 14
sherpas. We have very strong and experienced leaders with some of the most
helpful and accomplished sherpas you will ever meet. Our equipment is superb
and the meals are delicious. Leaders: Dan Mazur, Arnold Coster, Sam Mansikka,
Max Kausch. Our 10th Everest expedition!
A. The original first ascent route made famous by Tenzing and Hillary in
1953. 29 March to 5 June 2009,
B. The exotic and less-expensive side of Everest, made famous by Mallory
and Irvine in 1928. 29 March to 5 June 2009
C. Now offering (for those who need to do-it-all) the 'Everest-Traverse'
over the summit from Nepal to Tibet AND Tibet to Nepal.
D. Mount Lhotse (fourth highest in the world and climbed from the same
route as Everest) In May of 2008, we placed 5 members on the top including 4
Sherpas. Leaders: Dan Mazur, Arnold Coster, Sam Mansikka. Our 5th Lhotse
expedition! 29 March to 5 June 2009
E. Cho Oyu (6th highest in the world located beside Everest,
most-accessible of the world's fourteen 26,000 foot peaks) In October of 2008,
13 members made the summit including the first woman to ski from the summit
along with 5 sherpas. High-fun snow-climb. We teach you everything you need to
know. Our 8th Cho Oyu expedition! 23 April to 30 May or 1
September to 8 October
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