Everest Tibet: 20 April, 2010
Hi, this is a dispatch for the SummitClimb Everest Tibet and North Col
expedition for the 19th and 20th of April.
On the 19th we had a big prayer ceremony with all of the sherpas, kitchen boys
and members in ABC. We strung up a bunch of prayer flags, burned incense and
made a cake shaped like Mount Everest, which we ate. There were 2 lamas that
did a lot of praying. We had a bunch of singing and dancing by the sherpas and
Tibetan kitchen boys. A lot of drinks were passed around like Coke, Sprite and
tea. Then we went to bed early.
We got up early on the morning of the 20th and hiked up to the North Col,
where I'm calling you from right now. It's at about 7000 metres/23,000 feet.
It was snowy and windy. Everybody is in their tents. We have our awesome cook
up here, Kipa Sherpa, who is cooking us food and filling our water bottles, so
we're comfortable here in our camp 1.
Carl didn't come up to the North Col. He's trying to shake a cold. Fiko went
down from the North Col. He figured it was high enough for him, so dropped a
load and went back down to ABC.
We'll update you tomorrow. Wish us all the best. Thank you very much. Bye,
Earlier: Everest Tibet: 16 April, 2010: Hi this is Tom Javrin calling in for the
SummitClimb North Col 2010 trip. I’m leaving my report now because I’m heading
down from ABC to basecamp.
I left the group about 6 days ago to do an accelerated acclimatization due to
me needing to get a flight home to the UK on the 18th. It was quite hard work
to acclimatize with 2 days in each camp.
Yesterday the goal was to get up to the North Col and back with Jimpa and
Thile, my 2 sherpas. We managed to do it, so that was a fantastic ending for
me on this trip and personally a really great achievement.
It’s been an amazing 2 ½ weeks for me. I’m going to be sad to go home, but I
am ready for some creature comforts. The other part of the trip that’s been
fantastic has been meeting the other members. They’re a great group of people
and they all deserve to get to whatever their objective might be, either the
North Col or the summit. I wish them a very safe climb. Thanks. Bye.
15 April, 2010:
Hi this is Dan calling for SummitClimb and SummitTrek. Today's date is the
15th of April and the time is 20 minutes past 11:00 a.m. Tibet time.
I'm calling you from interim basecamp at 5800 metres/19,000 feet. The weather
is very sunny, there is no wind and the temperature is around freezing.
Right now I'm sitting on top of a high rock moraine looking down at our camp
about 50 metres below me. I can see a lot of ice pilgrims, glacier all around
me and as I look out to the left, I can see some other interim camps and herds
of yaks working their way up towards advanced basecamp.
First of all, I wanted to mention that everyone in our team is okay. We heard
there was an earthquake about 250 kilometres to the northwest of us, perhaps
over on the Qinghai/Tibet border. We'd like to send our condolences to
everyone who was affected by the earthquake. We did not feel the effects of
the earthquake here. Everyone on our team is okay.
I'd like to just mention what we did on previous days as well.
On the 12th of April Alex Welles, our ABC trekking member left the team and
went back to Kathmandu and we miss him very much. It was great to have him
around. What an interesting person and he will be missed. We wish him all the
best in his journey back home.
On the 12th of April we walked up to interim basecamp. It took 4 hours for
some, but everyone arrived safely. We came to our comfortable camp among the
ice pilgrims at 5800 metres/19,000 feet and had a delicious dinner.
On the 13th we rested in interim basecamp. Some of us took some
acclimatization hikes around on the local ridges and explored the terrain.
It's gorgeous up here, especially with the dusting of new snow. We saw many
birds swarming around and watched herds of yaks walking by. It's quite a
picturesque area being high in these mountains on this amazing East Rongbuk
On the 14th, we took another rest day to get used to the high 5800
metres/19,000 feet elevation. Some of us wandered around amongst the moraine.
We explored a little bit towards the Far East Rongbuk. Our interim basecamp
was located right at the junction of the Far East Rongbuk Glacier and the East
This morning on the 15th, as I'm calling you, we're heading up towards
advanced basecamp. Most of our team is going. 1 or 2 of our members aren't
feeling quite so well, so are going to stay and rest in interim camp. The rest
of us are walking up towards advanced basecamp. It's a big day hiking along
the moraines of the East Rongbuk Glacier. We'll be taking our time. It
probably takes about 4-8 hours to walk up there, depending. The elevation up
there is quite high at 6400 metres/21,000 feet. We're looking forward to
reconnecting with one of our members, Tom Javrin and his 2 sherpas, Thile
Sherpa and Sano Jangbu Sherpa, and hearing how their progress is going trying
to reach the North Col.
Our team will be resting up in advanced basecamp for another 3-5 days. We'll
be practicing ice climbing and we may try to make an ascent on to the North
So wish us well and thanks for following our expedition at SummitClimb and
SummitTrek. This is Dan Mazur signing off. All of the best for now. Cheers.
Today we awoke early and after breakfast drove from Nyalam to Tingri. The road
is in very good condition and the visibility was clear so we could see a lot.
We crossed the 5000 metre/16,400 foot Yakri Shong La pass and saw lovely
unobstructed views of mount Shishapangma, 14th highest in the world and the
only 8000 metre peak located entirely in Tibet. Finally we have reached the
mighty Tibetan plateau and it showed all of its dry high elevation.
Surprisingly there is almost no road traffic, proving the point that Tibet is
still nearly closed. So we feel very fortunate to be here. Along the highway,
we saw two groups of native wild asses, and a pair of huge Tibetan cranes
wading in a pool near the road. This is such a rare siting of a bird that is
rapidly approaching extinction. As we zoomed along the smooth ribbon of tarmac
in our comfortable bus and land cruisers, donkey carts and Himalayan snow
pheasants scooted out of our way. Rounding a corner near Gutsuo town the
plateau spread her arms wide and luckily we saw mounts Cho
Oyu and Everest in all their glory. Everest stood proud over the highway and
we couldn't help but notice an enormous 5-10 kilometre wind plume screaming
from the summit. Finally we arrived in dusty and frontier like Tingri town at
noon, and we were assigned our rooms at the local inn. While awaiting lunch,
the members broke out a football (soccer ball) kindly purchased by David
O'Brien and challenged our sherpas to a football match. By the time the lunch
bell rang, the members had scored 1 goal and the sherpas 6!! At
lunch, we celebrated Gavin Vickers 40th birthday and Shri Lakshmi presented
him a pair of tiger embroidered cotton briefs and Gavin went back to his room
and much to everyone's dismay, modeled the briefs around the dining room.
After lunch our sherpa team rang from basecamp to say that they and the two
trucks had arrived, but where was the truck with our Tibetan and Chinese staff
and all of the food and kitchen equipment being brought down from Lhasa? Our
sherpas were hungry! In the meantime us members back in Tingri met to work out
the schedule of the North Col members and ABC trekkers, then we met with the
basecamp translator in order to place our yak order.
Apparently we have been assigned 168 yaks. Our equipment is up in basecamp, so
lets get a few of those yaks moving towards advanced basecamp (ABC)! A bit
later in the day, our Tibetan convoy rang from Shegar to say that someone had
smashed their truck's windscreen during the night and they had to get a new
one sent over from Shigatse. Finally the Tibet convoy did reach basecamp at
9pm, so our Nepali sherpas and Tibetan and Chinese staff were at last united
and all is well. In the evening, after dinner, we walked up the hill above
Tingri town and enjoyed the view across the Tibetan plateau toward Everest and
Cho Oyu (now in cloud) from the impressive granite monument built to honour
Chomolungma Mount Everest. On the way down we strolled through Tingri's one
dusty street, and dodged barking dog packs to head for the Lhasa hotel and a
delicious cup of tea beside a warm sheep-dung
fired stove. Just another "normal" day in Tibet I guess!
- Dan Mazur (leader) - US/UK
- David O'Brien (assistant leader) - UK
- Asu (assistant leader) - China
- Gavin Vickers (leader-in-training) -
- Ms. Elizabeth Tertil - Canada
- Ms. Janet Bull - USA
- Mark Delstanche - UK
- Carl Lindstrom - USA
- Thorbjørn Lundsgaard - Norway
- Laval St Germain - Canada
- John Kazanas - Australia
- Peter Kinloch - UK
- Dan Marino - Australia
- Fiko Karacic - Australia
- Gordon Hopper - UK
- Nick Crosland - USA
- Enriquez Rodriguez - USA
- Frank Irnich - Germany
- Jesse Hall (basic member) - USA
- Eli Hall (basic member) - USA
North Col Mar-Apr:
- Ms. Srilakshmi Sharma - UK
- Roland Svensson - Sweden
- Thomas Javrin - UK
ABC Trek Mar-Apr:
Everest Tibet Staff:
- Lhakpa Sherpa Lama
- Phurba Sherpa
- Ang Babu Sherpa
- Jangbu Sherpa
- Gyalje Sherpa
- Jangbu Sherpa (2)
- Dawa Jangbu Sherpa
- Kipa Sherpa - cook
- Samdien - cook
27 March, 2010
Several of us, Dan and
Enrique, met on the Cathay Pacific flight. We had an 8 hour layover in Hong
Kong. It was a beautiful cool day and we explored the peak tram, escalators,
zoo, and botanical garden.Then on the Dragon Air flight to Kathmandu, we ran
into Amer, so that was fun. We arrived in Kathmandu very late at night (11:30
29 March, 2010
Today we met with all of the leaders of Everest Glacier School, Everest
Basecamp trek, Everest Nepal climb, Everest Tibet climb, Lhotse climb, Cho Oyu
climb, North Col climb. We reviewed the medical equipment and supplies, and
all of the packing lists, we met the members as they arrived and have begun to
check their equipment. We had dinner together with the team. A very busy and
30 March, 2010
Today we worked hard on
sat phones, walkie-talkies, med kits, high altitude food, and meeting with the
teams and leaders. Josette went to the ministry for the permit briefing. They
gave her a standing ovation, as she is the only woman leading an Everest
expedition this year. It rained hard before dinner. Nepal needs the rain. Hope
it does not interfere with our expedition's departure. Thanks for following
31 March, 2010
Today we had our
briefing for the Nepal Everest Lhotse expedition, and also for the Everest
View Glacier School and Everest Basecamp Trek. It looks like it will be a
brilliant team this year. It rained hard and long again this evening. So that
is very good for Nepal, cleaning up the air and putting more water in the
reservoirs, which have become alarmingly low.
1 April, 2010
Today all of our Nepal
side expeditions and treks went to the Ktm airport. The climbers were
successful and arrived in Lukla and trekked to Phakding.
The trekkers were turned
back due to technical problems with their plane. So they spent another night
in ktm. We had the briefing for our Tibet side expeditions and treks. Everyone
is very excited for the departure. We heard a rumour that we will receive the
permit and get our visas for Tibet on 2 April and be able to enter on 3 April.
We hope it is true. We spent the day packing, preparing, checking equipment,
etcetera. The weather is unusually hot and sunny at the moment.
2 April, 2010
The Nepal side trekkers flew out to Lukla again
this morning. This time they arrived. Yeah! Our Tibet side teams received
their permits and visas. Yay! So we will be going to Tibet in the morning.
What a relief. Today was an extremely busy day of packing and preparation. We
are really relieved to be going to Tibet and with a minimal delay, so we feel
very fortunate. Wish us luck! Thank you very much.
3 April, 2010
readers. Thanks for following us! Today we met in the lobby of the Beijing
Hotel at 3am. We packed the trucks and buses carefully for our trip to Tibet
on the friendship highway. We swung past the Annapurna Hotel and picked up the
rest of our members and finished loading the bus. Then we began the long drive
to Kodari, reaching there around 11am. Fortunately the weather was good and
the road was in good shape. The countryside looked unusually dry, evidence of
Our sherpas unloaded the
bus while the rest of us enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the Mount Kailash
hotel. Then all of us members, sherpas and local porters crossed the
friendship bridge border into Tibet, reloaded our stuff onto Tibetan trucks
and ourselves into Tibetan buses, jeeps and taxis and went up to Zhangmu town.
The road was under construction in places so this took a while. We had lunch
in Hotel Gange and stayed in the comfortable gange hotel in Zhangmu that
4 April, 2010
Today we awoke very early in Tingri and had breakfast at Hotel Gange at 9am
Chinese time. Then we boarded our bus and jeeps and all of us members and
sherpas and trucks set off for Nyalam town. The weather was stunning and we
were treated to amazing views of the Bote Khosi gorge (grand canyon of the
friendship highway) with monstrous cliffs, lush hemlock and fur forests and
towering giant icy-rocky mountains high above our heads. Finally we reached
Nyalam around noon, and settled into the Snowland Hotel.
We had a delicious lunch at Snowland
restaurant. Some of the members decided to go for walks on the surrounding
hills. Everyone is excited to be in Tibet and we are wandering around the
village, enjoying the rugged open slopes and high snowy mountains looming
In the afternoon, our expedition leader David
O'Brien met with Tashi, the hotel's owner and he suggested we move to a newer
and better hotel, so we did. The new hotel is also called Snowland and it's
In the late afternoon, clouds rolled in and a
wind driven snow blizzard ensued and it was quite humbling, reminding all of
us how cold and stormy it can be in Tibet. The storm finally abated and we
went to Base Camp restaurant for dinner. After dinner, several of us sat
around the woodstove in the resaurant reminiscing about our good fortune in
being able to come to Tibet.
The expedition leaders met later in the
evening with our climbing sherpa leader Jangbu and we discussed plans and
progress. The leaders are Gavin, David, and Dan. Also around the dinner hour
our Chinese leader Asu called and we had a long discussion on the phone with
Asu and our Tibetan cook Samdien. They have loaded one truck with supplies in
Lhasa and are driving it down and plan to meet our sherpas in basecamp on the
6th of April, so that when the team members arrive in basecamp on the 8th,
everything will be fully setup. So, in its own very differently organised
Tibetan way, everything seems to be coming together
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