64th day of the 10 Years of
Brazil on Everest Expedition
Base Camp (5,400m).
Finally we have information
about the movement of the monsoon, humid winds that blow from the Bengali Gulf
to the north, bringing abundant rain and causing floods in the Indian
peninsula, many times causing thousands of deaths.
On the other hand, the summer
monsoon is the big hope of alpinists to climb Everest. Its propagation to the
north ends moving a big mass of high pressure in its front, a phenomena that
takes a "window of good weather" to the region of Everest, generally 3 to 4
days, but that can last up to two weeks, when the winds calm and the sky is
dry and deep blue, before all the environment is hit by the storms of the
According to the statistics
of the Indian Meteorology Department - IMD, the monsoon
starts its move over the Indian continent generally on June 1st, having a
variation no more than seven days, but the are exceptions. In the last 50
years, the earliest monsoon started on May 14, in 1960, and the latest started
on June 18, 1972.
For this year, the IMD is
forecasting the start of the movement of the monsoon over Indian territory for
June 7, with an error of 3 days more or less. From the moment that the
monsoon starts its movement over India, it generally takes 12 to 15 days to
affect the region of Everest and cause the "window of good weather", so we can
conclude that this year the window will maybe occur just after June 18, a very
late date for climbers, because the climbing permit given by the Government of
Nepal is due on June 1st.
Because of the really
atypical weather in this season, most of the expeditions will ask the
Government of Nepal for a time extension for the climbing permit, extended to
June 5, a date in which the SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Committee Control)
starts to unmount the ladders and ropes on the Icefall. So... we have to go
Well, today we got news from
www.everestnews.com that the monsoon should arrive
to the region of Everest on June 7th, and that just a week earlier, from June
1st to 7th, the window of good weather should happen. I hope that's true!
We continue here, as patient
as a Buddhist monk, waiting for the "window" to arrive and that the intensity
of the wind diminishes, and, of course, counting with your support.
Today's beautiful picture was
shot by Irivan in our previous climb, I am there entering the Valley of
Silence, with the impressive Everest (to the left) and Lhotse (to the right).
A big hug,
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