79th day of
the 10 Years of Brazil on Everest Expedition
already in Katmandu!
four days after our arrival from the top of Everest, my friend Irivan and I
came yesterday to Katmandu, exhausted, without having a day of rest.
On June 2
we reached the top of the 8,848 m. of altitude of Everest; on the 3rd we
descended from camp 4 (8,000m) to camp 2 (6,400m); on the 4th we descended
from camp 2 (6,400m) to base camp (5,400m); on the 5th we went from base camp
(5,400m) to Pangboche (4,000m); on the 6th we went from Pangboche (4,000m) to
Lukla (2,800m); and yesterday we flew from Lukla to Katmandu.
harder was to cover the approximately 80 Km from base camp to Lukla in just
two days, because we didn't have time to rest after the summit attack. Our
legs ache, our entire body is very tired, but at every moment we spend in
Katmandu the feeling of satisfaction grows when we remember we stepped on the
Top of the World.
was to come back to Katmandu in helicopter, along with other climbers, in a
flight that costs around 7 thousand dollars and lasts a little more than an
hour, but right on the day when we arrived to the summit of Everest, June 2, a
helicopter that attempted to make the trip could not take off after picking up
the climbers of the Korean expedition, the blades were damaged and that bunch
of old Russian tin called MI-17 has to lay forever at the bottom of Everest
(like another one, the same model, that fell on base in 2003).
running to Katmandu because of our rush to go back to Brazil. The delay of
the expedition made our compromises accumulate (for example, I have confirmed
meetings with companies for the next week). Also, since we are at the end of
the season, the flights are full, with hundreds of tourists going away,
nothing better than to be here to guarantee a place. And we had, we are
arriving to Curitiba at 11h30 in the morning of next Sunday, the 12th.
Not as a
consolation but a big happiness and satisfaction (in the middle of this rush),
we are receiving a lot of messages and the first honors because of the success
of the "10 Years of Brazil on Everest Expedition".
I would like to thank everybody for your support, especially our sponsors,
Banco do Brasil, Try On, Wise Up, and Terra. This victory comes from the
effort of everybody and we think Brazil deserves, always, to be on the Top of
We had the
happiness yesterday to be received by Silvio and Rose (and their "girls of
Nepal"), as they did when we got to Katmandu, two months ago. Silvio and his
wife are making a nice job here in Nepal since five years ago, recovering
girls from prostitution with rehabilitation programs, making then recover
their dignity and returning them to normal life. Actually they have almost 40
girls, from 3 to 28 years old, in their house in Katmandu. The support is
also great from all the Brazilians who live in Nepal (around 15), to make
Silvio the Brazilian Consul in Nepal, and we hope that happens soon, because
he always aids any Brazilian in trouble here.
we had dinner in Silvio's house, with around ten other Brazilians who live
here. The "girls of Nepal" made honors to our conquest presenting different
dances for us, and we ended up telling them the details of our climb of
Everest, making clear that the truth is that "we climbed a more difficult
mountain which is inside of us", and that our "psychological and spiritual"
effort was much more important than the "physical" one.
In the main
picture Irivan and I in front of the congratulations banner that we received
when we arrived to our hotel in Katmandu, an honor from our friends in our
agency Thamserku Trekking.
Below, I am
explaining to the "girls of Nepal" how we climbed Everest, also known as
Sagarmatha (the Roof of the Sky).
middle that is how I look now with 11 kilos less (that's right, "eleven" kilos
less!!!), because of the effort given during the climb. A fact that
contributed a lot to make me lose so much weight was that during the two
months of the expedition I had to take antibiotics three times, because of
infections in my throat, which weakened sensibly my resistance.
picture shows the Russian MI-17 helicopter that lost sustentation on June 2
and has to remain forever at base camp in Everest.
lot for your support, Viva Brazil on Everest!
A big hug,
from Portuguese by Jorge Rivera
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