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  Everest 2006: Mt  Everest Fantasy Ridge 2006 Expedition: Crossed the Border


Bottom of Fantasy Ridge: it starts with a steep technical climb and then with an awkward almost horizontal pitch before some elevation is gain. 

Dave Watson, Mountain Guide and Everest Summiter:

Hey EverestNews.com, Today (wed) we left Kathmandu at 7am.  The drive was nice and calm, the road was in much better condition than I remembered it being.  No sign of the Maoists except for a burnt out van.  The team drove to the boarder town Kodari where we had a beer some french fries and then crossed the boarder into Tibet.  The boarder crossing was fast and uneventful.  This was a very nice treat, in 2004 we had to wait hours to cross. Now we are just cruising around the town trying to find a coffee grinder, two stroke oil for the generator and some nice big pillows for base camp.  We will have dinner at 7pm and then we may crash early.  We stay one night here in Zangmu (2700m) and then drive tomorrow to Nylam.  We will stay two nights in Nylam (3700m) then drive over Nylam Pass (5200m) and down to Tingri (4200m).  Tingri will be our last stop before reaching Base Camp and we will stay there for two nights as well.  There is new snow here in the hills and only makes me more eager to get to the mountain.  Talk to you soon. Dave

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