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  Makalu 2010: Arnold Coster reports in

As we walked around the corner towards Shershong (4600m), the South East ridge of Makau unravelled itself with the summit rising a huge 3700m from base camp (BC). Arriving at BC (4700m) after 10 days on the trail marked the completion of the first stage of the expedition, which in itself provided some of the best trekking to be encountered in Nepal.
The journey to base camp started in Tumlingtar at just 400m above sea level and the gateway to the Arun Valley. Tumlingtar's tiny grass airstrip provides easy access to the trek in just a 45minute flight from Kathmandu. From here a two and a half hour jeep drive saves two days trekking in the heat of the lower altitude and takes us to Chichila (1850m). Here porters who are more than happy to recieve work in this remote trekking region of Nepal gather to collect their loads as we set off on our journey to BC. For the first three days we trek through small villages as the trail winds its way through dense rhododendrum forests. Every spare piece of flat land is terraced to support the growth of crops for the local communities. Each day we loose and gain height and eventually cross the massive Arun Khola (river) and reach Tashigoan (2100m), which is home for many porters. Tashigoan is like a station interchange and seems to be a compulsory stop before progressing onto the next stage of the trek, where T houses and porter accomodation is far and few between. After a day purchasing fresh meat and vegetables and finalising porter loads we set off Northwards on the ridge bounded by the Kasuwa Khola on the east and the Ipsurwa Khola on the west.
After an overnight stay in Khongma (3515m) we cross four passes and get the most amazing views of numerous Himylayan peaks including Kachenjanga and Makalu. The Shipton La (4200m) marks the high point of the day before we descend to the Barun Nadi (valley) which we follow for the final two days into base camp. At BC we sit and stare at the grandeur of Makalu towering directly above us. In three days time we will move our camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) 5300m where we begin our climb.

Earlier: Arnold live WAV file , mpg file (same dispatch)

Earlier: Arnold live WAV file , mpg file (same dispatch)

Dear Everestnews reader,  Yesterday 7 april we finally flew to Tumlingtar. Our flight was scheduled at noon, but we had to wait on the waiter in Tumlingtar to improve. There where too much clouds hanging around the airport. There are no good navigation systems on the small airports here in Nepal, so if you can't see the runway you can't land. Luckely after a couple hours the weather cleared and we where able to go! It's only a 45 min flight, but our staff whent by truck and took them 2 days!

 Tumlingtar airport is just a grasstrip in the middle of some hills. A quiet warm place, because it's only 450m high.

After a nice Nepali meal and some beers we spent our first night in a village again and everybody had a good quiet sleep. No sound of traffic, planes, music. It's good to be out of Kathmandu!

 In the morning we drove by Landcruiser to Chichilla at 1850m, before this was a 2 day walk, but now with the dirtroad only 3 hours. We met all our staff there and they prepered a nice lunch for us. Tonight we will sleep in tents, these are going to be our home for the next 60 days!

 So evreything is fine, tommorow we will walk to Num at 1530m, the first of the eight days of walking to base camp...........

 Arnold Coster, expedition leader


Hello Everestnews readers,
Today I went to the ministery of tourism for our expedition briefing and we received our permit.
So everything is fine and we will be on the way soon.
Saturday all the climbing staff, Tunc Findik and me went to Lama Gyek Ombila Rimpoche to get our expedition blessed and pray for a safe passage on the mountain.

Our staff will leave 5am Monday morning by truck to Tumlingtar. First they will drive Hilli, a 16 hour drive and the next day to tumlingtar. Here they will arrange transport to Chichila for us. We can drive there over a small trail by 4x4 and pick up truck. From Chichila we will start trekking to Makalu base, this will take another eight days.
All members will arrive tomorrow, Monday, morning and afternoon. We will have a group dinner in the evening, but most of us already met before. Wednesday we will fly to Tumlingtar and catch up with the staff...............
Arnold Coster, expedition leader

Dear Everest news readers,

I am in Kathmandu for two weeks already preparing the Makalu expedition.

Already met Miss Hawley and got the latest information about the mountains condition and the other teams who are going to be up there.

Things are going well and I am almost finished packing. We roughly packed 2500 kg of gear meaning: tents, stoves, food, ropes, tables and chairs. We will have a full base camp setup with a big heated dinning tent, 2 toilets, shower, kitchen and staff dining. Electricity from solar power and even a projector to see some movies when we have to hang out in Base camp in case of bad weather or when we are resting. Everything is going to be carried up to Base camp by men power. For that we will need about 80 porters who will carry 30kg each for 7 days! These guys are though!

We have a strong international team of climbers all of us climbed multiple 8000m peaks before and for half the team climbing is their job.

Arnold Coster, the Netherlands, expedition leader

Tunc Findic, Turkish

Haris Kiriakakis, Greek

Mor Doron, Israeli

Guntis Brands, Swiss

Adele Pennington, British

Ron Rutland, British

We will be supported by the strongest Sherpa team I could find.

Dawa Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, Climbing Sirdar

Wongchu Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, high altitude climber

Lakpha Sherpa from Makalu, high altitude climber

Kanchha Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, high altitude climber

Pemba Chhhiri Sherpa, from Solu Khumbu, high altitude climber

Sange Sherpa from Makalu, head cook

Phuri Sherpa from Solukhumbu, assistant cook

Monday all members will arrive in Kathmandu and the plan is to fly to Tumlingtar on the 7th and start our expedition.

Stay tuned for more news,

Arnold Coster

Background: Outware treks & Expeditions is a family company run by Dutchmen Arnold Coster and his Nepali wife Maya Sherpa. Arnold and Maya go married in2003 and since then they lead many successful expedition and treks together. Both of them are expert climbers with many ascents on their name. They are friendly relax persons treating their clients as true guests. Because their country backgrounds they have extensive contacts in the east and the west, which you will see back in the quality of the treks and expeditions! Many of the world famous Sherpa’s are their family members and work together with them.

Arnold Coster

During our treks 6000m,7000m and 8000m expeditions, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Arnold Coster, fluent English and Dutch speaker. He is a relaxed, considerate and thoughtful person; an expert leader; technical expert and a highly-skilled professional who specializes in getting people to the summit and back down in 100 percent safety. He has extensive knowledge in recognizing and treating altitude sickness and other common health problems during treks & expeditions. He is a good communicator, a great motivator, and has a positive attitude. Arnold is at home in any terrain, with any kind of group. He is an expert technical rock and ice climber. Arnold Coster's first Himalayan climb was on 8,156 meter-high Manaslu, but he led numerous expeditions. Arnold has led 5 successful summits on Everest (north and South) and 4 successful expeditions to Cho Oyu, but also Shishapangma, Lhakpa Ri, Mustag Ata, Khan Tengri, Mt Kenia and Kilimanjaro

Maya Sherpa

Maya is our connection with the Sherpa people. She is also a well accomplished high altitude climber. She was the first Nepali woman on numerous peaks as: Ama Dablam 6812m, Pumori 7112m, Cho Oyu 8211m, Khan Tengri 7010m. She has two accents of Everest also, from the north and the south. She is a relax person with good communication skills, which helps us to get the best out of our staff. She is a trained leader from the Nepalese Mountaineering Association, so she has solid technical skills. Maya is also trying to do something back for her country; she is active in many NGO’s and wants to be an example for other woman in Nepal. Maya led expeditions to Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lothse and Khan Tengri

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