Toward base camp
We are happy in the most impressive and
majestic mountains of the Earth, Karakorum. Despite the distance we visited
the Baltoro Cathedral, the big Trango, Broad Peak and even K2.
After 40 km of trekking, in two days, we are
now resting in Paiju at 3350m of altitude, a real oasis in the middle of the
arid mountains. Our barracks protect us from the strong heat of the sun under
the shadow of the trees and we have crystal clear water, something rare here.
The stress of almost 30 hours in the plane,
the difficult trip from Islamabad to Skardu and the very dangerous trip by
jeep from Skardu to Askole (where we had an accident in 1998 with the death of
our cook and his son), gives way to an incredible feeling of satisfaction.
Being in front of K2 again, after 10 years,
gives me certainty that all the effort I did to make the so long waited dream
true is all worth. No other mountain has given me so much fascination, no
other mountain has demanded me so much in exchange.
We still have 80 km ahead that we have to
cover them in four days, and it is the most difficult part of the approach
trek, because we are going to walk over the Baltoro glacier, but the beginning
will be covered with a lot of lose pebbles and then there are hidden crevasses
because of the excess of snow this season. In compensation, each day will be
more impressive because of the grandness of the mountains.
The weather improved, we have strong sun in
the morning, but there have been some showers during the afternoon.
We are traveling with the people of Máximo
Kausch from Argentina, he lived in Brasil for nine years and he is facing
Hidden Peak and Gasherbrum 2 with an English team that is now at base camp.
I hope to send the next update directly from
base camp; Insha Alá!
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