Everest News of our recent expedition: Everest Tibet/North Col & ABC Trek 8 April to 6 June
20 April - Two of the ABC trekkers headed to interim camp today , the summit climbers and Lucy will head up tomorrow. We all went for another acclimatisation walk in the beautiful sunshine today. So far we have been blessed with unusually fine weather.
This evening’s dinner was a fine dhal bhat followed by a surprise apple pie, mmmmm delicious.
19 April - This morning our first group of yaks arrived with the chaos of large unruly animals and yak herders weighing our equipment. 40 yaks will take our first load of interim camp and ABC equipment and the sherpas headed off to set everything up.
The rest of us headed up a nearby hill to gain some altitude before heading up to interim camp tomorrow.
17 April - After a leisurely breakfast we spent some hours packing duffel bags in the morning sunshine. Some other team membership came to visit us and it was generally an easy going chatty day getting used to the altitude.
The Sherpas are currently enjoying some well amplified Nepalese dance music in the kitchen tent , I might go in to strut my dance moves shortly
16 April - After a leisurely breakfast and some more shopping in Tingri we drive the 3 hour surfaced road to base camp. A few years ago this was a dusty dirt road that took many more hours.
We stopped in Tashi Som for some more pringle and chocolate shopping and reached base camp early afternoon. The high clouds fully revealed a fairly snow free North Face of Everest. We’re looking forward to a hearty dinner and a some good base camp rest.
Photo the team at the entrance to Everest National Park. Tingri high street with a moody sky
Yesterday we drove from Kyirong up onto the Tibetan Plateau. The road was good and the drive a comfortable one.
We arrived for a late lunch at Tingri (4300m) a small town that has been a stop off and supply point for many historical Everest North side expeditions.
Photo David O’Brien - beautiful clear high desert lake
13 April - It’s the first time that any westerners have crossed into Tibet on this route. It was good to find a path up to a high plain above Kyirong this morning to stretch our legs and exercise our brains.
Our ABC trekker group was held at the boarder crossing yesterday while their permits were delivered from Lhasa by an overnight driver. It’s really good they have joined us today and we will head on as a group tomorrow.
Picture, up at 3650 m (above Kyirong). A cow making good use of the Kyirong cast offs . Photo David O'Brien
12 April - We departed bleary eyed from Kathmandu at 4am this morning to make sure we reached the border crossing with Tibet before it closed.
After a fairly detailed entry process we finally entered Tibet, hurray. Another wait for the newly laid road surface to set and it was off to the Ji Long Hotel in Kyirong for a hearty dinner and hopefully a long restful sleep.
Photo David O'Brien
Last night we had delicious Nepali food and and a lively show from a pantomime yak and yeti. The two person yak came around to all our tables demanding rupee donations in its mouth. I’m not sure if my 50 rupee donation was quite enough as I got a hoof flick from the yaks rear end.
Tomorrow we hope to get our Chinese visas and head to the new border crossing .
- David O'B., UK ( Leader)
- Magnus N. Sweden
- Patrick M. USA
- Brendan M. USA
- Dominic R. UK
- Franz P. Paraguay
- Jonathan L. New zealand/Australia
- Heikki K. Finland
- Martin S. Germany
- Grant M. Australia
Everest Summit Team Member
- Violett S. ,Sweden
- Lucy C. , new zealand/australia
- Sanjay B., Singapore
SummitClimb Climbing Sherpas & Staff -
- Ang Dorji Sherpa
- Ang Pasang Sherpa
- Chhonga Karma Sherpa
- Gelje Sherpa
- Gyalje Sherpa
- Jangbu Sherpa
- Phujung Bhote
- Karma Gyalze Shera
- Kipa Sherpa