I’m in Zhangmu, Tibet now. Its the border town on the Tibetian side after crossing from the nepal side over the friendship bridge. There is a line on Friendship bridge that seperates Nepal from Tibet and u can have your feet on either side and be standing on 2 countries at the same time. Unfortunately since there were chinese border officials there, we couldn’t take any photos. The 1st 2 days after arrival in Kathmandu have been quite busy packing and shopping and getting everything sorted before we had set off for tibet. There is just so much logistics involved in such a big expeiditon like this. We’ll be heading off for Nyalam tmr and Tingri after that. We’ll be staying in Tingri for a couple of nights to acclimatise and doing a few treks for that purpose as well. The Cho Oyu team comprises of 9 members with 2 western guides. Most of them are American with 1 Australian and myself. These guyz look fit and experienced. Lets see how everyone fairs during the acclimatisation hikes. I must always keep reminding myself abt all the advise given by all the previous climbers from Singapore. ‘Take your time and don’t rush. Its not a race. There’s nothing to loose by being the last one. At the end of the day, its u who will have the last laugh by knowing yourself well… Lets hope this climbs goes smoothly and that the weather holds out.
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Looks like the short 8 days I was in Singapore was not enough for me to update my blog with pictures and videos. Those who’re following only my blog, do check out some of the videos and photos from Mustagh Ata i posted on my facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/ClimbEverest). Off to Cho Oyu till the 1st week of Oct! Leaving for the 6th highest mountain in the world sure does seem sureal but these 8 days have been such a rush that it hasn’t sunk in yet… All alone; meeting new ppl; climbing with the world’s best and being away from family and home for 6 weeks of intense suffering sure does seem intimidating.
My Crampons and Millet boots didn’t arrive on time from USA as promised previously by SingPost. Very poor service from Vpost and the customer service operators just don’t seem to get it when i keep repeating that i’ve a plane to catch and that i have to receive the contents of the package before flying off…. Looks like i’ve to climb the mountain bare foot and substitute crampons with my teeth. What will i do… Lets see how the journey unfolds…
Off to Cho Oyu, Tibet!! No facebook allowed in China, so most updates should be over in this blog i guess. I will upload all the mustagh and Cho Oyu photos and videos once i’ve returned!! Hopefully the weather holds out for this mountain.