After 12 days since my arrival in Kathmandu, i’ve finally arrived in
advance base camp (ABC) of Mt Cho Oyu at a height of 5500m (which is
higher than most of the high camps on other mountains i’ve been to).
I’ve finally been able to get internet connection via satellite at a
cost of USD 40 for 4 megabytes of data to be sent and received. Its a
hefty sum but thats the only way i can stay in touch with the outside
It has been an interesting journey so far. We have been making our way
through tibet slowly to acclimatise. The altitude is getting to me.
Even the simplest of tasks like taking a dump or getting to the mess
tent for dinner makes me breathless. But i’m healthy and doing well
otherwise. The views have been great coming up to ABC. From here, we
can see the summit of the massive Mt Cho Oyu. The sherpa team is
excellent and super experienced. The least experienced of the shepas
has summited Everest 3x and Cho Oyu 2x. The most experienced sherpa is
54 and has summited everest 14x. This itself is a super confidence
booster for me.
We will be making our acclimatisation hikes almost everyday with rest
days in between. The puja ceremony, for the gods to grant us safe
passage through the mountain will be conducted on the 4th of sept. We
will be making our 1st acclimatisation cycle to camp 1 at 6400m on 6th
sept and hopefully spending a night there.
Will update once i return from my 1st acclimatisation cycle to camp1