Dear Family & Friends,
It would be very unusual for everything to run smoothly on an expedition in the Himalayas and so I wasn’t entirely surprised to find us stranded in Kodari on the Nepalese side of the border. The major surprise was that we ended up spending a total of 3 nights there…… The entry date on our Chinese climbing permit and visa didn’t match up and so we had to wait – patiently – while this bureaucratic mess was sorted out and we finally crossed the ‘Friendship Bridge’ into Tibet on September 3rd.
The Chinese have recently upgraded/sealed the road from Zangmu (on the border) to the town of Nyalam @ 3750m and the spectacular drive took a mere 50 minutes.
After breakfast this morning we all set out on our first serious acclimatisation walk and huffed and puffed our way to 4540m on a nearby hill.
Tomorrow we drive to Tingri @ 4400m for 2 nights – and a couple of acclimatisation walks – and I expect us to arrive at Chinese BC on the 7th.
We’re all well and extremely pleased to finally be in Tibet.
Hooroo to everyone at home from Warren, Claudia, Louis, John, Graeme, Angel, Tommo & Neddy.