Dear Family & Friends,
Namaste from Kathmandu!
The advance team of Warren, Neddy, Tommo and myself arrived in Nepal yesterday and spent the remainder of the afternoon packing personal equipment and high altitude food into various drums and kitbags, before hurrying upstairs to the Splash Bar for some chilli momos and a couple of well earned beers. Wednesday has been equally busy with more shopping and packing of supplies for Cho Oyu as well as meetings with our local operator. There is – however – light at the end of the tunnel and our planned afternoon briefing at the Splash Bar is nearing…
Tomorrow morning we will experience our first alpine start as we board a (reasonably new) 4WD and journey several hours to the picturesque Langtang valley north of Kathmandu for a leisurely 10-day acclimatisation trek. The main settlement in Langtang is called Kyanjin Gompa and our aim is to reach a 5500m point behind the village – approximately the same altitude as Cho Oyu Advanced Base Camp.
The monsoon is still in full swing and it is pretty hot and humid here in Kathmandu. We’re expecting damp conditions on our trek – lots of rain, mud and more than a few leeches….
PS – there will be no updates to the blog while we’re trekking so don’t expect to hear from us until we return to Kathmandu on August 29th.