12th October 2019
Leader Di Gilbert
The team are back in Kathmandu and the good news has come through that Maria is the first Romanian to Summit on Himlung Himal. We are very pleased for Maria and it’s another great success for the whole team on Himlung!
Di called this morning to say that Maria, Di, Phurinjee and Bire summitted Himlung Himal at 11am. They are all now back down at base camp with Deb. The weather was fairly poor overnight so they delayed leaving until 2.30am and it was pretty cold and cloudy but they are all well and very happy. They will spend two full days at base camp now to organise the camp and then trek out to Koto and on to Besisahar. Congratulations to the team!
The team have successfully completed their rotation, spending a night at camp 2 before descending to base camp where they have had two rest days. The amazing food (including roast chicken!) by cook Amu has helped to keep spirits high.
Tomorrow they will overnight at camp 1, before moving to camp 2 for their summit bid later this week.
Yesterday the team successfuly completed their first carry up to camp 1 before returning to base camp. Today the team are taking a rest day, and enjoying the huge amount of food they are being provided. Tomorrow they will go to camp 1 to sleep, before pushing on to sleep at camp 2 on Friday.
The team arrived at Himlung base camp yesterday and are doing well. They will head up to touch Camp 1 tomorrow and return to base camp. The following day they will have a rest day at base camp. We’re a very small team and with Robert deciding to turn back we’re back to 3, but there’s a buzz around base camp as there are quote a few other teams here.
The team have all arrived in Besisahar and will now travel on the next stage of the journey.
Even with the arrival of Robert we are still outnumbered. There are 4 team members and 7 Nepalese. Yes, the magnificent 7. We have our cook, our kitchen boy, our trek guide, our 2 climbing Sherpa and 2 porters. Although from Koto our equipment goes with donkeys, items like solar panels and super long tent poles are more likely to get damaged. Hiring porters in Koto isn’t really an option now and for reliability we take 2 from Kathmandu. Absolutely nothing Alpine, or fast and light with this little expedition.
That’s all the motorised transportation done, the legs start to get worked tomorrow.
The team had the luxury of a 9am start this morning for the drive to Besisahar.
Di escaped the Ministry of Tourism visit today and instead went food shopping with Phurinjee and Dorje. They seem to be very excited that they won’t be eating tsampa on the mountain and instead will be eating muesli bars, jelly, cheese and crackers and olives, to complement the dehydrated food.
The team departed the UK on the 12th of October.