Saturday, March 28, 2009

On the Ground in Kathmandu

After 40 hours of travel and only 2 hours of sleep the final plane landed in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday the 27th of March at ~10 a.m. local time (10.5 hours ahead of US Central Time).

Two incredible events happened for me in route: 1) Seeing the Himalayas for the first time through the window of the airplane on the approach into KTM and 2) finally shaking the hand of a mountaineering legend and our expedition leader, Mr. Russel Brice.

There are no words to describe the sense of awe I felt when my eyes gazed upon the mighty peaks of the snow-capped Himalaya Mountains. Truly a magical range of 'steps' reaching high into the sky. After a brief introduction to our guides and several of our climbing mates that have also arrived early, we tasted the local cuisine and then grabbed some much needed rest.

Today the sun is shining in this subtropical valley. The last bit of warmth our bodies will feel again until June. A bit hazy (see picture attached) as I sit on the veranda at the top of the Hotel Tibet yet nevertheless, the views of the city are magnificent. Today we will sort gear, meet additional teammates as they arrive and over the next 48hours make final preparations for the 9-day journey on foot to Everest basecamp (BC).

I hope to be able to send a dispatch at some point during this trek in, provided the technology allows. Russell informed me over dinner last night that we will begin to deworm the yak along the trail after we reach Khumjung. The plan: deworm a set number of head daily during each stop between Khumjung and Everest BC. Truly a blessing to be here...