After meeting my fellow climber Bill Fisher at the LA airport we had very nice flights to Bangkok and then Kathmandu, where we arrived yesterday. We were greeted by my good friend Geljen Sherpa and his son. Geljen will be part of the climbing team with us. Hard to believe it's been three years since my last visit to this incredible place! Hot,sooty and congested, it is nevertheless a wonderful place to visit.
Today we met with Lopsang, another climbing Sherpa, and completed our equipment purchases.
The schedule, for now, is as follows:
1) March 30: fly to Lukla and begin the acclimatization process by hiking in the Khumbu valley,the usual approach for Everest South Side climbs. We'll be hiking up to Kongde over the next 5-6 days.
2) April 5: return to Kathmandu
3) April 7: leave for Tibet by jeep on the way to Everest North base camp. Overnight in the Tibetan border town of Zhangmu.
4) April 10: arrive at Everest Base Camp after hikes and overnights at Nyalam and Tingri.
That's it for now...I'll keep updating as possible. Best regards, Julio