As we were waiting for lunch at around 12am the Himalaya was hit by a massive earthquake. The earth was shaking heavily for at least 30 seconds followed by rockfall from the debris flanks.
We left Base Camp for the first time to hike up to an intermediate Camp at 5750m. We followed the glacier tongue of Rongbuk glacier before climbing up into the right tributary of the Eastern Rongbuk glacier which will lead us up to the North Col (7050m).
When we got out of the bus three days ago our single tents had been already pitched by the Sherpa crew so we only had to pitch our production tent. What sounds easy is really hard work when you are not acclimatized and by now we definitely are not.
DISPATCH #5, April 17, Base Camp at 5150m. Everything worked as planned so far. Yesterday we reached the Tibetan Basecamp at Everest at around 5200m. It was a strange experience both physically and mentally to drive up to basecamp with a jeep.
Shortly after noon Nils came into the dirty gambling hall which was supposed to be an internet cafe. He told Hannes, who was emailing pictures to Germany, to stop what he was doing and to run back to the hotel. The road to Tingri was re-opened after heavy snowfall. Finally!
After crossing the border and staying one night in Zhangmu at 2700m we drove up to Nyalam at 3700m. It was an incredible drive on a good road through a gorge which cut deep into the Himalayan main ridge.
We finally crossed the border to Tibet after a pretty good ride out of Kathmandu and a gathering of the German mountaineering scene in a roadside tea house, where we met climbers David Göttler, Raphael Slawinksi and Daniel Bartsch. Apparently it’s a small world, even in the Himalayas!
Finally we arrived in Kathmandu. Now we are „all in” on Everest. This journey means a lot of new experiences for us two individual travellers: getting to know our group (pretty cool and interesting people), staying in a luxury hotel instead of the small guesthouse we are used to, and more than five tons of gear.
The day is almost here. We’ll be bidding farewell to Göttingen next Monday as we set off for Tibet to take on the Everest Expedition. It’s a long journey that will take almost nine weeks but we’ll be in touch on route with a full update on our experiences from the highest mountain in the world.