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!
So we hurried back to the hotel and to our jeep to start on our way up to Tingri (4300m). The ride was stunning from beginning to end. We moved through steep snowy flanks of the main Himalayan range with a beautiful blue and cloudy sky above your heads up a windy 5150m high pass from where we slowly descended into the dry Tibetan landscape. It was just fantastic. The first part of our shared dream to experience Tibet coming true right then and there. What a great place to be!
In the afternoon we arrived at our destination Tingri, the last village before Mt. Everest. It is a place well known by every mountaineer from the early 20th century expeditions and our home for us that night. After moving into a hotel a bit outside from the town center, Hannes went quickly to bed not feeling too well. Luckily he recoverd quickly and this morning Nils and Hannes both went for an acclimatization hike with Alix, Luis, Alex and Dominik. We climbed up to 4700m and everyone felt pretty good.
Unfortunately the weather was not ideal for filming or taking pictures. There was simply too much moisture in the air and the Himalayan main ridge was covered by rain and clouds. In the evening the Ñbig oneì (Mt. Everest) showed her face for a very short time. Seeing Everest for the first time this trip was that kind of a feeling only the power of nature can provide. And tomorrow we will finally pitch our tents in front of her feet!