Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cho oyu choco pie team expedition report from tingri

Hi all, kit here in tingri.

We arrived here yesterday after a long drive through the tibetan plateau from nylam.

We had our first sight of cho oyu on the way in so have seen our challenge for the first time. the snow capped mountains and dry tibetan plateau make for spectacular scenery , everyone is pleased that our goal is in sight.

The team is well though a couple of cases of gi and cold symptoms mean we will have an extra day here for recuperation and extra acclimatization.

We had a couple of walks in nylam up to 4500m and will do the same today, possibly up to 4900m hopefully getting some good views of cho oyu on the way, though may be too cloudy for that.

On a side note I am currently sat at 4600m overlooking the plains, which are vast and pretty awe inspiring, chatting with stu, ben, guy and antonin. Sun is breaking through and its nice and warm, nearly sunbathing weather. We are watching the rest of the group race up the slope ahead trying to be the first to the top...... I know where I'd rather be....I may just have a nap and wait for them to descend.

We'll be moving on to chinese basecamp tomorrow so this afternoon is a final chance for a warm shower, for a while at least anyway!

From the field touring cho oyu choco pie crew in tingri

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