7 July – Base Camp, finally

Hi everyone,

We finally arrived in BC yesterday morning, 2 weeks after leaving Singapore. It seems like ages ago.

The 6-day and 100km trek was an eye-opening experience. The 1st 40km are in the valleys and riverbeds. This part of the trek is hot and dusty. The next 60km is on the mighty Baltoro Glacier. Being my 1st time in the Karakoram, this is an awesome place. The peaks are all jagged like knives, very scary-looking and yet inspiring. It’s pretty hard to describe in words. You need to be here to experience it.

BC is located at 5000m, at the foot of K2, on the South Face.

Today and tomorrow are rest days. The Sherpas are preparing for the Puja (Buddhist prayer ceremony) tomorrow. Monday 9th July, shall be our 1st climbing day.

I am feeling good, acclimatising, eating and sleeping well. I am also very remindful constantly of this rare opportunity to be here, to attempt this awesome mountain.

There have been 3 accidents already on K2 this season. One Russian lady was evacuated yesterday afternoon by helicopter with a broken leg. One Swiss fell and one Pakistani HAP (High Altitude Porter) was caught in an avalanche sustaining a severe cut on the head and arm. Both evacuated on horseback.

2 Polish climbers have been up to C2. They reported deep snow. That’s a concern.

Stay tuned…

Cheers. Swee Chiow