Our sherpa team went up yesterday. The goal is to fix rope all the way to summit, a task that will take 3-4 days. Then, they will return to ABC to rest for a few days & we will wait for a good weather window to summit.
2 members of our team have left by heli to KTM due to health reasons. They made the wise decision. But it is not easy for them. It was sad to say bye to them. I wish them a safe journey home.
Returned to ABC this morning. Heavy snow last night and windy today. Sherpa team also returned to ABC to rest. Heard news that Everest is closed this season
This morning, followed the rope-fixing sherpa team to 7000m where rock section begins. They continued fixing slowly. I turned back to C2
I am at C2, 6630m. Took me 55 mins. C1 & C2 are nearby each other. Sunny but windy and cold.
I am at C1, 6420m with my sherpa Mingma. Took me 3 hours and 30 mins. Feels good, sunny & windy. 3 more members are coming up to C1 today. Tomorrow, will go to C2 for 2 nights.
Yesterday, I went up to 6220m, below C1 & back. Good to go up after a long time at ABC. The big puja is now on 21 April. I plan to go up to C2 after puja. Yesterday, we heard the sad news of 12 sherpas who died of an avalanche at Everest below C1.
Yesterday, our sherpas fixed rope to C2 deposit equipment in a single day. That’s fantastic work. Tomorrow, we will start our acclimatization, 1 night at C1 & 2 nights at C2.
We had a small puja this morning. The sherpas can now start bringing loads up & fixing rope. We can also start our acclimatization trips now as soon as the rope & high camps are ready. Weather is quite predictable, sunny in morning, snowing & windy in afternoon.
Arrived ABC 5714m yesterday. Snowing & windy. Took me 7hr 15min for 900m gain. This BC is high. -15c last night. Slept well, no headache. We are the first team to arrive.