The time of year has come and mountaineers, Everest aspirants, trekkers, clientsÂ as well as expedition leaders, mountain guides and Sherpas are getting ready to hit the big hills of Nepal and Tibet for the spring season. I have seen that some of them have already descended on Kathmandu – after the Turkish Airline plane was finally removed from the runway at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport – and it is about time I packed my bags and rushed to the Nepali capital to meet teams before they head to the mountains.
After having spent four months in Europe dashing back and forth from Bern to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to visit my mother almost every weekend,Â I nowÂ feel thatÂ I can leave and go back to my life in Nepal and help Miss Hawley and Jeevan in our work for the Himalayan Database. My mum has been a real trouperÂ and after five months of intensive care units, hospital wards and rehabilitation she is finally back home and I am truly impressed by how well she can look after herself.
As far as expeditions are concerned, I need to get my head around who is coming and who is not. However, in order to get a clearer picture I needÂ to get back toÂ Kathmandu, talk to Miss Hawley and contact all the trekking agencies to find out what is happening this season.
As soon as I have settled back in again I will send another update to keep you posted on ‘who is where’Â in the Himalaya thisÂ spring.
Until then – watch the space.