Life at Base Camp

Photo: Alex Treadway (click to enlarge)   I have been at base camp for two days now, and it already feels like weeks! Life here is great, and as a matter of fact it is extremely comfortable. I guess every once in a while we have to…

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Hotel on the moon

Wow! That is all I could say when we toddled into Himex’s Base Camp on Sunday afternoon. I had been to base camps before and I had seen Russell Brice’s setup at Cho Oyu in 2005, but this is just amazing. Alex, who I managed to catch…

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Off to the land of the Sherpas – but who exactly are they?

I have just found out that flights to Lukla have resumed and I can actually hear the planes as I am writing this. This is good news, as the trekkers and mountaineers, who are eager to get out, are finally making it to the Khumbu, or rather…

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A thought about street kids in Kathmandu

The Himex team left for the mountains on Tuesday morning, it has been snowing in the Everest region, I am finally packed and all I have to do now is interview all the other expeditions that are currently arriving in Kathmandu. However, I had another thought about…

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Expeditions descend on Kathmandu

Up until one week ago the streets of Kathmandu were mainly filled with taxis, street sellers, expats and stray dogs, however, Thamel is now teeming with tourists in the shape of trekkers, mountaineers and cultural visitors. It is good to see that despite the global economic crisis…

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Does Everest change people?

Well, this is something I have been wondering since I have been interviewing expeditions for the Himalayan Database, but considering what I have seen and heard over the past five years, I would say: “Yes, Everest changes people!” The most striking transformation I notice is obviously when…

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Smog in Kathmandu, and what I do for Miss Hawley

Kathmandu has been under a thick cloud, or rather smog cover for the last few days. It still has not rained even though the skies look so gloomy that you would expect the first drops to fall soon. But nothing has happened so far and according to…

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For my German readers

Ich habe ja schon fast ein schlechtes Gewissen, dass ich dieses Tagebuch und diese Webseite nur auf Englisch fĂŒhre, und ich möchte mich bei meinen deutschen Lesern dafĂŒr entschuldigen. Das Problem ist, dass die meisten Leute, die sich diese Webseite ansehen, Englisch sprechen, und es macht einfach…

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‘Bhatti Chaina’

‘Bhatti’ is the Nepali word for electricity – ‘Chaina’ is the word for NO! So ‘Bhatti Chaina’ is what you can currently hear in the shops and streets of Kathmandu. As I have briefly mentioned in my previous entry, we are currently suffering from 16 hours of…

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The firsts

Whilst I have never really been that interested in being the first in anything (what could I possibly be first in?) I could not resist having a look into how many German women have summited Mount Everest so far. I was surprised to find out that only…

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