EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by
O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
11th day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the
World. Namche Bazar (3,440m) Toll on the Ice Fall
day began tense today. When we went to the Sagarmatha
Pollution Control Committee (SPCC} at Namche Bazar, an
mandatory visit for every expedition, we were scared
about the amount of the "Ice Cascade Tax".
Khumbu Ice Cascade is the most unstable part of all
the route when climbing Everest, it is a gigantic step
700m high, where huge blocks of ice form a big maze.
The Khumbu Glacier can move one meter per day,
tumbling blocks of ice like dominos. Finding a safe
path on this unstable terrain is practically
impossible, it takes a lot of time and it demands a
big amount of equipment.
is why the Nepalese Government gave SPCC the
exclusivity to install equipment on the Ice Cascade,
so the expeditions were safer. For that it is
necessary to pay a kind of toll, the total of the
amount for this job is divided by the number of
expeditions which are going to climb the mountain.
Here is where the problem begins. First, because the
SPCC fixed the amount for the job in 30 thousand
dollars. Second, because on the season which is
beginning, there are just 3 expeditions contemplated
(only ours and one Japanese have been confirmed).
Third, this tax payment is mandatory, it means, we
don't have an alternative.
we have a permit to climb both Everest and Lhotse,
SPCC says we have to pay this tax two times, which
costs 5 thousand dollars. Unfortunately, we have to
pay 10 thousand dollars more, added to the permit we
have already paid to climb, to be able to continue
with our expedition.
find this very expensive and we think that it would be
fair to pay just 5 thousand dollars, because the path
to Everest and Lhotse is the same until 8,000 meters
big problem is that SPCC is just beginning to prepare
the Ice Cascade, and the estimated time for this is
two weeks at least. We are not sure to pay the 10
thousand dollars and stay waiting for their will to
finish this service. We know that we came early to
Khumbu, but we did this with an important objective:
we want to have enough time to climb both Everest and
after so much discussion, we came to an agreement. We
pay 5 thousand dollars relative to our Everest climb,
and after SPCC finishes preparing the Ice Cascade, we
pay the 5 thousand dollars for our Lhotse climb. We
hope that this way the job is done as soon as possible
LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by O BOTICΑRIO,
VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
Portuguese by Jorge Rivera