IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Autumn 2002
Update # 2 August 31, 2002 IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Leader Ben Marshall
called by satellite phone at 10pm on August 31 (Washington State time)
to say that the team had just arrived at Chinese Base Camp for Cho
Oyu. In Tibet the time was about 10:30am on September 1. They had
left Tingri that morning for the two hour drive to Base Camp, and were
welcomed by the Sherpas who had gone ahead the day before to get it
set up. This is about 15,000 feet, and will be the jumping off point
for the expedition.
everyone on the team was doing fine, that they had a good trip across
Tibet in the jeeps, and that everything was going like clockwork.
After two days in Lhasa, during which time they had toured the famous
Potala Palace and Johkang Temple, the group traveled by jeep to
Xegatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Here they visited the
Tashilumpo Monastery, home of the Panchen Lama. The next day they
headed for Tingri, the last town before Base Camp. They spent an
acclimatization day in Tingri, exploring this old trading village (the
trail to Namche Bazaar and the Khumbu, via Nangpa La Pass starts from
here) and getting ready. Apparently the weather in Tibet has been
reasonably good with just a little rain. This time of year Tibet is
very green and verdant, compared to the spring when it is dry and
dusty from the winter. The road conditions to Base Camp were not too
bad, with some mud, but nothing ridiculous (some years we have seen it
The plan is for the team to spend
three nights at Base Camp for acclimatization and packing, before
heading up with the yaks to the "Interim Camp" on September 4th. The
next day, September 5, the team will occupy Advanced Base Camp.
So far so good!
We'll keep you posted as we hear from