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DISPATCH 1: 

AIR CARGO: Expedition materials are not the easiest things to get shipped, especially in these days. The clearance of  63 cartridges Butan/Propane gas was nerve wrecking. After a lot hustling back and forth over 480 kg air cargo and dangerous goods was shipped to Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU: The Maoists have called /confirmed a 5 days strike in Nepal. As such there will be no transportation available and all activities will be closed. The strike starts from the 2-6 April. However the cargo and all the govt. offices will remain closed. We will see what happens and plan to take out our cargo before we leave for Tibet. 

EXPEDITION START: Nearly all the equipment is in transit to Nepal. The team starts with Singapore Air on April 2nd from Zurich and arrive in Kathmandu on 3rd April. The expedition will be supported by the services of Asian Trekking. We will be staying at the Gauri Shanker Hotel in Thamel and looking forward to meet there our Nepalese kitchen team: Nima Sherpa (age 35) and Tenjing Chheten Sherpa (age 27). Nima was with us at Swiss-German-Double-Expedition 1999 (Cho Oyu/Shisapangma). We appreciate his "support" in kind of Yak-Steak, Grilled Tomato, French Fries and Salad. 

Michael Borrmann

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