- Everest- BACK IN KATMANDU
our failed try to reach the peak the weather had
gotten very stormy. The storm wind was blowing at
more than 180km/h. The information we got regarding
our tent in camp 2 differed, some said it was "destroyed"
others believed it had been "blown away".
The weather forecast didn't look very promising.
Despite of that Christian and Matthias gave it
another try and attempted to safe camp 2. But
Matthias didn't feel well during their night at the
North col and he decided to turn around. Christian
carried on. He was happy to find that our tent had
only been ripped. He was able to recover the better
part of our material.
TO THE ABC: For us, the expedition was over. We
walked 20 km down to base camp. At another one of
our camps we found out that somebody had stolen our
tent, sleeping bags, cooker etc. ... I guess that's
part of the Everest experience as well. After three
weeks in great altitude we reach the base camp.
At the base camp the Liason Officer offers us an
opportunity to get to Katmandu three days earlier
than we had been scheduled. We start early in the
morning on the 27th and cross the Chinese border in
the late afternoon. Thanks to Asian Trekking we were
able to carry on to Kathmandu straight away. When we
were sitting in Thamel in the evening having our
pizza, we could hardly believe that we had
been at the base camp in the morning.
NEXT FEW DAYS: At the moment we are working on the
modalities of our cargo shipping and of our flights
back home. Maybe we even arrive home early, who
knows?! Andrea and Micha 5/28/02