May Dispatch: A long hard day. We left
Gyabla about 7 am and arrived in Sekathum about
4-5 pm. We had lunch in Amjilasa. We slept in
tents for the last time. It rained like crazy that
evening, but most of us stayed dry. We waited for
the dreaded leeches to appear, but only a couple
and Dorje showed up. They had gone back to Camp 2
to collect equipment after we left. They marched
long and hard to catch up with us, and it was good
to see them back safe and sound.
June Dispatch: Yet
another long, tiring day that never seemed to end.
About ten hours on the trail (or more). We hiked
to Chirwa through rice paddies, forest, and
increasingly populated areas. After Chirwa, the
heat was brutal, the trail rocky, and we trudged
on to the village of Mitlung. Only one beer in the
whole town! However, we comforted ourselves with
rakshi instead. Several porters didn't arrive
until after dark. Ivan tried to teach us the
Spanish words to "La Cucharacha" as we
sat in the cool air on the wooden veranda.
June Dispatch: The last day of trekking. Only
a few hours, but every step uphill (over 600
meters gain) and the heat was overpowering at
times. Once we reached Taplejung we were supposed
to meet Jangbu, but most of us wandered about for
a while before finding the hotel. Jangbu arranged
the bus for the next day, so there was little to
do except to rehydrate with the coldest beverages
we could find.
June Dispatch: Day 1 of the bus ride. The road
from Taplejung is long and torturous, and we rode
for over 14 hours to reach Birtimote (on the main
East-West highway). There is little worthwhile to
say-we had a good driver and made good time. A
late dinner led to hot rooms inhabited by various
June Dispatch: We reach Kathmandu after an
extremely fast bus ride--we arrive by 7pm. We
check into the Hotel Nepa and relish the TV,
toilets, and cleanliness. After a shower several
of us head for the Everest Steak House for a piece
of 'real meat'.
June Dispatch: We unpack, dry out, clean up,
and enjoy the luxuries of Kathmandu. The World Cup
dominates the airways and the Nepalis have TVs and
radios on in almost every shop. We contact
families and friends via phone and email.
members of Chris's family are here--his wife
Natalie, father Hugh,
sister Heidi, and old friend Ken (Gnu) are all at
the hotel. We spend time with then and have a nice
dinner together at a Thai restaurant.
Sincerely, Daniel Mazur from http://www.SummitClimb.com
join us in watching the "live-update"
status of 2002 climbing
expeditions to Nepal and Tibet on: http://www.everestnews.com/kang2002.htm