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 Very Special Thanks from the Czech 2002 PRE Kangchenjunga Expedition

Zdenek Hruby, Martin Minarik, and Radek Jaros of the Czech 2002 PRE  Kangchenjunga Expedition would like to send very special thanks to two men, Mr. Tendy Sherpa of Ice Land Trekking and Expeditions, and Mr. Yerv and Ilinskiy, leader of the Kazakh Kangchenjunga expedition.

‘Simply excellent’, say Zdenek, Martin, and Radek of Mr. Tendy Sherpa and his Kathmandu based agency Ice Land Trekking and Expeditions. The Czech expedition had hired an agency to provide support services. (Let’s keep the name undisclosed.) The agency promised the whole world, confirmed the promises, yet, somehow it forgot to deliver.  Mr. Tendy Sherpa had never heard about the Czech 2002 expedition to Kangchenjunga until Martin landed in Kathmandu and called him from the airport. Nevertheless, he and his agency arranged for everything needed --  in a highly professional manner and in almost no time! In less than three days, a group of 21 porters traveled on a truck from Kathmandu to Suketar, while two days later, Martin flew to Biratnagar and from there to Taplejung/Suketar.

It should be said that there were more occasions during the expedition, when Tendy showed a great deal of professionalism and of sound judgment. The expedition wishes to give him very special thanks, indeed. Highly recommended!

Another very special thanks go to Mr. Yervand Ilinskiy, leader of the Kazakh 2002 Kangchenjunga Expedition.

Mr Tendy Sherpa with Zdenek (left) and Radek photo Pavel Kubicky

After reaching the summit by Martin and Radek, upon their return to the base camp, the Czech climbers found their satellite phone dead. For two days they kept trying every trick possible to make it work, but all attempts failed. The Kazakh climbers, whose base came was nearby, tried to help, but even all the technical skills combined did not make the phone work. It was only then that a base camp cook admitted that he had played with the phone and had disabled it for good. For bad -- for real bad -- one should say. Mr. Ilinskiy let the Czech expedition use the Kazakh  phone to send brief news home. Zdenek, Martin, and Radek want to thank him for his help.  And I want to thank you, Mr. Ilinskiy, too, on behalf of all of us, who had been waiting for news, worried, having known that the guys must have long been back in the base camp or something had happened, having had no news and no connection.

Credits to the remarkable success of the Kazakh team that in spite of this year’s  poor conditions on Kangchenjunga  put 7 its members on the summit, without supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters, are part of the Czech expedition’s summit report. Jana Matesova 
Radek Zdenek and Martin upon their return from Kangche photo Jana Matesova

The Czech Summit Bid on Kangchenjunga 2002  Report

Kangchenjunga 2002


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