62nd day of the
Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the World.
Leaving Base Camp (5,400m). We are going back to Brazil.
Dear Friends! Our expedition is
coming to an end, it's fine, because our homesickness for Brazil is
big. We've been traveling for more than two months, we've been in
the Himalayas for more than 50 days. In this period we had a great
experience, sensations, feelings, which for many take many years to
feel. We are happy, satisfied with the results, certain that we
elevated the name of Brazil to the heights, certain that dreams
exist to make them come true.
We'd like to thank you for your
support, and your interest for the mountains and for the quest to
make come true the dream of a Brazilian climbers team. You were
here with the people, vibrating with each step of the climb, sending
your message of support, for us to have more strength, more
enthusiasm, and to feel even more the pride of being Brazilians that
we have inside of us. We want to thank one more time the trust of
our sponsors, O Boticαrio, Volkswagen and Petrobαs, and our
supporters, Choco Bis, Club Social, Tissot and Nera. These
companies also believed in our dream, the importance of the
mountains and the potential of Brazilian athletes. Let the
initiative of these companies be an example for others.
Well, today we dismounted most
of the tents, we packed almost all our equipment. The yaks (Tibetan
ox) came by the afternoon, to take our load to Lukla, where we will
take a flight to Kathmandu. Early tomorrow we will begin our long
trip back home. The other expeditions also closed their activities
on the mountain. Yesterday, the Japanese to Everest, Katayama's
team, left Base Camp in a hurry to get a helicopter in Syangboche
(close to Namche Bazar), we are worried that the hurries are for
health reasons. This morning the Koreans are leaving. In a
nutshell, nobody climbed Everest this autumn. However, the Japanese,
Koreans and Brazilians climbed Lhotse.
As I said, the trip back to
Brazil is long. In Kathmandu we have to visit again the Ministry of
Tourism, as we did when we came, to end a series of bureaucratic
measures, especially those related to the environment. For your
curiosity, we are taking to Kathmandu 37 empty cartridges of gas, 11
empty bottles of oxygen, 105 used AA batteries, 62 Kg of plastic and
cans, besides the 125 Kg of feces, yes, poop, that were deposited in
a dry pit in Lobuche. In general terms, that was the garbage
generated by our expedition. Nothing was left on the mountain, we
left everything clean.
We are going to be in Brazil
A big and sincere hug to
everybody, from the Brazilian team that conquered Lhotse, on the
International Year of the Mountains.
Irivan Gustavo Burda
Marcelo Santos Bonga
Paulo Souza Mαfia
Today's pictures, the view from
Lhotse's summit, the Brazilian team at Base Camp, Irivan Gustavo
Burda at Camp 4, Waldemar Niclevicz on top of Lhotse. (for
the next pictures click here.)