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Cho Oyu Autumn 2002
Facts & History
Eric Simonson
IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Autumn 2002

Update # 2 August 31, 2002 IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Leader Ben Marshall called by satellite phone at 10pm on August 31 (Washington State time) to say that the team had just arrived at Chinese Base Camp for Cho Oyu.  In Tibet the time was about 10:30am on September 1. They had left Tingri that morning for the two hour drive to Base Camp, and were welcomed by the Sherpas who had gone ahead the day before to get it set up.   This is about 15,000 feet, and will be the jumping off point for the expedition.

Ben said everyone on the team was doing fine, that they had a good trip across Tibet in the jeeps, and that everything was going like clockwork.  After two days in Lhasa, during which time they had toured the famous Potala Palace and Johkang Temple, the group traveled by jeep to Xegatse, the second largest city in Tibet.  Here they visited the Tashilumpo Monastery, home of the Panchen Lama.  The next day they headed for Tingri, the last town before Base Camp.  They spent an acclimatization day in Tingri, exploring this old trading village (the trail to Namche Bazaar and the Khumbu, via Nangpa La Pass starts from here) and getting ready.  Apparently the weather in Tibet has been reasonably good with just a little rain.  This time of year Tibet is very green and verdant, compared to the spring when it is dry and dusty from the winter.  The road conditions to Base Camp were not too bad, with some mud, but nothing ridiculous (some years we have seen it pretty bad!).

The plan is for the team to spend three nights at Base Camp for acclimatization and packing, before heading up with the yaks to the "Interim Camp" on September 4th.  The next day, September 5, the team will occupy Advanced Base Camp.  

So far so good!

We'll keep you posted as we hear from them!


Eric Simonson

Expedition Organizer

Eric Simonson, veteran expedition leader, Everest Summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book Eric e-mail everestnews2004@adelphia.net