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 The International Mountain Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch #3 Team arrives Base Camp

After an exciting ride across Tibet, the IMG Cho Oyu team has safely arrived at Base Camp on the morning of September 2, right on schedule.  After two days of being tourists in Lhasa (about 11,000 feet), the team drove by jeep to Shigatse (at about 12,000 feet, Tibet's second largest city, and the location of the nearest decent hospital), then traveled another day by jeep to Tingri, the small town about two hours from Base Camp.  After two nights in Tingri (about 14,200 feet) for acclimatization, the team rode jeeps up the Gyabrag Valley to Base Camp (about 15,000 feet).  Base Camp is situated below the lateral moraines on the outwash plain below the Gyabrag Glacier.  Its a beautiful valley with a nice river, used by local people for sheep and yak grazing, and for access to the famous Nangpa La, the pass to Namche Bazaar in Nepal. John Race reports that everyone is doing well, and that there are no big problems.  The weather is warm, with occasional light rain.  Unlike the spring season, when Tibet is dry and bare, the autumn season is green and lush.  The plan is for the team to take several more days at Base Camp, doing acclimatization hikes, before heading up.  The yaks are scheduled to arrive on the 4th, and start up to Advanced Base Camp on the 5th.

John Race reporting for IMG on EverestNews.com

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