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 The International Mountain Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch #5 IMG Team arrives at Advance Base Camp
Looking up at Cho Oyu from just below ABC

The IMG Cho Oyu team has now arrived safe and sound at Advanced Base Camp, approximately 18,500 feet, after two days of hiking.  All the yak loads also made it up intact.  ABC is situated on the moraine of a side moraine of the Gyabrag Glacier, within sight of the famous Nangpa La, the main trade route to Nepal from this part of Tibet.  It is not unusual to see groups of Tibetan traders crossing the pass with their yaks to trade salt and clothes, or Nepalese Sherpas carrying dried buffalo hides to Tingri (used by the Tibetans for making shoes).  The team is now preparing for the puja on the 9th, with the first carry to Camp 1 scheduled for the following day.  John Race reports that the weather has been warm and damp, with clear mornings and snowfall in the afternoons, and mild temperatures.  So far everything is going well for the group with no problems!

Eric Simonson reporting for IMG on EverestNews.com

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