4/7/2003 News from Russian Adventure Team Everest
expedition from Moscow under the leadership of
Alexander Abramov reports
:"April,6 at 8:15 a.m. the bus with our team and the truck with all our
equipment left the Katmandu hotel for Chinese boarder. The road moves in
zigzags: up and down. The whole Himalayan ridge stands on the horizon in all
its grandeur: Xixapangma, Cho Oyu, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse.
All the way along the road
there sit people, hammering at the stones. This is the cheapest way to get
ingredients for the concrete. In the afternoon we reached the frontier check
post: here all the people and loads are shifted into Chinese cars and proceed
along to Zhangmu (2600m). Two more expeditions crossed the boarder together
with us: French expedition (7 people) and International (2 people). This year
it is much warmer in Zhangmu than it was in 2000. I hope by the time we reach
BC, there will be no snow there.
There are lots of "Red
Lights" houses in Zhangmu. Those who know say that Amsterdam is not fit to
hold a candle to Zhangmu "Red Lights". They say, Sherpas come here after 2
months of expeditions. Zhangmu is situated on such a steep slope, that the
roofs of one houses serve as bases for the others. We tried several sorts of
beer in order to decide 12 boxes of what kind we are taking with us to BC.
The atmosphere is very
friendly in our team. Tomorrow were are leaving for Nielamu. Good-bye"
2003 News from Russian Adventure Team Everest expedition under the leadership
of Alexander Abramov.
Abramov reports from Zhangmu: “April,7. In the morning we rushed to buy beer.
It is of great importance at BC. People there drink it warm, mingled with hot
water – it helps against quinsy.
no need for us to choose among different kinds of beer yesterday – there
turned out to be only one sort of beer in the store. Today we are leaving for
Nyalam (3700m) – so today we’ll gain 1000m.