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 Lhotse 2001 Presented By EverestNews.com: Gary Pfisterer

Dispatch One: Greetings Everyone, after a week in Kathmandu we have jumped through all the necessary hoops and now depart for base camp. Thomas and John, the last team members turned up last night so with everyone here and keen to move. We will head off to the airport at 5:30 am April 2nd for our flight to Lukla at 7500 feet. We sent along 1500 kg of baggage this afternoon for weighing and loading. The airport is technically closed for repairs so all flights in are by charter helicopter.  We will be using the Puma 9 place model and with baggage will require three trips to get our members, staff and baggage to Lukla.  With a bit of luck the weather will hold long enough to enable us all to be there by noon or thereabouts.

   The trek to base camp should take about 7 days with about 6 hours of walking each day which will include elevation gains on average of about 1500 feet per day.  We will trek along the Dudh Kosi River which means the river of milk thus named for its whitish color due to the glacial scilicates it carries down from its headwaters at the Khumbu glacier tongue.  The first couple days will find us in lush agricultural valleys, gradually we will climb through the Rhododendron forests and slowly out of the tree line and onto the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, which we will follow to base camp which is located at about 18,000 feet just below the Khumbu Ice Fall. 

     So we are off on our adventure.  Members send love and greetings to friends and loved ones.  We will do our best to stay in touch but please don't be alarmed if you don't hear from us as communication is not assured. Cheers, Gary 

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