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Everest 2001 Expedition: Polytechnic University of Valencia

Three climbers from Valencia, Spain will attempt Everest from the Standard North Col Route.  They have become a close-knit team by participating in three expeditions together.  In the Himalayas, two of the three summited Cho Oyu (8,201) and, most recently, they had an unsuccessful expedition to Manaslu.  This was caused by bad weather. Of note is that they were accosted by terrorists during the trek to Manaslu! 

Thursday, 22-March-2001 Arrival to Katmandu - After we take off from Manises Airport, we took the flight to Frankfurt. Finally we are on way - the journey that will take us to the top of the world, to highest peak, Mt. Everest. Two years ago, when the project started, we agreed that we had to believe that our trip would happen or it simply couldn't happen. In Frankfurt we spent the night in a hotel that seemed more like a hospital.  We returned to the airport and incredibility, we did not have any problems embarking exactly on the hour we were supposed to. The truth is that after the problems of the Manaslu -- the attempted kidnapping of us by the Maoist guerillas, the problems with the Nepali government, the officials trying get money from us, the problems with the flights on our return, and of all the misfortunes that ended up becoming the expedition.  We had the surprise of having an expedition in which everything happens easily.

In Delhi we waited for 10 hours in the traffic zone, it cannot be said that it had too many comforts, but finally, and after a two hour delay, we left towards KTM. Now already we are in our hotel, after showering and scattering the material all over the room. In awhile, we will go to the center of KTM intending to make the first purchases of material and food that we need before leaving for the trekking portion of our journey. Also we have to pay for the permission to trek in the Langtang valley, because it is located within the National Park of the same name. Soon we will speak to you more thoroughly the trekking that we are going to do and of our following time in KTM

The expedition begins!

Trekking in Langtang

When we planned the acclimatization for the ascent of Everest we thought about different possibilities. Between all of them, the one that in the end seemed more suitable to us she was to trek in Nepal with the idea of reaching 5000 meters after a march of several days, and to remain over the 4000 for a few days. After studying the different options that are available to us in Nepal, we found the Langtang valley.  We liked it because it is only 100 km from Katmandu, it reaches a good height in a few days (to allow us to acclimatize), and we could stay in towns that have lodges along the way. In addition, it is considered in many circles as one of the prettier alpine landscapes of the world.

During these days in KTM,  we have been completing the preparations for trekking: buying the food which we will use aside from the food we will buy in the valley, securing permission to go to the Langtang, to contract a porters to help us carry all the material necessary to keep in contact with Spain and the food. Finally, Sergi Mingote (a Catalan) will accompany us during this trekking and who will share our Everest permit.

Day to day Trekking Schedule

First day: we will dedicate it to the traveling from KTM to Dhunche (2040 meters), and located at the head of the valley. There, we will have to show our trekking permit. Although Dhunche is only 110 km of KTM, the highways that we will have to follow are winding and run between precipices of more than 1000 meters.  Thus, getting there becomes laborious and can take up to 10 hours. When we arrive in Dhunche we will look for lodging.

Second day: we will leave Dhunche early, because this will be possibly the hardest day of trekking. After crossing the Trisuli Khola river, we will ascend to a high mountain pass and then will descend to Syabru (2230 meters).  Syabru is a nice, populated town in a beautiful valley, on an edge of a mountain with unobstructed view of the main Langtang valley. In this precious place, we will look for lodge to rest our bones.

Third day: we will finally get into the Langtang Himal and not leave it for the rest of the trek. After crossing the Langtang Khola river, we climb in the direction of the town of Gumnachok.  From there, we will ascend to Gora Tabela (3010 meters).

Fourth day: after ascending the valley for a few hours,  we will leave the forests behind and arrive in the town of Langtang, that gives name to the valley, and is the main establishment of the Bothia, town of Tibetan descendants. We will go through Langtang and continue to ascend until arriving at Kyangjin Gompa (3840 meters) - the end of the trek.

Fifth day: from Kyangjin Gompa we will make an ascent to the Tserko Ri, from where the views are impressive.  With, this we will have finalized the acclimatization, and will begin the return.

Sixth and Seventh day: We will use them to the return from Kyangjin Gompa to Dhunche.

In any case, whenever trekking of this type confronts, we will adapt to the possible variations that can arise during it. We hope to be able rest every two days depending on how things develop. 

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