Local Time: 19:30 April 1
Weather: Fine, 29C
Hi, It’s Paul in Kathmandu,
This afternoon Tim and Damien arrived from the US and Australia and we have spent the rest of the day negotiating traffic and equipment sales people. And I am not sure which is more difficult.
It was great seeing Tim and Damien over here and we are all really looking forward to the trek into base camp.
This morning Steve, Attilla and I met with Mohan, Ptemba and some of the Sherpa staff at Asian Trekking’s offices. We discussed all the logistics that are being provided by Asian Trekking and what we need to provide. Everything seemed to go reasonably well, and there were no huge surprises.
I met up with Pat Hickey this afternoon before Damien & Tim arrived and we did a test of his communications equipment. We had to get up onto the roof of the hotel to test everything and it was quite hot in the sun. But Pat seems to have everything under control and it all went smoothly. Pat seems really excited about the climb and being able to keep in touch with everyone.
Tim and Damien arrived at about 2pm and with quite a list of gear to buy, we decided to hit the shops right away. They needed to buy some sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, t-shirts and trekking pants and with prices starting out so high it was bound to be quite a time consuming exercise. However, I am pleased to say that after 4 hours they are both fully equipped for trekking. You can buy almost everything you need for trekking right here in Thamel and I would recommend that people support these local shopkeepers and buy some equipment here. The prices are very reasonable – a good down jacket costs about US$55 and a sleeping bag is about US$65. You do need to look around though, as prices and quality vary and you will need to bargain a little. We bought almost everything from the one shop and were well looked after.
Tomorrow we are off at 9am to see the Lama with my Sherpa, Lhakpa and then we will go to the Ministry of Tourism to obtain the Everest climbing permit. We still need to get a bit more gear and then hopefully we can get out to Monkey Temple in the afternoon.
Bye for now, Paul.