Yesterday we flew from Lhasa to Kathmandu! Our last night in Lhasa we went to an incredible performance, a musical I guess at an outdoor amphitheater where 800 performers put on the biggest show I have ever seen! It was a great way to end our stay in Lhasa! It’s festival time in Kathmandu and the city is bustling, before it gets quiet in the next few days, a rare thing for Kathmandu. We had a celebratory dinner last night and our Cho Oyu climbers will be heading home soon. It was a safe and successful expedition once again! Thanks for following along on our adventure to over 8000m and to the 6th highest point in the World!
Today we broke down and packed up ABC and left after spending three weeks in ABC and above. Yesterday we received about 4-5 inches of snow but woke up to another sunny morning. After getting camp broke down we headed out on a 3 hour hike down to intermediate camp at 17,700ft. The yak drivers had 22 yaks to pack so they took a little longer, so we had a little time to kill at intermediate camp. Once the yaks arrived we packed up a truck with all of our gear and headed down to Chinese Basecamp. Next we hoped into a van and headed to Tingri. We just finished up dinner and are headed off to bed. Tomorrow we will drive to Shigatse. It’s about an 8 hour drive to Shigatse, where we will spend the night before heading to Lhasa. It feels good to be dropping in elevation, we are just 15,000ft now which is the lowest we’ve been in almost a month!
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We have just arrived back down to Camp 2 after safely and successfully summiting the 6th highest mountain in the World! Jason, Malcolm, and John all were very strong on the entire expedition and proved that again today on our 8 hour climb to the summit!
We are tired but everyone is so happy to have stood on top of Cho Oyu. The weather was incredible with barely any wind and the most incredible views of the Himalaya!
Tomorrow we will return to ABC to celebrate and then soon after start heading back to Lhasa and Kathmandu.
I will give more details of the climb tomorrow! Thanks for Following! And a special shout out to my brother Ryan’s 1st grade class at Olney- Bissell school near Whitefish Montana for following along on our adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition. Everyone was very supportive, considerate, and caring to the climbers on the expedition. Even though this is the first AA expedition where I did not summit, I will say it was one of my favorite in large part due to Ben, Lakpa, and Tshering.