We got up early for our flight to Lhasa but upon arrival found out China Air 408 was 2 h delayed. After 2 h waiting in the extremely crowded waiting hall, we were told it would be another 2 h… However we got access to the Executive Lounge to get food. When the plane finally arrived, we had a smooth flight and arrived around 19 h (it’s 2 h 15 min later in Tibet), After multiple visa checks we were welcomed by the Chinese Guide who was waiting for us and after a ride of about an hour , and a couple of visa checks, arrived in our hotel downtown Lhasa.
Wednesday early morning Ciprian, the Romanian who will join us, arrived at Kathmandu airport. When I came back from breakfast, he and Namgya had just arrived in the Lobby. A local guide, Surieh, took us for a touristic tour in Kathmandu (Namgya carefully selected some places where I had not been before), such as Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple (not because they worship monkeys there – they actually do, but not in that complex – but bacause monkeys are crawling all over the sanctuaries) and the old royal square in the city centre, where we visited a couple of temples and the royal palace. Most interesting was probably the Kumari Ghar, where we actually saw the Royal Kumari when she appeared for a moment to watch the people gathered in the small inner court of the complex.
We had lunch at Kilroy’s, one of Kathmandu’s best restaurants in the middle of Thamel.
In the afternoon we bought supplies, mainly for Ciprian and in the evening Sonam Bhote joined (a cousin of Namgy who does the marketing for Grand Himalya) to have a welcome dinner in the Roadhouse Cafe.
This is the official page of the Dutch Everest Expedition 2015.
I will try to keep this page up-to-date during the expedition. At the start that should be doable as there is connectivity in Nepal and in Tibet as long as we are on the way to Base Camp. I expect to have connectivity whilst in Base Camp as well. However, beyond Base Camp it will be a challenge, but I may be able to provide updates by satellite phone.
Please, check back regularly for updates.
Note: The previous sites Dutch Everest 2012 can be found under “Seven Summits” in the menu…