Sunday, 1 November 2009

Back in Kathmandu

Hi, we are all safely back in Kathmandu and the last of our sherpa staff flew in from Lukla yesterday after cleaning and drying out and carefully folding and packing away some of out tents and other essential expedition equipment for storage at the Lukla store. I have had my meetings with various Mountaineering organisations to finalise our exit and confirming that we left the place tidy! Some equipment is also stored here in Kathmandu, ready for future trips. Air freight costs are so high now its forced me to have good stores of equipment here and in Pakistan and Chamonix, France.
The guys are enjoying Kathmandu. Last night my agent Chwang Sherpa took us out to a nice Nepalese restaurant where we enjoyed the local food and demonstrations of cultural dances from various parts of Nepal, the final dance had a Yak and Yeti theme, we got the hint that it was bit touristy, but otherwise fun and good laughter was shared by all.
Dawa our Sirdar has been giving us lifts around Kathmandu as a pillion passenger on his motor Bike, its much more dangerous than climbing! Driving in Nepal is well on impossible if you have been brought up with any sort of Highway code!
Today 1st Nov is our last day in Kathmandu and we all fly back to the UK on various flights tomorrow. Maybe I will post a few more photos later.

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