Saturday, 15 November 2008

Britain beats Finland on Island Peak (6,189m)


Back in Dingboche, it's a day of laundry and showers after our Island Peak expedition.


The UK firmly planted the flag in the summit ice (6,189m) at 0930 hrs on the 14th November.  It was a clear day with freezing winds.  It was the cold weather that forced Finland to retreat after reaching 5,740m.


The walking in the Khumbu (Everest) area has been sensational so far.  We've really enjoyed being amongst the high Himalayan mountains.  The other day, we climbed the 'little' peak of Chukhung Ri (5,550m) which is next to Lhotse and Nuptse.  The views were stunning.


As part of the course we learnt how to jumar.  We also did a bit of ice climbing on the glacier below Ama Dablam (or 'Ama' as it is known locally).  What a spot!


Tomorrow we continue towards Everest Base Camp and should climb Kala Patthar the day after.  We'll then try to cross the Cho La pass (5,300m) over to Gokyo valley.  The views of Everest are said to be phenomenal from there.


Photos on our return to Kathmandu.





David said...

sounds like your having lots of fun!
look forward to the next update

auntie Liz said...

The views sound wonderful.Looking forward to some more photos!

It beats work what you are both doing.

Take care.

Love auntie Liz xx

Howard and Sue Dengate said...

Hi Jen and Andy - great climb on Island Peak. We are jealous and imagine you wandering around Gokyo and Phortse, long to be there...


Howard and Sue Dengate