Local time: 02 April 23:O0
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Weather: Sunny and 29C
Hi Everyone, it’s Dame here.
Today was a busy day. We met Paul’s Sherpa, Lakpa Nuru, at the entrance to Bouddhanath Temple. We then joined Lakpa, his wife and baby daughter to receive a blessing from the Lama. It was special for us to share this experience with Lakpa and his family. The Lama is a very important person and it was clear to us how respected he is. Yet he interacted with us in a very warm and friendly manner and gave Paul and Lakpa good wishes for the climb. Afterwards we visited the temple which is the biggest stupa in Nepal. It is a massive white dome with prayer flags hung from the high center point to the ground. While admiring this World Heritage listed site we all regretted not bringing our sunglasses as the glare from the white dome was significant.
Paul was very excited to receive the extra oxygen bottles he purchased. The bottles were brand new and Paul was pleased to find after weighing each bottle they indeed were filled to capacity. He will have 4 oxygen bottles in addition to the 5 Asian Trekking provide.
Ministry Of Tourism
After finalising our logistical arrangements with Asian Trekking we accompanied Asian Trekking to the Ministry Of Tourism where the climbing permits where obtained. We felt privilegded to sit around a boardroom table being served tea and talking with the Under Secretary for The Minister of Tourism. The Under Secretary officially welcomed us to Nepal and signed the climbing permit before wishing Paul and Meagan (a Canadian member of the team) good luck for the climb.
Following some last minute gear shopping we headed off to dinner with Barga, a person Tim met in the US. The restaurant, which is owned by Barga, serves traditional Nepalese food and at various times throughout the night customers are treated to singing and dancing performances. This was a great opportunity for us to sample many different dishes in one sitting and see some traditional entertainment.
The Trek Begins
Tomorrow we have an early start (5am) to get out to the airport where we will fly to Lukla and begin our trek. As we write this Paul is still organising and conducting last minute checks on the mountains of gear he needs to bring.
Talk to you tomorrow,