Welcome to my Mount Everest 2013 blog. After Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, McKinley/Denali, Aconcagua, Vinson and Kosciuszko I will be back on Everest again this year. After my 2011 climb when I had to turn back at 250m/800ft from the summit (see 2011 Everest blog), and last year’s trip where I broke two ribs in a Tibetan village, I will be back on the North Side of Everest. I am excited to experience the mountain again and I am sure that it will be an exciting journey.
This year I will join the team of Kobler & Partner (http://www.kobler-partner.ch/en-home.html), today the most experienced and successful expedition company on the Everest North Side. Kari Kobler will be the expedition leader. He has summited Everest five times. We will be a team of six climbers and I am convinced that it will be an exciting journey which will start in Kathmandu. Once all the equipment is checked and the visa cleared, we will leave Kathmandu on April 11 and fly to Lhasa, Tibet, where we will have a chance to explore this interesting city and do some acclimatization hikes in the area. A few days later we will travel overland across several high mountain passes (over 5,000m/16,500ft) towards the Chinese Base Camp, our final destination. Along the way we will see some interesting towns, do some acclimatization hikes and take some rest days. From Base Camp at 5,200m/17,000ft the expedition will start up the East Rongbuk glacier to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 6,400m/21,000ft. From there the real climb will start.
Please follow this blog if you are interested to learn more about the expedition in general and the progress made on an ongoing basis. I will try to provide you with updates as much as the conditions will permit. However, conditions are not always predicable in Tibet and especially at and above 5,000m/16,500ft. Nevertheless, I will try to share with you as often as possible along the way my feelings and impressions as well as many pictures. This will be again a long and exciting journey into Tibet and back to Nepal. I am looking forward to meet again Chomolungma, “Mother Goddess of the Universe”, how Mount Everest is called in Tibet.
As on all my long trips, it is the journey, not the destination!
And once again, I would like to share with you my most important motto:
Reaching the summit is optional – Getting down healthy is mandatory.
Enjoy the blog!!!