We had a difficult first 5 days start due to the bad weather. Lots of rain which isn’t normal for the time of the year. Because of the rain, we had to deal with leeches. One day I had more then 20. Rain in our first week means lots of snow in the higher parts. Almost 26 days later we now know the reason of the bad weather in Nepal, the Phailin Cyclone in India. Probably all over the news last few weeks, but in the mountains nobody knew anything. They just know the current weather: “it’s raining now”, “it’s sunny now”, …
This is the main reason we couldn’t make the Kanchenjunga – Makalu traverse. By the time we were up there we had to deal with lots of snow, and already had a very hard time reaching Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Besides of a couple of mountaineers, fully equipped with mountaineering and winter camping equipment, we, together with Peter the Canadian, where the Base Camp pioneers this trekking season. Many groups had to return without reaching there goal, because movement in these conditions is much slower. We had plenty of time, if we would skip the higher traverse. It hurts a bit, but last few days we heard some stories about the traverse this season from people much more experienced mountaineers then we are. They called it: “at the edge”.
Weather is stable now, so, if we would have been one week later???
The Nepali hills with all the rice fields are almost as beautiful as the high white mountains. We are talking about hills here with an altitude between 3 and 4 thousand meters. “No no sir, no name, just hill, we give name above 6000 meters … all the rest is just hills”
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. We do this as a training program for the extreme winter duathlon from lopersgroep Putte. You never know what the always enthusiastic ‘Gert Beyers’ is up to next year.