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26.3.2009 Last cargo customs clearing

Durbar Square
Tomi in Ministry of Tourism of Nepal
Expedition permit
We were supposed to collect oxygen bottles today but due to a bank holiday we didn't know the customs was closed and oxygen is still in customs. Therefore we had to make last minutes modifications to our plan. Arri and Mikko will stay in Kathmandu tomorrow and will collect and check the oxygen bottles, masks and regulators while others will fly to Lukla. There we will wait for them to arrive on Saturday morning to start the trek towards Everest base camp.

Today morning we sent last personal staff to Thamserku. We weighed all materials and surprisingly we needed only 2-3 more sherpas to carry our staff to base camp. Our equipment (all personal and expedition gear) weighs bit over 3000kg and we need 110 sherpas to carry them. The equipment will be shipped to Lukla in few days time to be carried to base camp. Hopefully all will reach basecamp intact.

During the afternoon some of us visited the monkey Temple on the western side of the city. It was very peaceful place after all traffic, noise and crowd in Thamel and downtown Kathmandu. From there we continued to Durbar Square and the back to the hotel by foot.

All is well