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Monday, 20 April 2009

First night at Camp 1 @ 6,500m

After arriving to the Basecamp on April 7th we have been carrying loads to Camp 1. The route from base camp to camp 1 is different to previous years; instead of joining the glacier at 5,900m one follows a moraine ridge to gain access to the upper glacier. Camp 1 is located on a stable serac at 6,500m.

Last night we slept here and this afternoon returned to base camp for a rest day tomorrow. Dendi Sherpa, who summited Makalu with the Brisith Army team in '08 thinks that the crevasses are more open this year due to a dry winter with low amounts of snowfall. It has also been clear that since our arrival to basecamp the crevasses have increased in size due to the warmer spring weather.

The view from camp 1 last night was spectacular, in particular I could clearly see Sherpani Col & West Barun glacier. It is possible to trek from Makalu basecamp and to Everest basecamp via Sgerpani, West Col & Amphulapsa. This is known as one if the most challenging treks in the Himalayas. Please get in touch if interested.

2 comments:

Jan said...

Very interested in that trek :)

But climb safe first!

Richard Grant said...

Makalu is a beautiful peak, good luck with the climb.

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