September 2, 2014
Mike Hamill reports that the team finished up their acclimatization day in Nyalam with some fun with the local fashion. Today they were back on the road, for a spectacular drive from Nyalam up and over the Tsong La pass and down to the Tingri plains and the old town of Tingri (4,348m/14,268ft). From the pass they had nice views of Shishapangma, and from near Tingri they got their first views of Cho Oyu and Everest. When they see those big peaks everything starts to become very real! The will spend two nights here, with more acclimatization hiking tomorrow before moving to Base Camp. Tingri is an ancient village, linked to Namche Bazaar in the Khumbu (Nepal) by the trade route over the Nangpa La pass. The Cho Oyu team’s route to Advanced Base Camp will take them quite close to this pass. After spending many nights in this town myself, over the years, my recollection is mainly about all the dogs!