Leaving Kathmandu, getting into the Khumbu Valley
Kathmandu’s traffic, smog and chaos disappeared; around us we have just mountains, rivers, and forests: we finally are in the Khumbu Valley, the valley of the Sherpa people.
The Sherpa’s daily routine starts early in the morning. Everyday, at first dawn, the porters leave the village carrying up to ninety kg on their shoulders as they walk up the steep paths. When I look around, I see this proud people living like Europeans used to do in the 19th Century. Clean water, electrical energy, for most of them are a luxury they cannot afford. To westerners this might sound incredible, but for this people this is just their everyday life.
For the members of the expedition this is it the start of the acclimatization period. In the next 15 days we will be trekking up the valley and we will do some ascents to get our bodies used to the high altitude. This is a very important step to prepare the ascent to Cho Oyu. Without a correct acclimatization, it is impossible for anyone to climb a Himalayan peak.
- Hervé Barmasse