This is Wally Berg calling from Kathmandu on the 22nd of September. The Berg Adventures Nepal 2004 fall season is underway. Leila and I arrived in Kathmandu yesterday on the 21st. George and Janeen Carabetta arrived in Kathmandu on the 20th. The following day they did a city tour of Kathmandu with Krishna Dhakal and just yesterday they left the Yak and Yeti for Tibet . George and Janeen are going to do a week in Tibet before they return to meet us and the Everest Base Camp trekkers as well as the rest of George’s Island peak and Lobuche peak climbing group, and we will be off and running from there.
Every morning I’ve been in town, I’ve gotten up early and looked out across the surprisingly clear sky in the autumn Kathmandu valley. The Swayambhunath or the monkey temple out across the city has been a beautiful, familiar and inspiring sight for me. I’d like to tell you that traffic in Kathmandu is not worse but a situation we’ve come to know well in recent years; there are a lot of vehicles in Kathmandu traffic. But in this season the air is surprisingly clear and in the early morning it’s really quiet and beautiful throughout the valley.
Ang Temba and Min and many characters that you know well from our sherpa staff have already met us and we are busy getting food and supplies ready for our departure to Lukla coming up for a bunch of us on the 29th. In the mean time it’s just great to be back in Kathmandu , amongst old friends and excited about a lot of people who are going to be coming to join us in just a few days time
We will be reporting to you with dispatches throughout the season both from here in Kathmandu and especially of course out in the Khumbu, the Everest region, with all the great adventures and stories that are going to be coming along the way out there. So stay tuned we’ll keep you posted as things develop this season. Take care.