Rejoice in your holidays!
[28/04/2002 16:30 – Kathmandu, Nepal]
My feet have swollen, my back is aching and I am so very tired, but after 12 days, I came back from the Everest Base Camp.
I apologize for being absent, but I have been trekking here in Nepal in the Sagarmatha National Park, where Mount Everest lies.
Words cannot express the beauty of the scenery I have seen so I will not even try.
Instead I will just lay some facts on you:
1. This has been, by far, the most difficult thing I have ever done, except my army basic training.
2. I trekked with Eli Ha Mem-Pey (also known as Eliezer and the Glacier) and with Avi Ha Katach.
You may assume this was as close to reserve duty as it gets.
3. We ascended in 9 days (as a precaution due to AMS or Heights Disease). We descended in 2 days (about 30 km per day).
4. We used Diamox pills to help us get used to the heights.
5. This is the route we took, you can follow it using the following map:
|Saturday||13/4/2002||Flight from KATHMANDU (1,300m) to LUKLA (2,840m)|
|Sunday||14/4/2002||Trekking from LUKLA to JORSALE (2,805m)|
|Monday||15/4/2002||Trekking from JORSALE to NAMCHE BAZAR (3,440m)|
|Tuesday||16/4/2002||Trekking from NAMCHE BAZAR to KHUMJUNG (3,780m)|
|Wednesday||17/4/2002||Trekking from KHUMJUNG to PANGBOCHE (3,930m)|
|Thursday||18/4/2002||Trekking from PANGBOCHE to PHERICHE (4,240m)|
|Friday||19/4/2002||Acclimatization at PHERICHE|
|Saturday||20/4/2002||Trekking from PHERICHE to DUGHLA (4,620m)|
|Sunday||21/4/2002||Trekking from DUGHLA to GORAK SHEP (5,140m)|
|Monday||22/4/2002||Trekking from GORAK SHEP to EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m) and back to GORAK SHEP|
|Tuesday||23/4/2002||Hiking from GORAK SHEP to KALA PATTHAR (5,545m) and returning back until TENGBOCHE (3,860m)|
|Wednesday||24/4/2002||Finishing the route from TENGBOCHE to LUKLA|
|Thursday||25/4/2002||Staying at LUKLA|
|Friday||26/4/2002||Flight from LUKLA to KATHMANDU|
6. The first picture attached is of me, Eli and Avi at Everest Base Camp.
This is the highest place trekkers can reach and the starting point for professional mountaineering expeditions.
7. The second picture attached is of the gang at the peak of Kala Patthar, which is the mountain opposing Everest, where you get a good view of the highest mountain in the world.
8. The third picture attached is of me and Mount Everest.
As mentioned before, words cannot describe the actual experience, and even pictures show only a vague resemblance to the actual reality.
As always, more pictures are available at:
Lots of love from the beautiful country of Nepal,
[23/3/2002 Kathmandu, Nepal]
See picture attached.
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[09/03/2002 19:36 Kathmandu, Nepal]
The Indian people don't lie. It's just that when they don't have the answer, they'll give _an_ answer. It won't be the right one, but they feel they were nice to a stranger.
This is why the "Law of Four" was invented. If you need correct directions to go to a certain place, you always ask 4 people.
The correct way is usually what the majority of the 4 said.
I broke the law of four and regretted it!
I thought that it was enough to ask the train station enquiry clerk for the correct platform when I went from Delhi to Agra.
3 hours after riding the train, I asked the guy next to me when will we reach Agra.
He laughed and said: "Agra? This train is going to Punjab".
Not only did I take the train in the opposite direction, it was to the state where all the Hindu-Muslim riots happened.
6 Hours after departing from Delhi, I was in the same place, taking a taxi to Agra…
Never Break The "Law of Four"
Hi everybody! Long time no update!
Been having too much fun I guess…
Anyway, I am in Kathmandu now and it is a _whole_ other country.
The people are so pretty, the streets are so clean and it is such a relief from the Indian atmosphere.
I plan to do some trekking here and some white-water rafting.
There were so many rumors in India about the situation in Nepal, including the one that the Israeli Ambassador fled to New-Delhi (did you hear that one?).
Of course everything turned out to be totally incorrect. Everything here is fine – which is not something I can say about our little country.
US$550 for a plane ticket to the East! Think about it…
Some pictures, all from India, to remind you of how I look:
The first picture is from Kodaikanal. It is a hill-station (that is, a town up up in the hills)
where the Brits used to go on their vacation (ruling the country is a difficult job). It is a beautiful place, and since I was with beautiful people, it is (up 'til now) the most memorable I have ever been to on this trip.
In the picture you can see all the beautiful people I was with: Oren, Ziv and Ya'arit. We are playing cards at sunset (a game called "Asshole", I'll teach you when I get back home…).
And the rock we are sitting on is called The Dolphin Nose, a half a day trekking distance from Kodai.
It is so worth it, just for the magnificent view!
The second picture is from Chennai (Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu (South-East part of the sub-continent). You can see us (the ol' gang), drinking the best Ice-Coffee in the world.
It's called Iced-Eskimo, and it is only served (with or without ice-cream) in Cafe Coffee Day, an Indian coffee shop which is actually a gate to the western world.
Chennai is a city that most Israeli travelers skip (for no good reason). Whoever told me that Delhi is the place for western food and shopping (I know your name and address), whoever that was, obviously never been to Chennai.
The third picture is from the train I took from Chennai to Jaipur.
It's a 40 (forty) hours ride from the South-East to the North-West state of Rajasthan.
Being that long a ride, me and Ziv took the 3rd A/C Class so it was fine.
You even get bed sheets and bad food.
One last thing before we depart again:
The Indian post office has very strange working hours. Just from 10:00 to 16:00.
This is just to serve a specific purpose.
I arrived to the post office in Varanasi to send a parcel at 15:30.
Of course you need to pack each parcel with cloth, but no worries, there is a nice guy that will do it for you for just 100 Rupees.
Then, I reached the counter at 16:00.
But no worries, the clerk is still there, only he will not talk to you, just to a guy that "fixes"
He showed me a piece of paper that the post office
It read: 1,460 for sending parcel – 350 for Bakshish.
Yes, this is how the Indian post works. After working hours you need to bribe the clerk. So of course I did my "I am shocked" look, and told the "fixer" I would only pay 100 Rupees bakshish.
The clerk of course did his daily show, where he takes the parcel shoves it back to me and says "Come back tomorrow 10:00".
So now was my part, where I said, "Okay 200".
So get this: this clerk made 600 Rupees (for 3 parcels) in 10 minutes. That's a 4 days pay.
When I kindly thanked the clerk and turned away, the "Macher/fixer" guy told me that his service is 50 Rupees. When I told him that he should get the pay from the clerk he told me that the he can't because the clerk shares the money with all the other postal workers, including the manager.
India! What a country! What a culture!
That's it for now, although you can see some more
Lots of love from the only land that does not have a rectangular flag,