Well a bit of time has passed since the last update, and I am pleased to report that summits of both Nirekha and Kyaji Ri were reached! Last Friday Matt successfully reached the summit of Nirekha, accompanied by Ang, Passang, Lakpa, Passang Chutin and trip Leader Pat Hollingworth. Troy gave it a crack but didn't have enough energy on the day, and Meri and Caroline were both a bit crook and unable to leave the tents. The other guys were healthy enough but decided the warmth of the sleeping bag was preferable to a cold and hard fought summit. The views of Everest and Cho Oyu from the top were spectacular, and the route made for interesting climbing. It's a bit steeper and more direct than Lobuche East, and why it isn't climbed more regularly is beyond me - it is a really nice climb!
After summitting we returned to high camp and caught up with the rest of the team on the other side of the Cho La Col. After some discussions Jamie, Mel, Troy and Kerrie opted to trek over the Renjo La instead of attempting Kyajo Ri, while Meri and Caroline, both still dealing with health issues, wisely decided to descend to the warmth and thicker air of Namche. This left Matt to tackle Kyajo Ri with Ang, and I'm pleased to report that they summitted on the 5th December after a very quick push from base camp. Awesome work guys!
Today sees the remaining crew flying from Lukla to Kathmandu and then onwards to Australia over the next few days, and thus concludes Himalayan Ascent's Triple Peaks Expedition. So until next time...
Over and out