As reported, we reached base camp yesterday. We are almost a week ahead of schedule: on the one hand, because the helicopter ride across the pass saved us a few days; on the other, because hiked as fast as possible. Since we could include some acclimatization tours on the way, we feel fit and adapted enough not to have any problems up here.
The base camp covers nearly one kilometer next to the Khumbu glacier. Many teams have already set up their camps, but despite the many tents, there are not too many people around. Some have probably already proceeded to camps 1 to 3; some haven't even arrived yet.
After a short search, we found a nice and quiet spot for our camp. It took two days of arduous work to level the spot and pitch the tents with the help of our kitchen crew and some of our porters. From the start, we had some problems with our porters. Some of them refuse to work, some arrive days later or not at all with their luggage. As a result, we also have only a fraction of our equipment at the base camp right now. We are still missing some things including tables and chairs and even our crucial climbing and insulation gear. We hope the missing barrels will arrive tomorrow.
The weather is currently very good – except for the storm around the summit of Everest.
We are very glad to be here, and we will now spend our first night in the base camp.
Greetings from the team.