THE Majorcan expedition to Mt Everest has now reached Tengpoche, 3'860 metres above sea level, and their next stop will be their base camp, at almost 5'500 metres.
The four Majorcan mountaineers, José María Alvarez Jopela, Oli, Tolo Calafat and Tolo Quetglas are accompanied by journalist Joan Carles Palos of the Bulletin's stablemate, Diari de Balears.
This morning at 7am, they were due to be received by the chief lama of Tyangpoche. He is the leading religious authority of the Solu-Khumbu region and was due to bless the expedition.
Yesterday, the members of the expedition played a game of volleyball against the Buddhist monks at the temple, and lost.
Yesterday was a difficult day, from Namche Bazar to Tengpoche, which is also known as Tyangboche, a march of four hours with innumerable steep slopes, with light snow falling all the time.
The expedition had to border the river Dudh Kosi, which joins the Bhote Kosi near Nache Bazar and is fed chiefly by the Inja Kola, which comes down from the glaciers of the Lhotse, the Ama Dablam and the Khumbu at the foot of Everest.
More than 50 yaks accompanied by 16 bearers are carrying the expedition's equipment, which weighs nearly half a ton, to the base camp.
Prior to setting off for Tengboche, the group had spent two days at Namche Bazar (3'440 metres) becoming acclimatised to the height and the harsh conditions.
They also had the chance to see what is claimed to be part of the skull of a Yeti, the abominable snowman, in Khumjung monastery.
The difficult negotiations with the sherpas and the problems in transporting their equipment from Kathmandu to Lukla are now a thing of the past, and the expedition members are focussing on new experiences and arrival at base camp.
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