Rest and Recovery

The team is now safely back in Kathmandu. After a short walk from Chutanga down to Lukla on Saturday morning they had a leisurely day followed by the first of a number of celebratory dinners.

Sunday’s flight from Lukla to Kathmandu was mercifully uneventful. In a less than an hour’s flying time the team were transported from the fresh cool air of an isolated mountain village to the warm and humid chaos of Nepal’s capital.

Afternoon activities were segregated according to Dom. Margie, Di and Janice were off shopping while Warwick, Frank and Dom headed for a shave. Frank was allegedly also lining up for a manicure.

Last night they were heading for another celebration dinner in one of the many excellent

Around the pool at the Shanker

restaurants near the Shanker Hotel, before spending a couple more days rest and relaxation around the pool in the gentile surrounds of the Shanker.

Margie is on an earlier flight and should be back in Adelaide at 8.10am on Tuesday morning (Singapore  SQ279). The others are due in on Thursday morning, also at 8.10am.

Thank you readers for your support of Centacare’s Mera Peak Team 2012. Many messages of support were relayed to the team and were most appreciated when the going was at its toughest. Your donations for Auricht House are also most appreciated.

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In Kathmandu

The Team have arrived safely in Nepal.  I understand a team of Sherpas was on standby to help Margie unload her carry-on luggage from the plane but the airport and customs were successfully negotiated without drama. The team made their way through the chaos of Kathmandu traffic to the relative calm of the Hotel Shanker. The Shanker comes from the pages of a Rudyard Kipling novel and will be home for the next 2 days. Tasks for today will include a thorough gear check, some last minute gear shopping and hopefully some time for sightseeing.

Hotel Shanker - home until Tuesday


Mera Team on Their Way

Frank, Di, Janice, Warwick, Margie and Dom

The Centacare Mera Peak Team are safely in Singapore and about to board their flight to Nepal. They left Adelaide at 11.40am Saturday after months of training, weeks of packing and an hour of chaotic, nervous and excited farewells at Adelaide Airport.

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