A big team of Japanese mountaineers left Lamsango in Nepal on Tuesday (31 July) on the first leg of an expedition to climb Mount Everest.
SV & GV Team check equipment and food (6 shots)
CU & MV Japanese packing equipment
SV Local sherpas waiting for start of expedition (3 shots)
SV & GV Team leaves for expedition (5 shots)
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Background: A big team of Japanese mountaineers left Lamsango in Nepal on Tuesday (31 July) on the first leg of an expedition to climb Mount Everest.
The 48-member team assembled in the mountain village of Lamsango on Monday (30 July) to check over the 34 tons (approx. 34,000 kgs) of supplies including mountaineering gear, lamps, tents, medicine, and a great variety of food.
Six hundred porters and sherpas will carry the gear to the base camp at Namche Bazar, before the assault on the unconquered 29,028-ft. (approx. 8.8 km) southwest face of Everest -- the world's highest peak.
SYNOPSIS: At the little mountain village of Lamsango in Nepal on Tuesday, forty-eight Japanese mountaineers made a last minute check of their huge load of equipment and food before setting out on the first stage of their expedition to climb Mount Everest. Six hundred porters and sherpas are being paid twelve rupees a day to carry the thirty-four tons of equipment to the base camp at the foot of the mountain.
It'll take thirteen days for the expedition to carry the food, medicine, lamps, tents, and mountaineering gear to the camp. It's the largest Japanese team ever assembled to attempt an assault on the world's highest mountain. A decision will be made at the base camp on the starting date of the actual climb.
The big team of porters and sherpas, who know the area well, was broken up into small groups. The last eighty of them left the village on Tuesday. Most of the climbers are veterans of several expeditions. They are aiming for the unconquered twenty-nine thousand and twenty-eight foot-high south-west face of Everest -- the highest peak of the mountain.