Wee Cheng at Mt Everest
3 November2007. On a hilltop army base overlooking Namche Bazar, the largest town at the foothills of Mt Everest, the world¡¯s tallest peak at 8850 meters. The icy peak behind is Mt Everest, also known as Sagarmatha to the Nepalese and Qomolangma to the Tibetans and Sherpas. The woolen cap with reindeer motif I wore was bought in Estonia in 1999, and I had worn it in my journeys to a number of cold regions, including Greenland, Peruvian Andes, Mongolia, Madagascar and Bhutan. We reached Namche Bazar (3480m) after an arduous (by my pathetic standards), tiring climb on 2 November but the skies were too cloudy for Mt Everest to be seen.
You may notice the army defence bastion behind, which I presume was built to defend the base against Maoist attacks. That is no longer useful. Parliament has already agreed to abolish the monarchy under the pressure of the Maoists and red flags are flying in the many villages in the Mt Everest region and all over the country.