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Nick, the torch and Mt Everest – Day 4

More negotiations over whether we should delay our departure for base camp kept us off the road for an extra couple of hours and stretched the patience of the Chinese journalists.

All was forgotten, though, a couple of hours later when got our first real look at Everest from the top of a pass.

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Arrayed in front of us was not only the famous mountain itself but four more of the world's 14 8,000m-plus peaks.

day4-2.JPGIt was a whole lot more impressive than I had thought it would be. I was not really aware of how much my concept of a mountain had been based on Everest itself.

from Changing China:

Nick, the torch and Mt Everest – Day 2

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After another round of negotiations with the organisers the next morning, we reached an agreement that we would get an extra day to acclimatize before we reached base camp.

That didn't, of course, mean we would make the short journey to the next stop at Lhartse in short order and have the rest of the day to relax.

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