National Geographic : 1954 Jul
5 © R.G .S. and Alpine Club Humped Under 60-pound Loads, Porters Wobble Across Brawling Dudh Kosi River Many a noted Alpine peak can be climbed and descended in a day on little more than a packet of sandwiches and a flask of water. But merely to approach a major Himalayan mountain demands months of planning, testing, and assembling of equipment; mobilization of a brigade of porters; and weeks of trekking through foothills. This expedition shipped tons of supplies from Bombay to Katmandu; from there 450 carriers packed the loads for 17 days to Thyangboche. The march-in covered 175 miles. Yet Everest still loomed, icily indifferent, 15 miles away.