Our Quest: To Journey to the Third Pole


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March 11th 2014
Published: March 25th 2014
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We decided to organise a 2 week trek into the Himalayas without a guide or porter, for better or worse (I should clarify that while this may seem rash there are literally thousands of people that attempt this same trek to Everest Base Camp every year - the path is well trodden and there are many guesthouses along the route).

Our quest began with a flight into one of the world's most dangerous airports (the most dangerous according to locals - always said while laughing). The runway at Lukla airport is very short, perched on the side of a cliff and ascends at 12 degrees to help the planes slow down in time before hitting a strategically placed brick wall. Hopefully the photos do it justice. Needless to say Meg was shitting herself. Lukla is just over 2800m above sea level.


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25th March 2014

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This is rather a new idea for us and I don't even know how it works, but hey, Benny and Megs, if you get this, congrats on achieving Everest base camp .....and in what looks like a freezing winter too. What a sense of achievement, eh? Keep living the dream, and stay healthy and well. Love from muma nd dad
26th March 2014

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Dearest Meg & Ben, It is lovely too get your blogs. You are a very intrepid pair. I have heard about that airport - quite a worry, after the Malaysian disaster! I do hope you can find some work wherever you look for it. I hope it will be in a warmer area. Lots of love to you both, JMG
26th March 2014

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Dearest Meg & Ben, It is lovely too get your blogs. You are a very intrepid pair. I have heard about that airport - quite a worry, after the Malaysian disaster! I do hope you can find some work wherever you look for it. I hope it will be in a warmer area. Lots of love to you both, JMG
26th March 2014
Lukla airport runway - Brick wall one end and drop of death at the other

Looks about as safe as a Malaysian Airlines Flight. Keen to see how you guys go on the trek and some photos!

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