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Asia » Nepal » Lukla November 21st 2018

Today we are trying to get back to Kathmandu. We woke up to the sound of airplanes and beautiful sunny skies and so were optimistic about our chances. Arriving at the airport it was heaving - people and bags everywhere like some sort of refugee camp. This didn’t look so good. Queuing up at the unmanned check in counters to find out what was happening around 3 planes took off in short succession. That seemed a good sign. Finally getting to the front of the queue (at around 10am) we were told they were checking in the 6am flights. I have no idea what the other flights we saw leaving were then! There are people who have been waiting for 3 days. Let’s hope the weather stays clear and the delayed flight still leaves.... After finally ... read more
View from the airport
Finally on a plane!
The cockpit

Asia » Nepal » Lukla November 20th 2018

Not being in any rush we had a leisurely breakfast before saying goodbye and heading on our way. The weather was glorious again, which whilst very pleasant to walk in would have been more useful yesterday than today where most of the route is tree covered so views are limited. It was nice to be warm for a change though. Leaving the teahouse we pootled into Namche itself. Here we found a goat bell for Stephens mum and some horse bells for Chance - he’s going to sound like a Christmas pony! Most of the mules and horses here wear them so it’s a little fun. We also picked up a raisin loaf for elevenses and got some emergency cash out in case we end up stuck in Lukla. We then headed down out of ... read more
Apparently Mary King (GB eventer) hires out horses in the Everest region....

Asia » Nepal » Lukla November 5th 2018

We managed to sleep through our alarm this morning but were still serve a hot breakfast when we finally scuttled down (you tend to be asked to pre-order breakfast the night before for a set time). It’s become clear very quickly that it’s much more expensive on this route than on the Annapurna circuit. This means that we’ve spent most of the day a little hungry. After eating our porridge we set off towards Namche Bazaar. The path is mostly paved and very easy to follow. Any places where you’re not sure where to go you simply wait a few seconds and another porter, trekker or yak train will emerge from the correct direction. To begin with the path descended along the edge of the valley. Once you can see the river it’s beautiful with clear ... read more
Yak train holding us up
After the yaks came the donkeys...
Forests near Monjo

Asia » Nepal » Lukla November 4th 2018

Much like our last attempt at a trek our first few days haven’t gone quite according to plan. We were supposed to fly to Lukla yesterday morning, and then hopefully walk to the next village the same day. Unfortunately after a day sitting in the airport due to poor weather at Lukla all flights were cancelled and we were put on a flight today instead. The frustrating thing was the complete lack of communication - we only discovered they’d been cancelled after going up the desk to ask for an update. Fortunately we managed to get a room in the same hotel we had been staying in in Thamel, Kathmandu. We also had a delicious dinner of aubergine and couscous in a restaurant called Mitho. It wasn’t too expensive and made a great change from rice ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Lukla October 25th 2018

October 9th - Flight to Lukla and hike to Phakding - Dia 110 Waking up early to catch a taxi to the airport. It was going to be a game of patience getting a flight to Lukla. Usually flights are either delayed or cancelled. My flight was scheduled to leave at 8:30am but did not actually leave until midday jajaja. The flight was just a 30minute ride and the landing was exciting, scary and fun jajaja. Amazingly the landing strip is slopped upwards to reduce the speed of the plane due to the limited amount of space. 😅 Landing safely I quickly met up with my Sherpa guide, Valaran. He grabbed my hand tightly and with a lot of affection, holding it for a while. I was greaful for it. Valaran does not know too much ... read more
Bridges and forest views for first two days!
Namche
😍Ama Dablam

Asia » Nepal » Lukla March 19th 2014

(**Photos are our favourites from the entire trip, so most have probably already been previously posted**) Nothing can really prepare you for the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional challenge of trekking at high altitude in the Himalayas. I think possibly like most people who make the decision to trek to Everest Base Camp, or anywhere above 3,000m for that matter, we were in hindsight perhaps a little naive and uneducated. Our research and mental preparation, although it felt thorough at the time, was limited to reading about other people’s experiences through their online blogs. Our physical preparation was gained through regular cardio sessions and some bushwalking around the Brisbane hinterland. However this was all completed at a maximum elevation of perhaps 300m above sea level. Spiritually and emotionally, we went through no real preparation at all. ... read more
Namche Bazaar
cute cottage
stunning colours

Asia » Nepal » Lukla March 16th 2014

von namche nach lukla wieder etwas früher machen wir uns heute auf, um den everest trek schlussendlich hinter uns zu lassen. mit ein wenig wehmut beginnen wir den langwierigen abstieg von namche richtung phakding. zum ersten mal können wir die umgebung, mit den zum teil blühenden rhododendron bäumen, bewundern. trotzallem ist auch heute der abstieg mühsam, wir meinen unsere kräfte aufgebraucht zu haben. nach dem lunch in phakding geht es weiter 200 höhenmeter nach lukla airport auf 2.840m. wir besuchen das hard rock cafe lukla und kaufen echten yak käse zum verfeinern des abendessens. zum abschluss gönnen wir uns nochmal eine halbwegs warme dusche um die berge menschlich zu verlassen. es gibt weder für heute noch für gestern sehr viel zu berichten. es war einfach ein mords hatscher, der uns durch die gleichen dörfer, wie schon ... read more
ein genussbier
sun rise

Asia » Nepal » Lukla March 11th 2014

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 ... read more
Our sturdy plane - Built in the 50's?
Lukla airport runway - Brick wall one end and drop of death at the other

Asia » Nepal » Lukla March 6th 2014

nach einem relativ ereignisfreiem vormittag fahren wir mit unserem neuen guide kumar zum flughafen um nach lukla zu fliegen. die propeller maschine erwartungsgemäß winzig, der pilot aber sehr cool mitlederjacke und ray bans. wir fliegen also richtung norden, rechts hügelige landschaft mit winzigen bergdörfern und tälern, einem faltenwurf gleichend. links erheben sich die imposanten 6000m+ gipfel. schneebedeckt, zerklüftet, respekteinflößend. dann kommt endlich der gefürchtete landestreifen in sicht, so klein und kurz, dass man sie übersehen könnte. dann macht es nach eine stoßgebet einen heftigen ruck, viel bremsarbeit und mit schwung wird nach rechts abgeschwenkt. wir stehen. wir haben die landebahn von lukla überlebt. erste euphorie! gleich geht es mit unseren portern weiter zu einer wirklich gemütlichen wandertour von 2.800m in lukla auf 2.600m nach phakding. die baumgre... read more

Asia » Nepal » Lukla June 24th 2013

I know it's just physics, but it always amazes me how fast one can descend after a strenuous hike. Sometimes I glance back at what I had just done and cannot believe I’d just gone up “that”. Although we’d taken 3 days off the hike on the descent, it was still a long day down to Namche, where we ended up at the same hostel. I was genuinely glad to see my new proprietor friend again and we made another late night of it, with homemade Raksi this time – a Nepali wine fermented from rice. It was quite good and we were joined this time by a Sherpa guiding an Australian up to Island Peak. “I haven’t had a drink since the last time I was here,” I remarked as we began the night's compotation. ... read more
back to namche
back to namche
at tree line again




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