Nepal 2017 Research Expedition
Lukla and the First Day of Trekking
(A quick note: with spotty Wi-Fi, technical issues, and time constraints our blog will pick up as we leave Kathmandu… )
It was an early morning start for the team with everyone gathering in the Kathmandu Guest House lobby to frantically sort out gear and get it loaded for the trip to the airport where we would unload 1000’s of Kg of equipment and catch our flight out of Kathmandu to Lukla; one of the highest and arguably most dangerous airports in the world.
After a short ride we found ourselves segregated into male and female lines, through security, cargo management and into busses that took us out onto the tarmac where the women climbed into one twin prop plane, while the gents boarded another. A quick flight briefing by our stewardess and we were airborne for the Himalaya.
It’s only a 30 to 45 minute flight to Lukla climbing 1400m up through the clouds that skirt the lower peaks of the range. Anticipation filled the cabin of the cramped aircraft as we neared the landing strip. Cameras in hand we braced ourselves as the pilot skilfully dropped us down into Lukla and slammed on the brakes. There wasn’t much room for error. Bags unloaded and the ladies flight also safely on the ground we made for a tea house to prepare for our journey.