Below are a few excerpts from my Journal from the first few days of our hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp.
31 st March – A day at the airport.
So after all the excitement of flying to the worlds at dangerous airport, bad weather cancelled the flight that we were supposed to take (which had already been delayed by 6 hours) – so we headed back to Kathmandu with the instruction to come back to the airport to fly again tomorrow at 9am.
April 1 – Day one trekking. (Lukla to Monjo)
Woke up early and got to the airport and at 9:40 (20 mins late) we boarded an 18 seater twin prop plane and flew from Kathmandu to Lukla (supposedly one of the most dangerous airports in the world). The airport is built right into the edge of a mountain cliff, has an uphill gradient when landing and is only 450m in length.
The flight was 30 mins and despite a little bumpy coming into land, was amazing. Views of the snow capped Himalaya were amazing from the air and the airport in Lukla is incredible.
We started the trek and in beautiful sunshine walked the 15km from Lukla to Monjo.
Walking time 5:43; Distance: 15km; Accent 598m; Decent 501m; Current altitude 2782
April 2- Day 2 to (Monjo to Namche Bazar)
After 11 hours of amazing sleep we got up, had breakfast and at around 9 started the short walk to Namche Bazar.
Warm sunshine and a slight breeze with some cold sections in the shade we went though some control sections and then onward and upward toward Namche Bazar. While walking we enjoyed views of amazing peaks and turquoise water flowing down the river which we walked next to almost the entire way.
At around 13:00 we arrived in Namche Bazar (3440m) the last “big” town before we head further up to base camp. We will spend 2 days here to acclimatise before we move on.
3 April – A day in Namche Bazar.
Woke up about 7am, and read in bed or a while before we headed out to take some photos in the crisp morning light on the mountains. We headed up the hill and had a breakfast at a small restaurant near the top end of Namche
We then walked about 30 minutes up the hill to the summit to the Japanese hotel. Amazing views and took some great photos.
We are having dinner at Namaste Guest House where we’ve been staying and at 7:30am tomorrow we move onto Tengboche (3860m). The hike to base camp should be another 9 days. We plan to return via Gokyo Lake (Google image search it) but this depends if the pass is open, it’s currently closed due – too much snow.