Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles.
I’ll post a photo trip report of my superb 17 day trek in the Everest region of Nepal, over the next 17 days.
The highlight of the day was flying in to Lukla Airport 9,380ft (2,860m), officially named Tenzing-Hillary Airport since 2008.
That landing is enough to get your heart rate up above 200.
The safety statistics are comparatively good for a short takeoff runway. Comparatively good means planes have only crashed 3 times recently, 1991, 2004 and 2008. Everyone was killed except for the pilot in 2008.
(Actually, the taxi ride from Kathmandu to the Airport is likely statistically more dangerous.)
Immediately the mountain views are stunning. Is that Everest?
The mantra out of Lukla is SLOWLY, SLOWLY. It takes some time to acclimatize to the 2800m elevation. We did not walk far day 1.
This elevation is still surprisingly warm and lush considering the date, Nov. 11th, 2009.
A group of us hiking independently (no guide, no porters) stayed together until the village of Phakding. I checked into a room (less than $1 / night) and crashed for the evening without dinner.
I was altitude sick … complicating my KathmanFlu.
more photos from Everest trek – day 1
… on to day 2