The day started at the Yak and Yeti with an early breakfast before heading to the airport. After a full day waiting at the uninspiring domestic terminal yesterday, the team was eager to escape the haze of Kathmandu and finally get into the mountains. After a short wait, the group flew the 45 mins to Lukla airport in clear weather. Some chose to film the landing (in the world’s most dangerous airport) others preferred to close their eyes. All were glad to land safely and breathe the fresh mountain air.
We stopped for a second breakfast and tea before liberally applying sun cream, donning our caps and heading out into the morning heat. The trail is undulating and partly lined with flowering rhododendrons. We made our first swing-bridge river crossing, with obligatory mid-bridge photos! We made good time with a leisurely pace and even stopped for lunch before the final section down to the lodge at the river side.
After some down time, we started the CME program with a discussion/lecture on travel medicine and an approach to travelling safely. The group was entertained with case studies from around the world and sharing experiences of pre travel planning. We have noticed that food takes a prominent part in our schedule and sure enough, an enormous dinner followed, sending us into a post-prandial stupor. We have planned both an early night and early start to attack the Namche hill with vigor before the heat of the day.