28th March - Phaphlu

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All Everest expedition teams start the trek to Everest Base Camp either from Jiri 6,250 feet (also called as classic Everest Base camp trek) or from Lukla 9,383 feet. Trek from Jiri takes more than three weeks to reach the base camp. After the discussion wth Col. Himashree, who insisted to spend more time for acclimatization between 8000ft. to 18000ft., the team adapted a modified classical route. The team selected Phaplu 7918ft. as starting point for the trek to EBC. From Phaplu they will traverse north to connect to the classic EBC trek at Ringmo. From Ringmo, they will trek to Tragsindho – Kharikola – Surkhe – Lukla

On 28th March 2013, the team was all set fly to the mountains. But the weather was not that great. The team had to wait till 3.30pm for weather to better. Since the airstrip at Phaplu is under maintenance the team had to fly through mountain helicopter. The journey started at 3.30pm local Nepal time (UTC/GMT +5:45 hours). They flew over the foothills of Hmalayas and low altitude meadows for about forty five minutes before hovering over the district place of SoluKhumbu, Salleri. A few minutes later the helicopter landed at Phaplu. Phaplu is one of the five serene mountain airports in Khumbu valley: the others are Lukla, Syangboche, and Kangel Danda. Landing to these airports is experience in itself.

There is a district Hospital just 2min walk from the airstrip at Phaplu. To the North from Salleri comes a breathtaking beautiful DudhKunda meaning (Milky Lake) just below the gorgeous and Holy Mt. Numbur, Mt.Karyalung peaks. One can witness a wonderful and Majestic view of the Himalayan Range from Kanchanjunga in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west along with lovely sun rise n sunset. The team checked in to Everest hotel for the night.