12th April , 2012 - Our first trekking day has finally arrived!

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WMS team at Swayambhunath 
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12th April , 2012 - First Day of Trek

Our first trekking day has finally arrived!  We were all up by 4 am and leaving for the airport by 5.  Wongchu Sherpa, our esteemed leader and Everest summiteers (2), got us moving early.  He made sure we made it on one of the first flights to Lukla.  The weather window in the clouds and steep hillsides in Lukla often closes by midmorning.  If you don’t get out by then, it may be a day or more before another chance arises. 

Within 20 minutes our 45 minute flight we saw what we’d all dreamt of, the Himalayas.  Soon we had to look higher and higher to see the top of the peaks, extraordinary!  We landed on a narrow, steep, uphill strip, unloaded quickly and were off down the trail.  Our large gear bags were either strapped to a mule or carried by a Sherpa porter. 

The next several hours were spent walking up and down through the hills of and being awed by the beauty that before today we had only seen in pictures.

inside the aircraft

inside the aircraft

 

Arriving in Lukla

Arriving in Lukla

 

checking luggage

checking luggage

 

starting trek from Lukla

starting trek from Lukla

 

Wongchu leading the team

Wongchu leading the team

 

crossing the bridge

crossing the bridge