27th March , 2012 - Into the Mountains

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Team at Phakding

Team at Phakding

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trekking in nepal

27th March , 2012 - Into the Mountains

Finally the day has arrived! We will be flying to Lukla airport which is well situated in closed valley. The day started pretty early. We left our hotel at 400HRs. Individual bags of all the members, expedition bags and lot of stuff… We had to ensure that everything goes on board. Ours was first flight of the day, hence had to start pretty early. Kathmandu domestic airport is an interesting place.  Finally after all the hassle we were on board along with our entire luggage. Thanks to Wanghchu Sherpa and his team we were through all security checks along with our luggage. 

It was 14 seater flights. Most of us were trying to grab a quick nap until a strong stream of air hit the aircraft. Welcome to the Khumbu! After few seconds the aircraft was well in control and the pilot looked back and waved hands to us. Truly it is great skills to operate aircraft in such closed valleys. Landing at Lukla is nothing less than an adventure experience. To me it seemed the busiest airstrip in the world. We were on the airport for not more than an hour and witnessed heavy air traffic. 

There porters waiting at the gate for us. Arrangements were already done. We started our trek to Fakding after quick breakfast.