Local Time: 17:30
Weather: 20C, Fine in the morning, cloudy now.
Hi, Its Bridget here.
Our day started at 4am and we were efficiently ferried out to the airport,whisked through ladies and gents security queues where a Yeti Airlines STOL (short take off and landing) aircraft was waiting. About 15 of us crammed in, crossed our fingers and took off … steeply. After 30 mins of flying with stunning views of huge jagged mountains, the plane came down very quickly to land on a short uphill airstrip with a mountain at the end of it. Exciting!!
Finding a porter-guide in Lukla
Chris and I set off with Paul to find a porter-guide for our walk. Paul’s pretty much Chris and my manager – negotiating endlessly for good prices on our bags and jackets, tutoring us on baffling and down:feather ratios and interviewing guides. We’ve hired Passang Sherpa for the next 3 weeks and he seems so friendly.
It’s Chris here. We have a great big red duffel bag that Paul negotiated a bargain price for in Kathmandu. It weighs 32kg, and Passang is carrying it plus his own gear with a strap over his head – and he still has to wait for Bridget and I!!
Arrival in Phakding
We have a great lodge to stay in tonight called Prince of Everest for the grand total price of 2 Australian dollars. They have a really cute white dog called Honey. We are the only ones here so we think that the political problems have probably kept a lot of tourists away.
Paul and Fiona are camped down the road by the river. Bridget and I went to see them earlier but we got distracted looking at the great view! So Paul and Fiona have come to our lodge where we are writing this.
Looking forward to a hard day tomorrow! We are ascending approximately 900m to Namche Bazaar.