Local time: 03 April 18:45
Weather: Sunny until 15:00, then cloudy.
Hi Everyone, It’s Paul coming to you from Phakding in the Khumbu. There is lots that can go wrong with getting all our gear transported, but everything seemed to go well today.
Off to the airport
This morning we woke up at 5am and began a mad rush to get our gear in bags, down a quick breakfast of muesli and chapatis, load all the bags into the bus and get to the airport. The airport was very busy and there appeared to be a lot of people helping out with the luggage weighing and check-in process. To us it looked chaotic and we were nervously watching our bags to try and make sure that they all ended up the right flight. In the end it became too tricky to watch, so we just had to trust the system. Just like the traffic on the street; it is very confusing to us, but it works. All our gear turned up at Lukla a couple of hours later, much to my relief.
Trekking to Phakding
It was an easy day today, walking gently downhill from Lukla to Phakding. We passed a number of small villages and the Ghat monastery, with its numerous prayer wheels. I noticed that there are already some green crops in the fields this time – onion, wheat, cabbage, and what looks to me like bok choy. We are only two weeks later than last year, and the crops are quite advanced, so perhaps they are having a warmer year.
Sampling the delights of the Lukla bakery
Tim, Damien, Meagan, Rudy and I walked over to the Lukla Bakery and enjoyed some great apple pie and chocolate cake. I remember last year after a few weeks at base camp wishing that I could have some more of these great cakes, so I thought I would stock up now.
Getting to know the other team members better
Although we have been bumping into each other whilst on numerous gear shopping expeditions in Thamel, we hadn’t all been together as a group. The waiting at the airport and flight in, plus the few hours of trekking that we have done today provided a good opportunity to get to know each other better. It looks like a great group of people.
Sorry about updating late last night, but we were just so busy. We enjoyed a great meal as a guest of Tim’s friend, but consequently we didn’t get home until late which meant I was still sorting gear at 2am.
Tim and Damien are having their first experience in a lodge and they have remarked that its exceeding their expectations. The plan is to go to Namche tomorrow, which involves tackling the Namche hill, and should be a memorable experience.
Dinner tonight is garlic soup, momos and fried rice.