Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: In Lukla & Awaiting Flight to Kathmandu

Posted by: | April 11, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

We all slept hard last night, enjoying the thick air of Namche after many nights up high and appreciating the comforts of our teahouse after the long day yesterday. The morning broke as another clear day and we left Namche enjoying the the warm morning sun on the trail. The first few hours brought us back down the Namche Hill, far easier and quicker on the descent than at the beginning of the trip. The trail, calm at first, gradually filled with porters, yaks, donkeys, and groups of trekkers and we were all amazed at the activity on the trail - a far cry from the more remote stretches of the upper Khumbu.

Spring continued to bloom lower in the valley, the red and pink rhododendron dotting the hillsides and flowering cherry trees shading the trail throughout the valley floor. It was a beautiful walk back to Lukla and we all remarked how familiar our surroundings have become after close to three weeks on the trail. We arrived in Lukla in the late afternoon and sat on the stoop of our teahouse watching the hills around us and reflecting on the trip. It has been a great adventure and we all are both sad to see it end but excited to return home and share our stories. Tomorrow the group takes a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and I head back to Namche on the way back to Everest BC to rejoin the Everest Expedition. The weather forecast is looking good for flights and the team should be back in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu by late morning. Thanks to everyone for your support and comments throughout the trip.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

Tim and Mark waving goodbye in the Lukla Airport before their flight back to Kathmandu this morning.

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Looking forward to hearing from you both and the trip of a life time. Take care Call when you can Love Mom

Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 4/13/2011 at 6:20 am

What a wonderful trip! We have enjoyed reading the reports of your climb/trek/hike—thank you so much for the reports. Anxious to hear first-hand about it all! MA

Posted by: Mary Ann & Howard Latimer on 4/12/2011 at 10:19 am

To Bill and sara,
Dudes you guys are sooo awesome! Peter, Nick Gigi and I have been following your adventure. What you’re about to do looks so much easier than OLOMANA, Ha, I think you can handle it. Sara you look so composed and in control, sooo proud of you. Bill STOP SMILING, you look too happy!! Peter said ” Bill is soooo in his element!!” We miss you guys sooo much and hope to see your beautiful faces sooon. until then we are sending you an ice melting ALOOOOOHA from Hawaii. lots of xxxx and oooo’s, Vivo and the gang

Posted by: vivo abcarian on 4/12/2011 at 9:38 am

I think I can speak for all of our EBC/Island Peak Team. What an amazing experience! As we prepared to board our flight back to Kathmandu this morning in Lukla, we could see Linden & Kala heading back up the hill toward Namche and eventually Everest Base Camp, yet again for Linden. The whole RMI team are amazing professionals, were the perfect hosts & are now life long friends!
(BTW—our 20 minute hot showers at the Yak & Yeti were AWESOME!)
We’ll all be following the blog. Climb safe RMI team & stay warm.
Namaste & Dzoom Dzoom!

Posted by: Tim McLaughlin on 4/12/2011 at 12:37 am

Linden, congrats to the team. Enjoyed your reports of the RMI adventure to Island Peak. Looking forward to our trip in 2012. Safe travels back up the Khumbu.

Posted by: Elsie Bemiss on 4/11/2011 at 4:27 pm

Hi Everyone,
Bill, you are looking younger- Maybe the stars, maybe the company. Thanks for the great set up and sharing your adventure. LOL!!!!

Posted by: Aunt Marie on 4/11/2011 at 10:45 am

It must seem sad to end the trip but am sure you will be glad to get home 85 degrees in Houston today. Thank your guide for the up to date info each day of your trip. I certainly looked forward to the news each day. Take care and call when you get home. Love Mom

Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 4/11/2011 at 9:26 am

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