Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Fly into the Khumbu Valley

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 22, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 8,700'

What a commute. It seems like I left days ago to get to the office, (actually, that is true). It feels so good to get on the trail. The charm of the city is OK but being here in the Everest region of the Nepal Himalaya, is tough to beat.

The flight into Lukla is always a bit hairy for us in the back of the plane but it is business as usual for the pilots. Local support has been stellar as usual. Thank you Sagar and Kili Sherpa of High Altitude Dreams for all your hard work in getting our team to this point. We were on one of the first flights from Kathmandu to Lukla this morning, not too bumpy. We were greeted by our Lukla staff at the landing strip. All of our gear arrived in good shape and we started along the trail, our first three hour tour in the multi-day trek to Everest Base Camp. We arrived in Phakding in good style.  Looking so forward to what usually is my first real sound night’s sleep to the music of the Dudh Kosi river, which is situated just outside my room. Location of couple of good sized floods, one in 1977 from an avalanche off of Ama Dablam, (a nearby peak standing at 23,355 ft) and in 1985 when a glacier lake broke loose. Not to worry, I won’t miss a wink over it. Love to live on the edge!
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Living on the edge (of the river) is the great adventure for the day.  Well, maybe the exhilarating flight on the tiny airplane between two mountains was a greater adventure.  The trail is great.  It is plenty busy but not overcrowded.  The hike was mostly downhill, which was a great way to ease us into this trek.  We are enjoying the warm weather before we move up to higher & colder ground.  Mark has been encouraging us to eat food often to keep our energy up.  And the tea houses serve large quantities of food. It has become a running joke in the group since John is not a big eater. John keeps claiming that he is being force fed. All kidding aside, the team as a whole is in good spirits and is getting along well.—Kim


This has been a long day, but a fantastic start to the trek. We headed for the airport at 5:00 am, trading the crowded noisy streets of yesterday for more space and speed.  Mark arranged for boxed breakfasts to ensure we were nourished and ready for the trail when we arrived.

We moved through the airport smoothly and quickly - which is saying something given the throngs of people all heading off on their own adventures. Mark and the High Altitude Dreams crew were all over the details and in no time we we in the air heading for Lukla. The flight was short, the runway was shorter. It took a few minutes to collect our gear and sit down in a nearby teahouse for breakfast - again.

After a couple hours on the trail we stopped for drinks and food with a great view of Kusum Kangguru. A couple hours later we arrived at our home for the night - and had lunch - again. The rest of the day we just hung out and relaxed, saving energy for our first real uphill push.  I’m sure dinner is soon. —John

The Lukla Airstrip.  A STOL - Short Take Off and Landing strip.  Photo: RMI Collection The city of Lukla in the Khumbu Valley.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Sounds like a great start to your adventure John & Kim. Of course John makes it sound as though you are eating as much as hiking.  Glad the team is in good spirits - stay that way!  Love you two~

Posted by: Kerry Ann on 3/23/2012 at 8:07 am

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