Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker and Team Take a Diversified Approach to Lukla

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

You have to work with mother nature. Not a good idea to push into poor weather conditions with any small airplane. No fixed wing flights into Lukla today. Once I spent almost a month at the southern tip of Chile waiting for a weather window to fly into the interior of the Antarctic.  Should not be the case here.  Problem is, there has been a couple days of limited flights and we were scheduled for today but it did not happen.  So let’s go for another plan.  Let’s charter one of the finest helicopter’s in the world, the infamous B3.  It was, after all, the first ship to touchdown on the summit of Mount Everest. And for us, we just want to get to Lukla.  We didn’t get all the way there but ended up below Lukla as the weather started to be an issue as we flew in.  No sooner than landing, lightning and three inches of hail in less than an hour turned the green fields white.  Two charters were needed and the second group had to stop even shorter for about ten minutes before meeting up with us.  It was a tough dance at the airport, but we had some good fortune to pull this off.  It was an awesome flight. The team did great with the shift of service and a wonderful job climbing over 2,000 vertical feet to get here…. LUKLA!!!!

Let the climb begin, may the force be with us.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker's view on the flight to Lukla. Photo: Mark Tucker Landing Spot near Lukla. Photo: Mark Tucker Hail turns green fields to white. Photo: Mark Tucker

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