16 April 2002 - Lukla to Surke (Camp 1 - 2300m/7513ft)
An ‘interesting’ but
uneventful hazy 40 minute flight from Kathmandu brought us to the rather
‘scary’ airstrip of Lukla (2827m/9234ft), built by Sir Edmund Hilary
and Sherpas in the 1960s. Not a place for overshooting the runway!
Two things were noticeable
........ the altitude change which had given me a slight headache, and
the distinctly cooler temperature compared to that in Kathmandu.
We had lunch at a Tea House near
the airstrip, then at 1400, started out to our first camp of the trek.
We followed a path alongside the runway, until the end, at which point
it descended into the valley towards the Duhd Kosi River. After about 2
hours of descent, we crossed a wooden bridge to reach our camp on the
banks of a stream.
After an excellent ‘candle lit’
3 course dinner - the food was amazing - it was time for my first night
under canvas. Fortunately for me, one guy failed to arrive at Kathmandu
which meant I had a two-person tent to my self. ‘Billy Bargain’ I
though, as I would have plenty of room to spread out!
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