Flight to Lukla: A Survival Guide

For several years I have fantasised about going on a sole trip to Nepal and trekking on the mounts of the Himalayas. This 2019 my dream of visiting Nepal finally came true. Enticed by the thrill, adventure, wide life and unique culture of Nepal, I spent backpacking through the Himalayas during my vacation.

If you like solitude and plan on soul-searching, then trekking on the Himalayas is what advice you to do. The experience cannot be put across in words, but I will surely try to do so!

My Research

I have been travelling alone for a few years now and explored some of the most serene and adventurous parts of India, Nepal and other neighbouring countries. A voyager by heart, I make sure that I take a short solo trip every year. Guided by my Discovery Channel and travel bloggers, I did thorough research on the various things that I could require on the journey. Being a female traveller, I also ensured “safety” during my trip to Nepal and trek to the Himalayas.

But I was more than comfortable and had everything I required. Thanks to my travel agency for trekking in Nepal called Core Treks. Be it the documentation for trekking in the Himalayas or the basic first aid requirements they made me aware and kept things sorted.

My Journey

I took a flight from Mumbai to Kathmandu. I wanted to rest well before the trek, so I stayed in Kathmandu for a day. I spent time wandering the lanes of the city and slept well in the comfortable hotel again arranged by Core Treks.

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The next day morning I was ready to board the world’s most dangerous flight! Yes, to start my Himalayan trek I needed to reach my base camp which was in Lukla.

Lukla is where most Everest region treks start from and has several basecamps. The Lukla Airport is described as the most dangerous in the world. Situated in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, Lukla is at an altitude of 2,860m. It is a single, sloped runway and only experienced pilots can land. There are other ways to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. The famous plane journey is a thrill for explorers, and I needed my dose of ecstasy! Hence, I flew with Yeti Airlines from Kathmandu to Lukla.

My Trek

I opted for the Everest Panorama Trek. It was a 10-day package, out of which 5 days were assigned for trekking alone.

Everest trek
Everest Trek

My flight reached Lukla early morning, it took me only 40 minutes from Kathmandu. I trekked my way to Phakding (2652m) along with the other 12 trekkers and our guide from Core Treks. The walking was more relaxed and downhill on the first day. I just trekked for over 3 hours and later stayed at a guesthouse. The people at the guesthouse were truly inviting and warm. The local delicacies were amazing and the Momos (steamed dumplings) are a must-try!

The next day morning after having my breakfast I trekked to Namche Bazaar (3440m). I crossed the suspension bridge and started walking with the group to a place called Monju. Our aim was to reach Sagarmath National Park. The walk from the national park leads to High Hillary Bridge along with an upwards trench to Namche Bazaar. I would feel the trench and I walked along with the group for more than 7 hours. But the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and other such valleys made the walk spectacular. The beautiful nature and the calmness in the air is something worth experiencing yourself.

Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar

One day during the trek I also visited the Namche Bazaar exploring the old charm of the city that also helped us to rest and adjust to the temperature and oxygen levels. I stayed overnight at the guesthouse with the group.

The following days I trekked to Tengboche at (3,873m), I trekked for around 6 hours and visited the biggest monastery in Tengboche. In the evening the Buddhist monks in Nepal were offering their prayers and it was truly serene. The next two days I trekked to Phakding (2610m) which was around an 8 hours long trek. I again stayed overnight, and early morning left from Phakding to Lukla (2800m) in a 3-hour trek.

The Difficulties

If you ask me about the difficulties during this Everest trek, I would say that you must know that there is a lot of walking required. Every day you need to walk for 5 to 7 hours. Thus, you must have a good pair of shoes and carry an extra one along with a few pairs of socks if possible.

traffic on Everest Trek

Another thing is high altitude – through the journey the altitude keeps shifting as we go higher on the path. Vomiting, nausea and mild sickness could be possible if you are not physically and mentally prepared for it. Usually, a routine medical check-up is considered by trekkers to ensure fitness and carry some altitude sickness tablets to help you cope.

But the difficulties are nothing when compared to the awesomeness that you will experience on the Everest trek.

Overall Experience

Summarizing the overall experience, visiting Nepal and trekking Everest was one of my best decisions.  The experience has left me spellbinding and there is so much to explore that a single visit is not enough.

The snow-capped mountains, the magnificent peaks and the untouched nature are what make you feel how beautiful life is after all! So I am sure to plan another trip to Nepal and try another trek sometime soon!

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