Day 4: March 30 2004: This is Sarah Henley reporting from
Phakding. Today was very exciting especially our flight from Kathmandu to
Lukla. We took a small Twin Otter plane. The run-way in Lukla is about 600
ft. long and is on an incline directly into a mountain cliff, to help the
plane slow down . Of course, now you can understand why I called it
hair-raising yesterday... During the landing we could see through the front
window of the plane and all we saw was cliff.
Once we arrived we were served our first sit down meal,
something we will get used to three times a day. The group was also very
impressed when they discovered their tents set up for them at camp. First
Today's hike was beautiful and was definitely a taste of
what is to come. We are camping in the town of Phakding at 8360 ft. or 2550
meters. The only down fall is a couple of the group members have caught some
GI bug and were definitely dragging. Hopefully, things will look up tomorrow!
In the morning we hike to Namche Bazaar where we will spend
a rest day at 11300 ft. Namche is the most important city in the Khumbu.
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