Everest Base Camp Trek begins...or does it.
Kathmandu Travel Blog› entry 66 of 136 › view all entries
Orientation day and introduction to my new group of fellow trekkers for Everest Base Camp Trek. The group this time consists of the following members:
- Al (US)
- Rachel P (NZ)
- Rachel B (UK)
- Mark (Aus)
- David (Aus)
- Nick (UK)
- Dominic (Aus)
- Mike (Can)
- Chris (UK)
- Scott (NZ)
- Me (US)
- Prem (our lead guide)
Other than some preparartion (getting some snacks, restocking toilet paper, exchanging books) and repacking it was a slow day for me in Kathmandu, prior to our departure tomorrow (4/16).
An interesting tidbit of Thamel in Kathmandu is the sheer number of used book stores that can be found in the area.
10:15 AM Update
Up at 4:30 AM for a 5:00 AM departure for the airport. Cleared all formalities at the airport and went out to our Yeti Airlines' Twin Otter plane for the flight to Lukla. After boarding and sitting on the plane for about 10 minutes we hear that Lukla airport is closed due to visibility.
So we are back in the terminal at about 7:00 AM in the morning. Not much to do here. It is just one large hall with a few stalls and shops selling some snacks and drinks. We wait for a good portion of the morning but at 9:45 we are informed that Lukla Airport is open again. Mass chaos ensues as several airlines try to get out some flights to the airport during this opportunity. As for us - no luck. Yeti Airlines sent our plane on to its next flight (after dropping us off in Lukla it was bound back to Kathmandu and then on to other operations throughout the day). Wait some more and pray that the airport remains open. Will be really ticked off if most people make it out and we don't.
Finally went out to plane at 11:15 AM.
8:00 PM Update
Made one more attempt at 2:30 PM, took the bus out to the plane but this time we never even boarded before they ultimately turned us around after some discussions amongst the crew. This time we grabbed our luggage and went to get a bus that Prem arranged for us and headed back to KGH. 10+ hours after arriving at the airport and about 12 hours from getting up at KGH we were right back where we started in the morning.
Chilled for a bit in the late afternoon, then led most of the group for dinner over at Four Seasons on my recommendation from a dinner earlier in the week. Back to KGH and bed because we get to get up at 4:30 AM tomorrow morning and try this all over again.