The route took us over many high passes and back down into valleys, which was good for acclimatising to the altitude. Along the way we passed many sights which would become familiar over the trek: prayer flags and stones, temples, bridges, small villages with teahouses, mountains and donkeys who were carrying supplies for villages and trekkers and climbers.
We arrived in Lukla (2,860m) and watched planes come and go until Heghine and Sheryl and our extra porter arrived. Lukla is the main starting point for most trekkers who fly from Kathmandu onto the short steep runway and as this was peak season the airport was quiet busy.
A few weeks ago I asked Phil to write a 'guest post' for my blog page. The reason was two fold; one he has had many cool adventures without me (just a little sad about that) and I think he should share them. And two, I wanted to see if his writing skills had advanced from his 12 year old diary (p.s It hasn't!). He decided to write about his amazing trip to Nepal around the time we decided to go see an advanced screening of the documentary - Sherpa. Great film by the way, the imagery is spectacular and the story of the (mostly) unknown sherpa people and the struggles their communities have. So, Steph's Blog officially presents........ Phils Post: