Lukla to Phakding

Lukla Airport

Lukla Airport

There were just a few flights that made it to Lukla today and I was happy to be on the first to arrive. It was a gentle flight punctuated with a perfect landing and the absence of any drama worthy of another YouTube video.  The views of terraced farms and big mountains were spectacular.  It was just what I had hoped for.

The trek today was equally gentle and straightforward.  I walked for about four hours from Lukla to Phakding on a path that surrenders approximately 200′ in elevation as it follows the Dhudh Kosi river.  It was an enjoyable day and a great way to begin acclimatizing to the higher elevations.  Spring has arrived to the Khumbu Valley and the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Tomorrow I plan to walk to Namche Bazar.

Phakding, elevation 8,487'

Phakding, elevation 8,487′

  5 comments for “Lukla to Phakding

  1. Bob Smietana
    April 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Good luck. All your CFW work will pay off.
    I will be with you on your climb in spirit.


      April 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you, Bob! Please give my best to everyone at CFW. I really appreciate you guys.

  2. Staci Colovos
    April 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm


  3. April 4, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Good luck Jim! I am looking forward to following your adventure.

      April 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you, Patrick! Thanks for following along.

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