Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route 1/4 by Tripoto
Lucy Plummer
Day 1 of your trek starts with an early journey into the small Himalayan town of Lukla, the gateway to the EBC. This is a heart-stopping, thrill-seeking adventure in its own right. Dubbed ‘the world’s most dangerous airport’ due to its runway off the edge of a steep cliff, this short, yet highly memorable 30-minute flight to Lukla Airport is guaranteed to distract your nerves away from the trek at hand. If you’re able to, sit on the left side of the plane to catch your first glimpse of the Himalayan mountains. This stunning scenery is sure to answer the question that’s bound to be racing through your mind, ‘why am I doing this again?!?!’Once you’ve recovered from that experience the trek begins with a 3 hour easy going trek to Phadking reaching 2800m altitude.
We made an early morning start for the flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which gave us a glimpse of Everest in the distance. Lukla is perched high on a slope in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Here, we met our porters, Sherpa guides, and pack animals and started out on our trek, descending 1,500 feet to the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk). As we followed the trail to the village of Phakding we passed mani walls, boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions.