I took a video from the inside of the plane taking off from Lukla
Our last two days saw us hiking almost 18 miles and losing 4000 feet in elevation. We are back to normal people altitude and civilization again.
There were about 20-30 tents at the BC. A guide for an Italian couple we encountered on the way up told us that there were about 20 climbers that week trying to summit Ama Dablam. We watched a group leaving base camp heading up to camp 1 that morning.
In the heart of North Cascades Ranges, there is a place that is enchanted by witches and gnomes in mossy forests, jagged granite boulders, glacial melt tarns, stunted larches, and curious mountain goats. This place is aptly named the Enchantments.
Our journey continues in the Himalayas. This is our hike on Day 11 up Chukhung Ri which has a gorgeous panoramic view including the north face of Ama Dablam.
When we woke up on Day 9, our mindset had already shifted from strenuous climbing to leisure descending.
When Tricia and I travel anywhere, the first thing we look for is good food. We don’t look for fancy restaurants. It’s just not our thing. We look for food with big flavors and large portions. I love sampling local food of various cultures. So when we realized that we have two and half days in Kathmandu on our trip to Nepal, we did our research.
Day 8 marks the highest point we reached in our trek: 18,514 feet or 5,644m. Say hi to Everest!
After an exhausting day crossing Cho La, we, still in recuperation mode, found ourselves a wonderful little high mountain refuge called Pyramid.