Everest Base Camp Trek: Day 1

Day one: Lukla to Phakding

Day one started with an early flight to Lukla, renown as one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

The flights to Lukla are known for being cancelled and delayed due to poor weather, so we were booked on the first flight out of Kathmandu, at 6am and didn’t leave the ground till around 11, and we were the first to leave. So defiantly try to get the earliest flight out of Kathmandu that you can.

The flight was only 45 minutes, and it was relatively nice, we had good weather so that made a difference and we got an amazing view of The Himalayas through the cockpit window of the small 20 seater plain we were on!

Our 20 seater light plane
Lukla air strip, that IS the full length and where I’m taking the photo from is a cliff face. Scariest landing of my life!

Lukla sits at 2840m and after a quick breakfast upon our arrival in Lukla we began our trek. The first day was fairly easy walking, but you did notice the altitude when you were walking. We followed the aqua Dudh Kosi River for ~ 3 hours and arrived at our first destination, Phakding (2610m).

The beginning of our trek, naive, excited and CLEAN!

Upon our arrival at our guest house, we went for a wonder around the little village and found some gorgeous, happy and check kids who wanted to play soccer with us! We had a ball with them, playing for about an hour until the sun went down and, with it, the temperature.

Day one info at a glance:

  • Altitude for sleeping: 2610m
  • Attitude difference between start and finish: -190m
  • Hours of Trekking: 3 ½
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Phakding
  • Level of difficulty: 4/10

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