Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Kathmandu, I'll soon be stuck in you...

For two days in a row we've got up at the crack of dawn and dragged ourselves to the airport, only for our flight to Lukla to be cancelled due to bad weather. On the bright side, the flights get rescheduled pretty easily and we only wasted a couple of hours today.

As we had some time to kill, we headed to Durbar Square in down town Kathmandu. Dodging motorbikes, taxis and cycle rickshaws, we passed the very spot where Cat Stevens wrote his song 'Kathmandu'. (Comment from Jen: This was about the only piece of history that got Andy's attention, even though we were surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage designated buildings...)

Fingers crossed for better weather in Lukla tomorrow. If we fly, we should still be able to get to the start of our course on time.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Trek II: Everest Base Camp + Island Peak

We arrived in Kathmandu yesterday and have been enjoying the bustle of the big city. This means real coffee, Japanese udon noodles, fish and chips and fine salads. We are making the most of the food as it's back to dal bhat for the next three weeks.

Tomorrow we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla enroute to the mountain village of Chukhung. Once there, we'll be joining an Equator Expeditions course where we'll be attempting Island Peak (6,189m). After the course, we'll make our own way to Everest Base Camp and, weather permitting, get the classic view of Everest from Kala Patthar. View a map of our route.

There may be internet along the way. If not, we'll be in contact on or after the 27th November 2008.