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Trekking in Nepal - Landing in Lukla

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Trekking in Nepal - Landing in Lukla

For those of you that consider trekking around the highest peaks in the world a goal or a dream you’ll want to read on. In April of 2017 a friend and I traveled 2 days from the U.S. to Kathmandu, Nepal where we met our guide to begin a 76 mile trek that took us from 9,000 feet to 18,000 feet and among four of the tallest peaks on the planet.

As I share some of the images from this trip I wanted to include some of the experience around the photographs so that you have some words to go with the visuals. As always, find your way to for more amazing photos from around the world or follow me on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn as shown below.

After a short stay in Kathmandu we helicoptered to Lukla at 9334 feet where our trek would begin. On the way we flew over successively higher ridges where the landscape was populated with small farms and terraced fields clinging to step hillsides. Thirty-five minutes and 5,000 feet after we left hazy, dusty Kathmandu we landed at what has been called the most dangerous airport in the world. The runway at Tenzing - Hillary Airport is perched on a mountainside and is very short. There are many days when planes cannot fly into or leave Lukla due to weather. To help planes manage the shorter landing platform the runway is pitched 11.7% upward toward a mountain. There are no second chances or opportunities to abort and go around at this airport. In this photo a plane loaded with trekkers leaving Lukla for Kathmandu prepares for takeoff.

I’ll be sharing more photos from this trip and providing more color on the experience. If you have any questions, feel free to email me via the link on this site.

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