The hike from Namche to Lukla is an exhausting one that took about 6.5 hours with an hour break for lunch in Phakding. The last hour is mostly straight uphill and to make matters worse it started raining after lunch. This brought about an interesting dilemma – put on the rain jacket and pants and soak my shirt in sweat or not wear them and get it soaked by rain. I ended up switching back and forth constantly trying to stay comfortable. The good news is that we’ve made it to Lukla and after having a nice bowl of hot sherpa stew, the rain stopped, the clouds started to clear and helicopters started flying in for the first time in two weeks… perhaps we’re going to get lucky and be able to fly out of here tomorrow!
Tonight we’ll have a nice celebratory dinner with our guides and porters and eat our dal baht the local way – using our hands. It should be a nice night and hopefully these clouds will continue to clear such that we can fly out tomorrow morning! Fingers crossed.