Word on the street is that no flights have come or gone from Lukla the last couple days due to poor weather, so the airport is likely piling up with people. This shouldn't be too surprising as the end of May marks the transition into the monsoon season, where clouds and precipitation are common, but I'm hopeful that we'll get our trek started tomorrow.
The lousy weather means we've taken our last day in Kathmandu to relax, chat with one another, and get a bit of work done. This morning Milan Shrestha, our colleague on this project from ASU, gave us a terrific overview of the social science work he's prepared to conduct in the field. Research in the mountains provides a remarkable backdrop, but it's very important to maintain an understanding of who this work is meant to assist. We try to meet with community members and organizations as frequently as possible while we're in the field and in Kathmandu, but I'm excited to see Milan taking things many steps further than we ever could! It's great to be working with him and his team. Fingers crossed for a change in weather and a smooth flight out to Lukla tomorrow!