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Phakding (2652 m)
The team took the plane to Lukla, arriving
safely. Unfortunately, René's trekking bag did not arrive and he
hopes it will be delivered in the next day or two. There was a great
deal of air traffic at Lukla, an airstrip notorious for its difficult
take-offs and landings. The team spent 3 hours walking in to
Phakding in good weather conditions. Along the way, René took note
of the geology of the region and took photos which he will add to his MSc
picture collection. The group spent the night in a comfortable lodge which
even offered en-suite bathrooms! On the dinner menu was a choice of
pizza and undoubtedly, the region's most renowned dish, Dahl Bat.
Tomorrow, the group leaves for Namche Bazaar, a walk of 4 to 5 hours.
They will remain in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights in order to acclimatise.