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Mera Peak – day 1 – Lukla to Chatanga


Trying to describe my planned expedition to climb Mera Peak to family and friends had met with mostly blank faces and noises of ‘good luck’ and ‘enjoy your holiday’. However, when I mentioned I would be flying into Lukla airport, then friends were actually concerned.

Flying into the mountain airport at Lukla, dubbed the most dangerous airport in the world, was certainly a thrill, and it’s easy to see why the short runway is uphill. I felt like clapping when we landed!

I knew trekking in winter would mean it would be quieter and that was certainly the appeal but I was surprise to find the 20 seater twin otter plane wasn’t full as we departed Kathmandu. Lukla also felt like a ghost town when we arrived – so much so we had a little coffee shop to ourselves for hours.

Lukla seems to have faired well in the earthquake with…

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