The trek to Mt. Everest has begun! We took a small prop plane from Kathmandu to Lukla on Yeti Airlines. It was a short forty minute flight with a very interesting landing at the Lukla Airport as the runway was built into a mountain - a cliff on one side and a rock wall on the other of the short landing strip.
Our hike to Phakding was not difficult at all, as we ended at a lower elevation than what we started. Lukla is at 9315 feet and Phakding, at 8600 feet. It took us four hours, including a lunch stop. The view is outstanding. The Himalayas are beautiful and much more majestic than the Swiss Alps.
We will spend the night at Phakding in the front of a tea house in tents preparing for our ascent to Namche in the morning.