What do you do when you have trekked to Everest Base Camp and have finished writing about it? You get Low altitude sickness! And you want to throw tantrums. But on the brighter side I can still write about my Lukla-Kathmandu Flight. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport is probably one of the most scariest in the world.
This is a Tara Air Plane and I asked someone if it was a new airline? He replied, “It was known as Yeti Air and they crashed a lot of planes. So they renamed themselves.” I was also taking a Tara Air flight again and no wonder the candies still said Yeti Air.
If the weather goes bad the flights in and out of Lukla get cancelled. At the end of a trek you don’t want that to happen.
While we were waiting for the plane I saw the climbers from Pheriche once again.
It was the gentleman on the left who had said at Pheriche that even though he had climbed Everest it was not a happy day because his friend had died. At the Nest also someone pointed out an extremely thin gentleman and said in hushed tone, “He went to the summit of Mount Everest.” The person was so unassuming that if it was not pointed out to me I could have never guessed.
It was interesting to see the Buddhist prayer cloth tied to his bag while they were waiting to board the Sita Air flight. Ours was the last flight in the morning and Deepak remarked at one point, “The weather is turning bad.” But after a while our flight arrived and for the first time on the entire trek Deepak raised both his hands in the air and shouted, “Yes.”
This time I knew if I would get close to the cockpit I could take pictures.
This was the co-pilot with his set of gadgets to look after! And at one point the pilot took out a newspaper!
I have to say it was quite a site but soon after we landed at Kathmandu safe and sound.
And I will leave you with this video of a landing and take off from Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport.