Day 10 and 11: Up and Out, Returning to Lukla

Traversing towards the pass, carefully picking out each step to avoid a slide down the slope. Photo credit: Daene McKinney

For the past two days, we gave our legs quite the workout, climbing out of the Hinku Valley and descending back to Lukla. Starting in Khote, our first day involved an 800 meter near vertical ascent to the village of Thuli Kharka (3500m to 4300m) on the Hinku side of the Zetra La Pass: our gateway back to Lukla. After a restful night in a lodge, we made the ascent to the pass and crossed safely back into the Khumbu. Needless to say this climb out of the Hinku was made safely and injury-free, though the weather and the trail conditions—icy and slippery at times-- made the traverse quite difficult. Now back in Lukla, the sensory overload of civilization is a bit overwhelming but the comforts, like warm beds and not-Nescafe-coffee, are welcomed!

Oh – and Happy Mother’s Day!