Yesterday we caught the first flight out of Kathmandu, touching down at the infamous runway of Lukla. Bobby was blown away by the views as we flew in, and as I pointed out the tiny landing strip running uphill, set into the mountain, his response, “What do you mean we are going to land there” was priceless.
After a quick bite to eat, and an introduction to the rest of the team, we hit the trail. Having already met Jangbu, our head Sherpa and multiple Everest summiteer, Bobby was introduced to An Gelu, who has summited Everest five times and Wang Da, who has been guiding for over 15 years, and has lost count of the number of Himalayan peaks he has summited. To say he is in good hands is an understatement, having 3 experienced Sherpa’s, along with Sharon and I surrounding him as we make our way up toward our first objective, Kala Patar.
It was a great introduction to trekking in the Himalayas. The weather was perfect, and there are a very few trekkers on the trail. Bobby navigated the uneven surface well and his foot placement was quite accurate.
After arriving in Phakding 4 hours later, we settled in for lunch. We discussed the option of staying the night, as this was a fairly decent 1st day. Bobby was determined to keep going, wanting to push the next 3 hours to reach our intended destination of Monjo. Determined as ever, he continued up the valley, with the support crew monitoring every step he made.
Despite a couple of minor trips, which were softened by the team, he stayed positive, and arrived at Monjo in great spirits.
Bobby felt so proud, knowing that the last 4 years of training had finally paid off, and he had made it. He was about to spend his first night in the mountains.
We will update again, when we are in Namche.