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28.3.2009 Lukla to Phakding

It was a chilly morning in Lukla, that started by waiting Mikko and Arri to arrive from Kathmandu. They got rather close to Lukla airport but when the morning turned cloudy the aeroplane was not able to land and returned to Kathmandu.
We decided to start the trek and hoped that they can arrive tomorrow and follow as vanguard. The paths to Khumbu area join in Choplung village and continue to north alongside Dudhi Kosi river valley. We crossed the river by suspension bridge in the village of Phakding and arrived in our next lodge at height of 2650m. On the way we discovered the capability of local porters to carry huge loads. The practice starts very young as you can see in the picture.
This was the first trekking day for the expedition and to honour that we decided to have a vegetarian day, and most probably there will be more of them to come.

All is well.