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All the Way Down to Phakding, Lukla Tomorrow

By Dave Hahn - May 30th, 2008 8:53 am GMT -0700

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GreatOutdoors, this is Dave Hahn and I'm calling you from Phakding, which is down below Namche, about halfway between Namche and Lukla, where we hope to fly out. We're spending the night here in Phakding, down by the river, pretty comfortable way down here, much warmer, and we're going to get up quite early tomorrow morning and finish the two hour walk to Lukla and hope for our flight to Kahtmandu and our exit from the mountains. Today was a pretty good day, we walked all the way from Pangboche, at about 13,000 feet, and I'm always talking about how our Sherpa team is the best in the business, and I think that is true, but it was kind of a treat, we spent the night there at Ang Pemba's lodge at Pangboche with the AAI Alpine Ascents Sherpa team, lead by Lakpa Rita, pretty much were walking from base camp with those guys, all our Sherpas were already home in Thyangboche and Phortse by then, but it was great to walk with the guys from Thame, the AAI team, they are a real team of pros. We left them just before Namche, passed through Namche, had lunch there, and dropped down the big Namche hill, down here to where it's pretty warm and humid below, even had some rain showers this afternoon, which didn't feel bad at all. Anyway I'll let you know if we do get back to Kathmandu tomorrow. My hope is that Nicky and Greg Messner are in Namche tonight, myself and Ang Jangbu and Mark Tucker are just a little bit a head of them. Bye for now.


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