When we first talked of traveling to Nepal, we had talked of doing the Everest Base Camp hike. Well after more research we discovered that well…it takes a long time. As much as I love the outdoors, 19 days of hiking is a little intense for me, so is the $1,000 price tag for each of us. And while I admire those who choose to hike, Jeremy and I looked for another option to see the infamous Everest in our time frame and price range. Which led us to taking a an Everest flight which would take us up in a plane for 50 minutes circling a portion of the Himalayas; seeing Everest in the midst of it from the air; and return to the airport.
We arrived at the airport for our 7am flight which we picked because we were told that the earlier flight provided better views and less of a chance there would be a delay due to weather. The views part was true but unfortunately the delay part was not…not even in the slightest. I’m just glad we came prepared with snacks and there was coffee. Which came in more use than we thought since no heat in the terminal plus a huge hole in the window and no coffee would have been a dangerous combination. So after what seemed like eternity but what was actually just two hours (which let’s face it…is eternity in airport time) they called our flight. So in other words, dress warm, pack food and prepare to wait! But not to worry, once you start climbing altitude, it will be well worth the wait.
We were taken up in a 20 seater plane with a all window seats and shown a long stretch of the Himalayas including the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest just 20 miles away. heading to the mountain range we passed over large areas of ‘smaller’ mountains, still high above the city. On top of several of them you could see flattened areas, farming land with only a few houses speckled here and there. With thin roads winding up and down the mountains, just inches from a steep drop off, we were reminded of a simpler way of life. Where things are traded, people fully rely on the land and where the phrase ‘I’m heading into town tomorrow for supplies’ is still undeniably in use.
As we neared the infamous Mt. Everest, we all took turns heading up to the cockpit with the pilots (whose windows were by far the clearest of them all) so they could point out Mt. Everest. Although it does not look as majestic as I had imagined due to a similar (albeit, shorter) peak in close proximity, it was a must see on any bucket list to see the tallest place on Earth and an Everest flight is the perfect way to see it.