Ep.6 Everest Base Camp Trek - Base Camp to Kathmandu -The quick way!
Friday 6th April 2018 - Day 11 Returning to Kathmandu
My YouTube of leaving EBC can be found here
The helicopter ride out of BC would be in three sections; BC to Pheriche, with just two passengers at a time, then Pheriche to Lukla where four passengers could go at one time, then Lukla to Kathmandu, which is the longer flight of around 45 minutes.
The eight of us flying out said our goodbyes to the summiters, the Kiwis, the chefs, the porters, the doc, Little Boss, Nicole and Cassi, then took the ten minute walk to the helipad. It took some time for the first chopper to arrive but in no time he’d been to Pheriche and back three times, returning to take me and Kurt, the last to leave BC.
After the chopper’s third trip, and before returning for me and Kurt, my emotions suddenly took over and I heavily sobbed, I’m not sure why, perhaps for the achievement or perhaps because I’d never be here again, I don’t know but it was deeply upsetting.
Just trying to stand near the helipad when the chopper was taking-off or landing, with the strong wind and icy rocks under your feet was tricky, and it was easier to lie on the rocks.
Whilst we was waiting for our chopper ride we could see the Kiwis taking their hike out to the Icefall......I was slightly jealous, as it really is such an iconic natural obstacle that man has mostly conquered, the mountain Gods willing.