Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Everest Base Camp Trek 2018

28 March 2018, Finally reunited in Lukla

By about 10AM, our team was finally reunited at the Namaste Lodge in Lukla! Due to poor weather conditions, the airport had been intermittently closed yesterday allowing only about half the team to make the 40 minute flight via helicopter. Any wind over 8 kts closes the airstrip to fixed wing aircraft. “Boss” Nwong and our Sherpa team worked tirelessly to get as many of us to Lukla as weather and aircraft would allow. The Wongchhu Peak Promotion team did a fantastic job, but we just don’t argue with Mother Nature and safety always comes first.

Once the new arrivals tanked up with a fantastic breakfast, we met outside for the day’s instructions. Our trekking permits were obtained and a group photo was taken at the Passang Lhomu Sherpa gate, a memorial to the first Sherpa woman to summit Mt. Everest. The trek pace was perfect, allowing for stops, pictures and brief visits with the local people. We stopped at a beautiful teahouse near Nurning for a wonderful lunch of veg fried rice, MoMo’s and chips. The balance of the trek to Phadking was uneventful (with the exception of some wide eyes as we crossed our first swinging bridge) and we arrived at the Royal Sherpa Resort (2651m) just in time as the cloud deck dropped and a light rain began.

Our evening wound down with dinner in the main dining area. Most of us will turn in early in preparation for the climb to Namche tomorrow. We are well fed, healthy and in good spirits. “Boss” Nwong gave the briefing on tommorrow’s events, leading off with, “tomorrow, we will have a little hard way”. Some of the team are still waiting on duffels to arrive and rumor has it that they will be choppered to Namche tomorrow if weather allows. The research team is hard at work on their iPads collecting data and doing some last minute baseline testing of those who’ve volunteered to help.