Trek Day 13
Monzo to Lukla
Thursday 23rd November 2006
As we had breakfast Lakpa told us that he had been
talking to porters on the trail who reported that no-one had been able
to fly out of Lukla because of low cloud for the last four days and
there was quite a backlog of trekkers in the village desperate to leave.
We didn’t like the sound of this very much. As much as we had enjoyed our trek it was now coming to an
end and we were dreaming of hot showers and the fleshpots of Kathmandu.
As we walked down the trail from Monzo we had a reminder of how fortunate our group had been. As well as the inevitable helicopters trundling off towards Gokyo and Everest Base Camp we saw a couple of trekkers being led down on horses, obviously very ill. We stopped for tea and as we sat playing with the lodge dog the first rider was led past supported by sherpas walking on either side of the horse. He had a scarf wrapped round his face and appeared to have been tied on to the saddle. His arms hung limply by his side and he bounced about on the saddle as the horse negotiated the rough stone path. Everyone stared but with genuine sympathy.
|From left, me, Carole, Clive Sue||
Traditional Tibetan earth toilet
Ngima protects Sue from yak
After tea we walked along behind a second rider who was equally sick until we stopped for lunch again at the nice little lodge with the two naughty children. As we ate we watched porters and trekkers passing the other way. They were walking from Lukla which meant there must have been flights today. Fingers were mentally crossed. It was warm in the sun, the children were as naughty as ever but as they weren’t ours we found them entertaining and sat watching the trail. I felt sad that the trek was coming to an end.
As we crossed a bridge I looked back and saw that
Sue had dropped to the rear and was being followed by Ngima. She
was obviously deep in thought and not looking ahead which was
unfortunate as a yak train had entered the bridge as we stepped off and
was heading towards her. There was not really room for a yak to
pass a person and Ngima ran forward and put himself between the yaks and
Sue. It was a close encounter but no-one was hurt!