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Everest Photo Gallery - Kathmandu to Lukla to Namche Bazaar, with views of Nupla, Kusum Kanguru, Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse

I trekked from Lukla to Namche Bazaar in 1997 and 2000. I also trekked back from Namche Bazaar to Lukla in 2008. I also flew out of Lukla in 2009 after climbing Mera Peak.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 01 Kathmandu Domestic Airport - Check In, Waiting Room, Security To Board Bus. Airplane After checking in at the chaotic Kathmandu domestic airport and waiting in the calm and quiet waiting area, you go through a final security check and board a bus that takes you to the airplane.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 01 Kathmandu Domestic Airport - Check In, Waiting Room, Security To Board Bus. Airplane

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 02 Inside Airplane, Flying Over Bodhanath, Ganesh Himal, Terraced Fields With Mountains On Horizon The cockpit door was open and I could see out the pilot’s front window  The propeller airplane bumped along on the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m), passing over Bodhanath in Kathmandu, the Ganesh Himal, and terraced fields with mountain views.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 02 Inside Airplane, Flying Over Bodhanath, Ganesh Himal, Terraced Fields With Mountains On Horizon

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 03 Gauri Shankar From Airplane The 22 minute early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla became a mountain flight as we passed Gauri Shankar.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 03 Gauri Shankar From Airplane

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 04 Coming In For Landing At Lukla With Thamserku Up Valley And Mountains Straight Ahead As we neared Lukla, I looked up the valley towards Thamserku, before turning back to look out the cockpit as a mountain was clearly visible and getting closer each second. The mountain was getting too close for comfort. My heart started racing and I got sweaty.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 04 Coming In For Landing At Lukla With Thamserku Up Valley And Mountains Straight Ahead

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 05 Planes Land Uphill At Tenzing Hillary Airstrip In Lukla Suddenly we landed on the upward sloping tarmac at Lukla, slowed down and turned in to the terminal building. I wasn’t the only one relieved, as all of us smiled widely applauded. We all nervously deplaned into the sunny cool early morning mountain air. Welcome to the Everest Highway!

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 05 Planes Land Uphill At Tenzing Hillary Airstrip In Lukla

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 06 Plane Ready To Descend Lukla Airstrip With Karyolung, Lukla, And Nupla The excited trekkers quickly exited the plane and were encouraged to leave quickly by the whistle-blowing policemen. A few minutes later the weary but happy trekkers who had finished their trek jumped into the airplane and off they went back to Kathmandu. Nupla is in the background. The airport in Lukla was renamed in 2008 to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The bituman runway is 527m long, the width is 20m, and the runway incline is almost 20%.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 06 Plane Ready To Descend Lukla Airstrip With Karyolung, Lukla, And Nupla

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 07 Lukla Buddha Statue With View Of Lukla And Airstrip If you have some time in Lukla before starting your trek, you can walk a few minutes north from the airport and visit the large Buddha statue on a hill above Lukla, with good views back to the airport and the town.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 07 Lukla Buddha Statue With View Of Lukla And Airstrip

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 08 Lukla Gompa Outside You can also walk a few minutes south of the main street in Lukla and visit the fairly new Lukla Gompa.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 08 Lukla Gompa Outside

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 09 Lukla Gompa Inside - Statues Of Buddha, Hayagriva, Padmasambhava, Mahakala, Avalokiteshvara, Paintings Include 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara And Hayagriva In Yab Yum With Varahi Inside the Lukla Gompa are statues of Buddha, Hayagriva, Padmasambhava, Mahakala, and Avalokiteshvara, and many paintings including a 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara and Hayagriva In Yab Yum With Varahi.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 09 Lukla Gompa Inside - Statues Of Buddha, Hayagriva, Padmasambhava, Mahakala, Avalokiteshvara, Paintings Include 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara And Hayagriva In Yab Yum With Varahi

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 10 Lukla Street - Yaks, Shopping, Eating, Sleeping, And Yes, Starbucks Coffee You can also do some last minute shopping in Lukla before you start your trek, enjoy breakfast, including Starbucks coffee, being careful to avoid the yaks.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 10 Lukla Street - Yaks, Shopping, Eating, Sleeping, And Yes, Starbucks Coffee

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 11 Lukla After Walking Down The Street Past The Kani, Lukla Ends At The Arch To Pasang Lhamu When you are ready, walk down the main street of Lukla to a kani and an arch memorial to Pasang Lhamu, the first Nepali woman to climb Everest in 1993, and start your trek towards Namche Bazaar and beyond to Tengboche and Mount Everest.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 11 Lukla After Walking Down The Street Past The Kani, Lukla Ends At The Arch To Pasang Lhamu

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 12 Lukla To Thado Kosi - Jerome Ryan, Yaks, View Up Valley, First Mani Stone Jerome Ryan leaves Lukla and starts the trek towards Namche Bazaar. The trail can get fairly congested, especially with the yaks crowding the trail. The trail descends quickly to the fairly long village of Chaplung (2700m), passes our first mani stone, and on to a local suspension-style bridge over the Thado Kosi.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 12 Lukla To Thado Kosi - Jerome Ryan, Yaks, View Up Valley, First Mani Stone

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 13 Kusum Kanguru From Thado Kosi The west and southwest faces of Kusum Kanguru (6367m) are visible from the Thado Kosi bridge between Lukla and Phakding. Kusum Kanguru means the Three Snow-White Gods, and has three summits – main (6367m), East (6356m), and West (5579m).

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 13 Kusum Kanguru From Thado Kosi

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 14 Mani Rocks And Chorten At Ghat, Phakding The trail now follows the Dudh Kosi River along a centuries-old trading trail from Nepal to Tibet. Beyond Thado Kosi, the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), which has many beautiful mani stones. The trail from Ghat climbs to Phakding (2610m), a large village with many lodges. The village has two parts, separated by a bridge. Many organized trekking groups stay here on their first night, but I choose to go a little further to Monjo to make the second day a little shorter.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 14 Mani Rocks And Chorten At Ghat, Phakding

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 15 Waterfall Just Before Benkar The trail from Phakding passes Zamphuti, Toktok, before passing a beautiful waterfall just before Benkar (2710m),

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 15 Waterfall Just Before Benkar

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 16 Waterfall, Chumoa With Thamserku The trail passes another waterfall before entering the village of Chumoa with views to Thamserku.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 16 Waterfall, Chumoa With Thamserku

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 17 Jerome Ryan With Cherry Blossoms At Monjo Mount Kailash Lodge In May 2000 Jerome Ryan stayed at the Mount Kailash Lodge in Monjo (2840m) in 2000, with the beautiful cherry blossoms of spring.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 17 Jerome Ryan With Cherry Blossoms At Monjo Mount Kailash Lodge In May 2000

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 18 Monjo Monjo (2840m) is a fairly large village, with the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park at the north end.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 18 Monjo

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 19 Monjo Entrance To Sagarmatha National Park, Kani Paintings Of Vajrapani, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, And Avalokiteshvara Mandala The entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park is at the north end of Monjo (2840m). Just beyond is a kani with paintings of Vajrapani, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri on the wall and a mandala of Avalokiteshvara on the ceiling.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 19 Monjo Entrance To Sagarmatha National Park, Kani Paintings Of Vajrapani, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, And Avalokiteshvara Mandala

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 20 View Ahead Towards Namche Bazaar From Monjo With Khumbila The view up the valley from Monjo ends with Khumbila (5761m).

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 20 View Ahead Towards Namche Bazaar From Monjo With Khumbila

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 21 Jorsale Beside Dudh Kosi The trail from Monjo goes along the Dudh Kosi River before passing through Jorsale (2775m), the last village before the steep trail to Namche Bazaar.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 21 Jorsale Beside Dudh Kosi

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 22 Suspension Bridge High Above Dudh Kosi Before Climb To Namche Bazaar The trail from Jorsale comes to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi from the west and the Dudh Kosi from the east, and crosses a dizzyingly high bridge over the Dudh Kosi River (2840m). Be careful not to cross against yak traffic.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 22 Suspension Bridge High Above Dudh Kosi Before Climb To Namche Bazaar

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 23 Climbing Steep Rocky Section Towards Namche Bazaar, View Towards Thame With Tengi Ragi Tau To Left The 600m climb from the bridge over the Dudh Kosi to Namche Bazaar climbs steeply at first over a rocky path through pine trees. I started a mind-numbing method to deal with the altitude and difficult trekking. I started to count each step. I found this really helped. Not only did it distract my mind from the struggle uphill, it also gave me a feeling of accomplishment along the way. I paused and celebrated when I got to one thousand steps, two thousand steps, and so on. The trail to Namche then flattens out a bit, and, and I had a good view to the west up the valley towards Thame with Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m) on the left..

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 23 Climbing Steep Rocky Section Towards Namche Bazaar, View Towards Thame With Tengi Ragi Tau To Left

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 24 Namche Bazaar Is Set In A Natural Amphitheatre WIth Tengi Ragi Tau Above Namche Bazaar (3450m) is the administrative centre for the Kumbhu region, located in a steep distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 24 Namche Bazaar Is Set In A Natural Amphitheatre WIth Tengi Ragi Tau Above

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 25 Namche Bazaar In The Early Morning Sun Namche Bazaar (3450m) is a major stop-off point for trekkers and climbers heading for Gokyo, Tengboche, and Mount Everest.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 25 Namche Bazaar In The Early Morning Sun

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 26 Namche Bazaar Main Shopping Street The main street of Namche Bazaar (3450m) is lined with shops.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 26 Namche Bazaar Main Shopping Street

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 27 Namche Bazaar Shopping Includes Trekking and Climbing Supplies And Souvernirs Namche Bazaar has many shops with just about everything you could want for trekking and climbing equipment and souvenirs. In May 2000, Jerome Ryan bought a balaclava, a trekking map, and a replacement battery for my mini-maglite in Namche.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 27 Namche Bazaar Shopping Includes Trekking and Climbing Supplies And Souvernirs

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 28 Namche Bazaar Main Street Intersection, Chorten, Gompa, Namche Evening With Thamserku To the left of the main intersection in Namche Bazaar (3450m) is a white chorten, and up the hill is the Namche Bazaar gompa. Thamserku dominates the view to the east above the village

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 28 Namche Bazaar Main Street Intersection, Chorten, Gompa, Namche Evening With Thamserku

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 29 Namche Bazaar Namaste View Lodge 1997 In November 1997, I stayed at the Namaste View Lodge just north of the main street intersection. I went to the communal eating area and had a coke after the tiring climb. The toilets here are more hygienic than in the west. No part of your body touches the hole. The rectangular hole is usually quite deep; so be careful where you place your feet. The lodge also had a hot shower next to drying dung used for fuel – nothing goes to waste.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 29 Namche Bazaar Namaste View Lodge 1997

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 30 Thamserku View Lodge 2000 In May 2000, I stayed at the Thamserku View Lodge just to the east of the main street intersection. The lodge had a well stocked kitchen for food and drinks. A cute small boy posed for me.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 30 Thamserku View Lodge 2000

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 31 Namche Bazaar Saturday Market On Saturday mornings, a weekly market is held in the center of Namche Bazaar.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 31 Namche Bazaar Saturday Market

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 32 Namche Bazaar Saturday Market People from all around the Namche area, and even Tibetan traders from Tingri, come to the weekly Saturday market in Namche Bazaar to sell their wares to locals and to visitors alike.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 32 Namche Bazaar Saturday Market

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 33 Thamserku From Namche Bazaar I walked up the path to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters off the Tengboche trail at the lip of the Namche bowl to get an early morning views, including Thamserku.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 33 Thamserku From Namche Bazaar

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 34 Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam From Namche Bazaar Taweche, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam towers above the trail from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche and beyond, seen from the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters above Namche Bazaar.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 34 Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam From Namche Bazaar

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 35 Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse Close Up From Namche Bazaar Nuptse, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle and Lhotse Shar close up from the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters above Namche Bazaar.

Lukla To Namche Bazaar 35 Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse Close Up From Namche Bazaar