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Finally we are on our way, after weeks of preparations, shopping, packing and countless hours of packing. A 48hours flight across the world and many days of repacking everything (and more shopping) with many trips to the airport to receive our group members.

Thursday finally saw a 4am wake up call, more packing with some mates in between (Argentinean tea if you haven’t tried some yet) and a quick transfer to the local airport for our flight to Lukla.

For the first time in many years that the whole process at the airport was  a smooth and fast process. Less than a hour later after we arrived at the airport, we found both ourselves and all our luggage on the flight to Lukla.

A rather bumpy-flight and an as-ever bumpy landing brought us to Lukla, and the real start of Everest 2014!

After all this, we are finally enjoying a welcome day of resting! Every year I look forward to spending time in Namche Bazaar, at the Sherpa Land Hotel and the Illy Cafe, and of course sharing this with all of my friends.

All the team is doing very well and everyone enjoyed our rest day. Tomorrow we will hike to the Rivendell Lodge in Deboche from where we will enjoy our first views of Mount Everest.

 

By Damian

Georgie Davenport
About the Author
Georgie began working with Damian and Willie in 2008, whilst also running an adventure travel company in Patagonia. Nowadays now runs BBE’s expedition planning and logistics, as well as Everest Base Camp, down to the finest detail, to ensure the highest safety standards possible and maximize chances of a successful summit. Georgie adores skiing and fly fishing, and lives in the Pyrenees’s Val D’Aran. She is a USA certified NREMT-Paramedic and AHA Basic Life Support Instructor. Languages spoken: English and fluent Spanish.