…. aka the Easy Way to see 4 of the World’s 5 Highest Mountains.
Move over trekking with its associated issues of acclimitisation, altitude sickness, tired legs, blisters, freezing cold tea houses and frozen water bottles: bring on the Mountain Flight where (with a glass of champagne in hand and from the luxury of a window seat on a small 30 seat plane), you get to see the following hit parade of peaks:
* Makalu (5th highest)
* Lhotse (4th highest)
* Kanchenjunga (3rd highest)
and of course Sagarmartha or Chomolungma (or Everest to you and me): the world’s highest mountain topping the charts at number 1. Sagarmartha is its Nepali name while the Tibetans call the magnificent peak Chomolungma.
This was a fun way to say goodbye to Nepal at the end of our 2 month stint here. And I wasn’t even put off the experience by my fight with a monkey in the airport’s check-in hall who had realised that the bag I was carrying contained our breakfasts and had jumped onto the bag to help himself. While he did get away with one apple, I successfully managed to hold onto the rest although it was a little hairy and a surprising start to the day. Little opportunistic thief!
L: General View over Everest Range and R: Everest and Lhotse