Lukla Airport And The Himalayas

Description: You arrive early in the morning if you’re lucky and catch breakfast at a teahouse in town before heading up the valley seen in the distance. This is the start of your unforgettable Himalayan Trek.

That runway you see in the foreground? It really is at that angle. Probably the most down/uphill you’ve ever traveled on (very briefly) unless you’re the adventurous kind.

This is also where your porters or yak driver will meet you to carry your heavy items while you are left with just a day pack. It’s a good thing, too, because after the walk today to Phakding or Monjo and a stop for the night, the air is going to thin out as you pass 10,000′, 11,000′ before you reach Namche Bazaar tomorrow.

Title: Lukla Airport And The Himalayas

Location: Nepal

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).


How do you get to incredible viewpoints like today’s photo? With the help of local Nepali Sherpa guides and porters. They are who I rely on for all my local logistics during Far Horizon Photo Tours and I couldn’t teach photography in Nepal without them.

The pandemic has ravaged the tourism industry in Nepal, basically shutting down the Spring 2020 trekking season and, more or less, the Fall 2020 season. 

That’s why I started a GoFundMe page to help my friend and lead Sherpa guide, Kami, and the 24 different guides and porters he would normally be hiring to run tours.

It warms my heart and I am extremely thankful for all who have donated as we passed $3500 yesterday.

Take a look at the donor page to place a donation and to be informed about how and when the money is distributed. You’ll be able to see your impact through Kami’s words and photos.

Thank you – pwc