We were excited to wake to a calm and clear day – this meant that our flight out of Lukla should be a smooth one. After breakfast, we walked over to the airport and said an emotional farewell to our porter, Rodna. He gave us both a little floral necklace, and in return for his hard work, we gave him a very healthy tip. He’d earned every single bit of it! We also gave him some chocolates to give him a little bit of energy on his next trek.
Unfortunately, our flight out of Lukla was delayed – we had to sit in a tiny airport with loads of other travellers for hours – about 4 hours in fact. Our plane finally arrived and we managed to score the best seats at the front of the plane again so we could savour our final views of the mountains.
By now though, there was a bit of a breeze blowing and almost as soon as we took off, the plane started to get thrown around. We both felt sick almost immediately. Thankfully, the turbulence only lasted as long as the 30-minute flight. Still, if you’ve ever experienced travel sickness, it’s half an hour too long!
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we watched a pretty cool monkey fight going on just outside the airport. Two rival gangs of monkeys (yes, they actually have gangs) were fighting over some territory and they were really getting stuck into each other. It was a little bit frightening but absolutely hilarious to watch. The locals stand around like it’s a boxing match and enjoy the show.
We got our airport transfer back to the Radisson where we were able to drop our bags off to our room. From here, we quickly raced into Thamel with Ram to drop off our borrowed gear to Chaatra’s office and say our final farewells. We gave Ram a tip to say thank you for his amazing guidance over the past fortnight and said goodbye for the final time. He was the nicest and friendliest guide, and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable during our trek. Thanks for helping us reach our goal, Ram!
After our goodbyes, we wandered down the street to the Northfield Cafe, which is a Mexican restaurant, for the yummiest non-mountain food! It was so good to be able to eat meat again. You’ll find that most people avoid meat while they’re in the mountains, as the locals have no way to freeze it. So any meat you see while up the mountain is usually carried up on the back of a sherpa or a yak, and has been sitting out in the sun for a considerable amount of time.
For dinner, we went to The Ship Restaurant Bar and Lounge. This restaurant had wonderful, friendly service and a great atmosphere. We had some more Western food that we’d missed (chicken and fish) and then headed back to the hotel for a proper sleep in a super comfy bed!
For the next few days, we bummed around Kathmandu just taking it easy and recovering from the trek. We spent most of our days either sleeping or roaming around Thamel looking for tasty food places to eat at. We can highly recommend the food at OR2K. While the place was a vegetarian restaurant full of filthy hippies that were smoking, the food was sensational! It’s just a shame we had to put up with smokers over dinner.
About 50m up the road from the Radisson is an excellent little French wine bar called Vino Bistro. We visited here a few times due to the excellent food and for Teone’s love of wine.
Soon enough, our time in Nepal had come to an end and it was time for us to head back home to Australia. Our flight out of Kathmandu was delayed and we missed out connecting flight from Singapore, but it was only a minor delay and it didn’t affect us in the slightest.
Arriving back on home soil was a welcome relief, but we were already missing the beautiful scenery and the lovely people that we had met over in Nepal. One thing that stood out to us when we got home was just how small our mountains look compared to the ones in Nepal.
This trip would have to be up there with one of the best we’ve been on! Yes it was extremely tough and at times we were hating on life, but looking back, this was one monumental achievement and something very few people can say they have accomplished in their life time. If your body is willing and able, we highly recommend you step out of your comfort zone and give this trek a crack – you won’t regret it!