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HaraldG

Yet another Lukla adventure

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Hi,

after our forum member Bernd posted stunning pictures from a flight to Lukla these days, I wanted to continue this adventure. I tried to reach Everest Base camp with a quite old, but still thrustworthy helicopter, the Mi-2. Will I see Mt. Everest? Remember: The Mi-2 has a service ceiling of slightly more than 13,000 feet, while the Everest Base Camp has an elevation of more than 17,000 ft. No good prospects...

 

I won't bore you with the engines start procedure in the Mi-2.

 

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Up into the thin air (Lukla has some 9,300 ft)

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What's behind the cloud?

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And this is the moment I was scared of. Have to return, the heli refuses to climb further. This is even before the tongue of Khumbu glacier. Note Ama Dablam peak in the background.

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Returning

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And there it is: Behind the Nuptse wall one can see the top of Mt. Everest

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Nuptse wall, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam

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And finally Cho Oyu in a side valley

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Landing at Syangboche field.

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Have fun,

Harald

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Outstanding shots, my dear Harald. I love them all !!

 

Me thinks I have to give Mt. Everest another try. After all, HL had asked for it  :wink:

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Thanks Bernd! You just shouldn't use the Mi-2, but Mi-8s seem to reach Everest base camp quite regularly.

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What makes Everest so difficult is the peak is in the jet stream where wind speeds can reach 200mph....223 climbers have died there...great looking screenshots!

 

HLJAMES

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Thanks HLJames for commenting!

... and then of course the lack of oxygene. These altitudes aren't made as humans' habitat.

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