Everest News: Escape From Lukla! Thousands of Trekkers Stranded - National Geographic ADVENTURE

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November 10, 2011


Bob L.

While routine flight delays and bad weather of several days are common at Lukla, the week of delays that Payge describes was extraordinary, and in fact a bit understated. Toward the end of the week that she describes, all the major networks here at home, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC were featuring daily reports of the deteriorating situation at Lukla, half a world away. It is NOT routine or typical for two thousand or so travellers and trekkers to be trying to exit Lukla all at once. It was sheer pandemonium at one point toward the end of the week.

Fortunately for the locals though, folks that depend on tourism, it was a weeklong period of poor weather that happens maybe once every few decades. Travellers and trekkers planning to go there in the future should NOT be disuaded. The odds of experiencing a similar event to the same extent is exceeding rare. Excellent reporting, Payge!


PS - articles like this create fear in people and keep them away from an area the survives on tourism!


Payge, flight delays and bad weather in Lukla are a very normal occurance. Waiting 3, 4 or 6 days is not uncommon. Shame on you for using the headline 'thousands evacuated from Lukla'. Evacuation is a word for serious incidents or terrible natural disasters and incites fear into people. The only thing that happened in Lukla was bad weather in which intelligent Nepalase pilots refuse to fly in. Anyone who has experience in the mountains knows the unpredictability of the weather. Oct/Nov are high season for trekking so unfortunately many people had to stay much longer than they anticipated. The tour company you travelled with had nothing to do with your 'luck' of getting out on time. You were just fortunate enough to have a confirmed seat on the day the flights started moving - if your flight had been scheduled on a day that no flights left, you too would be added to the waitlist. All people who fly into Lukla have confirmed reservations with excellent tour guides working on their behalf! Stick to reporting facts & journaling and not sensationalism!


Nice article Payge!

Ken Huff

Shows the importance of being flexible with your plans. Glad you got out with minimal down time, good job.


Wow, a professional survivor shows us how it's done!

Clyde Wiggins

Hard to imagine the cold, sleeping in a tent without heat at high altitutde in a strange world. Glad you made it out, good story!

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