Freedom Climb 2013 – Travel to Lukla

By – Celia Shortt

Yesterday, at 6:45 p.m. EST, the Freedom Climb team boarded three separate planes and flew to the small town of Lukla. Due to some illness and other elements, their climb itinerary has changed, and the climbers stayed in Lukla for the day instead of hiking to Phakding. Tomorrow morning (late tonight here) they will start on the trail to Mt. Everest.

Despite this delay, the climbers enjoyed spending time in Lukla and interacting with the people there.

Annette Sky

Annette Sky, Freedom Climber

“Crazy busy at Kathmandu airport this morning, but we climbers were able to board our scheduled 3 Twin Otters. Beautiful flight over mountains where people farm and live without roads, running water or electricity. Turned between snow covered peaks to short uphill runway at the Lukla airport! Beautiful rhododendron mountain sides framed by blinding white peaks all around!” – Annette Sky

The runway/landing strip in Lukla

The runway/landing strip in Lukla

Our plane!

Our plane!

Kristy Allan and climbers on the plane

Kristy Allan and climbers on the plane

Kate and Autumn on the plane

Kate and Autumn on the plane

Joanne and her  "special" bag after the flight

Joanne and her “special” bag after the flight

“Our team landed safely! Thank you for your prayers! Keep praying:-)” – Tina Yeager

Tina Yeager

Tina Yeager

The flights they were on were the first that were allowed to leave the airport in 4 days due to windy weather. In fact, after they landed, the airport was shut down. After the team landed, they all enjoyed breakfast before some went out to see the town.

Breakfast in Yukla

Breakfast in Lukla

Yaks in Lukla

Yaks in Lukla

Girl singing in Lukla

Girl singing in Lukla

Lukla Village

Part of the village

Climbers seeing the town

Climbers seeing the town

They call this a hill?!

They call this a hill?!

Continue to pray for the health of the climbers.
Pray that they will remain healthy and begin their trek well.
Pray that the weather would cooperate and not hinder them.

Pray for continued safety and favor as they travel.
Pray that they would continue to see God’s grace and provision throughout their journey.

For more updates and pictures, go the Freedom Climb Facebook page and website.

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2 thoughts on “Freedom Climb 2013 – Travel to Lukla

  1. Praying for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength as you begin!

    I was thinking about praying for “clarity” as you begin. Looking at the picture here “They call this a hill?!” I was struck by the effect of having clarity: When you are lost in clouds, you have no idea where you are, or how distant the goal is, or maybe even what the ultimate goal really is. When you have clarity — whether that is physically clarity (lack of clouds), mental (lack of confusion), emotional (lack of fear) or spiritual (a clear vision of God) — you may be suddenly stuck by just how intimidating the mountain is, but you can see the pathway in front of you. You are reminded of just WHAT the goal is (and why you are fighting your way toward it), and you have the focus to keep moving forward one step at a time.

    So…. no matter how big that “mountain” is, standing over you, may you have Clarity!

  2. pretty exciting to read your itinerary; brings back great memories as my husband and i got to trek to e.b.c. and climb kalapathar in 2011. he had attempted everest in 2006 so it was his desire to take me up to e.b.c. and to meet the sherpa families and their kids that he and some other climbers have been assisting with school tuition. may i offer a suggestion? i noticed that the intention is to get to gorak shep, “refuel”, and then hit the trail for base camp. we did that and it was challenging. be sure to have plenty of fluid and a power bar or 2 with you on the hike as it is not so much steep but after a morning hike to gorak, you’ll need to the continued “fuel”. but what an incredible hike – talk about the splendor and awesomeness of God’s creation! striking beauty in the vastness of the moraine and the surrounding peaks and glaciers. and the trip up to kalapathar in the morning is a long challenging hike but what a treat when you get to the top – esp. if it’s clear! so excited for you all! keep hydrated, fueled, and open to God’s voice as you put one foot in front of the next! 🙂

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