To my surprise, I was put on a chopper to Lukla. It’s a new craft by Eurocopter. Definitely a more interesting flight with an open side window for shooting video. The helicopter business in Nepal has blossomed in the past 4 years. One important function of the heli is mountain rescue. With increasing number of climbers here, there is definitely a need for this service. But most of the time, the heli is carrying more people and cargo to villages where a fixed wing can’t operate. Landing at Lukla in a heli is also safer, I reckon.
Unfortunately, 2 pieces of my luggage didn’t make it to Lukla with me. Hopefully they will catch up with me at Namche tomorrow.