|AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD|
I think it's safe to say that most people go to Nepal to see the Himalayas, and more specifically to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest (a.k.a Sagarmatha in Nepal or Chomolungma in Tibet).
I never really thought I would ever see it in person, and I know I am definitely not physically fit enough to see it up close, so when we decided to go to Nepal we thought the Everest flight was our best bet. It's not cheap, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
We originally booked our flight for our first day there, but due to miserable weather conditions (which provoked the crash of a flight to Pokhara that very day) our flight was first delayed about 1 hour and a half before finally being cancelled. Thankfully, BuddhaAir - with whom we were flying - took it in their stride and re-booked us on a different flight without any extra charges or any hassle at all.
This meant that our flight would be the day after we got back from Nagarkot and our one and only chance before leaving the country. Thankfully, despite the 1 hour delay we were able to fly over to see Mt. Everest. And was it worth it! You fly over the whole city of Kathmandu and over the smaller mountain ranges with the majestic snow-capped peaks guiding the way. Once the aircraft approaches Mt. Everest, passengers are called to the cockpit one by one where the pilots point out that one peak that men die to see.
- Bring a book or a newspaper or something! Your flight will likely be delayed.
- If possible, ask for a seat on the left side of the aircraft - seats A - as you will have the view of the Himalayas and Mt Everest as you approach, therefore for a longer time. Seats on the right side of the aircraft will only see Mt Everest from the cockpit when called over by the pilots.
- Seats at the back of the plane will also be called to the cockpit at the best time to see Mt Everest, as the plane starts turning back at that point.