Flight 73) Hanoi – Hong Kong

I had been looking forward to my next destination of Hong Kong for a long time. When I was a child, my uncle visited Hong Kong and brought me back a hand made, paper kite in an ornate bird of prey design. This gift instantly cemented Hong Kong in my mind as a far away exotic land, very different from that of home in the UK.
Earlier on my around the world tour I stopped off at Dubai. This dynamic and exciting city was made so much more impressive when flying over the incredible detail included within FlyTampa’s “Dubai rebooted” add on scenery for the FSX Simulator. I was lucky enough to be provided with a copy of FlyTampa’s Hong Kong add on scenery by the fantastic FlyTampa support team. Massive thanks to the team at Fly Tampa!

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FlyTampa Hong Kong – Kai Tak
The add on scenery covers the city as well as the infamous older airport Kai Tak. Whilst this airport was actually closed in 1998, I wanted to tackle the challenging approach of flying extremely low over many buildings before making a right hand turn to touch down on the runway myself.
Before I left Hanoi International, I made sure to plan the flight first. Covering 522 miles I could expect to have a flight time of roughly 2 hours, 40 minutes and that was without any detours for sight seeing. I had expected to start my journey at 09:30 and would be able to make it to Hong Kong in time for lunch. Unfortunately this departure time was not to be met as the niggling issue I had previously noticed with my rudder controls were back with a vengeance. I could not taxi in a straight line at all which made it impossible to reach the runway. It would have been silly to try to fly this leg of the tour on full left rudder the entire way.
I suppose the technical troubles I had would have been the equivalent of finding some physical maintenance required on my aircraft. Luckily, I had saved my previous joystick and new that it was hiding in a dark box somewhere in my garage. By the time I had dug it out, given it a clean and configured it with my PC and FSX a good few hours had passed.
I glanced at the clock and at 11:10 I took off from Hanoi to complete a short circle of the airport in order to test the new control system. Everything appeared to be working perfectly once again and with one more successful landing I parked up and requested a visit by the fuel truck to fill my tanks.
At 14:00 I finally radioed in my IFR request and began to taxi behind another larger twin propeller plane. I passed other aircraft looking for their gates and could see how active this airport was. When I had first opened the flight simulator, the weather was rather misty and cloudy although now, in the afternoon, this had mostly burnt off as I headed rather steeply into the skies.
It didn’t take long before I had climbed to 5,000 feet and was just about touching the base of a thick layer of cloud hanging above me. I requested a flight level of 10,000 which was granted and I trimmed the aircraft and adjusted the fuel mixture so that I could fly steady at this new altitude. For much of the flight, I was simply fighting the wind forever trying to blow me off course whist enjoying the view above the clouds. Some clouds were lighter but the large majority of the sky was grey and heavy which were impressive to look at even if I could not see the ground below at all.
It wasn’t until 16:00 when I dropped below the clouds and finally saw the terrain once more. A river caught my eye snaking its way across the landscape, so I decided to follow this a little lower. Seeing boats on the river below I could hear rain hitting my windscreen and thought about whoever would be on those boats in real life, currently getting rained upon.
I declared my approach at 16:43 whilst still surround by clouds and had pretty poor visibility. I spotted a small airport out of my right hand window with a bright turquoise bay framing the tarmac but this runway was dwarfed in comparison when I passed by the newer Hong Kong International Airport. That place was huge! I would certainly return in order to say I had landed at HKIA but for now I was to take on the infamous Kai Tak approach and landing.
As the sun began to set I glided over parts of the city in my small twin propeller Beech Baron. I was able to take the approach very slowly but could gain a real sense of appreciation for those huge passenger jets having to skim the tops of buildings whilst pointing directly for a hill before turning sharp right to actually line up with the runway. Even in my plane I was nervous at how low I needed to be over the buildings.
I must say that FlyTampa had certainly done a fantastic job at modelling the scenery and including the recognizable details. A large checkerboard on a hill is all that guided me in to my approach but I knew to expect this. Being an aviation fan, the Kai Tak checkerboard has a reputation of its own. This had to be one of the most exciting landings of my tour! Whilst Lukla landing strip near Mount Everest certainly had the fear factor, this notorious landing had certainly been built up in my own mind. It is a shame that this amazing airport is no longer active and that I will never get to experience the same landing for real.
I touched down with my wheels either side of the white center line and spent a long while taxiing to my parking spot, surrounded by many huge jets in appropriate liveries. Watching the sun set I was really looking forward to flying over Hong Kong in better weather as well as embracing the food by ordering our own local Chinese take away.
Kai Tak Airport

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Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport (1925 – 1998) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PCOcyt7BPI
The Last Hurrah for Plane Spotters at Kai Tak Hong Kong Airport Airplanes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBYVc8083PM
Planes Over Hong Kong (1998) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyU9OLqQ8XA
Whilst researching Hong Kong I have found a new fondness for this place. I can safely say that Hong Kong is well and truly on my bucket list.

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Hong Kong , Best of Hong Kong HD – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htuj-fmfKcU
Hong Kong – City Video Guide – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaTcRZK0PRM
Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eIF7-opXYo
Megacities – Hong Kong Full Documentary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcbyQ_1GhYk
Hong Kong (China) Vacation Travel Video Guide – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1vQnNnsT48
Top 10 Things to do in Hong Kong – HD – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPNxBSAw0Yw
Hong Kong Central District Skyline at Night *HD* – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrJG3yc0WDk

Sight Seeing To Ha Long Bay

Whilst visiting the lovely city of Hanoi, I was eager to check out the nearby shoreline and the iconic “Ha long Bay” which I had seen many times in images and film but never really knew exactly where this place was.
Halong Bay consists of around 2,000 variously sized islands rising out of the sea, carved by 500 million years of erosion, although I much prefer the ancient legend which tells of a family of dragons sent to protect and defend the Vietnamese people against Chinese invaders. Whilst fighting the dragons spat out jewels which then turned into islands, forming a great barrier against the invaders. Once the fighting had been won, the dragons chose to settle here and the remaining islands were created by the violently whipping tails of the dragon children.

I was astounded to learn that many families live their entire lives on small boats and rafts within these islands never settling on dry land. Floating fishing villages can include markets and schools and everything needed to provide for a small community.

I wanted a smaller light aircraft which would be better suited to sight seeing than that of my regular Beech Baron 58. After a bit of research I opted for the Cessna Skylane C180 by A2A Simulations. This is a fantastic recreation it’s real life counter part and the attention to detail is hugely impressive; Even down the the engine maintantence and pre-flight walk around. I can certainly recommend A2A aircraft to any flight sim enthusiasts looking to get a whole new level of realism from their experience.

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ACCU-SIM C182 SKYLANE FIRST IMPRESSIONS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUF4GIzujy8
A2A Accu-Sim Skylane 18 Minute First Look – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw4gWmXwD-I
A2A Cessna 182 Skylane Full review – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gD3wzJZGPo

After a very brief test with the new Cessna Skylane, I was soon taxiing behind a CRJ700 and took off to start my morning sight seeing tour of Halong Bay.
It was a slow cruise of 120 knots at 5,500 feet and it was rather relaxing watching the river snake its way towards the sea. I could see the turquoise colours of the ocean in the distance but the river, breaking off into many streams and esturies was much murkier inland.
Reaching Halong bay I was hugely disappointed by the lack of details captured by the FSX default scenery. This just confirmed to me even more that Halong bay is such an amazing place that I really would have to see if first hand to truely appreciate it.
I spent a while in the air to enjoy the new Cessna Skylane and was soon dropping through the clouds to make my landing back at Hanoi International Airport. I was relieved to find out after 3 hours of flight time, the aircraft was still in a great condition as according to the hanger’s aircraft notes.

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Hanoi – Halong Bay — Voyage to the land of junks and sampans (Documentary, Discovery, History) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx3-JfGgAQE
VIETNAM Travel Diary (Hanoi & Halong Bay!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTwOk8Snt9c
Hello Vietnam: Vinh Long, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An | HAUSOFCOLOR – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MutE9-JcWj0
Travelling Halong bay weather 2015 | Vietnam travel guide 2016 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX-8QKcFmAE
Travel Halong Bay Vietnam – Impressions [HD] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l3fNoEfCgY
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – Journey with Jamie Logan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGy5zRjC-N0

Flight 72) Nansang – Hanoi

After finding that there was little information to be found online about Nansang, I was looking forward to reaching Hanoi. Knowing full well that there would be a large amount of history to discover I was eager to get moving.
The night before the flight I took a look at the weather forecast and estimated how long the journey would take. At 590 miles and expecting a 3 hour flight time, this would be another lengthy flight. At 9:30 am I sat in the Beech Baron 58 for a short while listening to the distant thunder and gentle 4 mph wind, whilst setting up the maps I would be following as well as filling the fuel tanks once again.
I didn’t waste much time and was quickly in the air once again and requested “flight following” at 09:51.As far as I could see, the hills were covered in dense forest looking like a creased blanket due to the rolling hills. Thick cloud was forming at around 5,000 ft so I stayed low and chose to skim over the terrain.
It was good to see pockets of life in the occasional villages and towns nestled within the trees. Eventually the rolling hills grew in size are were soon better described as mountains. Upon reaching Mae Hangson airfield I turned to a heading of 130 and continued towards Hanoi. The mountains had pushed my plane higher until my view was obstructed by thick clouds. The lack of visibility made me decide to climb a little further until I could see above the cloud.
My second way point was over another airport, this time “Chang Mai,” and the radios were soon buzzing with activity. I was even able to watch a Learjet land as I flew past. I turned left to a new heading of 100 and hopped over some more hills after passing low over the rather large Chang Mai city. At this point I was advised to tune to Bangkok radio which was even busier than before.
I took a bit of a detour from the safe pink line of my GPS plotted route to check out a lake I saw in the distance. Having fun flying low over the lake I was surprised to see another big town on the far end. This looked like a very beautiful part of the world to live.
Whilst I am keen to see Bangkok, Thailand will be a destination I shall be stopping at later in my tour but for now I shall continue to work my way up to Japan before I double back on myself slightly before heading south and towards Australia!
The familiar lush green forests continued to pass below me and the sudden appearance of a cliff face intrigued me enough to stray from the GPS path once again. A river below looked very muddy and once I discovered this was Da River. I was more than happy to follow this winding stream of water all the way to Hanoi.
As the forest had become familiar, so too had the weather. This time fog within the mountains made for a creepy atmosphere although I knew that the river water would be the lowest point around, I could stay low, and continue to follow this river in relative safety.
As the clock showed 13:20 the fog had thinned out and I could once again see the rocky hills surrounding me. I was almost relieved to be contacting Naibai approach with only 23 miles left to fly.
Hanoi city was much larger than I had expected. So much so that I looped around the airport and across much of the city before confirming my landing intentions.
I took my landing very steady indeed as the fog was still lingering below 2,500 feet. The visibility upon landing was pretty poor and I felt bad when I heard 2 other aircraft were told to “fly around.” This meant that I had prevented them from landing and that they had to take another go at it. By 13:48 I had landed and was taxiing to my parking spot.
Time to learn about all that Hanoi has to offer!

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HA NOI, Vietnam Travel Guide, Ha Noi’s Old Quarter { Fascinating Destination} 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr-ksAUy2c0

HA NOI, Vietnam Travel Guide, Ha Noi’s Old Quarter { Fascinating Destination} 2 –
The Old Quarter in HaNoi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTm_J4wcjAU
Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour (Including Food Market) (With Facts/Figures) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfDyPM6Vxt8
36 Hours in Hanoi, Vietnam | The New York Times – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7ENbAp92QY
HANOI – VIETNAM / A TRAVEL GUIDE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmlgDhua1rM
International Street Foods Hanoi Vietnam Full Documentary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuJJ7LL-Mgs
Traveling Vietnam: Hanoi to Halong Bay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDDRT8WGGjM
TOP THINGS TO DO IN HANOI, Vietnam in 1 day – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paaV3RQP_Q4


Flight 71) Mandalay – Nansang

The distance between Mandalay and Nansang is a lot shorter than the majority of my flights recently and as such this was due to be a short flight so I figured I could squeeze it in one morning before I started my day job.
The weather was cloudy but the temperature gauge indicated a warm 22 degrees. I’d love to feel a 22 degree day at the moment because Edinburgh, UK has been struggling to get above 5 degrees recently.
As I taxied from my parking space I saw a couple of dramatic lightening flashes which made me a little nervous about flying into such weather. By 9:40 I had received my take off clearence and was leaving the safety of the Mandalay tarmac.
Reaching 2,400 feet I was above the worst of the fog and entered some very heavy turbulence. I suppose this was to be expected having just watched the approaching storm.
Between the clouds I could see pockets of blue sky above. The turbulence and heavy winds were blowing me off course quite a bit and I noticed my eye darting to the fuel levels pretty often as I was sitting at 1/4 of a tank. This would be more than enough to get me to Namsang.
As the clouds eventually dissapated I saw the hills below and dropped altitude enough to see them up close. The rolling thunder in the distance seemed to echo through the valley. My landing instructions were given to me over the radio as I was still over the hills and it wasn’t until I had cleared them completely that the heavy turbulence subsided. It was much easier to control the small aircraft in the cleaner air.
Once again I found myself back in the fog and clouds and had to rely on some instrument flying. I found it pretty fun balancing the gauges whilst following the varous instructions coming through the radio. Finally lining up with runway 17, I admit that it took a little longer that I would have liked to spot the runway and saw that there were no buildings to help mark it’s location. I’m sure this is likely to be the simulator restrictions as I would dread to think that the real location is without ANY buildings at all.
The runway was lovely and long and without any pressure to get my wheels down quickly, I did bounce my landing slightly. I clearly need some more practice to get back into this virtual flying game. Parking up on the grass at the end of the runway I could still hear thunder rumbling in the distance but I was glad to be back on terra firma.
I couldn’t find too much information about the township of Nansang (or Namsang). At only 20,000 inhabitants I suppose this was one of the smaller destinations on my tour.
Undiscovered Myanmar: Seven Cities and Three Weeks in Burma – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLYOGITcn34
One Week in Myanmar – Bagan, Inle Lake, Yangon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-isgplZXqxU

Flight 70) Dhaka – Mandalay

I had been looking forward to my first flight with my new PC just to see what the new shiny hardware could do with the aging microsoft flight sim. I was very pleased to see that the whole experience seems much smoother and has longer draw distances meaning I can now see further than ever before.

I had the expected teething issue during installation and configuration when trying to get the plug-ins and add-ons working correctly but after a few evenings of frustration I was able to get 99% of everything working. Enough at least to continue the tour.

Dhaka had been hugely interesting and admittedly unexpectedly so. I never knew the problems this city faced as it grew by such huge numbers daily. It seems sad that there as so many people left to fend for themselves in a new city as the move from the villages, unable to find work or a place to live. I suppose the desperation is what drives them to find a better life in a city. It’s ironic though how many people I know who live in cities long for a life away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. There should be some kind of swap or trade in lives somehow.

When it was time to leave Dhaka, I decided I could do the flight early one morning and plotted a simple route over the Manipur mountains which run down the Western boarder of Myanmar (Burma.) Sitting at Gate 3 of Dhaka International Airport next to a Pacific Airlines passenger jet, I watched many ground vehicals busying themselves like insects. My joystick does not seem to like Windows 10 and as such I am having issues with my rudder and steering when on the ground. I spent a few minutes trying to improve this with no real resolution. It is bearable but I would not class my plane as “safe” if this was real world. I decided to change controls for steering which will take getting used to but solves my problem. Whilst ensure my Beech Baron was once again “airworthy” I could hear that there was another plane requesting clearance to Mandalay. I was going to be following this plane although my smaller plane would certainly not be able to keep up.

I pushed back from my gate at 8:42 and taxied to Runway 14. This would be a rougly South-Easterly direction with 180 degrees representing due South.


Once in the air the terrain opened out ahead of me and the clear open skies welcomed me back. With many rivers around Dhaka there was a lot of sun being reflected from the water below. I was able to hold the aircraft steady, crusing at 3,500 feet until the fields below eventually gave way to forests with a line of hill tops on the horizon. These hill tops quickly rose into steper mountains and I knew I had reached the Manipur mountains as planned.


I dropped height to have some fun within the ridges and saw valley floors strectching out for miles on either side of me. Being this low to the forest I could see many flocks of birds leaving their branches and flying through the over of the trees. I enjoyed the fact that simulator had that additional level of detail. The long winding roads cutting through the forest looked very remote and I saw no traffic on the roads at all. Even upon reaching the first waypoint of my trip, a lonely airstrip, I saw no traffic. I turned for a heading of 150 and would stay on this direction for another 40 mintues as the vegitation became much greener and I began to see the odd small hut hidden within the trees.


I reached waypoint 2 at 10:00 with only 35 minutes left until I was due to arrive at Mandalay and climbed to 8,000 feet so that I could see the city as I came in. From this height I could see the land flatten out where the city would be and the forests turned back into fields, then town outskirts and then finally the city itself.

It wasn’t long before I was within the fog again touching down at Mandalay International on Runway 17, parking up and watching the airport traffic get to work.


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Mandalay Royal Palace


Mandalay International Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJylcgwTizg

Taxi from mandalay airport to city – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jbkW-TUevo

Central Myanmar: Mandalay a wonderful city – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLX2N_tTCuE

A guided tour of Mandalay in Myanmar (burma) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwzz1lqFOng

48 hours in Mandalay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGY-X_QvpgU

Top 10 Things to Do in Myanmar / Burma – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF3Qg6MS9bk

Mandalay, Myanmar in 4K (Ultra HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow1ysPtzQG0

Royal Palace – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVw8KgLnH4w&index=3&list=PL6yQCcoM0ZPy6xPY550UWTn9M8zfU9xDR

Visiting Mandalay Palace – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7AS9paAvdc&list=PL6yQCcoM0ZPy6xPY550UWTn9M8zfU9xDR

My Golden Years Travel – Mandalay Palace 11 March 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG-kCiHXXg4

My Golden Years Travel – Mandalay Royal Palace 11 March 2013 Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmNzuHpqhjE

Flight 69) Kathmandu – Dhaka

Whilst I had loved seeing another natural wonder of the world I felt so small against the awesomeness of such a massive mountain. Not only mount Everest but the whole expanse of the Himalayas. It was now time to move on with my adventures and continue my around the world tour.
I have covered so much virtual ground since leaving Edinburgh Airport 3 years ago. I have upgraded many aspects of the FSX simulator as well as learning huge amounts about the
world I live in.
This break gave me time to purchase a new PC. All singing and all dancing components now mean that I have found a new surge of enthusiasm to keep this tour going. Just as well as there are many exciting destinations coming up including, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpar and Singapore just to name a handful.
With the additional trip back to Kathmandu after checking out Everest up close I felt I had seen the scenery around Kathmandu enough and wasn’t disappointed at getting underway as the sky had darkened. I had made sure that I had refueled my small aircraft and reset any drift that I had gained on my instruments.
Confidence was back again taking off from a lovely long runway that did not have a mountain at one end nor a 2,000 ft drop at the other end. Additional weight from the full fuel tanks did not worry me in the slightest.
I took off from runway 20 at 21:45 into a clear sky full of stars and saw the faint flashing lights of another aircraft on its final descent to the airport I was leaving behind. After only a few minutes heading away from Kathmandu, I realized that the lack of light meant that I was unable to see the land below. With all the large hills and mountains around I knew this wasn’t the safest of ideas. With that though I turned my plane and headed back to
comforting lights of the city and the distinctive runway.
The following day I took off for the third time from Kathmandu airport following another large jet that dwarfed my Beech Baron 58. The mid day sun was a lot better for flying than the dark of the previous night even with a few clouds lingering over the mountains to the North. To avoid getting lost in further cloud and equally to have some fun flying over the very hilly landscape I stayed low whilst heading East. Some of the valleys ended rather abruptly and I was forced to climb suddenly until I saw a vast flatter landscape open up ahead and felt some very strong winds blowing from North to South.
I continued to fly over a few large rivers and was directed to tune my radio to “Calcutta.” I never knew where Calcutta was in the world. As there were no more hills and valleys to fly over I climbed at a rate of 500 ft per minute until i reached 12,000 ft. Even at this height there was not a huge amount more to see until I reached Dhaka itself. Surrounded by many rivers and waterways I began my decent at 14:00 with only 24 miles left to go.
The runway was rather active when I landed and I listened in as 2 other aircraft departed for various destinations. I had to admit, I did not really know any thing about Dhaka before landing here and I found there to be many great videos online which gave a great insight to this rapidly growing and diverse city.
Flying over Dhaka City and Landing in Dhaka Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz1GZ2YDDwA
Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh! (part 1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U2SnbD0Jvg
Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh! (part 2) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQ_ElkRBFM
A Tourist’s Guide to Dhaka, Bangladesh. wwwtheredquest.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMzdt0AZmE
Tejgaon Railway Market, Dhaka, Bangladesh – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpMuPgc779U
DHAKA: A CITY OF POSSIBILITIES? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbSLomNBZcA
Dhaka – Part 1 of 5 – The fastest growing megacity in the world – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoMifNO4w6s
Dhaka – Part 2 of 5 – The dreams of Dhaka’s garment girls – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpbJOwYbq2g
Dhaka – Part 3 of 5 – Disasters drive mass migration to Dhaka – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9DK7r4nWMA
Dhaka – Part 4 of 5 – Rickshaw economy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M6Bfr2vEGk
Dhaka – Part 5 of 5 – Who can solve a problem like Dhaka – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_k6hYyTBHY
Dhaka City, Bangladesh- The Most Beautiful City In South Asia 2016 [HD] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzoBJPUREhE

Mount Everest

The challange of landing my small Beech Baron at the world’s most dangerous runway certainly filled me with excitment but I must admit that the relief felt upon landing safely was holding me at this location for much longer than it should have. I suppose I was reluctant to send my plane rattling downhill towards a 2000 ft drop into a valley. I chose to spend a fair amount of time exploring the extremely well trodden pathways from Lukla to Everest base camps.
Using Google Earth I was very pleased to see that someone with stronger legs than mine has taken 360 degree photos all the way along these paths incorporating “street view” features, all whilst above 9,000 ft. The paths were small and damp with a handful of man-made bridges crossing icy river waters. The shacks and lodges along the route seemed to be the true definition of cosy. I could very easily imagine numbers of people making new friends and sharing many a warming drink before taking on the massive adventure of climbing Mount Everest.
Earlier into my around the world tour, I flew to Mt. Kilimanjaro and after watching several videos from those who have scaled this peak, I would very much love to complete this challenge first hand. For some reason I do not share the same passion or desire to climb Everest. It may be due to my stronge dislike for the cold. I was much happier to be able to fly around this iconic mountain virtually and appreciate its massive size from the warmth and comfort of my leather chair.
Working up the courage to leave theI took a long flight North from Lukla and found my way to the tallest peak I could find. It was safe to say that Everest was rather easy to find although it was as slow struggle to gain the altitude needed to clear some of the ridges as I flew around.
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When considering the next leg of my tour, I knew that I would need to start with a lot more fuel on board. I was less than confident taking off from Lukla with full tanks of fuel. This would only make my plane heavier and more likely to dive off of the end of the runway. I figured it would be much safer to return to Kathmandu and complete the full journey to Dhaka from Kathmandu. With the little fuel I had left after navigating my way around Mount Everest itself I took a final low flight through the valleys eventually reaching the basin surrounding Kathmandu.
Another spectacular part of this around the world tour was over but I was eager to move on to see what else the world has to offer. Next stop, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Mount Everest and its geological story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KRTfKZfIp0
Climbing MT Everest with a Mountain on My Back The Sherpa’s Story BBC full documentary 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlAiU5fIaKY
National Geographic Live! – The Call of Everest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=megSEXmV0nQ
Everest – Getting to the Top – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFkC7Cd9-IE