Hundreds of tourists have finally been able to leave the Mount Everest region after bad weather conditions had left them stranded for a week.
At one point it is estimated 2,000 people were stuck in the Nepalese mountains as fog prevented flights in and out of Lukla airport. They expressed their relief as they arrived in Kathmandu.
“It has been very misty and cloudy for the whole week,” said travel manager Megan Freese. “Everyone has been fantastic keeping us fed and watered and we had somewhere to stay. It was all okay and we have made it back again now.”
Lukla is the nearest airbase to the world’s highest peak and in high season, 60 flights a day bring tourists to the trekkers’ Mecca.
Although the area was packed with hikers, few people were climbing the peaks – the best month for mountaineering is May.