Where We Be
|Mount Everest is dead center at the back of the photo, rising above all the rest
|Mount Everest Flightseeing, Nepal
|Robin gets ready to board the 30-seater turboprop. We each had a window seat on the partially full flight.
|It was hazy and cloudy at first (as seen above), but once we poked through the haziness it was perfectly blue
|This was the moving panorama of peaks out the left-side passenger windows (right-side on the way back). It felt like we were seeing the backbone of the world.
|Mount Everest rises highest, with clouds forming a white ocean pounding on the "shore" below us
|And this is Everest as seen at a wide angle, at the very center of the photo, with flat-topped Lhotse just to its right. What a gorgeous day for flightseeing!
|This is NOT Everest, but it's the dramatic view I got from the cockpit when I got my half-minute up front. This picture makes me want to be a pilot, with views like this!
|Yeti Airlines treated us right -- the stewardess even helped us identify peaks
|Another gorgeous view from the cockpit (the clearer cockpit glass allows for better photos without the bluish cast)
|The certificate we received at the end of the flight features a photo of a Yeti plane just about to pass Everest
|Total flight time was about an hour (but what an hour!)
|Not a great photo, but it shows how close to some of the mountains we got
An amazing finale to our time in Nepal! What an
awesome experience seeing the tallest peaks in
the world spread out before us, with a carpet of
rolling clouds at their feet. Honestly, if anything
deserves the word “majestic,” the view of the
snow-clad Himalayas from the air certainly does.
In the whole world, only 14 mountains rise above
8000 meters (26,000 feet). Eight of these are in
Nepal – not to mention almost 100 peaks of more
than 7000 meters (23,000 feet). So if you want to do
some mountain flightseeing (price: $150 a pop on a
30-seater turboprop), this just might be the place.
We were surprised how great the views were right
outside our passenger windows. We had expected
stellar views from the cockpit (each passenger
gets a brief glimpse from there), but the moving
panorama of peaks out the side windows was just
as jawdropping. It felt like we were seeing the
backbone of the world. Before long we came to the
biggest of the big: Sagarmatha, or Mount Everest
(8848 m / 29,028 ft). It looked worthy of its title of
tallest mountain in the world with its distinctive
pyramid shape. What further helps distinguish it in
photos is Lhotse (8516 m / 27,940) just to its right,
which is flatter-topped and dips down from right to
left, with a clear “V” between the two peaks.