This is Anna, Scott Simper’s wife reporting from Phukding. Arriving in Lukla yesterday at 7.30am, such had been the fullness of the morning so far, that it felt like midday already. The highlight for me is the opportunity to hike with our 6 year old son, Obie. This is his first time trekking and first time for joining Dad while he shoots pictures. We have a strong and fun team of Sherpas, Brazilians and our NZ/USA family. There has been lots of laughing and joy on the trail.
Scott loves taking pictures in these initial lush areas of the Khumbu. There are emerald fields and the azure of the rushing Dudh Kosi river and the multi-coloured rhododendron trees. As we climb to the upper reaches of the Valley, lush green gives way to barren rock, scree and eventually, snow. There, the traditional Tibetan dress of the women – the striped aprons and the ever-present prayer flags and prayer wheels provide vibrant splashes of colour in an otherwise sparse landscape of mountain and rock.