After 3 days airport cancellations, one false alarm, some reorganistaion and a 10 hour bus ride later, we found ourselves at the end of the road litterly, a small village in the foothills of the Himalaya. This small village also so happens to be the start of the Pioneers Trail. Before Lukla Airport was constructed in the 1960's this was the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region and the beginning of the trek towards Everest for the early climbers.
These days hikers and climbers alike have benefit of an airport that removes an additional 6-7 days walking.
You could call it a blessing in disguise. While the Himalaya are impressive, its the foothills outside these tourist paths that gives you a feel of the real Nepal.
The trek into the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal was in support in of the Australian Himalayan Foundation and it's Teacher Education Program.
More information on the program can be found at the following link
The Following images were captured along the Pioneers Trail from Shivalaya to the Everest Valley.