A packed plane to Nepal for Dashain and my first view of a very famous mountain ...

I reckon that title got your attention!

The flight to Kathmandu from Kuala Lumpur was pretty uneventful - though very full. You're probably thinking that's because October/November are the highest of high seasons for trekking, but the real reason is that the biggest holiday of the year in Nepal is Dashain, which is going on now and that means that planes are bursting with Nepali returning home for the festivities.

Departure Gate at KLIA

I got a good seat - meaning, lots of legroom, important when you are 6'6"/2m tall - but no window except a porthole on the  aeroplane door next to me. About 3 hours into the flight I happened to look out and saw a mountain; it took me a second to realise that it must be massive as the layer of clouds that normally obscures all but the largest mountains covered only a very small part of the base of the peak. I turned to the flight attendant and said "Is that Everest?" She glanced outside, smiled and nodded yes. The photo below was my first look at the mountain that I will see from much closer range later in the trip.

My first look at the top of the world

Now that's something you don't see every day!