middle of October. We have had to change our start point to Phaplu as the road to Budidanda is closed due to a landslip. There is an airport at Phaplu but the poor weather has cancelled the flights to both here and Lukla. We opt for two 4x4s and set off on the ten hour drive from Kathmandu. The latter part of the road is in poor condition as it hairpins up from the valley floor. The wreck of last weeks fatal bus crash can be seen below. We have to walk a couple of short sections while the cars struggle in the mud. Fording a river presents us with a few additional moments of excitement. We reach Phaplu in one piece for which I have to congratulate the skill of the drivers. Unbeknown to us one of our rucksacks had fallen from the roof rack. Luckily the following car found it and returned it to us, somewhat battered and dirty but intact!