Hi I have just read the "Final Joining Instructions" for the trip and I thought that I would register and say hello to any fellow travellers out there.
First time I have done such a thing and it would be great to hear from you.
Hi Emilie nice to hear from you; have got as far as making a list but packing far from started. Have you got one of those green travel holdals too ?
From what I have read we need wet clothes and light clothes, not sure about how much room there is for all that - are you planning on doing the Everest flight ?
Hi Emilie not sure if you read the bit about the internal flight; think the allowance is only 15 kg so that could be a problem; trial packing sounds like a good plan to me. May ask Exodus if there is an opportunity to get some washing done out there.
Went to South Africa in January so had the jabs then and malerone came through last week so all set on that front I think. I am not the best flyer on the planet but yes determined to do the flight; think we book it when we get there? Rafting should be a laugh and playing with the elephants; determined to do everything too so please feel free to remind me of that if you see me wimping out!
Have just started to wear in a new pair of shoes and hoping to do a couple of walks / runs this week to improve the fitness a bit before our treks - snow permitting!
Good morning Emilie I am currently looking outside and losing the mental battle to get out there and run; have you done much trekking / walking before ? Hadn't realised that about charging but I suppose we can't really argue out there - do you know what travel plugs can be used, is it a normal worldwide adapter? I was thinking of enquiring at the airport although probably a bit pricey there.
From what I can gather you cannot take currency in and out of the country so planning to change up some sterling into rupees at the airport on arrival and will probably pay for flight etc. in dollars.
South Africa was great although two weeks was not enough. Did Kruger, Battlefields and Victoria Falls; most of the group went on to Cape Town and having seen the pics I wish I had too although the thought of vineyards and long coac trips most days had put me off - the elephants were amazing. I have definitely not finished there though and plan to go back on safari and perhaps take in a beach holiday too. Have seen two of the natural wonders of the world now (The Great Barrier Reef a few years ago) and Everest will make it three; I have taken a bit of time out between jobs and need to face reality when I get back me thinks although I may have something lined up for when I return. If not South America is appearing on my agenda together with the Northern Lights!
Ok you win I will go for a run in a mo; I hope for your sake that I don't fall over, lol. I have considered the Great Wall too, just haven't seen the right trip yet. I only thought about the Northern Lights having spoken to some people on the last group trip and left it a bit late; November / December is a possibility though as it seems the next good time to go.
Not quite ready for a sky dive although well impressed, beginning to regret already asking you to kick me into being adventurous as you sound quite daring! Not a good flyer and rafting / heights not my forte, I must be mad! I did the Prague marathon a few years back and ran for a Cancer charity in memory of my Dad, very emotional and challenging. Not done walking / trekking before but hopeful that my level of fitness is generally good although I have let it slip a bit recently with the weather and man flu ... if this holiday goes well I may also consider walking in the Grand Canyon at some point.
Think the Visa has to be bought in US dollars on arrival although worth checking, will look into the travel plugs too and let you know what I find out. Right off to find my warm running clothes and get ready to be stared at by dog walkers for being totally mad!
Omg have I underestimated how hard these treks are going to be; thought it was quite relaxed but a little worried now as the ones you have done seem very daunting - at the same time tempting though I must agree! Please re-assure me that we are not going up that rather big mountain, lol.
Ok you were right to tell to me to run as I feel much better now, only managed 35 mins as snowing and cold but no dog walkers and as an added bonus I didn't slip over on the ice onto the seat of my pants, relieved ? lol. Have you done rafting before ?
Please do let me know what you find out, especially the flight / booking seats as I am incredibly naive when it comes to that sort of thing, only found out it was possible when they told me that I hadn't checked in properly when I went to South Africa.
The brochure says the rafting isn't too bad, though it implies that it is a little more "challenging" the second day, do you reckon we share a raft with other parties ? I am so glad that you got in touch as you are really engaging my brain on this trip now - is it normal t-shirt and shorts to raft ?
I am flying from Heathrow and changing at Delhi, what about you ? Last time I checked there were only four people booked on this trip, although that may have changed - that said I think the flights were going up due to holidays.
Must confess that I read about Tea Houses out there and that made me look again, though not sure what to expect from the lodges other than Happy Hour at 6 O'clock, lol. Think the rest of the accommodation should be quite good though.
First Aid kit now added to list, normally I have the motto that if I forget anything then it doesn't matter as I can buy it out there - not so sure on this holiday so I think that I will get my list double checked, lol.
Hello all - or maybe it is just Chris and Emilie! Don't wish to interrupt a good going conversation but just to say that I have joined the gang rather on impulse and at the last minute. After flying down from Newcastle I shall be on the standard Heathrow-Delhi-Katmandu flight.
This is a bit of a trip back in time for me as I did a similar trip (for entirely different reasons) about 40 years ago when Pokhara was a few shacks and little else. i twill be interesting to see how it has changed. I do vividly remember the awesome sight of Annapurna as the clouds lifted: truly the Lakes and the Alps have nothing to compare.
Looking forward to meeting you all - Peter
Hi Peter nice to hear from you, as you can tell I am a bit of a novice at this but I have also heard how great the surrounding scenery is and have high expectations of this trip. Have you done rafting before - if not i suggest we get tethered to Emilie as she has done it before, lol
I asked Exodus about group numbers when I booked as I wasn't sure about whether I would be the only single traveller, not sure if it's on the website but they seemed happy to discuss. Re breakfast not sure, if SA is anything to go by I would guess it will be early when we are walking / trekking and seeing the sun rise - 6 am at a guess, may wish to check ?
Need to have another read of the travel tips and guide me thinks, please do let me know if you hear back from Exodus re flights, hope it all fits into the case!
Certainly a shock to the system getting up at that time on holiday, was in bed by 10 most nights in SA as crammed so much in.
Many thanks for your pointers and I am sure other things will crop up as the packing day approaches; I will get on with my travel plug homework tomorrow, lol
From http://welcomenepal.com/promotional/faq/ ...
Electricity VoltageElectricity in Nepal is 230 volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. A voltage converter is needed for a device that does not accept 230 volts at 50 MHz. Sockets in Nepal accept only round three or two pins. So if your electrical device uses flat pins, please bring a universal electric plug adaptor.
There are metered taxis, buses, battery-operated three-wheelers and rickshaws in the cities. Long routes are served by buses. Nepal does not have a railway system connecting cities. The only other travel option is by plane, and Nepal is well connected by air.
A natty little URL: http://welcomenepal.com/promotional/weather-forecast/
I see the sun gets up at around 5:20, plenty of time for a run before brekkie!
Blimey this time next week we will be there, ish! Not so sure about the run before breakfast, if only I had enough room for my trainers, lol.
Emilie did you hear back from Exodus re the flights; I e-mailed then about accommodation a couple of days ago and have still to hear - not sure if it's just me or whether things are a little slow? Also any ideas re which Terminal?
Had no idea re the handshake business, need to buy that Guide book me thinks - certainly in holiday wind down mode now!
yes im in the same mode now too!
That looks like a really useful weather site, just waiting for more of the week to turn around but otherwise it looks like it will be great weather. (hopefully I have not spoken too soon).
Unfortunately, I have not heard back from exodus yet. I am unsure of which terminal too, I have been searching on heathrow airport website & I am struggling as I do not have a flight number. Maybe you might be able to figure it out.
I believe when greeting someone, you have to wait for a handshake to be offered to you but otherwise, you say namaste with your palms together like your praying. The lonely planet nepal guide is really good, I will bring it with me for extra reading & the maps look useful.
I will keep you posted if I hear anything...hopfully soon.
I got an e-mail today re a slight change to the connecting flight time in Delhi; did you get one too? Had another look and think it's Terminal 4 now having googled Jet Airways / Heathrow.
It it rains now ... lol, hope the packing is proving a success and that you haven't had to fold everything a dozen times - dress rehearsal for me tomorrow. Blimey you guys are putting me to shame, will get researching too - may look up nepalese for "where are the lifejackets" for rafting, lol.
Will give Exodus a nudge and let you know too.
I have just found the flight number, it looks like Terminal 4.
..just seen you beat me to it! after i posted. lol
I have not received an email yet, hope they have not forgotten me. Unless we are not on the same flight. The email booking I have says departing heathrow to dehli at 20:45.
I will look at my emails again, to double check.
Outbound flight the same as yours, originally stated that leaving Delhi for Kathmandu at 1250, now 1335 - not much difference really - presume bags are checked all the way through but prob best to check as that could be embarrassing if not.
I still have not received an email... I must have been forgotten about.
Your right, there is not much difference in time but I suppose it gives us more time to wander around.
I think if I have not heard from exodus by tomorrow, I will give them a call. I shall keep you posted.
Good night. Emilie
I emailed exodus again today. They close at 8pm so will definately call tomorrow.
I have tried again to see if we can check in on the jet airways website, still no luck. Did you have any luck?
no, still no email! nothing in spam either. I will definately clarify on any changes, thanks for the reminder.
24 hours sounds about right but if you search google, some people have written on trip advisor saying they booked their seat further in advance. but that was in 2011, so im not sure if it is now 24 hours, which i think is similar to other airlines.
I have sent another email so will see on the response tomorrow, otherwise if it is 24 hours, there should be plenty of time.
Hows the new shoes? Emilie
Oh, I hope they will be ok on the day. Maybe try wearing really thick socks to make your feet hot, might help them mould a little. Also you could try playing with them, might soften them up a bit.
Rohan do good dividers. Little soft shell zip up bags & stuff sacks too.
not got photos yet. I plan to get them Friday. I think we need two photos for a visa. I read in my guide book, we might also (but not 100% certain) if we might need two photos for a pass to go to/ or to go through durbar square. Prob a good idea to take a few photos with us...maybe
lol. You can have a read on the trip. We can share our resources. Rohan can be a little expensive but any outdoor store will sell what your looking for but Rohan bags are light weight. Good luck, hope you get all you need. A long walk sounds like a good plan. You keeping up the running too?!
Im getting quite excited, not quite at the counting sleeps stage but I am looking forward to my last day at work tomorrow. Off to bed now, speak tomorrow. Good night. Emilie
Just spoken with exodus, they say that we already have been allocated a seat.
We might be able to ask for a window or aisle seat etc on arrival at check in, so I guess getting there early may help but its not 100%. They say we need a universal worldwide adapter. To be honest the person I spoke to was not that helpful.
Still not heard anything about a change of flight details, so I called a 2nd time & left a message.
Any luck from your end?
Hey spoke to Currys today and they said a standard worldwide adapter will do as a 2 pin plug; they tried to flog me another but pretty sure that the one I have will work.
Had a look at the Jet Airways site and tried to check in; wasn't expecting any joy as early and it told me to go away - think we may be able to do it 24 hours before though. If it is the case that I have a window seat you are more than welcome to have it, Do you want me to send you the change of flight info that I received?
Took out a mortgage at Waterstones and bought the Lonely Planet guide to Nepal too; you shamed my ignorance so beware I will be swotting up too, lol. Went to Rohan and got a bag that goes inside the rucksack as you suggested, thank you.
Hi. I have a european adapter with 2 circular prongs. Will that work? I did get an email from Elizabeth while i was on the phone with exodus, they mentioned that Nepal use the same plug type as Indian plugs.
Thats sweet of you to offer your window seat, thank you. If you could send me your flight information, that would be great.
Gosh, I hope it wasnt too big a mortgage! lol. What did you find? If you are swotting up, I better finish the book by monday.
According to the Curry's guy that should be fine ... no liability accepted, lol
Haven't started yet, tomorrow is swotting up and walking day; no worries re sending the flight info but thinking about it not sure how to e-mail it to you on here? Do you want to let me have your e-mail address so that I can send it to you - may be more secure to send me your e-mail address at: email@example.com
Window seat conditional that you take some pictures of Everest for me if I have my eyes closed, lol
As you have been to Nepal before, do you have any tips? on money etc
Far too long ago for local tips. Personally I'm just taking sterling and plastic.
Perhaps the most important thing I would say is that, outside of the city, the people are an utter delight. Combined with the incredible scenery, we are going to have a ball!
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