I am taking advantage of the bank holidays (and also avoiding the Royal wedding!) and have just booked onto this trip today - still need to get official confirmation though.
I did Kili (Rongai route) last year, but have no other trekking experience so I'm looking forwards to a longer trip.
Is it worth getting some diamox for helping with altitude? I took some to Kili and took half a tablet for the summit night - more as insurance really as I wasn't particularly suffering.
Getting to Gillmans Point is no mean feat on it's own, lots of people don't make it there.
I've still got a few diamox tablets but expect I will pay a visit to the doctors before departing for Nepal to get some extras. I don't think I need to get anything else, I did get some new boots before Christmas so I need to get out and get them properly worn in before departing.
I am signed up too! – Its been on my wish list for a while now, so one rainy weekend I just went ahead booked it ! My recent escapes have been rather last minute affairs … this time I am enjoying the ‘ look forward’ part of the adventure.
I am actually going to Scotland ( Ben Nevis area) with 10 other ‘likeminded’ for a whole week this Friday.. so hope to use the days for both kit and body testing ! (although I am assured the hostels in Scotland do have western style facilities so that’s a relief!) I am keeping fingers crossed for snow and sun
My last trip was Ladakh (August ) and so altitude was certainly a consideration – whilst I was not immune to the side effects keeping to the rules ie rest , fluids ++ , no beers , own pace etc certainly made a huge difference and made the acclimatisation much quicker. I hope the same conservative approach works again
Yours (getting v exited!) Dave!
( Robert - you will love Chitwan so different to the north, but still very magical )
Hey guys, booked this last week. Also doing the Citwan extension at the end. Really looking forward to it & trying to get myself fit. How many of us are there?
Welcome! I can't believe how quickly this trip is coming around. I'm a bit worried that I've not even looked at my innoculations certificate to make sure that my jabs are up to date, nevermind tested my boots for 'waterproofness'. That pesky job thing keeps getting in the way.
I've also not made it out to the hills at all, so am hoping that getting round London by bike will have me fit enough to do this trek.
I've no idea how many others will be joining us. Anyone else know?
Hi Susan, Mark, Rob and Robert …..or should I say “Nameste”!
Phew I’m glad the string has started up again – I thought I had put a curse on it all or said something I shouldn’t! I trust everyone has had their ( little black) bag delivered? Mine came a while back and once the sleeping bag and down jacket are in it leave little space for much else – it will certainly concentrate the mind on getting some good compression bags and deciding what is ‘essential’ and what is a luxury!
I did a quick eavesdrop on the group that are going earlier in April – and its interesting how similar some of their thoughts are – albeit with a little more tension as their magical trip is now getting very close indeed.
I still have a lot to sort - is everyone else getting their Visa on arrival?– I have always done it prior to departure but this time Exodus infer it is not worth the extra cost ( which from outside London does mount up) and in the end it does help you get to the hotel any earlier. Given the general unrest I am rather glad we are flying via New Delhi rather than one of the more sensitive Middle Eastern hubs !
Bye for now
( sorry I meant to find out total no.s on the trip but havnt as yet)
Dave, Susan, Rob & Robert
Ther's five of us on the community page so looks like we're a quintet unless some people haven't done the community cafe thing.
Yeah - black bag arrived, hope I don't end up coming back in it!
Looks like it's visa at nepal due to time, together with nepalese rupees!
I understand there might not be any room service laundry facility, how may changes of base layers & undies is everyone taking. Someone said it's just 2/3 of each and you get used to the smell?
Cool, can grow some dreadlocks too if i don't wash!
I got my final joining instructions today so it's finally beginning to seem real. I can't wait to get on that plane and start on this adventure.
I'm getting my visa at the airport too. I did think about getting it here, but it's unlikely I'll be able to spare the time off work. Rupees I'll get at the airport too.
My daughter did the classic EBC trek a couple of years ago and took loads of undies and shower gel but didn't through much of either. She was determined she'd shower every day but managed to shower just once in 13 days. She said they weren't allowed to shower after the 8th day anyway, as it was so cold.
For base layers, I'd advise Icebreakers as they really don't smell...at least, no-one's complained around me before!
See you all soon...around this time in 3 weeks.
How much money is everyone taking?
Did a bit of research on what could be done with altitude, & everyone seemed to recommend not to take diamox?
Got some rehydration salts though.
Also spoke to someone who said sticking to the vegetable curries was a good way to avoid stomach upsets.
I THINK I might go for the steripen option regarding the drinking water ….although not a cheap option I think I am more likely to do that correctly than fiddle with drops and tablets…I can use it for camping etc when I get back ( that my excuse)
cheers for now
I can't wait. I'm going to start packing this weekend, just to see how much I can fit into the kit bag. I know I'll have to be a bit selective and can't take everything I'd like to.
I've also decided now not to take Diamox, and hope for the best. I'll stick to the tried and tested water, taking it slow, etc, etc.
Dave, how cold is cold..? Steripen - good idea, as I don't relish the taste of "doctored" water.
Has anyone bothered with vaccinations? All mine are up to date, except I haven't had the Meningitis jab(s) and I don't know whether it's worth bothering with or not. The risk doesn't seem to be high. Thoughts?
Hi, Here is a good weather link daytime weather 1-2 and nights -12 ish - last week or so has shown "snow" for most of the days. I am taking the idea that all this will mean we will have perfect weather when we go - warm,sunny but with snow on the views!
I have just started having my jabs..I left it far to late really - so as predicited got a earful from my Practice nurse...had my first (of 3) rabies yesterday .. I will be on the trek when the 3rd on is due but guess I will have 'some' cover ,,, not suire what other ones they have planned - but dont recall Meningitis being one of them??...guess I will have sore arms for a few days whilst they jab me !
Ordered my steripen today!!..but delivery time not great so I have asked them for a quicker time - I await their answer...many places are out of stock with various water purification products ... I wonder if the NZ and Japan problems have caused a rush on them?
Hi Andrea, Thanks for all the useful info - much appreciated ... espeically the Garden of Dreams - certainly looks like a place to visit ... a massive contrast with the rest of Kat'du! What did you think of the lakes - I havent heard /know much about them at all ? ...In fact I just realised I havnt done as much reading as I should on 101 topics - best I start very soon.
cheers ( back to the grindstone)
Thanks I will certainly try for the left side! ( which will almost certainly mean I will be sitting on the right by the wing!)
I have been to Rumdoodle, and as you say its a great place We ended up spending the eve with Nepals supposed equivelent of Robbie Williams ( not that I can stand RW)- Made the evening quite amusing . Now you are going to tell me the same and I will realise we were had .. he certainly sounded no different to the Guides singing on the trail!
Have you read the book ? - An easy read, but one of my all time favs !
Rehersal Packing this week end !!! but will also try and make the most of the good weather that I ordered ... looks as if Summer might be here ?
Just getting all my gear together today and wondered if any of you knew if it was advisable to take a thermarest or similar matress?
The dossier suggests we will have beds and only need bring a sleeping bag, so it would seem there is no need for a thermarest?
Think everything else is ok, just need to decide how many clothes I need to take!
Looking forwards to meeting you all next week.
No, we don't need thermarests. Just good quality sleeping bags. My daughter said that the group's baggage is weighed as a whole and not individual pieces, so it's probably fine if you're slightly over - as long as not everyone is!
Hope this helps. See you all on Wednesday.
Its 12 KG PLUS hand baggage( day sac) .I was told they are more strict on size of hand luggage rather than weight....but that will of course mean whatever you have in your day sac will be what you take with you onyour back for the trek , unless you can swap a few things between that and your black bag once we are off the plane. I echo Susans point about the potential benefits of a group "weigh in" ( bags not people!) If you are taking poles ( I am) I am told they have to go in black bag
See you Wednesday!!
ps...Came a across this interesting and positive article ( especailly if you have done Killi - I havnt)
Shortcut to: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/Feature.aspx?id=1442
Thanks for the input guys. Just weighed my bag with most of what I think will be in it for the flight to Lukla (will be leaving some stuff at Kathmandu) and it came in at 9.7kg so by the time I've added in my washbag and the general 'bag of things' that I always seem to take and rarely use any of, I think I'll be at about 12kg.
Interesting read that Dave, I've heard some people saying EBC is harder than Kili and others saying the opposite! I think the acclimitisation days will help a lot on this trek.
I took two poles to Kili and only used them on the way back from the summit, I'm going to take one pole on this trip I think.
Thanks for posting that article Dave. Really interesting read and makes me feel more positive about getting to EBC. I did Kili via the Rongai route and Case Two could've been referring to my group. I turned back between Gillman's and Uhuru on the advise of the trek leader, and it really bugs me when people assume I didn't get to Uhuru because I wasn't fit enough.
I'm very impressed with you Rob. I haven't even waterproofed my boots yet, let along begun to think about packing! I've still got so much (office and study) work to do, before I can really begin to look forward to being in the mountains this time next weekend. So, I'd better get back to it...
Hi I'm Eve, I am coming with you on this trek too ... only just paid up and wanted some advice as I need to buy some boots and 'stuff'... I woz looking at some brown ones but then I spotted some this ace coloured laces so I am tempted to go for those. I dont think I could hack a sleeping bag so at the moment I am looking to cram my high tog duvet into the bag - it will do as my jacket to . One good idea I had was to take an umbrella as that could double up as a walking pole and save me buying expensive waterproofs ( I may be blond but I aint stupid!).
ps looking foerward to the apre ski ... Clubbin is my middle name
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