Hi. Im going on this trip but not whilst October. I was wondering what jobs other people were planning to have. In the Exodus trip notes they advise to have Hep A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio, Diptheia & Malaria Prophylaxis, then it also mentions consulting your local GP. Well I contacted my GP and they have advised me to also have a jab for Meningcoccal Infection, Hep B, Japanese Encepalitis & Rabies. These extra ones add up to £415.. I don't mind if you really do need them. But thought I'd ask what other people were having also.. Any advise would be much appreciated.. Gemma
be careful as there are many sites wanting £60+
hey jean, yeah hopefully i will get my money through within the next 2 weeks, and will be booking on this trip. I think you should leave 8 weeks between getting your jabs and the departure date, so i will be cutting it fine.
so how long did it take for your visa to come through?
Do you and your friend live in the uk?
Hi my visa took 10 days but I think you can get it quicker if you deliver it and collect it yourself.
Most of the jabs are free eg Hep A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio, Diptheia and you could ensure you ahve them now. Malaria Prophylaxis (chloroquine cost £2 for 20!) over the counter.
Yes we both live in UK. I am in Berkshire and Anna in Norfolk. She will come here before the flight.
Where are you?
Thanks for the info jean. Im in northamptonshire. So what was your trip to peru and vietnam like? Did you do them on your own or with a friend?
Just a bit of info for you.
I went on this trip in March 2010. It is really great but lthere are lots and lots of temples and forts. Don't be afraid to ask the guide for something different if you get fed up with them. If your guide is anything like ours he'll find something else very interesting to do in very short time.
Get loads of 10 and 20 rp notes for tips etc. ASAP. Everyone expects to be tipped for photos etc and if you have a wallet loaded with 100's you'll be in an embarassing situation. The kids (and others) love coloured pens and hotel size soaps etc which are a good alternative to tips.
Lastly the Everest flight is a bit of a con if it is the same Budha Airways Beechcraft as ours. Every passenger has a window but the majority of those on the left only get a good view of a wing and/or propellor on the way out and those on the right see nothing of the mountains (wrong side as plane is flying a parallel course).
On the way back those on the right have to look over their shoulders to see Everest as the plane neither flies far enough before it turns nor near enough to get a good view. Its good if you want a flight in a small plane and quick views of and from the cockpit but an expensive let down if you are wanting a good view of the mountain.
Otherwise, its a really good trip and the Exodus guides are excellent and an education.
Thanks Slopey for that info. Is there a better way of a flight with better views?
There were various operators advertising flights but some may well be a little dubious.
I must say the pilots and cabin crew were very helpful and took a load of pics for me (and others) from the cockpit - mostly much better than my own - and explained what was what.
It is an awe inspiring sight and worth considering as a 'once in a lifetime', but, nearly all of our group who went felt the flight did not live up to its billing by a long way.
Yes i know what you mean as Exodus would not let us fly over the Nazca lines in an aircraft which they had done previously. It was for aour safety and last yera yet another plane crashed there.
Am still looking forward to doing it and pleased that they took some pics for you (and hopefully me!)
The train journey was a laugh - if you are used to and tolerant of backpacking type travel. You stay with your bag all the way. Its in the compartment with you but you need to take some basic precautions like keeping it well into the compartment and not on the end of the bunk. I had a light strap and lock so I could secure the bag but it was not really needed. The rep will try to book Exodus passengers together but inevitably some will be in compartments with strangers so you need to be sensible. Just depends on availability, I guess.
Incidentally, the toilets on the train were a lot better than those in the station (squatters). Suffering from a touch of heatstroke (similar symptoms to Dehli Belly) I had an experience using the station loo which was well and truly 'Lavotorial' humour but it was a scream and I have had people in stiches reinacting the scene, Amazing memories!
Im Marie and im going on this trip as a solo traveller. Just wanted to say hi and get to know who is on the trip. This is my first solo trip so a little nervous about it but i know it'll be great!
JABS: Gemma, yeah, you've listed them all (had forgotten typhoid)...As for the extras, I wouldn't worry about them. Rabies is indeed recommended, but (a) as long as you stay away from dogs you should be fine (b) that's the one that really is expensive and (c) it really hurts!!!
VISAS: I've just got my Nepalese visa through and will get my Indian visa in January...I'm getting them done in Switzerland and it cost me around £25 for my Nepalese visa and around £50 or so for my Indian...
TEMPLES: Thanks for the tip Slopey! So, can people choose to not follow the group and do their own thing if they want to? I'm only asking because I love taking photos, and rather than hold the group up, I could just go off on my own...Is that possible??
EVEREST: Yeah, I was really looking forward to that part of the trip too, but it sounds like it's not worth it...Might have to reconsider...
My one big worry for this trip is that I have to get to Heathrow from Switzerland...as the snowfall might get worse again, I fear the airport might close...But then, if I can't get into Heathrow, you probably won't be able to get out, either!! I have booked my flight to London two days before departure, so if airports close, I can always attempt coming by train..........(please don't snow, please don't snow, please don't snow!!!!)
James are you booked for this Sat? Anyone else? Lesley that is disgusting for the VISA. I hope that you have emailed EXODUS and told them to remove this link.
I have been looking on the internet!
http://www.weatherforecastmap.com/india/delhi/ smoke? Do they mean fog?
I am taking trousers and t shirts plus a thermal layer and fleece if needed for the cold mornings and evenings. Also maybe 1 skirt and a couple of long sleeve shirts and a scarf if necessary to cover up.
Just a quick hello to everyone going on the trip on 22 Jan. A little info for those going with exodus for the first time - I've done 4 trips with them, one of them a solo's and whilst every trip has been great and all the groups very friendly the best group was on the solo's trip, hence me booking one one again
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