I've just booked for 17th April 2011.
This is a completly new experience for me, so any tips are more than welcome... anyone?
We'll probably meet along the way. I'm flying on the 17th (still don't know why they put 16th above!!).
As for boots, it's a nightmare. There are so many brands and types, that I think it's pure luck to find the perfect fit.
I bought a pair of Meindl Mens Burma Pro MFS.
They were recommended in the store, after about 15 min of feet measurements. I tried them on and they looked very confortable.
I took my time reading reviews and all that stuff, until I finally bought them.
A week later, I went for a 15 mile walk and my right ankle hurt as hell.
Made a few more tries and always that same pain.
I'll try them again this weekend and use a different lace arrangement recommended by a friend. I hope it works, because the boots weren't cheap.
Whatever you chose, I hope your luck is better than mine.
All the best.
I've also just booked for this trip, after MUCH prevarication! My flight is on evening of 15th, but is not the "group flight", but a Qatar Airlines flight at 22.30 from Heathrow - so I may not meet up with you until we arrive in Katmandu (how good does that sound?); I have the added bonus of having to get a taxi from the airport to the hotel - but I'm told its easy enough - time will tell!!This is my second trip with Exodus, having trekked the Inca Trail last year - which was absolutely fantastic!
As for boots - I invested in some Zamberlan boots a couple of years ago, having previously experienced wet/blistered feet and havent looked back. I think it's vital to go to a good outlet that will measure your feet, make recommendations - the shop I went to in Leamington Spa even offered to let me trial them at home indoors! It's a very personal thing though.
Still at the "pinch me" stage with regard to the prospect of Everest Base Camp - but look forward to meeting you both on the trip.
Believe this trip is virtually full - looking forward to meeting everyone.
I am leaving on the 15th. There is another group leaving on the 17th. It looks like 15th one is fully booked (16 people). Looking forward to meeting you all.
Hi Sutha, Nick & Nuno - are any of you planning to take Diamox with you for AMS?
Sutha - see you went to Killi last year, did you take it then? Inca Trail only went to 4250 (I say "only" but it sure seemed high enough at the time and although I didnt suffer from altitude sickness, it sure played havoc with the emotions!) and we got through lots of water, taking it slowly and the occasional paracetamol; nonetheless this is over 1000m higher, so wondering if I should get some?
Look forward to meeting everyone - not long now!
I'm booked on this trip, I went to Nepal in August but the weather wasn't good enough for trekking so promised myself I would go back and actually see the mountain. Very excited and very nervous.... just hope I'm fit enough and have no idea whether the altitude will affect me, but am hoping that the length of time we take and the 2 days acclimatizing will help.
I've heard mixed reviews about Diamox some say that if you take it as a precaution then they have nothing to give you should you become affected.... it's a tricky one.
Does anyone know if we need a down jacket at this time of year? There are loads of shops selling "North Face" jackets in the Thamel area of Kathmandu - in fact they sell everything you could possibly need for trekking and cheaper than hear, though obviously I wouldn't rely on the North Face stuff being official.
Looking forward to meeting you all
I'm sure we are all feeling rather apprehensive about our fitness levels etc - a mixture of nerves and excitement!!
I chatted to Ian at Exodus and he recommended taking/hiring/getting a down jacket for the evenings, which apparently are still very cold. I saw that Go Outdoors had a special offer on their own brand of down jackets (ironically named "North Ridge", ho,ho) and have bought one of those; although entirely different location, my trek in Peru highlighted just how cold you can feel after a long day trekking in the sun, when the evening temperature goes down to freezing or below. That said we were camping there, so presume tea houses are slightly more protected.
Look forward to meeting you
I have hired jacket (£30) and sleeping bag (£25) over there. According to the trip notes you would need at least 3 season jacket for our departure.
I am not sure about fitness level either. I am not the fittest guy in the world. We will be fine together.
Thanks for the advice, where do you get Diamox from then?
I'm really looking forward to it and to meeting you both.
Not sure - but on prescription I presume from your doctor?
Hopefully Sutha might be able to advise!
You need to get a prescription from your doctor. Private prescription though.
Thanks again for your advice, not long now. Very excited!
No not long to go now. All we can do is keep training as much as we can.
Kitbag will arrive soon and then it will hit us... :-)
Hi. I too am booked on this trip. With less than 3 weeks to go, I can't decide whether to be nervous or excited! Has anyone tried to pack their kitbag yet? I'm putting it off for as long as I can.
Hi Toni. Last year I put all my stuff in my kitbag and took the rest in a rucksack as hand luggage; this year I'm going to put the kitbag in my case - as it's a longer trip! If you do use your kitbag as your luggage, make sure you take some kind of bag that will take the stuff you need to leave in the hotel - I forgot last year and had a collection of "oh-so-elegant" carrier bags (not) - even a dustbin liner would have worked much better!
Woohoo. nearly upon us! Yvette
Can't believe it's less than 10 days off, I'm with you Yvette/Toni, going to pack the kitbag in a wheely bag so can leave stuff at the hotel. Difficult to get your head round what you need to bring isn't it!
Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Yep - I've got everything but the kitchen sink, I think!
Toni - what did you mean about the strange weather? Had a quick roam around the posts, but couldnt find what you had found! Have got wet/cold weather stuff, and we are not allowed to wear sleeveless tops or shorts, so have t shirts and zip-offs - but do you think we need something else?
Decided at 11th hour to start a just-giving page (fed up with everyone asking if I was raising money for a cause - had thought of it as a personal spiritual journey really!) - but then thought that knowing a charity might benefit might just give me that "oomph" when I begin to think "why am I here?".
Really excited now. Just got to get through a 25m challenge walk around Bath this weekend with my long-distance walking buddies - that should set the blisters off nicely in time for the 15th!
See you all at the hotel (I hope!) - assuming I negotiate the taxi rank in the airport.
Hi Andrea - that's fantastic feedback and advice, thank you!
Hope you had a great time!
Hi Yvette. A couple of weeks ago I read on a forum (thought it was on here but maybe not) that Nepal was having some unseasonal weather but checked today and all seems to be as expected i.e. cold, bit snowy and slightly wet! Not started packing yet but thinking lots of layers and maybe an extra set of thermals just in case! Toni
Hi - Andrea, not sure if you are still following this, but what were the temperatures like in the day whilst you were trekking? Also, roughly how much cash do you recommend taking? Did you manage to get a shower at any of the teahouses?
(PS sorry about the blank post team, was trying to access via my phone - as you can see, unsuccessfully!) Yvette
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