Hey Mark, I've booked on this, getting a bit nervous already reading about the suspension bridges!! Andrea
I'm thinking about booking the everest base camp trek in September and will be travelling solo. Can I ask why you've chosen Exodus ? There are loads of companies and I really don't know how to choose the best one. Thanks for your thoughts.
I an Linda, Looking forward to the trip. I am scared of the bridges but hope someone else on the trip can hold my hand. I live in the North East, a few miles down from Geordie Land. The highest cliff on the north east coast is two miles from me. I will holpfully get fit going up it. Looking forward to meeting you all.
sorry to butt in, I did the EBC trek last year and it was an amazing experience, flying into Lukla is fantastic, youve probably seen the videos online, the runway is small but the pilots are amazing!
the bridges arent as bad as you think once youve done one the rest are easier.
dont go too fast and you should be ok, and suntan cream is a must esp if you have snow, the tea houses are quite basic and the rooms do get cold, and as for clean hair lol well i washed mine in glacier melt, its not something i'd do again in a hurry.
But what an experience! i'm really envious of you all
Glacier melt... hmmm I'll take that if it means clean hair! I intend walking very slowly, and just getting to each sop in 1 piece. How did you manage sleep wise? and other thing, what about clothing for 12 days - do you get a chance to wash anything or is febreeze the answer sorry I sound obsessed with hygiene but was filthy at the end of Kili and that was only 6 days!! Did you have enough room in your kit bag for enugh clothes? Wet wipes are a must I assume as well??!!
sleeping wasnt a problem as i was very tired at the end of the day, mightve worn 3 pairs trews and 4 baselayers, I wouldnt worry about washing anything as everyone is gonna be in the same boat, but deoderant is good, and wet wipes loads of them
I didnt have a shower for 11 days and it wasnt too bad, but it was bliss when i finally did get a shower.
toilets are a bit smelly as you have to bin the loo roll, ( we used a buff with some airfreshner on it over our faces) the closer you get to Gorak Shep the more chance you have of using a asian squat style toilet
I know what you mean about kili, its very dusty esp if you did the Rongai route (thats the one we did) but the EBC trek isnt so you might not get too dirty
anything else just ask :o)
We have.. Mark, Myself (Andrea), Linda, Mike, Christine: trip seems sold out on the website. Be good to get to know some others before the trek. Getting increasingly nervous... xx
Ive just got back from the Everest Base Camp trek. You will all love it its a great experience, we stayed at base camp for 2 nights. Dont worry about the bridges they look worse than they are
If anyone has any questions about the trek im happy to answer them
I have some questions.. :-) What's a typical days walk like, I am presuming the pace will be quite slow, I'm just wondering how tough it actually was each day? I've read the walk to Namche is a killer? Just hoping I'll be able to keep up!!
Walking each day is around 4-8 hours. As we stayed at Base Camp for 2 nights our itinerary was be abit different to yours, but the pace is really really slow, and if you struggle you can stop whenever you want and the leader or sherpa will stay with you until you're ready to carry on. You stop every few hours for a drink or something to eat anyway so the walking isnt that tough really.
Yea the last few hours to Namche is really hard as its uphill and you climb quite steeply but again the pace is very slow with lots of stops if you need them.
You will notice altitude kick at Namche and walking a few steps makes you out of breath. This is normal so dont worry if you suddenly feel unfit from Namche onwards, and near the top you have no choice to take it slow as the lack of oxygen means you're out of breath most of the time while walking.
Providing you have a good level of fitness you shouldnt have a problem tho, i really enjoyed the trekking each day, even on the longer walking days. Take it slow, enjoy the views and have fun :)
I took alot of equipment i didnt use. My rucksack was 35 litres which is probably just about right, but there was more stuff i didnt use that i took. I took 3 base layers (dont bother with cotton if you can help it, it holds the sweat in) and 4 pair of walking trousers and 3 pairs of good walking socks. All got used and although i was probably abit smelly, everyone is in the same boat so no one cares. Down jacket is a must as its cold at night and at base camp, and so is a wolly hat as you need to wear one to sleep in to stop headaches. I took a waterproof jacket but it never got used really, only snowed abit at base camp, rest of trip was sunny.
Its best to take too much though, can always leave what you dont need at the hotel in Kathmandu. Make sure you have a headtorch too as alot of lodges have little to no lighting other than the main eating/living area. Dont bother with purification tablets, all lodges have bottled water.
Only thing i wish i had taken was some trainers (i had them but couldnt fit them in my kitbag). After a long day walking, its nice to get out of your walking boots and into something more comfortable.
Hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions :)
Our leader told us to take £400 on the trek with us. That doesnt including the rest days before and after in Kathmandu tho. For them add another £20-30 per day. You have to get the money exchanged over there (its illegal to get it outside of the country, also make sure you change it back before you board the plane otherwise you wont be able to after that). Plenty of places in Kathmandu and Namche to exchange tho. If you're a drinker then it can be more costly, as a small can of beer on trek is about £3. On trek you eat in the teahouses which all have freshly made food. Ranges from Momo (dumpling) which is a Nepalese dish, to rice, pasta, meat etc. There is enough there for any tastebuds. If you do eat meat, try Yak, its very nice and there isnt a problem eating meat as its all well cooked
You can shower in most lodges, and some lodges have western style toilets, others just a hole in the ground!
Regarding the flights, ours were ontime but we landed at the same time as you, and the last train home to Yorkshire was 10pm, so we didnt want to risk it incase of delays. Instead we got a hotel overnight (personally i think 2 flights and a long train home is too much to do in 1 day), so the break in the hotel was nice.
One word of advice, take English money in cash with you. Most ATM's in Kathmandu have a daily limit of something like £70, which is far less than you need. So take all the money in cash and exchange in one of the many exchange places in Kathmandu. I had never done anything like this before but loved it! Hope that helps
Yea just get it there, simple enough form to fill in on arrival and then wait in the queue. Cost £30 i think for a 30 day Visa.
hi everyone, sorry i have been a bit lax getting on here, but will also be coming along to EBC - I am another Linda. Training on hold and full of flu this week :( still, have 50 odd days now to get it sorted (Im a bit last minute!). Have done Kili in 09 with Exodus so excited to be doing this trip with you all. Am flying from Heathrow on 21 Sept. Linda x
I wouldnt bother taking anything pre-trek with you. When i was there the guide has a massive medical kit with everything you could possible need. Anti-biotics, laxatives, pain killers and diamox for altitude sickness.
Some of our group did start taking Diamox before they left, but ive been told by docs to only take it when needed, and your guide will have some if you do. You will almost get some stomach problems (think all 15 people including me on our trek did), but there is little you can do about it. Your guide will take good care of you though so dont worry
hi guys, looking foward to the trip in sept, live in Ireland , will be flying from heathrow, sept 21st,
Training mostly in the gym over the summer with the crap weather we are having. Got a few walks in over the last few weeks and hope to get some more in. Lots of aches and pains but no pain no gain.
Is anyone planning to use the exodus kit bag for their luggage, those of you who have travelled with exodus before is this advisable?
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