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Looking forward to the trip, in preparation I have walked across northern spain 35 days doing the camino
and in August I am doing the mount blanc circuit with accompany called salamander.
Like to hear from anybody else doing the trip
Hi, I'm Fiona and am nowhere near Phil's level of training (although the Camino is on my hitlist). I'm mixing the gym with a few walks in the North York Moors, The Pennines and Scotland. I was out in Annapurna last year and can't wait to get back to the Himalayas.
Look forward to meeting you all in Kathmandu.
Hi Darren, Helen, Andy, Mary & FiFi
Crikey you are making me out to be a real athlete, I am just an average sailor who likes walking. The Mount Blanc was terrific and I intend to do it again next year. May even do the northern camino in Spain as well
Really looking forward to this trip, who is going to be at Heathrow airport on 4th
Hi, Im just reading all your comms. I completed EBC last year on the Oct 26th Trip. All I can I say is truly amazing trip, I still talk about it now to friends and colleagues as if it was yesterday. A few pointers, take loads of snacks nibbles, such as mars bars, Energy gel drinks tabs, isolites for water. A down jacket is good, a mistake I made, I layered up but a down is defo worth it. It gets cold at night in the tea houses, and when the sun goes behind a mountain. Take a few memory cards I did over a 1000 fotos whilst there still look through and re edit. Sleep with your mobile or camera, nothing worse than a dead battery with the cold. Love lemon tea. Its great at 6.30 am. Wet wipes are your best friend. Most of all enjoy, ask questions, listen to your guide and sherpas they are brill. Even got to meet Valerie Parkinson a true legend. final note. Trek at your own pace, don't rush the trek to Namche Bizaar on day two is supurb, first views of Everest. I thought I was fit. Alt sickeness hit me at Namche, and I knew it. Still the most amazing holiday even if leaving lukla, by helicopter was not the way I planned to end my trip. Still was amazing
Hi Darren, Helen, Phil, Fiona, John (and our other mystery companions),
This afternoon we head for Kathmandu. Very excited/apprehensive. Andy has had a few last minute knee problems. So, if anyone sees me going fast on the trek just force me to slow down! Have a good final week one and all and we'll see you at the hotel. Andy & Mary.
We're happily installed in Kathmandu and all is good. Weather is hottish and muggy ata about 26 degrees. expecting it to be much colder trekking although the first couple of days could be sticky. The main news is that if you are short of a last few items for trekking it is all available here. Al qulities and prices of trekking gear are easily available. Weve picked-up a good EBC map and some Diamox over the counter for about 3 quid for both of us.I hope we don't need it though. Best advice for arrival at airport is to bring 28 pounds sterling each in cash for 30 day visa or $40US (I think). Then you need to fill in a couple of forms and go straight ot the visa payment desk. We faffed around with an ATM machine to get rupees and when we turned round the queue was massive.We have also had some ATM problems with our card not working but we went inside the bank and changed lots of money into rupees for the trek. There appears to be an ATM limit we think of about 70 pounds per day (but we're not really sure). Maybe it's best to bring a wad of sterling/euros/dollars and change it here. I hope we're not giving you false information but it's just what we've sussed-out so far.
As you can see we have internet access this week so if anyone has any questions just let us know.
Andy & Mary
* Tip for the visa is to print off the form at home and complete it before you travel - it makes for an easier life when we land. Otherwise you end up in the scrum for either a pen or a shelf to complete it on arrival.
See you all at the weekend! Fiona
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