I've just booked my solo trip with Exodus. Couldn't decide between The Inca Trail and Base Camp. I think i made the right decision. Off on the 23rd September '11. It would be good to discuss plans with others, especially packing and clothing options. I've done hot weather treks before but this is the first trek where i have to combat the cold.
Guys, just thought of another tip to share. If any of you suffer with a runny nose whilst walking in cold weather get your doctor to prescribe some Rinatec nasal spray. Works a treat. During my training walks in the UK in Jan / Feb my nose used to run heavily due to the cold, but a couple of sprays of Rinatec and it completed stopped it. Great stuff.
Hope you're all well and had a good bank holiday. Hope you're resting Kerry.
I've been camping at Snowdon again this weekend. I'm starting to get really familiar with the routes. Did my good samaritan thing and guided a couple of young unprepared lads off the mountain and took them to the nearest village. Dressed in trainers and tracksuits, couldn't see 2 feet in front of your face. They were stuck on the south ridge, idiots. Freezing winds and horizontal rain, really dramatic up there in bad weather, loved it.
It gave my waterproofs and layering options a good test. I think i may have got every eventuality covered and able to carry them easily. Had a bit of a niggle from my right knee on descents so i'm taking it a little easier from now until the trip. Sticking to swimming and low impact stuff.
Good runny nose tip there Nigel. Is Rinatec prescription only? I suffer a little, never knew there was such a thing to stop it. Sounds interesting.
See you all soon
Promotion, big move and big trip.....going to be a busy couple of months for you Nikki. Congratulations.
Received my kit bag today. I haven't tried packing it yet but it looks fairly huge to me. I'm a minimal packer anyway so i can imagine loads of spare room for snacks and sweets. I'll give it a true practice pack sometime this week, see how much weight and space i have to spare. I'll probably set myself a little 'Tuck Shop' up at base camp.
My kit bag has arrived and has been put to good use for all my camping gear for my triathlon races. I have 1 more 1/2 iron man distance race to do this weekend and then my season is over and I can focus on EBC. Had a rummage about in my other Exodus bag and have found my trekking kit so all sorted there.
One thing I haven't sorted yet is insurance. I've not gone with Exodus as their policies tend to more expensive. Last time I went with the British Mountaineering Council as they had a great offer on with membership, but can't get that again this time. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Hope you're feeling better Kerry.
I was just about to send a post in here to the guys I am on a trip with and saw this conversation....I'm not on your trip but did it a few years back and I just want to say I hope you all have an amazing time! If you have Prem as your leader, he is awesome! We had a fantastic time and really bonded as a group. A few hints....on the final day into base camp it was really cold and lots of peoples water pipes froze up on their camelpacks so maybe in case, take a bottle on your bag, wrapped in a jumper or something as you do need your fluids! Also, I love my chocolate and craved it badly, esp as we got higher....choc is expensive, I remember paying around £2.50 for a mars bar at one point so if you like a bit of a booster maybe buy some before you go? Stick some throat lozengers in your bag in case you get 'Kumbu cough' just caused by the dry and cold, dusty air....it hurts though so maybe a good call. You will have an fantastic time, try the different versions of 'apple pie' at each tea house!!!!! Just go slow enjoy the views and work together.
I'm jealous! Have fun and take care....hope you don't mind me butting in on your conversation!!!!?????
I'm sure no-one minds you butting in. Experience counts for everything as far as i'm concerned. Lozenges sound a good idea, especially those numbing antiseptic Strepsils. Thanks for the tip....keep them coming. I have a couple of Buffs that i'll be taking to try and avoid Khumbu cough. If not i'll be prepared. Apple pie varieties sound interesting. Can't wait. Just over 2 weeks people.
I was planning on taking US dollars, but if they accept sterling that'll make things a lot easier :o)
I'm going to get my visa at the airport too. Not checked the trip notes for a wee while, but do you know if you need to provide passport photos when getting the visa?
Is anyone flying out of Heathrow on the 23rd?
PS. Kerry - how are you??
Guy, you can pay for your visa in sterling (I read that they accept sterling, dollars and euros). I also read in the trip notes taht you need photos for a walking pass or something like that.
Flying out of Heathrow too!!
Kerry, we haven't heard from you in a while - how ae things???
Kerry, we haven't heard from you in a while - how are things???
Thanks Natacha and Eric. something less thing to think about!
Hopefully this weekend i'll have everything sorted, packed, done and dusted (unusually organised for me) as work stuff is going to make life complicated over the the next couple of weeks.
Natacha and everyone else flying from Heathrow, do you want to meet up at the at LHR before the flight?
Hope your Vietnam trip is just as great. Thanks for all the tips and advice, you've been really helpful.
Glad to hear you're all ready Guy. I think i'm nearly there too. Just need to get a few little bits and pieces. Toiletries and whatnot, 3 photos for my visa and trekking permits. I'm also flying from Heathrow.....need to check in 3 hours before, i think i read in the e-mail.
Im flying from Heathrow too. Meeting up a bit earlier would be good. I am flying down from Scotland the night before so a bit of hanging around for me!! This discussion is fab as its good to know everybody else is worrying about bits and pieces too!!!
Thanks Nigel for all the tips and info- enjoy your trip.
I havent started packing yet so will need to pull my finger out. Is everybody taking a warm puffa/down jacket?
I'll be taking my down jacket as i like to be snug and warm. It packs up small and is really light so it's not a big issue. Just putting together a little first aid kit. Nothing too drastic, just moleskin for blisters (hopefully i won't get any), plasters, antiseptic and painkillers. Got some all in one washing soap that's good for showering and laundry. Need to pick up some of those baby wipe things.....the list continues.
Here's something i've just discovered. I take codeine tablets as painkillers. What's the situation regarding taking 30mg codeine tablets through customs? I understand Codeine's illegal in India.
Sorry to hear you won't be making it Kerry. I hope you're fit soon and able to book the trip again some time. Don't worry too much, Everest isn't going anywhere. Get yourself fit and try again next year.
Take care of yourself Kerry
I am so sorry to hear Kerry but you made the right decision - this is such a great trip, you want to be in tip top form to make the most of it... and we will have lots of tips for you on our return!!
Guy and others, meeting at LHR would be a good. I am flying from Dublin on Friday afternoon and my plane lands just after 5pm.
Getting really excited now - I've done most of my packing too but just like you Stephen, my list does not seem to end, I always seem to think about one more thing....
Sorry to hear your news Kerry. I hope you get well soon.
I pretty much packed at the weekend, sjust need to finalise everything this weekend as I'm away on a training course most of next week (a tad inconvenient really).
I'll aim to get to Heathrow for 5-6ish. I only live a few miles away, so just need to time the taxi to avoid rush hour.
Hello everyone, I stopped by to say hi a while back but must admit to having been something of a silent observer since. I'm still in awe of the endless array of things I keep adding to the essential kit list! But with departure time fast approaching and excitement rapidly growing wanted to say thank you for all the tips shared and look forward to meeting you all and embarking on this fantastic trip!
The Lukla landing was the clincher of the trip for me. After realising we were flying into Lukla i booked the trip within about 10 minutes. Going to be an exciting start to the trip.
I'll be buying the last of my essentials tomorrow and packing on Sunday.
I'm just browsing for recommended restaurants to try in Kathmandu. Some interesting looking ones.
In excitement, nervousness and anticipation i've been reading lots of reviews here on Exodus of peoples experiences on this trek. One thing that appears to spring up over and over again is what Shannon kindly came on and informed us of. Be sure to take a Buff or scarf to cover your nose and mouth as the trails can get extremely dusty. Some lozenges seem a good idea too. Also the pollution in Kathmandu can give you a nasty, hacky cough. If you don't take one i'm sure you can pick something up in Kathmandu.
Take care all, have a good preparation week.
See you all soon
Hi All, have seen this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14965598 ?
Not sure what this means for our trip (if anything)
Just spoken to Exodus and they were unaware that there had been an earthquake. They are looking into this and will call me back. Will post any updates as soon as I hear.
With fingers crossed I'm packed and a bit worried that my bag only weighs 11kg - not sure what's missing!! I would say that it's a good idea to either wear your walking boots on the flight or take them in your hand luggage - just in case your bags don't make it to the other end.
In light of the earthquake in Asia yesterday, we have been in contact with our local partners to check on the status of our groups and are happy to report that all group members and staff are safe and well. We do not envisage any changes to the groups itineraries that are currently operating.
There are a number of trips due out to Nepal and India this coming weekend and we are working with our local partners to establish if there will be any impact on those itineraries. We will contact clients individually if we need to make alterations to their trip.
We are monitoring the situation closely in case there are any further developments.
Our thoughts are with the people in the affected areas at this time.
Thanks for the update Guy. It looks pretty bad from what I read but it is hard to know how this will/could affect our itinerary. It is of course terrible for everybody living in the affected areas and my thoughts go to them.
On the packing side, i must admit i am impressed with your 11 kg - I'm not sure how I will limit myself to 20kg (and then down to 12 for the lukla flight). Good advice re. boots; i will also keep a pair of trousers & a jacket, just in case...
I have been quite ruthless in what I take Natacha as in the past I've packed loads of clothing and other 'essential' bits and pieces then not worn/used most of it. I'm also cheating a wee bit as boots, books, camera/lenses, etc will be in my day bag which is a few more kgs.
Speaking of which (and the answer to this question is probably in the forum or notes) somewhere, but the 12kg allowance we have is that for everything, ie checked in bag + day bag = 12kgs or checked in bag = 12kgs and then you can take your day bag a few more kgs in it?
Worry over, I found the answer in the FAQs.
Did all my packing yesterday. I'm weighing in at 12.5 kilos but i've got a kilo bag to leave in Kathmandu with some nice fresh clothes in. So that takes me down to 11.5 for Lukla (that includes nearly 2 kilos of snacks). I'll be wearing my boots and taking a fleece, spare shirt and my waterproofs in my daysac...just in case my bag goes missing.
Don't forget to copy all your details down in case of problems. Passport number, electronic ticket number, flight details, insurance details...etc. I've taken photos of them with my camera, my phone and scanned and e-mailed them to myself so i can access them online if need be.
I'm driving down to Heathrow on Friday for about 4.30pm. Should be in the pub by 5.
This is brilliant news!!!! So excited!
Let me know where you are meeting and I will join once I arrive in LHR.
Only 3 days to go.....
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