Is anyone else going on this date?
I'm also going on the 30th Jan - counting down the days and generally feeling excited about the trip (a little nervous too). Have you done any exodus trips before?
I traveled with exodus to Killimanjaro and they are an excellent tour company to be with. See my pics here http://www.exodus.co.uk/photos/album/1595
I too feel a little nervous about this trip as I think it could be a little tougher than Killi and it will be winter in the himalayas at this time of the year. The nights/early mornings will be quite chilly, keeping my toes warm will be at the top of my list :)
I haved looked at many pictures of Everest over the years, I feel drawn to it, rather just wanting to go on holiday. I can't wait to meet the people of Nepal and experence a little of their way or life.
What are your thoughts on this trip? Do you like travelling or do you have tick list?
Yeah, I'm really into travelling but I go for experiencing other cultures rather than a 'holiday'. I'm definately more of an 'off the beaten track' kinda gal.
Likewise, I'm also drawn towards Nepal, but also Mongolia. I'm not sure why, but I've been like that since I was a kid. Always those two places.
Are you doing any fitness training for this trip?
Mongolia isn't a place I had considered untill you mentioned it. Tibet is also a place I'd very much like to visit because I have an interest in their culture & the buddhist philosophy.
Sadly I won't be using a gym as the nearest is 13 miles away. I'll have to pound the pavement with a heavy backpack for serval hours during the winter and hope it's going to be enough.
I do think these trips are more about stamina than fitness. Killi taught me a lot about walking in thin air for long hours and it will be tough going after 4,000 mtrs. As long I can put one foot infront of the other without causing injury to myself I might just make it.
Are you heading for the gym? Any other prep before the trip?
Going to the gym? You must be kidding. I hate those places. I climb twice a week already, but I'm trying to spend as many weekends as possible trekking up mountains in the lead up to departure. I went to Wales to climb Snowdon the hard way last weekend and I'm doing the 3 Yorkshire Peaks in 2 weeks time. I will probably go back to Snowdon for more 'winter' training.
In between all of that I'm pounding the pavements and the stairs (gradually adding weights) and just generally walking everywhere. It's part of the Denali training programme (there are various available if you google it) which is for serious mountaineering - 6 days of exercise and 1 day off. In essence I just want to be at my best in terms of fitness, although as a climber I would agree that 90% of it is stamina and plain stubborness for carrying on and not giving up. It's all in the mind!
Hey Campervan71, thanks for the offer of a lift, but I actually decided to fly directly to Kathmandu from Manchester (I'm based in Manchester anyways) as it worked out cheaper than getting the train and tube to Heathrow (plus I get an extra day in Kathmandu - yey!).
I got my down feather kit from Alpkit (www.alpkit.co.uk) as it's way cheaper than the big brand stuff for the same specifications. They've had a few customers take their kit out to Everest Base Camp and I've used mine climbing Ben Nevis and Snowdon and have been snug as a bug.
Was speaking to Exodus the other day, although this trip is guaranteed there are only 5 of us on it so far.. don't know how I fee about this... quite good I think, nice small group, we will definately get to know each other !!!
Just over 8 weeks to go... can't wait......
I am also going on this trip, did all of you buy your sleeping bags in advance? I am not so sure whether to do that or rent one in Kathmandu. Steels on wheel, Ill also be there earlier so perhaps we can meet up!
Hi, not long now !! I thought about buying a sleeping bag, but then thought what's the point, will I really ever use a 4/5 season bag again ? I spoke to Exodus and they have arranged the hire of a bag along with liner all for the very reasonable sum of just 25 pounds, not bad for nearly 3 weeks.
Anybody else had thoughts on how much kit to take ? I spoke to a chap who went on the trip in october 2009 (bit warmer that when we are going) and he said that he only, on the actual trek, 2 pairs of walking trousers and a couple of tops. Basically he said you just get a bit smelly ! But nobody seems to mind.
Anyway can't wait to meet up with everybody... see you all on the 31st !!!
I've met a few people who have done the trip and they essentially brought one set of clothes for day wear, another set for night wear and one set of clothing that was left behind in Kathmandu for the flight home. The kit bags Exodus provide are quite huge so goodness knows what people must pack into them. In any case, merino wool thermals were recommened by everyone.
I suppose there's no point in buying down feather kit or specifically a down feather sleeping bag unless you plan on using it after the trip.
Julia -are you flying out of Manchester too? We'll definately have to meet up if we get there before everyone else.
Looking forward to meet you all!
I just ordered some merino thermal underwear from icebreaker..quite expensive but I have heard a lot of good stuff about it, so hopefully worth the investment. I am also taking the exodus sleeping bag, staff assured me that its warm enough. Stephanie, no Im flying out of Amsterdam and arrive the 29th, just looking at a hotel to stay for those 2 nights. Let me know when you get there!
My name is Kunjang Lama and I am leading this Everest Base Camp trip. Hope everyone's getting ready as not too long time to go now.
The weather's gonna be really cold so be prepared and bring your warm clothes.
Also, be sure that all of your insurance covers you upto 5545m the highest point of this trek and bring 2 copies of photographs which we need to issue the trek permit.
If you have any further more queries then please do let me know. See you soon....
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