Hi Mike, I'm not going on your trip but went in October and had an amazing time.. The 12kg is the limit for the main bag for the Lukla flight and you can leave stuff you dont need for the actual trek in Kathmandu. I'm not sure if they even weighed the bags before putting them on the plane and they certainly didnt weigh our hand luggage (rucksacks). Rather than packing chocolate (which you can buy in all the lodges - just check the sell by date !!) my advice would be to make sure you have plenty of paracetemol / ibuprofen and plenty of immodum tablets ! All the lodges stock basic snack food / drinks and toilet paper so I wouldnt wast valuable space / weight on them. Warm clothes and drugs are the way forward...! Hope you a great trip... Andy
No problem, have a wonderful trip - and even if you do forget to pack anything or cant fit it in you can buy pretty much everything you would need for the trek from Namche Bazaar where you stop for an acclimitisation day anyway..!
I'm Leigh-Ann and I'm going on this trip. I'm travelling on my own, so I must be the other 'chap' that you were told about! It's nice to 'meet' you. I agree that the 12kg limit is going to be a bit of a challenge, though you're more organised than me as I haven't got as far as trial runs yet!
What are you thinking re the visa - apply in advance or on entry???
7 weeks until we leave, can't wait!
Thanks for the info re the visa, that sounds like a good plan. Are you planning to take all your currency as US dollars or are you taking a mix of US dollars/euros/sterling? It's not clear from the trip notes whether one currency is better than another.
I'm training a fair amount - as much as I can fit in around work. I attend military fitness classes, get out into the hills as often as I can (though the lack of daylight curtails the amount I can do in the winter) and - like you - have been supplementing that with some visits to the gym. I live in Scotland so I'm spoiled for hill options when I have enough free time.
I've been at fairly high altitude a few times now, the highest being Kilimanjaro. I got mild altitude sickness early on in that trip and was then fine. I'm planning to get some diamox so that I've got it if I need it but hope not to need it (I haven't needed it yet). I've done Mount Toubkal too. Did you enjoy it? I thought Mount Ouanakrim was the nicer of the hills but thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
6 weeks now (and counting!)...
Hi again Mike
Sorry for the slow reply, things have been a tad hectic!
I'm glad to say I've managed to track down some elusive English notes now. It wasn't as easy as you'd think it might be in Scotland! I've also braved the photobooth and got some awful passpost photos - is it possible to get decent passport photos?!
You shouldn't worry about me being fit, I'm not really. I had great plans to get my fitness up for the holiday but it hasn't really happened. I did have a nice wintery - and very windy - walk up a Munro the other weekend there but I haven't made it out as much as I'd hoped. Your muddy hike sounds fun! Have you had much snow over the last few weeks?
I've got some diamox and I looked into Dukoral - thanks for the tip by the way - but my doctor wasn't game for giving me it. Hopefully Immodium will do the trick for me instead!
You're still ahead of me on the packing stakes. I've checked I have everything on my list and have piled some stuff together but that's as far as I've got. I've promised myself I'll get to it earlier than the night before we leave!
Anyway, I'm rambling! It really isn't long now. Are you going to be on the group flight?
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