Yay - someone else is booked on the trip - I am flying out of Heathrow on the Wed 6th April as well - I am flying down from Glasgow (flights were better than the Edinburgh ones) - so I have a nice transfer window to spend sitting in Heathrow (5 hours). I am getting slightly excited about it now - but slightly nervous as well!
Katie, must be at least another four booked on the trip for it to be on. Sounds like you will be flying over Preston around the time I am boarding the train, give me a wave, will catch up with you at Heathrow.
My name is Sam and I am also departing to do this trek on the 6th of April, booked it a couple of weeks ago. It will be my first time to the Himilayas, so very excited. What sort of training are people doing? Im planning on walking and cycling.
I met some mountaineering chaps when out walking yesterday and its given me some urgency to get training! Im just going a few cycles and 20 km walks on the south downs about 250meter peaks. I only got back from doing a ski season bout a week ago so im sort of relying on my skiing fitness to do somthing special. Think its time to head out of a nice long cycle. 5 weeks wonderfull! just trying to get everything sorted properly.
Also, is anyone going to take diamox, some people seem to love it and some seem to hate it. Is anyone else on this trip got a opinion on it? I asked to see my GP about it but he cancled my apointment, gena ring up and ask.
How big are peoples day packs going to be? I have a 65 litre pack but maybe this is too big..
For water a camelback, but no one seems to say anything about this?
I went to the local travel clinic for vaccinations and the doctor there insisted that I carry diamox with me - better to have the option of using it than not - from what I can tell it helps with oxygen absorption and the travel nurse was insistent that I take some with me. I am unsure about using it due to the mixed results but I have it already packed. I have a 35 litre osprey pack and I plan on taking it with me. I have got a camel bak for water purely because it packs so small for travelling out there and a smaller waterbottle with an inbuilt filter. If anyone else has any alternative advice I'd be really happy to hear it as this whole trip is into the unknown for me. I am excited then apprehensive then I look at photos and get really excited again!
My kitbag arrived over the weekend it's now time to start thinking about packing.
Sam, I asked Exodus a few weeks ago about weight limit etc. on the flight into Lukla and got the following reply, suspect 65 litres a bit big :- 12 kg is the weight limit just for kitbag. Additionally you can have hand luggage which will be you day pack, they will be probably not checking your hand luggage at the airport. There is no really a limit but most of the customer have 25-35 litres backpacks and obviously more you put inside more you have to carry by yourself later on.
I have done a couple of trips to this altitude and the only person to have problems was the one who took diamox, keep off it unless the guide advises you to take it.
Never really liked using the camel bak system, the tubes have a habit of freezing up in cold weather. I usually take a couple of Sigg bottles and fill them with water I treat with Chlorine Dioxide, I suspect you will be able to buy boiled water from the teahouses.
Hope this helps
My kitbag arrived at school this morning - how exciting :) I read somewhere in the trip notes about leaving a bag behind in Katmandhu for after the trek - what are other people thoughts on this? Are you taking a smaller bag to leave behind - or using a larger bag to carry everything across and then packing the kitbag once in Nepal. From a quick glance at the size the kitbag it may just fit my sleeping bag in :)
I have also opted for Chlorine Dioxide for water purification.
Katie, the last time I was in Kathmadu we left a carrier bag in the Hotel with clean clothes for the return journey and anything not required on the trek. Sounds like you need a smaller sleeping bag !
Good thinking on the camel back graham. Im gena buy a 35 litre day pack now. Cheers for the advice on diamox, im gena take some with me and book a apointment with my GP.
I got my kit bag this morning as well! I think il just take a few cloths to leave in hotel.
Does anyone wear contact lenses? Im a bit unsure what to do about glasses and sun glasses, think i may buy some perscription sunglasses.
Im hiring my sleeping bag and down jacket through exodus to pick up at the hotel in Kathmandu, think this will save hastle and money.
So gudlodboy, you would say dont hire your stuff through exodus from kathmandu? It is 55 pounds if i hire it, but about 250 if i buy. Would you say its worth the money?
Katie what have you done about your down jacket and sleeping bag? I could hire it from the UK for about 120 quid. Maybe worth doing that. All these descisions!
Hi Sam - I bought a down jacket over Christmas because it was freezing up here for December and January! I was donated a RAB sleeping bag from a friend which I will be taking with me. Prior to this I was looking into ALPKIT sleeping bags which came highly recommended by trail magasine and outdoor shop people as reasonable ways of obtaining high tech gear (but maybe not as long lasting as the more popular brands). The ALPKIT bag that I was looking at was just over £100. Both Cotswold outdoors and field and trek have massive sales on at the moment, and the nice lady in Cotswold outdoors suggested that their down jackets will be entering the sales late in March! This is my 5th trip with Exodus and I can't imagine them supplying poor quality gear. If you have concerns about the quality of kit supplied in Nepal then I would email exodus and ask them direct - hiring in the Uk for £120 - seems pretty steep to me! I bought my kit because I know I am going to need it again - if I had not already planned a trip for October then I probably would have been hiring kit in Nepal. Not sure if this is helpful to you.
Graham - as you have been to Nepal before - quick question on currency - do you recommend UK pounds or US dollars?
p.s. 4 weeks today :)
Sam - the last time I went to Nepal (seven years ago) I took sterling traveller cheques which I changed in the hotel in Kathmandu, will probably do the same this time. Perhaps gudoldboy, or anyone else reading this, can give an update if some better way of doing it these days.
Why are people taking dollars and pounds? Can you not get Nepalese Rupees in the UK?
And yer Katie I went into field and treck by chance and the sale was great! Was loving it, although the chaps in the shop were clueless.
Havent quite made up my mind on the hiring equipment yet. Are people buying good head torches? My dad has a wind up LED one, but may not be good enough so may hire that as well.
Sam - it's illegal to import and export Nepalese Rupees (NPR) therefore you have to change US dollars or Sterling into NPR when you arrive in Nepal. From reading other reports we will have some early starts, presumably in the dark, therefore a good quality head torch essential, I have a Petzl Tikka 2.
Im looking at cholirine dioxide water purification, iv been to boots, and lots of other pharmacies but only treking shops have it. Are people getting the drops £7 pounds of up to 60 litres of water, or cholorine doixide tablets about £20 pounds for up to 60 litres (both are life systems) ? Sorry for the constant questions, im almost sorted!
I bought the tablets - but purely because the shop I went into did not have the drops. Unsure as to whether or not there is a difference. I also have a Petzl head torch - Tikkina (about £19) had it a couple of years - it only has one setting though and I do miss the option of dimming the light available with the slightly more expensive ones (my Tikka 2 had an unfortunate accident) - would definitely recommend a hands free torch!
3 weeks to go :)
I have some drops from my previous trip, you have to mix 12 drops from each bottle leave for 10 minutes and then mix with the water and leave a further 10 minutes. Suspect the tablets a lot easier but they cost more and you can't do smaller quantities.
My brother decided to share some information about Lukla Airport with me along with a link to YouTube - thought I would share this with you
Lukla AirportWhere is it? The mountains of NepalWhat makes it dangerous? You think climbing Mount Everest is dangerous? Try landing at the nearest airport. Approach Lukla too far from the left and you’ll crash into the mountains. Too far to the right and you’ll fall down a thousand yard drop. Throw in changeable weather and a short, sloping runway and you have one nasty little airstrip.
Surely this can only add to the excitement of the trip!!
Not long now :) I'm getting very little work done at the moment as my mind is already in the mountains!!
Katie, it's taken a long time but someone had to raise it sooner or later. Did you not watch "The World's Most Extreme Airports" on Channel 5 last October , I suspect you can guess which airport was number 1.
My grandmar, watched that program (most extreme airports), and when I told her i was off to Nepal she was adiment that I wouldn't fly into Lukla. I just told her i wasn't to sure lol.
I can't wait for the flight to Lukla, completly agree about it making me excited. Can't be too dangerous because looked it up on Wiki and there havent been too many fatal crashes. Im far more concerned about altitude sickness ect.
Ah 5 sounds exciting. Is this your first trip of this nature, trecking, high altitude ect?
Been looking it up and the Nepali speak a form of indian. Anyone speak Indian? I had some chaps from Kathmandu at work the other day, and they spoke fairly good english. Im going to look up some phrases. Im hoping Namaste (Greetings or I bless the divine in you) will get me by quite politley.
The link attached goes to a webcam located just down the valley from Everest Base Camp http://evk2.isac.cnr.it/ also forecast for Lukla http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Lukla it all looks a bit unsettled at the moment.
Thanks for the weather update Graham - I was told by a local policeman that it was -15 degrees at the top of Kala Patar last week. There is a group of law enforcers setting off from Edinburgh this week to trek up to base camp and back again. We had snow in Edinburgh last week - so weather seems unsettled everywhere - on the news this morning they were talking about earthquakes and stated that they know that there is going to be a megaquake in Katmandhu just not when it is going to happen!! Nice!!
10 days to go - I started packing yesterday :)
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