I am booked on the above trip and would be pleased to hear from any fellow trekkers.
There are at least two of us! I have been booked for a bit but it is getting time to start serious planning. Do you have any idea what the weather should be like? My guidebook describes March as still being winter. Should be fun.
I believe there are six of us booked so far so it is unlikely the group will reach the max of sixteen which should be a plus. I did the Base Camp trek in 2007 at the end of March and the evenings and early mornings were very cold but was warm during the day. I would expect the temp in the late afternoon and evenings to be even lower especially above Namche so thermals and a good sleeping bag are a must. A down jacket is also a good investment. Yes the trip is starting to get real now and i am desperately trying to find time to up my training schedule. Looking forward to meeting you.
Hi Simon and Alex. My Exodus bag arrived through the post the other day, which has made this all feel more real - and urgent! I've only been to Nepal in the autumn, so don't know about the weather. But a Nepali friend of mine here in Sheffield says the same as Alex - cold at night, but can pretty warm during the day. So I guess it's all down to layers, and more layers - and, yes, a good down jacket! I was feeling quite excited about the trek, until a friend of mine came back from doing the Gokyo Lake trek in January and said he'd met a group in Namche who'd just finished the 'Three Passes and Two Peaks' trek (which I think is ours?). He said they looked 'totally knackered' (that's the polite version). But I think he was just winding me up!! Looking forward to meeting you both - and the other three?
Hi Steve and Simon
Yes I am confident that there will be exhausting days involving much suffering but as a group I am sure we will manage. That is the nature of trekking--the painful memories tend to recede quickly,although normally on at least one occasion I have to remind myself that I am doing this for enjoyment. The Exodus bag seems a bit small so I will probably use my own but stick to the weight limits. Have either of you done much trekking before?.
I think this is the fourth trek I've done with Exodus. I went to Sikkim with them about 10 years ago, then to the Pyrenees four years ago, and then did the circuit of Mt Blanc last summer. Each trek has been great - in in very different ways - and you're right about the capacity to forget the pain! I guess my main concern is how I'll respond to the altitude. I did the Annapurna Circuit (17300 ft?) without any problems, but that was in 1984! I still do quite a lot of fell running here in the Peak District, but that's all below 1000 metres. Time will tell!
Guys - I have also done the Annapurna Circuit, is it required training? I did it in October 2010 a fantastic trip, my only regret was that having slowly gained the altitude to cross the Thorung La it was then time to come down again, hence the attraction of this trip. I look forward to comparing notes.
Yes, I checked with Exodus last week and they said there are nine of us (so far).I've been talking to friends about the pros and cons of Diamox to prevent altitude sickness.I got some from my GP today, but haven't decided when (or if) to start taking it. My friends said it had been great for them, and no side effects except a lot of bladder-emptying and drinking, and tingling fingers and toes. Hmmm ... all these decisions. And will I be able to keep my bag under 12 kilos?? See you on Friday or Saturday.
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