Hello. Myself and my wife have just booked onto this trip. It would be good to hear from anyone else who will be joining us!
Stuart & Sonia
hope your keeping well and fully recoverd. sonia can't belive he's talked you in to another climb. not that for one second do i not belive you can do'it . RESPECT.
KEEP WELL REGARDS THE SWAD LADS.XX
Aye up Swadites!
Great to hear from you! I remember joking about this on the way down Kili, when Sonia swore she wouldn't be doing any more mountains - but I eventually talked her into it! It was the cultural aspect that sold EBC to us in the end, can't wait to get up there and check out the Nepalese way of life, temples, yaks and prayer flags etc!!
Are you sure you don't fancy joining us in October? It's a lot more gentle on the old altitude acclimatisation and you can tell Nigel there's no tents involved on this trip! Go on....you know you want to!
Anyway - good to hear from you, hope you're all keeping well.
Hi Seon - we did Kili last year (Rongai Route), and it was increadible. The day-to-day walking was fine - but the sumit night is a killer. We were lucky that we had 12 out of 12 people make it all the way to the top - but the altitude certainly took it's toll on the group! We found it hard going, but were very proud to have done it.
We were umming and arring about doing another big treking holiday - but what sold it to us was the cultural aspects of EBC. Kili was beautiful, but is very much a wilderness trek. The fact that EBC goes through so many little villages and mountain communities with stupas and pray flags and yaks etc. is really what swung it for us. Hopefully the wonderfull local lifestyle and fabulous mountain scenery will be enough to take away form the pain in you legs! ;)
My husband Ben, and I have booked this trip too! We are so looking forward to it. We are just back last nite from a fab weeks skiing so now will concentrate on getting planned/fit for the TNT trip.
We've not treked before so it will all be new to us! :))
Hi Wendy & Ben and Ian & Paul!
Really looking forward to meeting you all! Very excited....(except the Lukla flight looks a bit scary!)
Sounds like a few people on the trip already! I would be travelling on my own as none of my friends are nuts enough to do a trip like this!!! Kili is now off the list and now trying to decide between this and Anapurna Sanctuary. Friends have said scenery is better on Anapurna trip but Everest sounds pretty appealing!!
Are you all training hard already? Must decide soon so that i can get fit in time!!!
Hi, just caught up on ur posts. Not done any training yet, bit worried, but will be 'gym fit' and sounds like that mite b ok. We will try get a few hill walks in tho before. Ben is a fairly fit (late!) 40's something guy, rugby, squash, skiing....
Tell me bout this diamox, and not thought bout jabs yet, is it time??
Did read on one, or more, reveiws that it was worth waiting to buy all the walking gear out in Kathmando, but I dont know if i wud b that brave?
Tried on a Killi down jacket the other day, and wow that was gorgeous, do we need something like that?
I keep reading the reveiws too Ian, and I am just SOOOOOOO excited.. Its gonna b amazing. Mind, I did lay in bed this morning and wander what it wud b like having to crawl out of a sleeping bag at -10c!! Haha
*meant Stuart! soz
I don't know about Japaneese Encephalitis, sounds nasty! But there deffinately won't be mossi's at altitude....not sure about Khatmandu though. I'll ask my Dr about rabbies....but it is really expensive, so I might just use my walking poles to keep the dogs away!
I'll tell you what I know about Diamox from researching it last time (but I'm not a Dr so please don't take this as gosple!) - Diamox is a pill which acidifies the blood and is used to treat people whose blood is not acid enough (amongst other things). One side effect is that it speeds up aclimatization to altitude, but since that is not what it's intended purpose is, some Dr's are a bit funny about prescribing it. There are load of arguments for and against it - some people say it's bad coz it just masks the symptoms of AMS, bu this isn't true, as it just speeds up the natural process of adjusting to altitude - so if you take it and feel better, it's becasue you are better. The biggest reason not to take it is that it makes you wee loads, and since you're already drinking 5 litres a day, this is not a welcome prospect - plus you will have to drink even more to retain the fluid! It's taken as a prophylactic (sp?) and takes 24hrs to have any effect. Another argument against is that if you are suffering AMS, the first things the guides will do is give you Diamox, but if you've already taken it then you've already exhausted their first course of action (I've never really got my head around that argument myslef). Anyway - the guides will deffinatately have some with them in case of emergency....I suggest you read up some more yourself before you decide anything, but as I said before, it may be wise to take some anyway and leave the decision till you get there and see how you feel.
We're hiring sleeping bags & down jackets through Exodus, as it's pretty cheap and then you don't have to pack them! Aparently you can buy stuff really cheap in Khatmandu, but we're not brave enough to leave it till then....also I think I'd rather spend the time enjoying the city rather than put myself under pressure to have to buy some vital piece of kit.
Ian - you asked if we are taking anything specific that we wished we had on Kili, but the answer is 'not really'. I'd guess the important things are desanitizer, head-torch, wet wipes, loo roll (packets of tissues, not an actual roll), water purifiers, lipsalve and footpowder - we used loads of footpowder and I'm convinced this is one of the reasons we had no foot issues! Other than that....it's just clothes!
OK - I'll stop waffleing on now...
I was just looking at the NHS's Fit For Travel website - which is where the nurse at my doctors gets all her information regarding what vaccinations are requried:
This says that both Rabies and Japanees Encepha-whasitcalled are only present in the low lying regions, and the cases of rabid dog bites were near the Indian boarder. Thought people might want to have a read of this - as you might not need those expensive jabs. No need for malaria tablets either thankfully.
Hi all, ive just booked the last place on the trip. i have never done anything like this before and have no idea what to expect only what i have read and seen on Youtube. It would be great to hear from all of you, with any advice you may have
Nor have we!!!
And u say the last place? I wander how many of us there are now then, did Exodus tell u that?
How is everyone else going with plans and training(!) ?
hi wendy When i phoned to book they said they were holding a place for someone. On the dates and prices page our departure date now comes up as unavailable. the most they take is 16
Living in essex i dont have many big hills to train on either im going to the brecon beacons in august for a week just to see what my fitness level is like.
have you got any of your kit yet? ive got my boots and jacket are you buying your sleeping bags or hiring them? i havent decided on that one yet
hope to here from you and anyone else soon
Gary, we have our boots too yes but thats about it.... We've walked upto about 10 miles at a time but pretty flat altho faster than we will do there.
Not decided on sleeping bags yet either, tempted to buy them but then why not hire.... difficult one.
Brecon Beacons sounds like a plan!
Ive met a lady at the gym whos just done it, so been good to get a few ideas from her. She LOVD it tho, Im soooo excited. You done anything like this before?
Hi everyone and hello Gary!
Hope you're all well..
Only 4 and a bit months to go! Very excited :)We've got most of our kit and I think we'll most likely be hiring our sleeping bags.
Ive never done anything like this before the most ive ever walked on holiday before was at disney in florida
Ive been reading a book called Everest a trekkers guide it has alot of useful information in it.
Are you all leaving from heathrow
Think Id rather not look!!!! :(
lukla does look "interesting"
exactly 18 weeks to go
Hi Craig thank you for the offer of any advise we may need, although you may regret the offer (lol). Although i only booked the trip a week or so ago i have been planning it for a while and the nerves are starting to set in. Can you tell me how fit you were and how hard you found it. Ive read that you walk in the Brecon Beacon is that comparable, is Pen Y Fan comparable to kala Pattar? What did you eat while you were there? As some days are very long obviously the group must get quite spread out, this may sound like a silly question but how do you know where you have to go? Can you tell me what clothes and equiptment you took how many pairs of socks and base layers did you take ect. Did you take any sort of water purification with you.Lastly could you get a mobile phone signal there? Thank you for any answers you have, and if you have any other advise it would be most welcome.
No problem happy to help.The food was very good ,as you eat in lodges. October will just begin to see the lodges getting busier.you get menus with food from omlettes , spag bol, egg curry Dhal Bhat. Breakfast is jam and toast or porridge. It is great food. Drinks are a variety of teas , we loved mint tea. (good for altitude) Can even buy chocolate bars and even pringles from all lodges.All lodges have a fire every night to all snuggle around.(they use yak dung not wood ). Best use hydration system for water, filled in the kitched every morning. we used purification tablets. No tummy problems at all. As for fitness, you dont need to be a racing snake to do the trek. The best tip is just to take your time . The hard sections are the climb up to Namche and then the slog up to Tengboche monastry. And when you get to gorak shep the trek to EBC is 2 half hours each way. You will get stretched out on the trek but not too much, and you will probably have more than one guide.One will be at the front and someone will stay with the last trekker.And they will stop at intervals for all to catch up. Remember the ones who set off the trek at a fast pace WILL SUFFER later in the trek , so take it slow and you will benefit later on at EBC. Go into Tengboche monastry and I swear you will be moved to tears, its so beautiful and humble.Tip on way out.a real highlight. No need to shower on way to basecamp just use good wipes. Usually get en suite rooms with showers on way down especially from Namche downwards. Kala Pattar is ok really. early morning start, taske it slow and its no problem. Toilets are western style , but can smell as you bin toilet paper, we took a air freshner spray into toilets. Gorak shep has asian squat style, but you just get on with it, its fine. Clothing we took 5 pairs of socks, 5 base layers, 3 trousers. .Cant stress this enough but take very strond sun block, zinc oxide too. We got very burned faces not just from the sun but from the snow. And take good sunglasses. Some porters got sun blind believe it or not.Weather can be unpredictable from phereche onwards.We had bad snow storm and it was touch and go to go on. we got lucky.Some Israel trekkers got caught at EBC and only just made it to our lodge. We were in Kathmandu when earthquake stuck last year.It caused chaos on trek route as first bridge was taken out and a few villages were effected too. All should be rebuilt now. Flight to Lukla is amazing!!!!!! a real highlight. enjoy it. any more questions ask away.
thanks for all your advice im sure i'll have more questions as the time gets nearer
Fab, thanks Craig! Lots of info there. Making me excited too!
Training is not going as it should really!
I was just reading the depature-lounge conversation for the Sept TNT departure - worth a read as they have a couple of people advising them who've just come back from the trip and have some good advise regarding how much money to take etc.
Can't wait....75 days to go!!
Sonia and stuart all the best on your new adventure . keep climbing
Love the swad lads xx
Im travelling on 3rd Oct from Heathrow via Delhi for the big trek.
Thinking that this thread may be the right one ?? Certainly the dates seem to tie in.
Anyway, sounds like everyone is excited and well up for it which is great. Im travelling alone but meeting my friend from Oz in Nepal. This is his 40th Birthday Bash !!
Now time to detox and train.........!
Hi Jerhyman - I think your Everest and Gokyo Lakes trip is code TNE, leaving a few days before us. We fly from Heathrow a couple of days after you....but as there isn't a thread for your trip, and we might bump into you on the trail - you're welcome to join in ours
I just paid our final invoice - it certainly seems more real when all that money leaves your bank account!
Oh my gosh!!! Just been reading for quite a while, some of the other travellers experiences! I am SOOOOOOO so excited....
But getting edgey bout the training. Our eldest son, after his results last week, has now securred a place at Leeds Met Uni, so my next 2 half weeks are all about him, and getting sorted and settled. That'll leave me a grand total of FOUR weeks ro prepare for our hols! Eeeeekkkk..... Thaz not a lotta training is it? Or time to think about kit... But hey, I just keep telling myself 'it'll be alright'.
How you guys doing, all excited??????
Oh whoops Ian.... not good! Poor you, wot did u do??
And WOW that Harrys Heros thing was sooooo good. I cant beleieve all the walk to Base Camp that we saw! Its made me even more excited. Just been to Go Outdoors and looking online as stuff today - so hard to know how much/what to take?!
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