Everest Base Camp via Goyko 13 Oct - 1 Nov

Any else signed up for this trip. A friend and I going, though it's the first time at serious altitude for us both. Considering doing some simulated altitude training at Loughbrough University close to departure date. Currently focusing on general fitness with gym sessions, mountain biking and hikes in the Peak district / Snowdonia. Looking forward to the challenge!

I am joining you on this trip. I did the Annapurna Circuit two years ago and have also been at altitude in South America. Not sure previous experience at altitude is any great advantage. Getting as fit as possible before you go, taking it steadily on the trek and drinking plenty of fluids seems to be the answer. As I am retired my general fitness levels are good, plenty of walking and as much golf as my wife lets me get away with. I will increase the walking over the coming months using the Dorset cliffs to improve my stamina.

Like you I am looking forward to the challenge, Nepal is an amazing place. 


Good to hear from you, we were beginning to think that nobody else was booked on the trip. Just been doing research on equipment and noticed that RAB have a factory shop close by. Might be paying a visit! Any tips from your Annapurna trip regarding equipment and essential? Keep in-touch.

As you are walking in the Peak District and Snowdonia you probably have all you are likely to need. Layers make it easier to control your temperature. On the Annapurna trek I eventually decided as having a regular wash was often difficult there didn't seem much point in changing too often! So much is personal choice. I take a down jacket, a lot of people didn't and coped perfectly well. I always use a drinking system such as a Platypus, I find it easier to drink more that way than I do using a bottle. Poles are another personal choice, I will carry two but rarely use them other than for the occasional steep descents. A decent sleeping bag is essential, it  can get cold at night. I will leave some clean clothes in the hotel in Kathmundu, it means you feel a bit more wholesome travelling home. The weight limit on the trek is not great but is adequate and was strickly applied.


Thanks for this Richard. I think a good 4 seasons bag will be the next purchase!

Hi Adam,

12 October is approaching fast, my Exodus kit bag arrived today so it seems more real now, I can't wait.How is your fitness training going, it can't be easy to find time when you are working, something I don't have a problem with! Did a quick 13 miles this afternoon after playing golf in the morning so things seem to be going well. Are you applying for your visa before you go? I did last time I went but I don't think it made much difference as it didn't take long to issue them when we arrived in Kathmundu. Are you flying out on the group flight from Heathrow on the 12th?

Regards, Richard 


Hi All,

Final preparations now - becoming very well known at the local Cotswold shop. Planning to post my kit list at some point and would welcome comments from you more experienced trekkers.  

Just set up my Virgin Giving site - planning to raise some money for our local Hospice.

Might head up Scafell this weekend - weather looks ok


Hi all. I am on this trip too (a late booking). Very much looking forward to it and just about prepared. Been able to do long walks over Beachy Head near where I live and hope this will stand me in good stead- I am on the group flight - just counting the days down at work!! Look forward to meeting you all

Hi, hope you are alll well. We are as ready as we can be and really looking forward to the trip. Hope to to meet many of you at LHR. Martin and June


Hi Martyn

That would be an interesting trip, EBC followed by Tokyo! Good to see I'm not alone with such typos ;-)

Spoke to Exodus earlier about baggage limits. It appears that the 12kg limit for the Lukla flight is for the checked in bag only and that we are allowed to take a small item of hand luggage which is not weighed - phew! Not that I'm much over - last complete weigh in was 14kg.

Exodus also advised that there are now 12 in our group ranging from age 25 to 65 - so a good mix.

Looking forward to seeing you all - will look out for the Exodus luggage labels at LHRCheck in!



Hello All!

 Everything is still strewn across my living room floor...must actually get it into kitbag to check it all fits! And weigh it...where is the time going?! My flight (I couldn't get on the group flight) leaves at 8.45pm tomorrow from Heathrow so not sure if I'll see anyone UK-side. If not, see you in Nepal (I arrive an hour before you guys).

A girl who I know from work, Abi, is coming too now...she is out in Nepal already as she has been travelling round Asia for a few months and this completes her travels. She said Nepal is fab and v hot. She also advised to be a bit wary of people hassling you when you get outside the airport as it is a bit intense....sure we can deal with it!

 See you all very soon, excited (and a bit nervous! But I'll be fine once I get there!)



We leave at 20:45 also so looks like your on the same plane as the group Exodus booking? Flight number 9W121 - Jet Airways to Delhi?

Just looked at the weather forecast at EBC (weather network) - highs of minus 25deg C and lows of minus 42 deg C - Is this right!!! Shit might need to pack another 20 base layers or find a yak to hug!

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