EBC trek weight limit

Hi,

Am doing the EBC trek in March and am starting to prepare my kit for the trip.

Can anyone advise as to whether the 10Kg baggage + 5Kg hand baggage weight restriction for the internal flight to Lukla was a problem? Was it a struggle to take everything you needed (just "needed", not additional stuff) and keep it under the weight limit, or did you have to make major concessions to stay under the weight?

Cheers

Simon

Hi,

No, I/we didn't find the somewhat spartan 10kg main luggage allowance on flights to and from Lukla to be too much of a problem although it did mean paring things down close to the minimum. Thinking back I don't feel I compromised on clothing and equipment to an unreasonable degree... although an extra pair of socks would have been great for both me and my room-mate ;o)

For many of our group it meant some last minute binning off some or all of our energy snacks and munchies as we weighed our bags at the hotel before setting off to the airport. You can buy chocolate bars, Pringles, Coca Cola, Fanta etc. all the way to Gorak Shep and back albeit sometimes at a price. I didn't find the intensity anywhere near high enough to justify the few energy bars I did take and ended up eating them for the sake of it rather than genuine need.

On reflection I didn't need my gaiters, I was always in two minds about taking them on the trek. The trek is almost entirely on good solid paths or rock, the only snow we saw was on the high mountain tops and this was November going into December. I took an inflatable travel pillow but there was no need for that either. The lodges supply pillows in the rooms and they didn't look particularly manky as well.

In the end my own kit bag was 10.6kg. The rest of the group was around the same. There were no problems at the airport, no one was told their bag was too heavy and the flight was fully booked.

The group was collectively charged for 20kg of excess baggage which in my mind was just an excuse for tip for the airport staff. The 20kg between the eight of us would have meant everyone's bag being 2.5kg over which certainly wasn't the case. The Royal Singi hotel has a good set of luggage scales that appeared to be identical to those used at the airport. The tip worked out at only 280 rupees each anyway. I've lost more down the back of the settee.

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