Everest Base camp 3rd November

Solo traveller setting off for Everest base camp November 3rd - who is with me

I with you anyone else joining us?

Only a few months away now 👍

Super excited, soon come around, need to get some essentials :)

Have you done this type of trip before

Super excited, soon come around, need to get some essentials :)

Have you done this type of trip before

Never did anything like this before, been up the mountains in the UK many times but nothing of this height and scale and time.. how about you? 

 

 

Me either, its a whole new experience on height/time/scale and travelling solo but cannot wait. looking forward to meeting our group, hopefully more DL joiners soon. 

Me either, its a whole new experience on height/time/scale and travelling solo but cannot wait. looking forward to meeting our group, hopefully more DL joiners soon. 

Hi guys, this should be quite an experience - can't wait to go. I've been on the Inca trail trek and the high Atlas winter climb. Frist time above 5000m though. I'd better keep getting those miles in at the weekend

Group slowly taking shape, glad someone with some trekking experience is around ha.  Been up and down Snowdon training this year multiple times and back to back. Legs feel good... Just need to up my fitness 

CAN'T WAIT 

Are the Brecon Beacons any good for long days out in the hills? I'm lucky enough to have the Lakes on my doorstep - usually out walking or MTB at the weekend. Very excited about the trip now; a few more injections and the odd bit of kit to pick up. I'm flying out of Manchester to Abu Dhabi, then onto Kathmandu - what route are you guys taking?

 

Flying from London Heathrow onto dehli then Kathmandu. Not sure if anyone else is on that path? 

The Brecons are great for long days and some wild camping. You can spend days exploring off the beaten track.

I was up the lake District training last month up and down scafell pike, such an amazing place.

Out of curiosity what injections are you having? On the site it says that none are mandatory are they? 

 

Its quite a list - I popped along to Boots, usually use Masta travel however the nearest is Preston (to me). 

DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio)

Japanese encephailitis 

Rabies

Typhoid

Cholera

Hep A, Hep B

 

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/159/nepal#Vaccine_recommendations

 

 

Its quite a list - I popped along to Boots, usually use Masta travel however the nearest is Preston (to me). 

DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio)

Japanese encephailitis 

Rabies

Typhoid

Cholera

Hep A, Hep B

 

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/159/nepal#Vaccine_recommendations

 

 

Haha oh yeah that's a massive list.  

I better get on that them, these are as a precaution tho yeah!? Not mandatory.

Hearing that I will get it all done just incase.

 

If anyone is on Twitter and wishes to discuss the trip add me on 

@rickywilts

100% precaution. Biggest risk is eating or drinking something that will turn your stomach, hygiene around toilets etc 

 

Thanks for the advice, taking it all in. Take what I can, appreciate it 

Thanks for the advice, taking it all in. Take what I can, appreciate it 

Some travel advice if you haven't been before.

I suggest going to your doctor / travel nurse on the NHS and getting all the free ones. Japanese encephailitis, Rabies, and Cholera are all optional, and pretty expensive to pay for yourself. That said, rabies is almost always fatal untreated and the shot is just to buy time to get treated after a bite.

Take and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Read up on acetazolamide (Diamox) too in case you decide to take that to help acclimatise. The guide may well suggest it for base camp. It's quite common to take it if you're not allergic to that sort of drug. You can buy it in Thamel over the counter for a couple of quid.

You need to think about what to do about water when you're on trek too. Buying bottled water is not good, and it's pretty expensive higher up too. Search Amazon for "NEW 2017 Travel Tap 'Flip Spout ' 800ml pure water filter bottle - 1600 litres" and "Steri Pen Adventurer Opti UV Handheld Water Purifier" for options. I can recommend the filter bottle.

Thanks, I was looking at the steripen. But if the water bottle is recommended I'll definitely buy that. Thanks for the heads up and advice, totally all new to me this whole experience. 

I made contact with my GP and will be paying them a visit to have the shots for sure !

Hi. There's pros and cons of each. With the Steripen, you need a wide-necked water bottle and a physical filter but you can decant the water into a camelbak if you're used to those, or add one of those flavoured vitamin C tablets afterwards. With the filter bottle, you only get a pint of water at a time and probably need a flexibag to carry a spare litre to top up between villages. You also need to stop to drink out of it.

i was advised I wouldn't need Japanese encephalitis jab, due to us being in area where Mosquitos do not survive due to altitude, should I rethink this? Also not having Rabies or cholera, that's from Travel clinic advise, now got me rethinking it all.

friends did this trip last October, getting tips from them too. They did buy bottled water to begin with but then changed mid way, as it became a hassle too, also wanted to consider the environment disposing of plastic bottle. Used tablets to sterilise water and also added flavouring to the water, as drinking so much of it, took the edge off drinking so much. 

i have a hydration pack in my backpack, so I don't need to stop to drink.

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