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Anonymous
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 13:11

Hi guys, anyone travelling to Base Camp Everest on Feb 11th?, would love to hear from fellow travellers !!  Rhodell

Anonymous
Wed, 01/12/2011 - 16:14

Hey - yeah me!  I'm going on February 11th and I cannot wait....

Its the first trip I've done like this (and I'm coming on my own...!) so any advice anyone has on the best way to deal with altitude sickness would be good (I think thats the one thing I'm a little nervous about...) but I'm really looking forward to it.

Are you travelling from London? 

Anonymous
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:55

Hi Kate,

So glad to hear from you, was getting worried there !! I've done loads of trips like Machu Pichu but I've never sufferd from altitude sickness, so fingers crossed !! this is the first time I've done a trip alone too, kinda nervous about it, I live in Dublin but I'm travelling from London, where are you from?

 

Anonymous
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:20

Nice to hear from you!

I'm originally from Teesside but have lived in London for the last 6 years, so will be flying from Heathrow on the Friday-we'll probably all spot each other with those Exodus bags we've been sent and I'll probably be the one who looks like Paddington Bear. We could always maybe meet up at Heathrow if you wanted to?

I'm not quite sure how many are on the trip....I presume there must be at least 6....and I meant to ask one of the guys at Exodus. I might drop them a line to find out.

Yeah this is the first holiday I have ever done on my own, kind of nervous about that, and more that I actually get myself to Katmandu in one piece-but really looking forward to it and i'm not really sure whst to expect - but thats part of the excitment of it I think! 4 weeks today we go!

I'm spending this weekend making sure I've be taking enough warm layers with me. Walking in the peaks and lakes-I suppose you can say is slightly different(!) to where we're off....but as long as I've got me thermals and good socks i am hoping i'll be fine......!

Anonymous
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:21

Nice to hear from you!

I'm originally from Teesside but have lived in London for the last 6 years, so will be flying from Heathrow on the Friday-we'll probably all spot each other with those Exodus bags we've been sent and I'll probably be the one who looks like Paddington Bear. We could always maybe meet up at Heathrow if you wanted to?

I'm not quite sure how many are on the trip....I presume there must be at least 6....and I meant to ask one of the guys at Exodus. I might drop them a line to find out.

Yeah this is the first holiday I have ever done on my own, kind of nervous about that, and more that I actually get myself to Katmandu in one piece-but really looking forward to it and i'm not really sure whst to expect - but thats part of the excitment of it I think! 4 weeks today we go!

I'm spending this weekend making sure I've be taking enough warm layers with me. Walking in the peaks and lakes-I suppose you can say is slightly different(!) to where we're off....but as long as I've got me thermals and good socks i am hoping i'll be fine......!

Anonymous
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 12:25

And I seem to have posted the same message twice......me and phone technology (well....technology in general) don't always see eye to eye......

Anonymous
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 16:59

Hey just been into the Exodus office got my Kit bag !! is it big enough ? lol not sure, I;m not going hiking till next weekend, I just hope my new boots will be broken in enough. I've also been going  tru the rather gorgeous thermal section myself lately !!

 I found out the profile of the group today .. 16 of us going, 25- 61 years old  !! yep 61 !! so I feel alot better about my fitness, saying that Madonna is 52 !! lol there are also a 53, 54 & a 56 year old !! the rest are in our thirties, we have 1 couple & 3 lads going together, the rest of us are all solo travellers, wehich is cool !! I'm the only one from Ireland so we'll definitely have to meet up in Heathrow, can't wait, how much training are you doing ? 

 

 

Anonymous
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 23:58

Great stuff. The group sounds like a nice mix - really looking forward to it!

Have you been training? Have just been getting out more walking, although i pound the streets of London every day- but I've especially been making the effort the last few months and I've managed some lovely walks in the extremely cold but beautiful countryside! I avoid gyms as much as I can (awful places) but I try and stay pretty fit....fit enough for this trek....well....I'll have to wait and see, but I'm up for the challenge.... I want to try and pack as lightly as possible but ensure I've got enough warm clothing.... And yes, we shall probably have those matching 1980s thermals. Rock and roll indeed. Although i've invested in some merino baselayers which seem okay...I'm off this weekend to finish of getting some bits and pieces. Exciting!

Be good to meet up at Heathrow, will get in touch closer to the time. Are you travelling from Dublin on the Friday?

Anyway hope the hike next weekend goes ok-and get those boots well worn in! I'm not carrying you up haha

Have a great weekend, Kate

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:26

I rather think my age exceeds the combined ages of you two!! Suffice to say i was avolunteer teacher in Nepal before I think you were born! Unbelievable wonderful country and people.Temples are fantastic amazing mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures.very complex ethnic and cultural mix of peoples,castes and tribes.Friends tell me still much real grinding poverty.

Will be avery strange experience for me to go back.Hope you 30yr olds dont have to carry me1

look forward to seeing you at Heathrow.

Bryn

Anonymous
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 15:44

Hi Bryn,  I'm 36 feeling about 100 today !! Great to hear from you, how long has it been since you were there last ?

Anonymous
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:53

Hi Bryn

Nice to hear from you.

I'm sure you'll probably be able to run rings round me - age doesn't come into it! Its only a number!(Although if worst comes to the worst, at least we might be able to find some Yaks to carry us up) 

;-)

Nepal sounds like an amazing place - a number of friends have been over the years and they all tell me it'll be the most fantastic experience, and will stay with me for a long time.  

So are you guys all ready?  3 weeks tomorrow - it seems to have come around so fast since I booked it last September! 

Rhodell, are you off hiking this weekend? Have fun if you are!

See you at Heathrow.

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:12

Yes i was certainly there before you both were born!! nepal will blow your minds away- a culture which paradoxically is both older than ours,artistically culturally  and spiritually very sophisticated yet caste ridden rigid and so traditional. will try not to bore you with stories of life in nepal in the last century!!

by the way the cold is quite bearable  as the atmosphere is so dry and the air so clear. best time of year now .summer monsoon season is not nice at all-lovely flowers ,but mosquitoes,rat snakes and leeches eveywhere! January/february are perfect.

Bryn

Anonymous
Fri, 01/21/2011 - 09:54

Hi Kate, Yes off tomorrow, I'll finally find out how ready I really am !! Looking forward to it though, How did you get on ?

Bryn I'm concerned about how cold it really will be, just hoping everything I'm bringing is warm enough, layering is the best I hear ? I don't mind snakes but the leeches ..mmm LOL

I was reading some blogs about Malaria tablets & people saying we don't need them.. do you think we do ?

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 11:32

hi Rhodell, cold reallywill be bearable during the dayproblem is sweating on the climbs and then feeling the cold when we stop which in my case will be  frequent. mistake to wear too much because you just get too hot going up hill. worth looking in M and S for merino wool jumpers.merino really is the best v light and odour free at the end of the day! if there is a cold problem at night instantly curable with socks hat and jumper--decidedly unglamorous but v effective Certainly wont need malaria tablets. enjoy your hike!

Anonymous
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 17:56

Hi Bryn/Rhodell

Thanks for the advice about the cold - thats the only thing I was a bit unsure about. This is my very first 'trek' abroad and I just have no idea how cold it could get whilst walking - but I agree that during the day the problem is probably going to be the sweating on the climbs and its more when we stop.

So...are either of you taking a down jacket?   I'm obviously taking loads of layers (a nice toasty warm merino baselayer) and then I have a number of t-shirts/fleeces, very warm hoodie/fleece for on evening  - and I then have my decent Berghaus waterproof jacket which has an attached really thick fleece underneath.  I can honestly say after a couple of hours walk in this countryside at a tempature of around 6/7 degrees, I'm roasting in it(!) and I think I'll be okay...but anyway, I just wanted to check if you guys were taking a down jacket as it gives me an idea as to whether or not I'm taking the right stuff.   I am rubbish at making decisions about what to take....

Anyway, your advice would be appreciated!

Cheers, Kate 

 

 

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 19:08

Hi Kate Im not taking a down jacket-like you a waterproof with fleece.Does sound as if youve got more than enough to keep warm. Bit primitive I know but Im sure everyone will be prepared to share anyway.i shall take several pairs of gloves and 2 hats because I can lose things very rapidly.

Bryn

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 19:08

Hi Kate Im not taking a down jacket-like you a waterproof with fleece.Does sound as if youve got more than enough to keep warm. Bit primitive I know but Im sure everyone will be prepared to share anyway.i shall take several pairs of gloves and 2 hats because I can lose things very rapidly.

Bryn

Anonymous
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 22:31

Great stuff-thanks for that info- I just had visions of me turning up and not bringing half the right clothing! I don't like wearing anything to bulky either when I'm out walking which is why I didn't particularly want to invest in a down jacket for the sake of one trip. Am really looking forward to it-it's come round so quickly. I've invested in some new walking socks today. Saves me turning my old ones inside out I suppose ;)

Looking forward to meeting you-see you at Heathrow!

Anonymous
Wed, 01/26/2011 - 14:23

Hi guys, I survived my mountain climb !! (just about) but like that that I was roasting going up, not taking a down, think fleece and waterproof will hopefully be ok. My feet were freezing though so need to get warmer socks, just reading the blog of people going the week aftre us, one girl was asking about trousers & I have to admit Im a bit stumped there too? I have kinda heavy ski ones & again I think they are too heavy for the day ?? Can't belive it's only 2 weeks away !!

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:14

Hi rhodell,ski trousers too cumbersome.i shall take themal leggings but not totally convinced they are necessary. Very reluctant to comment on womens attire(!!) but im reliably informed that leggings or thick tights under trousers are more than adequate.!!

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:14

Hi rhodell,ski trousers too cumbersome.i shall take themal leggings but not totally convinced they are necessary. Very reluctant to comment on womens attire(!!) but im reliably informed that leggings or thick tights under trousers are more than adequate.!!

Anonymous
Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:18

LOL i think so too, was gonna bringing some for night time so I'll double up !!!

Anonymous
Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:37

Hello!

Glad you had a good weekend out hiking up mountains this weekend Rhodell.  I'm off out this weekend, although as much as it is beautiful, I think I'll probably only get to walk up a hill or two in the Kent countryside (now...if I was up North....) 

Anyway, I'm taking a pair of walking trousers, but to be honest, I always get so hot walking in them and I find even them quite bulky and uncomfortable to be honest, so I'm also taking (and probably be always wearing...ooooo that'll be nice for nearly 3 weeks) a pair of RAB pants - and there're basically thick thermal leggings which can be worn as a base or mid-layer in extremely cold temperatures.     

I can't believe we go two weeks on Friday.  I am really, really looking forward to it, and it'll be nice to meet up at the airport! 

(And I'm not really taking handbags or shoes). 

Anonymous
Thu, 01/27/2011 - 16:13

Glad to hear it !! (Damn .. I'd better unpack my fake tan & hair straightners so!! Only joking !! )

Think I'm gonna stick with the same,  in the trouser department ! I stocked up on Babywipes yesterday, think we'll be clinging to them for dear life after 3 weeks in the same clothes !!!

Are either of you bringing walking poles ? I wasn't going to but after the hike last week, I'm debating it ? 

 

Anonymous
Thu, 01/27/2011 - 16:57

No I'm not taking a walking pole - I reckon unless you use one normally then maybe, but I would find it more of a hindrance than a help.  Although I reckon you might even be able to buy one in Katmandu, on the day before we leave if you remain undecided? 

I also stocked up on babywipes, and antibacterial handgel yesterday too!  I have a load I took to the Glastonbury festival last year so I will probably be bringing an Exodus kit bag filled with that, toilet paper and water purification tablets....

 

 

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 20:39

Im not taking poles-im too uncoordinated to mpve feet and arms in asynchronised way!! Heard from 2 people whove been.Took cigarette lighters to burn their toilet paper!! and slept with their water bottles in sleeping bag to stop drinking water freezing overnight!! not sure if I was being wound up or not! 11 days to go......

 

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 20:39

Im not taking poles-im too uncoordinated to mpve feet and arms in asynchronised way!! Heard from 2 people whove been.Took cigarette lighters to burn their toilet paper!! and slept with their water bottles in sleeping bag to stop drinking water freezing overnight!! not sure if I was being wound up or not! 11 days to go......

 

Anonymous
Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:59

HAHA I am going to bring an aliminium water bottle too as I heard people were using them as hot water bottles at night so it must be true !! makes sence but burning toilet paper ?? lol Guess we'll find out !! Surprised no one else has been on the forum ?

 

Anonymous
Tue, 02/01/2011 - 23:52

I am too taking a hot water bottle! And I'll be taking as many comfortable warm things for on a night as I can.   And we shall indeed find out if the burning of toilet paper is true or not! I must admit I hadn't heard that one - if its not true however, then at least we can all sit around Bryn's lighter keeping warm on a night.

;-)

Are you both travelling with just Exodus kitbag, or are you also planning to also take a backpack? 

Also, just on another note...not sure if you guys have bought water purification tablets yet - but the ones which Exodus say are essential on the trip notes (the iodine based ones and not chlorine based) were actually stopped from being sold in the UK (and Europe?) 18 months or so ago (I think).

Anyway, I've been in touch with Exodus as I bought some from Boots, and they've said that the chlorine based tablets are fine to take with us (although its like you're drinking a swimming pool!) although I've got my hands on some other tablets (from Blacks) which neutralise the chlorine taste.

I'm really looking forward to the trip-and I can't quite believe I'll be in such a beautiful place in just over a week.   Exciting stuff!  I am also taking tons of batteries for my camera.  And I admit, it may be slightly sad (but I'm perfectly happy with that haha) however... I'm also looking forward to checking out the array of fresh teas on offer! 

Anonymous
Tue, 02/01/2011 - 23:52

I am too taking a hot water bottle! And I'll be taking as many comfortable warm things for on a night as I can.   And we shall indeed find out if the burning of toilet paper is true or not! I must admit I hadn't heard that one - if its not true however, then at least we can all sit around Bryn's lighter keeping warm on a night.

;-)

Are you both travelling with just Exodus kitbag, or are you also planning to also take a backpack? 

Also, just on another note...not sure if you guys have bought water purification tablets yet - but the ones which Exodus say are essential on the trip notes (the iodine based ones and not chlorine based) were actually stopped from being sold in the UK (and Europe?) 18 months or so ago (I think).

Anyway, I've been in touch with Exodus as I bought some from Boots, and they've said that the chlorine based tablets are fine to take with us (although its like you're drinking a swimming pool!) although I've got my hands on some other tablets (from Blacks) which neutralise the chlorine taste.

I'm really looking forward to the trip-and I can't quite believe I'll be in such a beautiful place in just over a week.   Exciting stuff!  I am also taking tons of batteries for my camera.  And I admit, it may be slightly sad (but I'm perfectly happy with that haha) however... I'm also looking forward to checking out the array of fresh teas on offer! 

Anonymous
Wed, 02/02/2011 - 11:20

Oh Kate, Every time I think about it now, I feel a bit sick !! I'm so excited & nervous at the same time !! I got my watre bottle yesterday & finally made my list last night so I'll get the water tablets from Boots too, thanks for that.

I'm taking my large Backpack & a smaller backpack for day time, Just felt the Backpack would be easier to use for me. I;m only allowed 20kg on the flight to Lonodn so have to try keep the weight down. I Love my camera so your not alone there !! Just have the 2 batteries for it though, blogs say we can charge them in some of the tea houses so should be ok.  Need to sort out how much money to take? not really sure? & are either of you bringing food? Everyone's saying bring Mars bars & biscuits !!

 

 

 

 

Anonymous
Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:17

I'm definately taking a load of Mars Bars, biscuits and some Kental Mint Cake!  Honestly my bag will be full of sugary treats/imodium. Oh what a combination indeed.

I'm also a little nervous too but I think thats also because its the first time I've travelled like this on my own - but I reckon there'll be a few of us in the same boat.  I'm sorting out my money in the next couple of days-we do have to buy all food out there (aside from a few breakfasts we get in Katmandu).  I'm sure we should be able to draw money out relatively easily in Katmandu as I don't fancy carrying a load of cash on me either, but I reckon I'll try and take enough to cover my time on the trek (say £15/£20 a day?) and I might need to get some more out for gifts the last day or so.  Money just disappears though on nothing!    

Do you both fancy meeting up for coffee/drink at Heathrow next Friday before we leave?

Anonymous
Wed, 02/02/2011 - 19:55

Oh definitely, I'm concerned, I'm flying with Aer Lingus at 3.30pm and they have been on strike for the past 10 days, they are operating but it seems to be a mess with delays and stuff so Ive been onto the agency to see if I should get another flight, really hope I dont have too, fingers crossed. I didn't realise we were only getting a few breakfasts !! lol More Snicker/Mars Bars for me so !!

Anonymous
Wed, 02/02/2011 - 19:55

Oh definitely, I'm concerned, I'm flying with Aer Lingus at 3.30pm and they have been on strike for the past 10 days, they are operating but it seems to be a mess with delays and stuff so Ive been onto the agency to see if I should get another flight, really hope I dont have too, fingers crossed. I didn't realise we were only getting a few breakfasts !! lol More Snicker/Mars Bars for me so !!

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 09:36

Hi just had injections .Practice nurse said you can get altitude sickness pills.couldnt be bothered to book GP appointment so ordered them off internet_Dr Fox organisation.Practice pamphlet says ibuprofen 400ml isbest for mountain headache.Definitely taking abackpack. Counting the days now. im packing everything in suitcase inluding exodus kitbag because we can leave luggage inhotel.

Anonymous
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:45

Thanks a million Michelle, some great advice there, really looking forward to it now. You didn't mention Leeches, which is also great !! lol Should be an amazing trip, thanks again

Anonymous
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 09:40

Didn't see any leeches, snakes, rats or any kind of beasties at all. I would imagine they only come out in the monsoon season.  

By the way, our group went to the Monkey Temple on the outskirts of Kathmandu on the first free afternoon. Our guide arranged a minibus through the hotel. V interesting - unless you have a phobia of monkeys! 

Have fun!

Anonymous
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 20:04

Hi Michelle-thank you so much for all of that information, it's really useful when someone else has been and can pass on their advice and tips! Great stuff-and yes, I love monkeys!

Had you travelled with Exodus before the Base Camp trek?

I'm so looking forward to the whole experience and I can't believe in less than a week I'll be there. It sounds like you had an amazing time. I'm expecting it to be very challenging... but lots of fun all the same.

Thanks again!

Anonymous
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 20:34

Hi Kate

Yes, I had been to Kenya, Jordan and Kilimanjaro with Exodus before I did EBC. I'm off on the Thai-Indo China Explorer trip 12-27 Feb - the first trip that hasn't involved trekking which I'm sure I'll miss but thought I deserved a break from high altitude!

Have a great time. Michelle

 

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 22:43

Hi has anyone found out what adaptor plug is used in nepal.?

Sun, 02/06/2011 - 22:43

Hi has anyone found out what adaptor plug is used in nepal.?

Tue, 02/08/2011 - 07:56

!Hope everyone is getting as twitchy as me! see you at heathrow!

Anonymous
Tue, 02/08/2011 - 08:32

Hi Bryn

Did you get an adapter sorted? I'm getting one today so I was goingbto check in one of the hiking shops-I'll let you know what i get.

Yeah I just want to get there now...can't believe Its finally here!

See you at the airport! (I'll have my walking boots on...)

Anonymous
Tue, 02/08/2011 - 08:33

Hi ni I was trying to look myslef Bryn, Just bringing a world one with me, Was awake till 4.30am this morning, so much to do over the next few days !! Ahhh

Tue, 02/08/2011 - 17:02

Thankyou both pl let me know if you find out about the adaptor. By the way ive overordered on the altitude sicness pills -enough for 3 people!!!.

Anonymous
Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:12

It's the WA-10 or 'D' plug adapter I think we need for Nepal - i'll probably pick one up from Heathrow and I reckon the world one like Rhodell has will be fine - so I might just get one of those too.

Thanks very much for the heads up on the sickness tablets! Its really appreciated. I'm also well stocked up with Kendall Mint Cake, jelly beans, and all kinds of sugary treats so I'm happy to trade :-)

Starting to get all my kit together, am a bit concerned I won't fit it all in the Exodus bag, I was trying to travel quite lightly as well!!

Anyway, am really looking forward to the holiday-looking forward to meeting you both in a couple of days!

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 07:46

Thanks Kate.Rhodell.Ive loaded up w liittle boxes of raisins! If wewanted to meet at Heathrow Im happy to exchange mobile nos.Reluctant to do it on an open site like this onebut could do by email.Im on brynmarsh@btinternet.com     Hope Rhodell has sorted out AerLyngus.See you tomorrow!!!!

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 07:46

Thanks Kate.Rhodell.Ive loaded up w liittle boxes of raisins! If wewanted to meet at Heathrow Im happy to exchange mobile nos.Reluctant to do it on an open site like this onebut could do by email.Im on brynmarsh@btinternet.com     Hope Rhodell has sorted out AerLyngus.See you tomorrow!!!!

Anonymous
Thu, 02/10/2011 - 09:42

Hi Guys, I've gone into blind panic mode at this stage, I've so much to do !! I was going to say about the mobile numers !! I'll mail you mine Bryn..Mine is rkellyd100@gmail.com  Fingers Crossed Aer Lingus are ok at the minute!!  See you tomorrow !!

Anonymous
Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:09

Cool-will drop you an email. What time are you planning to get there for? I'm going to try and just miss the rush hour on the piccadilly line so will probably end up at the airport a bit early. My email is KatieBaz26@yahoo.co.uk

See you both tomorrow(!) and Rhodell have a safe journey from Dublin!!

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