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Anonymous
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 18:07

hi there i see this trek is now nearly full so just saying hi  if anybody is on this trip please say hi and say how your trainings going  gary

Anonymous
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:58

Did you mean 2012 or are you training ready for 2013? 

Carol and Ian 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 23:09

hi carol and ian as you can see i posed this in may i never realised id put the wrong date until you pointed it out lol

i am going in 2012 not 2013 i have never done anything like this before (how about you) im training as best i can there are not many mountains in essex how are you preperations going. gary

Anonymous
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 21:07

Hi Gary

We've  enjoyed walking holidays with our children in this country but haven't been for a few years so camped in Snowdon for a few days in June (very wet though!) so we look forward to better conditions in Dec hopefully! Work limits the amount of time to exercise and we don't belong to a gym so we walk the coast paths or cycle as often as we can! Have you been given any advice on how much we should do as we haven't . My parents managed it 20 yrs ago without using a gym! Carol Ian

Anonymous
Thu, 07/12/2012 - 18:39

Hi carol and ianI wasn’t given any specific advice on fitness. I have spoken to a couple of people who have done this trek and i don’t think you have to be super human fit. I think its more to do with how you acclimatise to the altitude, the slower you walk the better seems to be the advice ive read.I’ll be going to the Brecon beacons in August or September just to test myself. Have you got any of your kit yet? I have boots down jacket im trying to decide which sleeping bag to get. Have you looked at the flight to lukla that seems interesting lol. Only 20 weeks to go  

Anonymous
Thu, 07/12/2012 - 23:23

We've hired Down Jackets and sleeping bag from Exodus and have boots already. Yes, we'd seen you tube flight to Lukla, hoping the weather conditions will be good for us!We have a book called " Treking in the everest region" by Jamie Mc Guiness that explains route etc and was recommended to us. We'll take altitude tablets with us which help some but not others. We're all for taking our time and enjoying the views along the way. not sure about the food so have started buying Mars Bars etc!! Carol/Ian

Anonymous
Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:34

hi carol and ian the food is a bit of a concern of mine i spoke to someone who went 2 years ago he went vegetarian for the trip he didnt get any stomach problems. im reading everest a trekkers guide by kev reynolds it sounds similar to the book your reading  i was originally going in oct but due to work commitments had to change dates i spoke to someone off another posting who gave me some advice ive posted what he told me underneath

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.

i hope that helps gary

Anonymous
Tue, 07/31/2012 - 12:50

less than 4 months to go hows everyone doing ???

gary

Anonymous
Tue, 07/31/2012 - 22:08

hi Gary

Shame no one else is chatting, would like to know who else is trekking with us. We're walking the coast paths as often as possible, carried tent and camped wild Sat night  which gave us a longer walk. Work gets in the way!! Where are you flying from, we go from LHR.

Carol Ian 

Anonymous
Thu, 08/02/2012 - 21:19

hi carol and ian it is a shame no-one else is chatting maybe there all one big group. wild camping that must have been really good, ive not been able to do much for the last couple of weeks as my son has been in hospital luckily hes back home now so i can get on with some training  im going from heathrow as well maybe we can meet up there

gary

Anonymous
Fri, 08/03/2012 - 22:26

hi Gary, sorry to hear your son's been in hospital. How old is he? We have an 18yr old son and 19yr old daughter. We'll let you know our flight details nearer the time and arrange to meet . Training has gone on hold a bit whilst we watch the olympics!!

Carol Ian 

Anonymous
Fri, 08/03/2012 - 23:02

the olympics are causing me a few problems as well lol. my boys a bit younger than yours he is only 9 he's much better than he was he's off the antibiotics and steroids now i have a daughter as well shes 8 i was a bit of a late starter have you noticed two people must have dropped out there now seems to be 2 spaces left on our trek  im glad we are going this year as it seems from next year it is only going to be a 17 day trek

Anonymous
Fri, 08/24/2012 - 23:15

hi carol and ian  just 14 weeks to go i cant believe how fast the time is going  i went to the brecon beacons last week to see how i was doing it could have gone better but at least im not glued to the tv watching the olympics now  how are you getting on

gary

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