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Will Tibet happen this year?

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:55

After last year's trip was cancelled due to Chinese Visa problems, I've signed up for the 2013 trip. Anyone else on this trip - it's Guaranteed to run, so there must be some other brave souls out there?

I ended cycing Vietnam last year - which was fantastic, and a great introduction to a cycling holiday. I did wilt in the humidity somewhat, so I'm hoping to go somewhere a little colder... and higher.

Fingers crossed it happens.

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 13:04

Did anyone else not get a reminder for their final payment? Was due on 26th July (I have now paid). I hope the trip is all going ahead as planned, especially as I was cancelled last year.

Anonymous
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 13:32

I was looking for details on my invoice, on the day it was due, and as I used to be "in the business", I rang up and paid..

as an aside my local radio stations and papers have picked up on the trip and i got a full page cover, partly as i am raising money for our local hospice as well. Having been assured it was happening, and having paid, and getting press coverage, I hope nothing goes wrong now (although i did come off my road bike two weeks ago and have a scabby leg - and on antibiotics at moment)

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 19:51

has anyone else booked the "Tibetan Chef" option

seems good value at £250 for the time we are there, especially if providing the necessary protein/carb balance?

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 20:07

I haven't "booked" it - I thought it was something that was organised in-country.... but having sampled the delights of Tibetan cuisine it's certainly something I would be wanting.

 

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Wed, 07/31/2013 - 20:08

There's 13 people signed up for the 21st Sept date - come on guys and girls, introduce yourself... if only so I can learn your names before we meet.

Anonymous
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 20:49

The Trip Notes say "let us know in advance".. about the Tibet Chef, so I will be sending a mail tomorrow, as it also includes "drinking water" throughout the trip, which would be handy at times, I guess..

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Thu, 08/01/2013 - 16:56

good spot onthe Tibet Chef option. I also had assumed that was an option in country once we got there. I better mail Exodus to express my interest. Is anyone else on the 1 Sept trip also looking at this option?

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:19

I contacted Exodus earlier today.  The chef option is an individual one - so anyone who pays for the chef gets his food, and anyone who chooses not to will have to fend for themselves and buy whatever they can during the day or at the overnight accommodation.  They also said that the chef includes water, lunch and dinner, but NOT snacks during the day.

I think I'll go for it - it means I'm guaranteed a decent meal cooked in a hygienic way!

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 21:11

Making a mental note of the equipment/clothing I'll be taking with me.... oh dear, I think I'll be paying a lot of excess baggage ;-(

 Getting excited now, it feels like it's really going to happen this time.

Anonymous
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 02:35

I think I'll go for the chef option.
Don't mind local food but no reason not to have tasty meals each day

Also thinking about he Chitwan extension
Anyone have any thoughts/knowledge of thus?

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 12:35

What kind and how many are people taking - I'm not sure how many I'm likely to get through, but prefer proper SIS type bars to chocolate.

Anonymous
Sat, 08/03/2013 - 13:24

Not sure how fast or how much energy will be needed. i usually take one gel after 45 mins, then one an hour after that, but thats up to 5 hours riding (cant take more than four or five without needin some savouries - but Powerbar nut bars do the trick there). Logged all the mileages, and trying to plot on mapmyride to see gradients etc, but it we ride as a group, and have a slow pace, with a lunch stop, then that all changes. Will have a camelback bladder in my rucsac, so planning on energy drinks as much as bars (SiS PSP as it was before the sell out) and real food at lunchtime. Its only the 90 odd and 60 odd mile days that I am concerned about, food wise, the others should be ok with a few Gels, drinks and real food, I think ???

What is going to be a realistic average speed 10mph ???  in that case, need something like 5 -6 kgs of product.... and that will cost a lot in baggage costs..

needs a more scientific approach, and maybe a few good old jam butties in the back pocket 

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 13:29

I've plotted the entire route profile on Google Earth. I'll upload them to my Exodus blog later today.

Sat, 08/03/2013 - 14:25

Go to the MCT trip page and click on images.  I've plotted each day separately, and the whole trip.  On Google Earth you can do a 3D fly through of the route - the switchbacks between Shegar and Tashi Zom are fab!

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 21:01

Less than 6 weeks to go for me - I leave on Fri 21st Sept.  Don't tell my boss, but I'm already in "holiday mode".  Looks like there will be a few of us using the chef option - I hope he takes requests (I was in Tibet in 2010 and the local food wasn't the best, hence the reason for booking him).

Really looking forward to Chitwan - 3 days of relaxing after the strenuous exercise.  This'll be my 4th time in Nepal and I've never done Chitwan, so I hope it's worth the wait.  My GP has recommended anti-malarials, but Malarone which only needs to be started 1 day before I go (and not whilst I'm cycling at altitude).

I'm hiring a bike, so I suspect they will come with semi-slicks, but I'm taking my saddle and pedals. Clips can take while to get used to - depending on what cleats you have on your shoes they will unclip in single/multi directions (which can help when you're learning and get in a sudden panic).

 Helen

 

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 21:04

Anyone done one yet?  I've started to make a list of things but I might have to reconsider once I've done a practice pack and the scales groan under the weight.  It's annoying that most heavy stuff is likely to be in the "Not allowed in the cabin" category.

Anonymous
Sat, 08/10/2013 - 22:54

If anyone is looking for the best place to buy their anti-malarial tablets, when I was looking last year after some research the cheapest was Supadrug.  If you have to buy any vaccinations, the cheapest was Asda.

Not thought much re packing yet!! 

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 20:24

Just seen that there's only one space left for the 21st Sept departure date.

4 1/2 weeks to go ;-)

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 18:09

Thanks Pete - Your friend must have packing down to a fine art. My list is somewhat bigger than this.  I shall see what it weighs before having a rethink.

Anonymous
Wed, 08/21/2013 - 18:19

well, you have been before, so expect you have some useful tips from fellow travellers to share ?????

she is off to Mongolia, so not as high, or probably as cold, but I know from working on a few long cycling trips that packing too much is far too easy, and my last ten dayer I used half of my gear as it was a case of sleep, shower, out all day, eat, shower, sleep..

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 12:40

Did a trial pack at the weekend..... time to rethink!  22kg for my main baggage - and I thought it was hardly anything when I put it all on my spare bed.  Plus all my electrical gadgets were put on oneside to go in my carry-on bag!

I have the lightest bag I could find to put it all in.  Plus the stuff from the trip notes that they recommend taking - down sleeping bag, down jacket, clothes for layering (thermals, t-shirt, fleece jumper), cycling clothes (shorts, tracksters, short/long-sleeved top, waterproofs, gloves), helmet, saddle, pedals, shoes.  Minimal Toiletries (no hair dryer).  My luxury item is a roll of soft toilet paper - but that hardly weighs anything!  I even cut off the excess foil on my strip of Imodium tablets!

Tonight I shall resort to weighing everything and identifying which items are the heaviest (to wear whilst travelling), and which items I can replace with a lighter-version without compromising on warmth or comfort.

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 08:08

A bit of intelligent repacking, and my bag now weighs 15.9kg! Cannot believe that I have reduced it so much just by swapping heavy items with lighter ones, and reassessing what I shall be wearing for travelling.

I think I can cope with 15kg worth of excess baggage.

Anonymous
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 09:05

I can imagine the face of the customs guy as this "thing" weebles towards them, helmet over beanie, three coats, two fleeces and three layers of base over three pairs of cycling shorts, two pairs of tracksters and over trousers, plus waterproofs on top....

"do you need two seats madame???" 

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 09:17

need some advice on footwear out in the wilds, and Lhasa/Kathmandu, from previous travellers..  are a pair of heavier boots needed for off bike, or is it riding shoes, and trainers will suffice?

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 09:51

Love it - though I thought if I wore all my layers under one baggy skirt/top I might not be asked the question in the first place. Or I could shuffle through the airport wearing my sleeping bag and claim the early morning flight made me tired!

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 09:52

I'll just be wearing trainers when not cycling.

Anonymous
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 17:38

Got the final Itinerary today (although looks a little like a "one itinerary suits all - apart from e-ticket numbers). Suggests carrying 20kg, which is cool, if taking a bike and a pair of underwear..

Rang Jet and spoke with a very helpful lady..  from London to Kathmandu, she assures me the cumulative allowance is 30kg and £25/KG over that, with two bags allowed.  If you can get your bike in a TV box (which looks a lot like a bike box) then its only £140...lol... although the guys on the scurity scanner may not have a similar sense of humour...  have been working on 30KG in total all along, so here's hoping...

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Thu, 09/12/2013 - 22:56

Hi all

Anonymous
Thu, 09/12/2013 - 23:10

Assuming you are with us next Saturday ???

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Thu, 09/12/2013 - 23:19

I think we will all be trying to minimise that bit of the trip, seen some amazing trousers today with a dozen pockets, which may be useful for energy drinks, etc, and stop carrying by bag

I think If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Thu, 09/12/2013 - 23:21

Yes, I'm coming with you next saturday. I think our messages crossed over, as I type quite slowly! And I clearly didn't use a spell checker either!

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 07:54

I will be flying out next Friday - cant believe that this time next week I'll be off. Looking forward to meeting you all in Kathmandu.

Slightly concerned about my excess baggage charges, but will just wear my heavy clothes, fill my pockets with as much heavy stuff as I can get away with, and then just hope for the best. I'm suspecting my kitbag will weigh around 15-16kg.

Safe journey everyone, and I'll see you in a week's time.

H

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A Death Certificate shows you have Died
A Photo Album shows you have Lived

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 08:37

In a few hours time I'll be off to the airport.  Safe journey everyone, and I'll see you all on Sunday.

 

A Birth Certificate shows you were Born

A Death Certificate shows you have Died

A Photo Album shows you have Lived

Anonymous
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 08:47

See you Sunday. hope you got your wellies on...   

 

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 09:21

Wellies?

It's beautiful blue sky in Edinburgh - or is it Monsoon in Kathmandu?

Anonymous
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 09:26

thunderstorms in kathmandu, but 28 degrees, suncream and brolly, on a bike, cool imperial look

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 09:29

At least skin's waterproof!

Anonymous
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 14:27

Hi,The forcast i have for sunday is hot cloudy and dry.I know someone who did this trip and hade to pay £300 excess baggage on the flight to Lhasa ,see some of you sat ,Paul

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 15:40

Currently enjoying the BA lounge in Edinburgh - the sandwiches are lovely, and the alcohol is flowing.  Lovely start to the trip ;-)  Boarding in around 30 mins.

Anonymous
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 16:14

I am budgetting a similar amount, but hopefully in dollars..

If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.

Anonymous
Sat, 09/21/2013 - 13:45

Just finished the tour. Tough but awesome
Two of us are still staying at the Kathmandu guest house so if anyone wants some information on what to expect then happy to catch up for a beer this evening or tomorrow .... Email lambybutler@hotmail.com or text +61434987019

Cheers and good luck.
Nigel

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