EBC - 20th Sept - 6 Oct

Hi, 👋🏼

Anyone booked on this trip? :)

Hi Ann Marie

Yes, we are! I‘m Stevie and my husband Carl. Half excited, half nervous. 

hi Stevie and Carl. Nice to meet you both 😂

Sorry for the late reply.

 3 months and 3 days to go 😂. Not counting or anything. How is the training going?

And you! Loving the countdown!  Training going ok I think - walking, cycling and Pilates. Two trips to Cumbria planned in July for fell-walking. What about you? Have you done anything like this before? 

Fantastic! Will be a walk in the park for you both and enjoy the trip to Cumbria, sounds good!

I joined a rambler group this year so this weekend, we went to the Peak a District, other than that I work out in the gym - running and stair climber mainly.

I’ve previously done Kilimanjaro, Inca trail and Mount Toubkal - all with Exodus. EBC has been on my bucketlist for some time. How about yourselves? Have you done anything similar?

 

Oh I hope so! We’ve trekked in Nepal before, at lower levels, and also done the Inca Trail. We’ve done some other Exodus trips, nearer to sea level! 

Lovely!

Are you flying from Heathrow?

No, home is in South Yorkshire so we’re flying from Manchester. 

Oh yes that makes sense, I live in Birmingham but flying from Heathrow to Istanbul. 

Hi Ann, Stevie and Carl. My name is Julian and i will also be on this trip with my good friend Jon, we are flying out of Heathrow Ann so no doubt we will meet you at the airport. 

Hi Julian, look forward to meeting you and Carl :)

Just under a month now!

Is everyone feeling prepared?

Hi, and hello Julian and Jon

Are you all taking a water sterilisation kit?  Or relying on the boiled water from the tea houses?

We've done about as much prep as we're going to I think - long walk in the Peaks planned for BH Monday.  Just the packing to get our heads round!

What time do you arrive in Kathmandu from LHR - we arrive 08.20

S&C

Hi Stevie, i think we come in at 06.20 on the 21st. We have some tablets and also a UV steri pen. I have just started training lol to little to late is the term i think. but never mind it will be what it is.

Hey to everyone, my name is Fiona and I will be trekking in the same group as you guys departing on 20th Sept from LHR.  Possibly in the 'camp' (no pun intended) of having all the gear but no idea, but I'm enthusiatic, if not a little nervous of the suspension bridges.  Gots loads of questions in my head, and looking forward to meeting everyone :)

Hey to everyone, my name is Fiona and I will be trekking in the same group as you guys departing on 20th Sept from LHR.  Possibly in the 'camp' (no pun intended) of having all the gear but no idea, but I'm enthusiatic, if not a little nervous of the suspension bridges.  Gots loads of questions in my head, and looking forward to meeting everyone :)

Looking forward to meeting you all.  Funny, isn't it - I'm not worried about the suspension bridges, its flyng in / out of Lukla that's giving me the heebie-jeebies!

I’m going to rely on the boiled water and I have tablets. Hopefully should be fine  

Hi Fiona, suspension bridges make me nervous too! And yeah the taking off from Lukla but looking forward to the whole experience. 

Just reading the trips notes. Has anyone sorted their visa?

I’m sure we’ll be able to support each other through our respective anxieties!!! 

I’m planning to go to the Embassy to get my visa next Friday. One less thing to worry about. 

Just watching Ant Middleton’s Extreme Everest, for a healthy dose of perspective ;)

Bring it on!!!! 

We‘ve got our visas, thanks to a work trip to London earlier this month!  They were very efficient at the Embassy, didn’t take long. 

What did you think of Extreme Everest? They did fast forward the journey from Lukla to Basecamp. Ant Middleton was our guest speaker at my work conference this year. Very inspiring!

I just sent my passport off to the Embassy yesterday. Fingers crossed I will receive it back in time.

What did you think of Extreme Everest? They did fast forward the journey from Lukla to Basecamp. Ant Middleton was our guest speaker at my work conference this year. Very inspiring!

I just sent my passport off to the Embassy yesterday. Fingers crossed I will receive it back in time.

Hi Ann Marie,

To be honest I watched it to get my head into what the environment was going to look like and help me pack the right clothing.

You're completely right that they fast forwarded from Lukla to EBC, but it was still useful albeit I think Ant did the climb later in the year.  I am expecting the lower altitudes will need lighter clothing (c20DegC) and at higher altitudes the layers will have to be applied (c-15DegC).  Does anyone else have any other views, I may be way off mark......

I'm sure the Embassy will be efficient and return your passport in time :)

Is anyone taking a sleeping mat. I can't decide if I need to if we're sleeping in teahouses.

We’ve decided no to sleeping mats (thinking about that weight limit!) and lots of layers for different temperatures....

Thanks Stevie,  I think I’ll do the same!! I’ve invested in a solar-panel charger which is quite weighty so I need to make some Trade-offs :)

Just one question on your visa did you and Carl get a 30 day visa? I think we’re in country too long for a 15 day one

Yep, we got the 30 day one - I told the lady at the embassy the dates and she said even if it’s only one day over we should get the longer one. 

My god-son has one of those chargers, I’m hoping to pinch / borrow it! 

The embassy are more than efficient. I got my passport back today.

I‘ve been told that the beds are quite decent so I won’t be taking a mat either.. and I’m taking plenty of layers also! 

 

Thanks Stevie re. visa duration, I will do the same. I’m impressed with my initial trial of the solar panel but it is quite weighty!

Great service for you Ann-Marie, very impressive. Looking forward to the same service on Friday!

Had a trial pack as well, then realised that as I’m hiring a sleeping back I’m not sure of the weight of that and if that’s included in the 10kg limit. I’m guessing it is.  

Anyone else had a practice pack?! I’m really struggling with the weight limits!!!! Big bag 11kg with everything the packing list suggests, and wash bag not in yet! and that’s with me wearing my hiking boots and big down jacket.......

Hey Stevie, I’ve also had a practice pack also and I am struggling to get everything into the exodus bag. I’ve had a look online and the exodus bag is 70litres. Spoke to a few people who have done the EBC trek and they told me to get a 90-100litre bag for more room. Haven’t weighed my bag yet though.  It is a struggle for 10kg. 

Are you taking a suitcase and then packing at Kathmandu or just taking the holdall?

We're planning on only taking the Exodus bags, and daypacks as hand luggage - we're barely in Kathmandu for a day and half in total. So folks, my outfit for dinner on the last night will look identical to the evenings on the trek!  Unlless I buy a new T-Shirt especially for the occasion in Thamel!

Hi all, I’m going to take a suitcase and pack my kit bag at hotel only because I want to have non-trekking clothes when we get back to Kathmandu after we finish. 

Cant believe how much ‘stuff’ I’ve got to take  looked at the weather at Lukla and it’s still rainy so am expecting to have everything in dry bags.

Any idea how many of us are on tour together? 

Hi Fi, I asked that Q a couple of weeks ago - they said 13 of us, 3 couples, 7 solo, 7 women and 6 men.  

Thanks Stevie / Carl,  good to know and seems to be a nicely balanced group. 

Anyone else feeling slightly nervy?? I‘ve not done anything like this before. Just need to get out there!!

oh yes, I’m slightly nervy too - but I think that’s not a bad thing! 

Hi Everyone.  Sorry to be so late to post anything! We have also been working through the packing list and can only agree that the 70 litre Exodus bags seem very small - my (rather old) sleeping bag takes up half mine! I had to go into London last Thursday so got our 30 day visas - only 2 other people in the queue.  Yes definitely feeling very nervous....

(Hi Andrew and Jill!)

I’m admitting defeat and packing the Exodus kit bag into a bigger suitcase. Ah well, it was fun trying!!!! 

Thanks Stevie.   In retrospect we should have  "logged" into the community chat a bit earlier. We are on the LHR Turkish Airlines flight leaving at 11.30am so may meet some of you in the queue..

Hi Andrew and Jill. Looking forward to meeting you both!! Your comments reminded me that I hadn’t properly thought about my sleeping bag as I’m hiring one!! Oops!! WI’ll have to fight with the kit bag once we get there. 

I’m sure taking a suitcase is the way to go. Nothing to lose and Im hoping you’ll share some of your experiences of what we really need to take with us!!

 

I‘m on the TK flight as well from LHR. You can’t miss my bright yellow suitcase!!!

see you there hopefully. 

Fiona

I‘m on the TK flight as well from LHR. You can’t miss my bright yellow suitcase!!!

see you there hopefully. 

Fiona

Hi Fi   Dont ask us what we will need - besides a Ramblers walk earlier this summer neither Jill or myself have ever walked for more than a day in a row - so all new.  As I say , nervous but excited all at the same time.  We will look out for a yellow suitcase

Hi Andrew and Jill. Looking forward to you meeting you both too.

I‘m also going to take my suitcase and leave it at the hotel. Hoping they have scales there incase we need to repack our kit bags. 

Hi Ann Marie   We have a light weight set of scales that we can take so anyone can borrow them when at the first hotel.

ps Fi - what exactly are you doing to that rock in your photo?

Hi Andrew, apologies the ‘experience‘ reference was for Stevie & Carl as I believe they have trekked in Nepal before. I have simply too much stuff and happy for recommendations for what is essential!!

I was getting to closer to nature up in the Glens when we climbed Ben Nevis. I can be a bit off the wall at times :) might be difficult to tell if I’m suffering from the altitude!!!!

We have trekked in Nepal before BUT it was 18 years ago! We did the Annapurna foothills, no weight limit, only 4 days, and no flight in and out of Lukla!! I’m hoping all will become very clear at the trekking briefing........ 

So looking forward to meeting you all, not long now ;0)

 

Hi to anyone flying from LHR.  I have just tried to check in and it looks like some of the flight times have changed on Turkish Airlines.  Anyone else got the same issues?  Cheers Fi

Hi Fiona. I’ve just had a look online. Looks like the 2nd flight is flying out  10 mins later than what was scheduled

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