I'm sure I'll be shot down by a few for even asking this question. I know how ridiculous it must sound to the seasoned
I'll give you a bit of a background of myself...
I'm an athlete - have been for 22 years. I try to keep myself in good shape and cycle/run daily. The thought of climbing Everest is all that's on my mind for the moment. I understand all the dangers that comes with it, of course. I've travelled 20 countries and am currently residing in Thailand. My questions are...
- Is it possible to be doing the climb from being a guy with no experience - in three years time?
- I've looked at a lot of websites and it seems I'm gonna need around 50 - 100,000 dollars to do it. Is this a good figure on how much it's going to cost me?
- What kind of training should one take up if he was considering an Everest climb?
- Am I being delusional thinking that this could even be possible for a person (of no experience) like myself.
With two weeks away from my departure to Nepal. I still don't know if I should bring my tent with me. I have a Big Agnes Slater UL2 (3 season) tent. It’s around 2 lbs and 15 ounces. My plan is to stay with locals as well, but I was thinking it might be nice to camp once in a while.
What is your opinion?
EBC trek advice needed!!
So this might be a lot but if anyone can help me out I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance
So Im a 25 year old American female traveling solo to Nepal mid March for a month. My main thing is to do the EBC trek and possibly make it to Gokyo too and I would like to walk in from Jiri. I get to Katmandu March 10 and leave April 10. Do you think this is possible?
1. Hiring a guide? I'm just curious on general prices of going with a guide and if its highly recommended or if I can do it on my own and what the money difference would be. I was thinking if I met anyone else that wanted to be trekking buddies that would be welcome. I know it's probably not safest to go trekking totally alone.
2. My original plan is do the long way in via Jiri and fly out of Lukla. I'm super iffy on that airport, but I know everyone says I'll survive and it will be awesome, I'm just a bit wary but I'm not going to walk in AND out. Has anyone done the walk via Jiri? How is it? Does anyone have a suggested itinerary?
3. Visas, TIMS, park passes, etc. what exactly do I need, where can I get them easiest and how much?
4. Clothing wise, I know it will be cold especially at night. I currently live in Thailand so I don't exactly have thermals and all that wonderful stuff here, nor am I sure if its available (I live in Chiang Rai and will be in Chiang Mai prior to departure so if you know somewhere please let me know). I do have a pair of under armor leggings and a long sleeve shirt and a NorthFace fleece that I have from skiing that got me through Thailand's "cold" season. Are there places in Katmandu to buy these when I get there? Also what's an ideal packing list? I want to pack as light as possible and am not concerned with wearing the same thing multiple times obviously. Socks wise...are good ones and the liners available in Katmandu? Same with gloves, I've seen packing suggestions saying being three separate pairs but that seems like overkill.
5. I've heard you can rent equipment in Katmandu pretty cheap? Sleeping bag wise I would like to rent rather than buy and preferably a very warm one. I have heard you can rent down jackets in Namche as well because before there you maybe don't need it as much. Is this advisable or would you suggest renting in Katmandu? I wouldn't want to get up there and not be able to get a jacket.
6. My shoes. I have a pair of what I would call hiking sneakers, not so much boots (Merrell) from home. Would these be ok for the trail (I actually don't know if they are waterproof) or should I look I to buying a new pair in Nepal? Money is kind of tight.
7. Any other advice anyone has? Absolute essentials to bring or not bring?
Thank you so much!
Is it allowed to bring from US to Nepal fuel canister?
Is December/January a good time of the year to go to Base Camp Everest?
I own a IPhone, which is unlocked. I was wondering where I can buy a SIM card in Kathmandu, so that I can call U.S.
Plus, is it better to order the SIM card from U.S. or just get it in Kathmandu?
Can you suggest a good agency to purchase ticket to Lukla. Thank you.
I know that most of you stay with locals when trekking to base camp of Mt Everest. But, what is your opinion about camping/tenting? Do you think it's a good idea? Please give me your opinion. Thank you.
I'm planning a trip in March 2014, and would like to book a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Most places want me to email them a copy of my passport and credit card information via email.
I land on March 15th at 11:45AM in Kathmandu. I want to get on the first flight on March 16th to Lukla.
Question 1: What is the best way to get a ticket to Lukla via secure way.
Question 2: How many weeks, or months ahead of time should I purchase my ticket?
Do I need a permit a camp a night at Mt. Everest Base Camp? I'm going solo.
I am travelling to Nepal in early November and planning to trek to Everest Base camp and Gokyo lakes, the tour company I planned to use is no longer running the trek to suit my dates.
I would be grateful if anyone can recommend a suitable company
I am planning to do EBC trekking early next year and I would like some advices from more experienced trekkers.
My questions are;
1. Is there fitness restrictions? (i'm in my mid 20s in a good shape)
2. Any medical restrictions? (I do have flat feet)
Thank you all,
Heading to base camp form Kuala on 14Aug 2013 and was looking for a climbing partner or group?I'm a 28 yr old male from Ireland and climbing alone.climbed Kilimanjaro last year and looking for another challenge.would appreciate any advise,cheers
We are attempting the EBC trek this November staying in tea houses.
I am having a bit of trouble trying to work out exactly what rating sleeping bag we should take on the Trek. Both my wife and I have -2 (celsius) bags which we will use for travelling through india and china (either side of the EBC trek)
but I am not convinced that -2 would sufficient for the EBC on its own.
I have the Deuter Trek Lite 300 - deuter.com/en/DE/product/6-8... and was planning on boosting the comfort rating with a thermal sleeping bag liner which should get me at least to -10 celcius)
I figured that if that was not enough, then I could always use the blankets that are apparently at the tea houses - or wear all my clothes.
Has anyone tried this before - or is able to give me any guidance on this?
M frm patiala, punjab india. M planning to go to EBC alone in nov or dec this year. I hv a vry small budget. I cant afford pacages. Cant afford to let big money ruin my dream. Can anyone let me know the chespest kathmandu-ebc-kathmandu 15 day trek?? Or ne1 frm north india interested in going with me?
I'm an experienced big wall climber and have recently become interested with the idea oh climbing everest but I'm not sure where to start. I need someone to shoot me in the right direction. Advice on guided vs private parties, training, books to read, or a preferred website to learn more would greatly be appreciated.
Hi there, I am planning to go to EBC in November this year. As I'm going as a single travelling female I want to go through a reputable travel agency. There are a couple in Britain which I am looking at, Safejourneys & Nepal Uncovered. Both seem to be relatively cheap compared to some of the other sites advertising, one of them almost half the cost. I am wondering if anyone has experience of either of these companys and finally why do you think there is such a huge margin between prices from different companys when they are all offering the same trek? Your feedback will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
i am preparing to climb base camp in april/may 2013. I am not sure if it worth buying new gear or can i hire from Kathmandu? I need down jacket, crampons, ice axe, walking poles, gaiters, waterproof snow pants and jackets etc, how good or well stocked are the local shops in Kathmandu? appreciate feed back from people who have been there
I'm just after a little advice on a trip to everest base camp.
Me and my bro are planning a 12 day trek in late april/ early may 2013. After the trip we are travelling onwards through asia and australia so like a lot of travellers we are trying to keep the costs down. In my experiences of travelling so far I have always found it less costly to book a tour with a local travel agent when you arrive at the destination. So I was wondering if we should wait until we arrive in kathmandu and book the trek there for a better price. Does any one know the rough cost of a 12 day trek to EBC including all costs (flight to lukla etc) when booked in kathandu?
Any info would be great. Thanks!
I will be leaving for my trek to Everest Base Camp in 6 weeks. I want to get trekking poles and a sleeping bag liner in Kathmandu. What shops would someone recommend that I can get these two items in Kathmandu? Where are they in Kathmandu? Could I get these two items in Namache Bazaar?
Thanks in advance.
For my first time in Nepal I am planning to head to Everest Base camp and back past Gokyo over Cho La Pass in or around April 2013. At the moment I am planning for around 15 days with and extra 2 days in case they are needed for any reason or if we feel like spending an extra day somewhere.
Any opinions or advice on the itinerary I have planned would be much appreciated.
We are not interested in doing this trek with a tour group as we would just like to enjoy it at our own pace, but, we would definitely like to hire a guide somewhere along the way. Maybe not the whole way but I have heard that from Namche for sure and it is a great help to have local eyes and knowledge over Cho La pass. So also any advice on hiring a guide would also be appreciated.
And one last question, I realise that april is a pretty good time to be trekking through there but how busy is it actually on the trail around that time?
Day 1. Lukla – Phakding / Monju
Depending on how we feel we might pass Phakding and head to Monju
Day 2. Phakding / Monju – Namche
Day 3. Rest Day in Namche
Do day walk to acclimatise
Day 4. Namche – Tengboche / Deboche
Day 5. Tengboche / Dingboche
Day 6. Rest Day in Dingboche
Do day walk to acclimatise
Day 7. Dingboche – Lobuche
Day 8/9. Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Lobuche
Gorak Shep – Kalar Patar
Gorak Shep – Base Camp
Day 10. Lobuche – Dzonglha
Day 11. Dzonglha – Dragnag
Day 12. Dragnag – Gokyo
Day 13. Gokyo – Dole
Day 14. Dole – Namche
Day 15. Namche - Lukla
My first time to Nepal I’m beginning plan of my trip.
I begin from the last part of my Itinerary. I would like stay in Tengboche during the Mani Ridu Festival that start 14 november (if I’m not wrong). I don’t like to fly to Lukla, so How to plan?
1 option : Kathmandu-Jiri by Bus. Trekking Jiri – Tengboche – How many day top plan including back to Kathmandu? (I could fly from Lukla )
2 option: can I reach Lukla by bus? In this case I read this:
Day 1.Lukla to Phakding
Day 2.Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 3. Acclimatization day at Namche
Day 4.Namche to Tengboche
I would like to do indipendently with a porter I need permits?
Is november too could for good treekking? I red there is no rain, (or not a lot) is it correct?
Could you tell me the trekking route from jiri to tengboche?
Any other suggestion could be appreciate hoping to do a wanderful experience
planning to trek everest basecamp in this Nov with a 4 members group. trip is goinged to be planned independently but will hire a guide and a porter. Need few advises in hiring a guide and porter.
1. Noted the price per guide / porter is between15-20/day. do we hv to keep any deposits in advance /do we hv to pay for the whole trek at the beginning or do we pay them daily or after the trek
2. when it says20/day does it normally includes the trekking permit for guide/porter , National park entry feee , air fair to Lukla and thier food and accomodation through our the trek
3. Does anyone hv an idea of the average cost for trekking permit , part entry and air fair for guides / porters
4. Any recomondations for good standard type hotels in Kathmandu for the price lower than30/night for a couple .
5. One person can speak Hindi in our group, Do the nepalese speaks in Hindi or do they understand hindi
thanks a lot
We're planning to do the trek from Jiri to EBC and hopefully all the way to Kala Patthar. We have no idea on how to go about this so if you guys could help us out we would greatly appreciate it. :)
1. Is May a good time to do the trek?
2. Can anyone recommend a reputable company in Kathmandu where we can get a guide? And roughly how much the total cost of hiring a guide per day.
3. Usually how long would it take to do the entire trek and how does the usual itinerary look like?
Thank you in advance for all your help. :)
Hi, I'm interested in booking a 14 day EBC trek with Adventure Pilgrims Trekking. I would like some feedback on this tour company. Has onyone used them and can you recommend?
I am planning the EBC trek in February and had a couple of questions I was hoping you could help me out with.
1. Is it possible to start in Lukla and end on the Tibet side. (I'm American and hold and active Chinese Visa/diplomatic passport), if so, approximately how long would this take for an experienced hiker. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations.
2. How is the weather and crowd in February?
We are a group of 6 folks from Bangalore looking forward to an EBC trek in 25 days. Being an unaided trek we want to take extra precautions against medical emergencies. Apart from the medical insurance we'd love to have a fortified medical kit. I have listed a comprehensive list of personal medicines. Would love to have feedback from wiser and more experienced members. Would also be obliged if members can advise on dosage for specific medicines if important.
Bandage Wraps, Band aids, antiseptic cream.
Fever – Paracetamol
Stomach Problems – Antacids
Gardia (stomach infection) – Flagyl or Most effective is Tiniba (tinidazole) 2000 mg (4x500mg) taken at once
Travelers diarrhea – Imodium;
Ciprofloxacin for typhoid and severe dysentery. (Ciprofloxacin 500mg 2/day for 7d, before food) (Many people are immuned to CIPRO; can alternatively carry - Azothromycin 3x500mg (500mg/day)
Typhoid Vaccine – as a precaution
Water purification – Iodine, Lugol Solution (tastes horrible)
Altitude Sickness - Diamox
Rehydration sachets –
Sun Block/ Lip Balm/ Vaseline/ or any other cream for winter blisters.