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Hi There!

We are booked on the adventure Nepal trip on the 18th of November.  Wondered if there was anyone else booked to go - would be great to hear from you!

JayKay

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Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi,

We are also booked to go on the Adventure Nepal trip In November. We had booked for the same time last year but is was cancelled as no one else was booked, so its great to here it will definately go ahead this time.

Heidi & Paul

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Joined: 03/05/2011
Posts: 1

Hi everyone,

I am going to be on the trip too. I am coming on my own and really looking forward to it. I have been to the Indian Himalayas before, but this will be my first trip to Nepal. I have wanted to do this trek for a long time, so counting down to November now.

Looking forward to meeting you all.

Rach

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Is anyone else going on the trek smart day and do you think its worthwhile?

Joined: 08/06/2011
Posts: 7

Hi Heidi / Paul,

We haven't decided on the treksmart day yet - let us know if you decide to go!

Jenny and karen

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi Again,

We have decided its def worthwhile for us having never been on a trekking hol before!!! We have booked onto the High Wycombe one on 17th Sept. Have you been on a similar hol before?

Heidi and Paul

Joined: 08/06/2011
Posts: 7

We have not done an official trekking holiday, although we have done independant walking hols in the alps and northern spain.
We would probably go to the course in Buxton tho' as it is closer for us, but still haven't actually decided!

Jenny and Karen

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 3

Hi Everyone,

Just booked on the trip a few days ago and very much looking forward to it. It is my first time doing anything like this, other than day trips in the hills and mountains in the UK. Glad I will not be the only one who has not been on a trek before!

Trevor.

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi again everyone,

Well only 8 weeks to go now!!! Trevor, Paul is very pleased to hear another man is booked on the trip....think he was getting worried he would be surrounded by only women!!! We went on the Treksmart day last Saturday and found it very helpful with regards to packing and Malaria precautions. Feels abit more real now!!! Looking forward to meeting you all.

Heidi and Paul

Joined: 08/06/2011
Posts: 7

Hi everyone!

We are really looking forward to the trip now - can't wait. Unfortunately, we couldn't get on any of the trek smart days due to work commitments, but glad to hear it was a useful day. Any tips you can pass on would be appreciated!.
Just putting together our packing lists and trying to squeeze everything into a 65 litre trek bag (it's not happening!).
really looking forward to meeting everyone.

See you soon!

Jenny and Karen

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi Jenny and Karen,

My god you are organised!!! On the day we were told one set of clothes for wearing and one for washing!!!! Hence I've since cut my mass of stuff down to four sets....can't quite manage just the two.....still having trouble squeezing it all in though!!
The other thing was the list said to bring 1 1l water bottle but we were told you actually need 2 each....maybe worth knowing in advance. The guide said our trip was one of her favourites so very excited now.
Only 7 weeks tomorrow!!!!

Heidi and Paul

Joined: 08/06/2011
Posts: 7

Hi All,

Wow - four changes of clothes - will have to work on that one! Trouble is that once the sleeping bag is in, there is not much room for much else - lol. Thanks for the advice about the water bottles, we will get another each.

Have had a nightmare trying to get hold of rabies vaccine - have you had any problems? We finally sourced some yesterday, but are having to pay more for it :-(

Anyways, just over a month to go - looking forward to meeting all of you!

Jenny and Karen

Joined: 07/10/2011
Posts: 4

Hi All

I have also booked on this trip, looks pretty cool.........................hopefully that wont be the theme at night when trying to sleep?

With that in mind am going to buy a pretty good sleeping bag, looking forward to this little adventure, and getting away from the rat race for a couple of weeks.

I have been told that the Nepalese people are extremely friendly. Also another intresting thing is apparently its worth takeing rubbers and pencils for the kids in the villages as a bit of a gesture. I need to just clarify this though as heard it through a second party.

Regards

Rob

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 3

Hi all,

Hi Rob, another ally for Paul and I.

Heidi and Paul, thanks for the tips on packing, makes the decision of what to take easier and the shopping list shorter....might be able to squeeze in a few rubbers and pencils now!
Was any mention made of using an hydration system (bladder) as that is what I intened to do?

See you all soon,

Trevor

Joined: 07/10/2011
Posts: 4

Hi Trevor

I will veryify the rubber and pencil thing first, before you raid W H Smiths. I should find out in a week or so if that is a correct story.

I know when I was in deepest Africa a couple of yrs ago the people in villages sourround you there asking for clothes, and moisturiser believe it or not.

Regards

Rob

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi again,

Jenny / Karen. We are not actually bothering with the rabies injection due to cost. The Treksmart day said its totally a personal choice and my doctor did not think it necessary so lets just hope its not an issue!!!! Same was said re malaria tablets, usually half the group do take them and half don't according to the course leader.
Trevor.....the issue of using a hydration system was talked about...it was actually recommended that 2 water bottles each was the best choice as these are filled daily for us by group leaders and more hygenic on the trek....but some other people still intended to take theirs...so maybe worth taking one bottle at least maybe!!!
Rob....good to hear another man is on the trip to balance out the group dynamics abit....thanks for the advice re pencils and rubbers....tho not sure I'll be able to fit anything else in my rucksack at the mo.....really struggling with cutting the amount of clothes down.....not the time to be all girly about packing I guess lol !!!!!
Well looking forward to meeting you all soon....can't believe how close we are now!!!! Oh is anyone else planning on doing the everest flight???? We should get the chance and it costs about £90 each apparantly but we need to ask asap on arrival.

Heidi & Paul

Joined: 27/09/2011
Posts: 2

Hi all

I'm glad everyone is so chatty! I was a little worried about going alone, but I'm not now! :)

I've booked on this a bit late, so I'm rushing about organising bits and bobs. I can't wait! I'm so excited!

Thank you for all the useful information. I'm slightly concerned about what clothing to pack too. It's definitely a girly thing! I was being quite good with changes of clothes, but I'm worried about being cold. The notes say to bring a down jacket (which I have) and a fleece, do you think that will be enough? Any more though and it won't fit in the bag!

I'm not planning on taking malaria tablets. I already have my rabies (sounds strange doesn't it?), but I wouldn't bother otherwise. I'd say you'd be pretty lucky to see any animal that close, let alone get bitten by it!

I'd be very keen on doing the everest flight if anyone else is. Once in a lifetime opportunity I'd say, since I'm not planning on hiking to it ;)

Another worry of mine is the visa. Clearly I'm not too keen on sending my passport off this late in the day so I was planning to get it when I was there. Is anyone else doing that?

Thanks

Verity

Joined: 20/10/2011
Posts: 3

Well my name is Ross and i booked it yesterday, just read all yor posts, jeezus i better get organised, which will probably be on the 17th !!.

Looking forward to it, just a bit unsure about the bag situation, massive rucksack which wont be big enough i think, or ski bag ??

Ross

Joined: 07/10/2011
Posts: 4

Hi Verity and Ross too

The bag situation is a bit of a debate with me, have a backpack, but how big should your day pack be, hmmm?

Also taking a down jacket takes up a lot of space, another do I, dont I.

I bought a four season sleeping bag from Blacks today, they were on offer in our local shop, so may be worth looking out for.

Regards

Rob

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 3

Hi all,
Thanks for the tips on bottles Heidi and Paul, will probably just take two of them, then
Hi Verity, I am going to get my visa on arrival, having previously downloaded the form from http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php. Having looked at a number of forums, the process of obtaining a visa upon entry seems fairly straight forward....don’t forget your photo for the visa though.
Hi Rob and Ross, a normal 25 -30lt day sack should be ok for the necessities you need to carry with you during the day. I’ve just brought a 100lt wet and dry bag (it has a useful compartment for keeping the wet/dirty stuff completely separate from your “clean” clothes) from Cotswolds for the rest of the things I need to take. I am not going to take a down jacket; I tend to “run hot” and will just use the appropriate layers to keep warm and dry.
It’s frightening how quick the time is going, we will be sitting in the departure lounge before we know it!
Check this guys web site on Virtual Tourist for lots of tips whilst visiting Nepal. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/50192/6ec/

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi Verity,

Yes we are very interested in doing the Everest flight as like you say...once in a lifetime opportunity!!!! Don't forget the $40 dollars for the visa either...we were told it has to be $ as they will not accept any other currency when entering. We too are doing the visas when we arrive.
We are taking our down jackets, a waterproof and fleece....well I hope...have not actually tried to fit everything in yet!!!
Can't believe how close it is now!!! Exciting stuff

Joined: 08/06/2011
Posts: 7

Hi All,

only a few weeks to go...!!

We are also keen on doing the everest flight, if other people are going for it.

Finally got our rabies vaccines sorted after having to go private. I Would really recommend taking anti malarials though as I have seen a quite a few people in hospital who have been told it is up to them whether they take them or not, and have then promptly contracted malaria. Chitwan national park is a high malaria risk area and the antimalarial can be obtained without a prescription for about £30.

Think I have packing sorted now although it is still a bit like the krypton factor trying to fit everyhting in! - have down jacket which I can squish into a suprisingly small stuff sac which is great. I was also planning on taking a water bottle plus my hydration system.

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Jenny and Karen

Joined: 16/05/2011
Posts: 27

Hi

We agree with Jenny and Karen's recommendation to get anti-malarials.

Please speak to a travel clinic or your GP about which anti-malarials are appropriate: some anti-malarials are significantly less effective in certain parts of the world.

Have a great trip everyone.

Kind regards

Sean Hughes
Customer Operations Manager
The Adventure Company

Joined: 20/10/2011
Posts: 3

Sean,

Ive got a warm fleece, and jumper, will a down Jacket be really necessary ??. Struggling for space and weight 1.

Ross

Joined: 27/09/2011
Posts: 2

Hello everyone!

Not long to go now! :) I've just stuffed everything into my bag, and it fits...so far, I expect I'll find something rather large that I've forgotten!

Thanks for the advice, Trevor, Heidi and Paul, I'll try not to forget my 40 dollars. Is everyone taking the pound otherwise?

I'm definitely taking antimalarials now!! I'd rather be safe than sorry.

More questions...what sort of waterproof jacket do you all think is appropriate? I've packed a small thin one, but am now concerned that maybe a more substantial one may be better.

Ross, I guess it depends how cold you get. I'm usually freezing. I rang the adventure company and someone told me it typically gets to about 10 at night, but the lowest it's been is 1 at this time of year, but that was unusually cold.

Cant wait to meet you all!

Verity

Joined: 20/10/2011
Posts: 3

Thanks Verity, 10 isnt too bad, i can cope with that and if it gets cold ill just get in my sleeping bag, my down jacket just takes up so much space which id rather sacrifice for other stuff !!

Ross

Joined: 08/06/2011
Posts: 7

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone isn't getting too stressed about the packing! I asked about currency this morning Verity, and it seems you just have to take stirling or US dollars with you and then exchange it in Nepal. Not sure how much to take though....
I have also just packed a very light waterproof as we are going in one of the driest months, so I was hoping this would be ok. (my better jacket just won't pack small enough).
Really looking forward to meeting everyone - will be looking out for other intrepid-looking sorts at Heathrow :-)

Jenny and Karen

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 8

Hi All,

Jenny and Karen we were told to take around £200 each and then as back up $100 each of travellers cheques.
Yes def going for the malaria tablets now but only for the Chitwan part of trek as was told on the Treksmart day that all the trek routes are almost no risk areas so hope I've got enough now!!! I went for the more expensive ones tho as was advised they have far less nasty side affects......having sickness etc on the rafting would not be desirable to say the least!!!!
Well not long now....can't believe its come around so quickly!!!!
See you all soon.

Heidi & Paul

Joined: 09/11/2011
Posts: 4

I'm off to Nepal around April. Can't wait. Have fun guys, let me know how it goes!

Joined: 07/10/2011
Posts: 4

Hi All

Well all packed, it is close now as started taking malaria tablets yesterday. I guess we will all have a mad four days at work, tying up loose ends before the trip.

I know its only the Chitwan part that only poses risk but better safe than sorry :)

I dont know about everyone else but the preperation in what you are going to take for this trip takes some thinking about :)

Also def intrested in doing the Everest flight, the weather looks good for our arrival too. http://uk.weather.com/weather/10day-Kathmandu-NPXX0002

Regards

Rob

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