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Everest Base Camp!! 16/04/12

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Hey Guys ....Not sure how many people have booked for this so far ....however, I can't wait!!

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Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Hey! Finally someone who is doing the same date haha. Cannot wait.

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

every other forum has loads of messages, ours has nowt, anyone actually going lol?

Joined: 13/04/2012
Posts: 3

Hi all!

Just thought I'd say hello now, as I'll be joining this motley crew,and hopefully puffing and panting my way to 5,364M with you all!

Regards

Leighton

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 7

hey ...it makes you wonder! ...just me, you and the sherpa's then! ..i'm ian ...and can not wait! ...ive been getting outside more to wear in my new boots , however there are not many hills around Reading!

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

well i'm doing it with my mate Emily, so there is atleast three of us. I think i have pretty much everything sorted, live in the Lake District so boots definately worn in, just need to find motivation to go out when it is pissing it down with rain.

Are you going on one of those trek smart days? Me and Em are going on the 25th, High Wycombe one. Bloody long trek for me! Names Andrew by the way :)

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 7

Hey Andrew ...and Emily!

No, ive entered the Reading half marathon which is 2 weeks before we fly out. So, i'm doing 2 runs a week and 1 walk :0

The walks i have been doing have been around 14miles with some hills ....my brother lives in B'mouth so will have a coupleof weekends down there walking the coastal path .....should be enough hills!

Lake district eh?! Jealous! ...love it up there ....at least you have all your equipment already haha

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Oh right, definitely not that fit to do a half marathon without collapsing haha.
Yeah the Lakes aren't half bad at the moment, nearly bloody died trying to climb Striding Edge on Helvellyn last week, not good lol. The trip will fly around before we know it i recon!

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 7

hey ....what a waste of money that would have been if you killed yourself! ha

I know ...the website advises getting the visa when there ...is that what your going to do? im thinking if thats whats adviced ..then i imagine everybody else will do the same

?? hhmm??

Cant believe its nearly march!! ..just over a month until we go!!!

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

yeah i will get mine when i am there i think. If we all do it the same then were all in the same boat if something goes wrong lol :p

Of to this trek smart thing on Saturday, will post something on here if anything worthwhile comes up. I know, cannot wait.

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Hey man. Went to the meeting at weekend was quite interesting, a couple of things, he advised us to get our visas now as it can take a long time. Go to doctors and get prescribed Diamox for altitude etc. Urmm money wise, take pounds some dollars and nepalese currency. ItS about £15 to £20 to eat a day, but have to tip people and to get around whilst in Kathmandu. Urmm can't remember anything else at the moment. If I do I'll let you know. :)

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Hey man. Went to the meeting at weekend was quite interesting, a couple of things, he advised us to get our visas now as it can take a long time. Go to doctors and get prescribed Diamox for altitude etc. Urmm money wise, take pounds some dollars and nepalese currency. ItS about £15 to £20 to eat a day, but have to tip people and to get around whilst in Kathmandu. Urmm can't remember anything else at the moment. If I do I'll let you know. :)

Joined: 16/05/2011
Posts: 27

Hi Andrew

I notice that at the Treksmart course you were advised to get a prescription for Diamox.

It is up to you whether you use Diamox. However, the Adventure Company's advice is that Diamox should not be used. This is because it can hide/mask symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) - allowing you to go to higher altitude. Going to a higher altitude when suffering from AMS can lead to further problems - but as symptoms are being masked it may not be apparent.

Of course, it is up to you - and many travellers do take Diamox (or similar). However I felt I should outline The Adventure Company's advice on this.

Also, we have contacted everyone else in your group to let them know that you are all having a conversation here. Hopefully more people will get in touch.

Kind regards

Sean

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Thanks Sean, will look into it a bit more before I make a decission I think. So you know the number of people taking part in our trip?

Joined: 16/05/2011
Posts: 27

Hi Andrew

There are currently 9 people booked on your trip. 6 guys, and 3 girls.

Kind regards

Sean

Joined: 07/11/2011
Posts: 1

Hey guys,

My name is Simon and i will be joining you on our trip of a lifetime. I am getting so excited for this now... I have done so much research and training for this i can just about say i am ready. The only thing that is bothering me is the altitude sickness thing. Does anyone know if we get together in London or Kathmandu?
Cant wait to meet you all.

Kind regards
Simon

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 7

hey Simon

I know ....time is approaching :)

nearly got all my equipment to take ...just looking into the malaria tablets now ...whats everybody else getting?

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Hi Simon, my guess is that we will all meet at Heathrow... we all have the same flight so shouldn't be a problem finding each other i'd recon

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

I've got Hep A and B, also typhoid, we don't need malaria, too high up just decent repelant. Do not need rabies also.

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 7

cool ...yeah im not gonna take malaria tablets or rabies injections ...not long to go people!!!!

Joined: 29/03/2012
Posts: 1

Hi All,

I'm James, and i am a late addition to the trip. Looking forward to sharing this experience with you all.

Can't wait.

Joined: 13/10/2011
Posts: 4

Hi everyone
I returned from this trip 2weeks ago and had a fantastic time!
If anyone has any questions/wants advise feel free to ask.
Stella

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Hi, still somethings that need answering, if you don't mind me asking how much money did you roughly get throught? And did you get hold of nepalese rupee okay out there? Diamox, did you use it? Think that's about it. :)

Joined: 13/10/2011
Posts: 4

Hi
I took out $40usd to pay for my visa at the airport then took the rest in sterling. Really easy to change your money; either at hotel Tibet or at least 3 currency places within less than 1minutes walk. Endless placeseverywhere and they all offer the same rate(or only 1ruppee difference) so dont worry too much about looking around for the best rate.
Diamox;I was very lucky and suffered no symptoms of altitude at all. However 6 out of 11 took Diamox the whole time and 2 others took it toward Base Camp.I didnt eventake any with me, but it's totally up to you.
Money; Kathmandu funds really depend if you need to hire stuff/how much you drink/buying gear etc. However on the treck; lunch £2-£4,dinner £3-£5 for mains. Water starts off at around £1, and goes up to £3 per litre (I used water purification tablets and was fine) Buy all your snacks/choc etc in Kathmandu or Nanche Bazar.
Hope this helps
Stella

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

That helps a lot, ta :)

Joined: 08/09/2011
Posts: 7

good questions and great feedback :)

I just hope i have enough battery-life and SD cards for my camera :0

So, what you think ...about £200 sterling for food? and then the rest for spending?

Can't believe its nearly here ...what time is everybody meeting at Heathrow? and where?

i see we need to check in 3 hrs before ..but which terminal?

Cant wait to meet you all!!

Joined: 13/04/2011
Posts: 15

Hi! The flight is at 20:45 from terminal 4 so I recon aim to get there for soon after 5?? At the moment I've got £300 worth of dollars? I just don't want to get there and not have enough. Can always change it back. My number is 07845888174, drop us a text or something so we can contact and find each other in Heathrow. Cannot wait too, finish work at 10pm Friday! Bring it on. You get diamox in the end?

Joined: 13/04/2012
Posts: 3

Hi all!

Just thought I'd say hello now, as I'll be joining this motley crew,and hopefully puffing and panting my way to 5,364M with you all!

Regards

Leighton

Joined: 11/04/2011
Posts: 1

Hi all! Been a bit slack at writing on here, but some useful comments etc! Really excited now, woo hoo! Looks as though it's wet and grey in Nepal at the moment, so waterproofs will come in handy I'm sure! Look forward to meeting you all very soon :-)

Emily

Joined: 13/04/2012
Posts: 3

Hi,

Lets hope the weather changes.. soon.

Does anybody have any concerns about making it all the way, or that lovely landing in Lukla ;( ( inner demons and all that )

Leighton

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