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Everest Base Camp 4 Oct

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I thought I would set the ball rolling. It would be good to hear from anyone else on this trip.

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Joined: 15/09/2010
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Getting closer to the departure date and I'm kind of hoping i'm not going on my own. Anyone else out there?

Joined: 15/09/2010
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Andy,

2 - brilliant, a nice small group, we'll have a personallised tour!

I was also a bit worried about my fitness etc, with the last time I did any strenuouse hill walking/mountaineering being over 5 years ago. Hwever, I went to the Trek Smart day that they run to give advice on the tours, and my mind was put at ease. It looks like we have a similar level of fitness, and from what the trek leaders were saying, I think we'll be fine.

I have saved an absolute fortune at Costwolds Outdoors with my 20% discount card, just don't tell my wife how much you need to spend to save that much. As for gaiters - no idea. Same as you my limited research suggests that they are not needed, but I might take them just in case (dependant on how the packing goes).

Everyone seems to suggest US Dollars, although GB pounds also accepted. Cash better than travellers cheques. You can get local currency on arrival - suggested as otherwise everyone rounds up to give a $ price.

Power adapters? Hmm, I think I'll take a selection and hope for the best. Not all the Tea houses have electricity.

Only 1 week to go, see you there!

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Joined: 01/01/1970
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Well there are definitely two of us. :)

Andy - aged 36 - live in London.

Vaguely concerned about my fitness - run the occasional 10k, bike 14 miles per day to/from work but too many hours in front of a PC and bottles of Californian red take their toll.

Got 6 weeks off before I start my next job - booked as a late joiner.

Cheers.

Joined: 11/10/2010
Posts: 3

Well there are definitely two of us. :)

Andy - aged 36 - live in London.

Vaguely concerned about my fitness - run the occasional 10k, bike 14 miles per day to/from work but too many hours in front of a PC and bottles of Californian red take their toll.

Got 6 weeks off before I start my next job - booked as a late joiner.

Cheers.

Joined: 11/10/2010
Posts: 3

http://evk2.isac.cnr.it/

Hmm - looking a little wet but better than last week - Let's hope the monsoon season is ending now and we'll get fine weather in mid October?

Training is going OK - walked around 45 miles so far this week before/after work but real test will be this weekend when I'll be doing a 8+ hour final walk to get the legs used to the length needed.

Various outdoor shops loving me at the moment as I stock up. Maybe I'll post the kit list later.... Had to retire my old Mountain Equipment jacket this week as the seams had gone - bah.

What's the general consensus on gaiters? Needed or not for this trek? Watched plenty of vids - none of which seems to suggest they're needed, but I've seen some people wearing them hence the question.

Also - which currency to take? I was thinking US dollars: Whenever I've been somewhere remote it's the default but don't know about Nepal....

And final question: Power adapters. What's the standard fitting in the tea houses?

Thx in advance to any replies

Joined: 11/10/2010
Posts: 3

20% discount? nice. I only got 10% after a hastily improvised membership of the YHA. Bought shed loads of new stuff (any excuse) but kept my old trusty boots. Not taking gaiters unless someone posts here saying *take them*! As far as packing goes - not checked final weight yet, it's all spread out on the lounge floor. There's not so much stuff - pretty sure I'll be ok with the 15 kgs & a day bag.

When I booked I was told that we're in a group of 12 with a maximum of 16.

On another forum someone advised wearing your boots on the plane - everything else can be replaced but without your boots you're stuffed.

Do we all meet at the airport?

Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 1

Gentlemen, we're now a trio.

I picked up my last few bits and pieces today, so all I have left to do is pack and figure out how i'm gonna get to the airport!

Paul.

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