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I know it's ages away yet but just wondered if anyone else had booked onto this trip yet? My brother and I are going and I thought it would be good to say hello to others (and find out what kind of training you're doing!)
Kirsty o:)

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Hello kirstyt yes i am booked on it also !!!

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yeah i have run a half marathion and am generally doing a lot of cardio etc so i should be fine i think i also play a bit of squash great game. althoug i suspect not massive in nepal

ross

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i am now coming on this trip on my own as the my sisters has had to pull out. i,m told there are 14 of us booked on it so far so a big group which should be good !!

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training in both is good cardio mainly but stregnth for legs etc is also very good i need to get my boots etc and start getting sorted out i,m not taking very much it looks like you can rent a lot of stuff there

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yeah i was going to get my visa on arrival

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gents i was planning on getting my visa on arrival but it seems like you guys are doing IT first. do you think there will be a long delay at aiport if i try to get visa there?? also can i ask how much stuff you are taking? i have been with ac before but not trekking. i was thinking literally just couple of pairs of trousers few tops thermals coat and boots. any advice on this would be greatly appreciated? also anyone travelling solo? if so anyone interested in meeting up at heathrow before we fly?

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Thanks that gives me a good idea. yeah the lounge sounds like a good idea i,m flying down from manchester so will be at heathrow for a few hours and a place to chill would be great. i have a 90 litre rucksack from vietnam !! i wont bring that to nepal !!! my name is wrong on here buy the way its actually ross not rosie !!!
hopefully the flight to delhi isnt to long vietnam was 11 hours #-o

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so i have booked my flights to heathrow today !! i am airing on the side of caution my flight from manchester gets into heathrow about 3pm !!! nice and early !!!! sanjay yes would be good to meet up at heathrow sounds like a good plan. i have decided to get my visa there spoke to my friend who went last year and its easy and quick to pick them up at airport apparently. also i think i will buy my sleeping bag and my jacket in khatmandu as it will save carrying them there and will also be cheaper. i may get my coat here not sure yet but definelty will buy sleeping bags etc there. not been to see travel doctor yet will do that this week. starting to look forward to it now !!

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Hey i think am ok on weight I have bought a north face duffel type bag. I have read in several places that you should wear your boots on the way there as you can replace anything else in nepal but you need to have your worn in boots. This takes a lot of weight out of the bag. also i am travelling light. seleeping bag, north face jacket, fleece, socks, 4 pairs trekking pants, 4 t shirts, fleece, camera and cam corder thats pretty much it. anti bacterial towel and some hand wash for eating in the day if theres no where to wash hands first. oh and some sun block.

did you read about the 16 people that were killed monday on the flight to lukla>? terrible

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Yeah I might book that lounge today my flight gets into heathrow from manchester at 14.30 so i am going to be very early getting to heathrow. Emma I am also travelling solo so am also looking to meet people before the flight etc be nice to see some faces that i recognise if theres any problems in delhi or kahtmandu !!! I am all packed and ready to go now !! been wearing my boots in so they shouldnt give me any problems !!

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I have booked in to that airport lounge now also !!

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yeah that sounds like a plan i dont want to risk any problems with flights so am leaving manchester at half one and will be at heathrow by half two !! slightly over cautious i think but by time got my bags etc and got to t4 will be about half three and will prob check in by half five

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Definetly guys mine is 07967 238 988 I started upping my gym training last night a big push now for next few days!! am off work from next tuesday until the 12th October !! Sweet !!!

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HELP!! I have not got tablets for altitude sickness as my travel nurse advised that adventure company would have them spoke to them and they said they dont !! do i need a prescription of these? has anyone else got these??

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nice on emma i just ordered some of that dr fox also !!

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Hello all well this time next week i'll be on my way to manchester airport and my holdiday will have officially began !!! cant wait to get going now !!:d/

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camcorder, fleece, water, camera, money, passport, hat, gloves sunscreen thats about it oh ad sungalsses not taking my ipod you reckon they will have electricity in the tea houses so i can recharge my camcorder????

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am glad to hear there is power in tea houses as i will be able to charge my camcorder i bought two extra batteries just incase. yeah i eat a lot normlly as am tall so am hoping food is ok. tomorrow is my last day in work. got wednseday and thursday to pack. This time next week we will be on the trek up from lukla !!!! in terms of the rain it just makes it more exctiting. i went to vietnam last year and got trapped in tyhoon ketsana for three days scary at the time but awesome when i look back at it now !!!

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I was going to take all my cash in dollars prob 5 & ten dollar notes and change half of it into nepalese money on arrival any thoughts on wether this is a good or bad idea??!

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well i am all packed got my cash half in large denomination and the other half in 5 and ten dollar bills but will change half of that for nepal money on arrival. in terms of wipes etc i have a bottle of anti bacterial hand wash for eating lunch etc if no facilities and an anti bacterial travel towel not cheap but well worth it i have a jacket a waterproof jacket four pairs of trousers and socks t shirts two fleeces and trekkin poles oh and a hat and gloves my main bag only weighs 11kg i will prob buy couple more things there like waterproof trousers on arrival. im my day sack i have tickets money passort two books and camcorder !!! i am very excited now will be great to meet everyone at heathrow ¬

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[quote=rossiet]Thanks that gives me a good idea. yeah the lounge sounds like a good idea i,m flying down from manchester so will be at heathrow for a few hours and a place to chill would be great. i have a 90 litre rucksack from vietnam !! i wont bring that to nepal !!! my name is wrong on here buy the way its actually ross not rosie !!!
hopefully the flight to delhi isnt to long vietnam was 11 hours #-o
[/quote]

Good luck on the trip Rosie ;-), hope the training is going well.

We'll try and get down to Chester to come and have a catch up with you and find out about your trip.

See ya soon,

Nick and Babette

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[quote=sanjay][quote=rossiet]training in both is good cardio mainly but stregnth for legs etc is also very good i need to get my boots etc and start getting sorted out i,m not taking very much it looks like you can rent a lot of stuff there [/quote]

Yeah that's sort of what I started already. I'm definitely taking my own sleeping bag, feather down jacket, and trekking poles. Apart from that, don't think there is anything to hire is there?

I think i'm gonna sort out my visa in London, not sure how many others are going to do this? You might want to bring Chlorine Dioxide tablets to treat the water as that kills Giardia. (You know just in case).

Apart from general nerves, i think im all good.

[/quote]hi there its cheaper to get visa in katmandu

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Are you back yet, what was it like?

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Hi Kirsty & Rosie, Just booked myself on this trip yesterday, absolutely can't wait !
Anybody going on the Trek Day thing in May ? (Buxton/High Wycombe), started training yet ? I haven't ! Play quite a lot of squash so fitness levels ok but haven't planned any specific training yet. What are other peoples experience in terms of trekking, other trips etc... ?

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shame about your sis, starting to get pretty excited about this, must start training ;-)

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I decided to play it safe and get mine here, sent it all off and it was back within 4 days. This was on the advice of the guy who ran the Treksmart day I attended a couple of months agao. He also recommended getting sleeping bag and down jacket out there as the quality of the down (from china) was very good and a lot cheaper.

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Hi Sanj,

Probaly only gonna take around £500 and that will also be funding the down sleeping bag and jacket. Definately been advised to get both of those out there as quality is at l;east as good as here (if not better) and also much cheaper. Starting to get pretty excited now, only 7 weeks to go !!

Steve

p.s. will of course have some plastic with me just in case ;-)

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Sanjay,

I went on the Treksmart day organised by the AC and they dished out AC holdalls, i think everyone has one of those and the porters lug them around for us. I bought a 35 ltr day sack at the weekend, again 35 ltr being the size advised by the Treksmart guy. I think the idea is that you put everything you might need during the day in your day sack, and everything is carried in the holdall. Maybe the AC will be sending these out ??

Be interested to see what you're looking at for £35 and £65-£80 ?? Gotta be honest... that sounds a bit too cheap but I'm about as experienced as you ;-)

Boots (Meindl) already bought and worn in, you thinking about trekking poles ? I was a bit relictant at first but now i've used them they're a must for me.

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I was tempted to put 5,600M up Everest but instead opted for Khatmandu ;-)

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you have to send Postal Order, they don;t accept cash or cheques

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Hey Rosie,

I've not been trkking before so i may not be the best person to advise, however i did go on the treksmart day, and i'm working on this as a basic list and reckon i'll sort the rest out when we get there and talk to the ac rep out there. On the visa front, again it was just a little tip for the guy that said get it here, probably not much in it but i now know it's in my passport and one less thing to worry about. Me and my mate Kevin are thinking of getting a lounge ticket at heathrow, think it costs about £15, happy to meet up etc... we'll post something closer to the day, not long now !! think about it most of the time now ;-)

Diamox prescription – I think this is a private prescription if so you have to pay the cost of the drugs.
Amoxylin
Compeed – large
Zinc oxide tape
Needle
Scissors
Talc
Plasters
Anti-histamine cream and piriton tablets
Antiseptic cream
Paracetamol
Ibruprofen
Baby wipes
Safety pins
Water purification
Protein bars
Day Rucksack – 35 litres – frame with mesh back – (hand luggage)
Waterproof jacket
Money belt
Sarong – for drying yourself and as clothing
Boots
Socks
Trousers
Hats
Scarf
Gloves
Head torch
Inflatable pillow
Water bottles – aluminium

To get out there....

Down Jacket – Chinese super down
Sleeping bag – CSD – up to -15 degrees

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Posts: 16

Hmmm... can we get translations for...

Are we there yet ?

How much further is it ?

Can we see the sea from the top ?

How much for your donkey ?

Is that beer cold ?

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Hi Ross, Sanjay & Emma,

Just booked the Holideck Lounge at Heathrow T4, i know it's £18 but hey, I'm still in London so i can justify my last bit of luxury before we jet off ;-)

Me and my best mate Kevin (who's also coming on our trip) are doing our 1 bit of training tomorrow, driving to Snowdonia from Surrey, up to the top, try and resist getting the train down and drive back to Surrey. Need to leave at 4am, phew, but looking forward to packing a day sack for the 1st time !

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good man, we'll arrange a meet up in the lounge sometime next week, getting excited and apprehensive in equal measures

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When me and Kevin did Snowdon last weekend we met somebody who had done the EBC last year, he reckoned he spent about £50 whilst on the actual trek !?! I'm taking around £500 but then i need to get quite a few bits out there, i'm hoping i've over budgeted but knowing me probably not ;-)

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Hey Ross, wanna swap numbers via Emma as well ? What about you Sanjay ?

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Mine is 07757436862

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Hopefully getting mine from Doc's tonight, Kevin already has them from his doc, apparently you can get them out in Khatmandu for a £5

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Hi people,

I should be making my booking for this trip, soon. I might be staying an extra 4 days after the trek to do a bit of sight seeing, and venturing into the city a bit more. Drop a comment on the adventure companies Facebook group. I have posted a comment on the wall. Feel free to message me, and we can get acquainted. Thanks - Sanj

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WOW, 14 in the group sounds good!!... Should be good!
Steve, are you going to stop the strength training and keep it mostly cardio?

And for anyone else who uses Facebook, ive started a new thread in the adventure company page.. Feel free to drop a comment so we know who is going to be on the trip.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=10678802315&topic=14068

- Sanjay :)

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[quote=rossiet]training in both is good cardio mainly but stregnth for legs etc is also very good i need to get my boots etc and start getting sorted out i,m not taking very much it looks like you can rent a lot of stuff there [/quote]

Yeah that's sort of what I started already. I'm definitely taking my own sleeping bag, feather down jacket, and trekking poles. Apart from that, don't think there is anything to hire is there?

I think i'm gonna sort out my visa in London, not sure how many others are going to do this? You might want to bring Chlorine Dioxide tablets to treat the water as that kills Giardia. (You know just in case).

Apart from general nerves, i think im all good.

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Posts: 26

[quote=stevejebson]I decided to play it safe and get mine here, sent it all off and it was back within 4 days. This was on the advice of the guy who ran the Treksmart day I attended a couple of months agao. He also recommended getting sleeping bag and down jacket out there as the quality of the down (from china) was very good and a lot cheaper.[/quote]

Hey Steve,

Think im going to sort my visa out at the embassy in London, in person. Need to visit a few buddies of mine in the process too. I was thinking of getting my down jacket and sleeping bag from here (Blacks.co.uk).

How much money are you taking? Are you going to get Nepalese Rupees? or are you gonna take $ + £'s

- Sanj

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[quote=stevejebson]Hi Sanj,

Probaly only gonna take around £500 and that will also be funding the down sleeping bag and jacket. Definately been advised to get both of those out there as quality is at l;east as good as here (if not better) and also much cheaper. Starting to get pretty excited now, only 7 weeks to go !!

Steve

p.s. will of course have some plastic with me just in case ;-)[/quote]

Hey Steve,

I reckon ill probably do the same, will probably need to get Nepalese rupees once im there. How cheap do you think it will be? I have seen a jacket for £35 here, and 3/4 seasons sleeping bags cost about £65-80. I am 100% getting my boots from here, cant really risk that now!

I still need to sort out my visa, oh and by the way what size bag are you going to have? 45litre? and will you have a separate day sack to carry your personal items (like passport, money etc) and then let the porters take your bag with the clothes?

Oh and reverse step downs are excellent for training hamstrings and calf's, also creates strength around the knee which is important.

Sanjay

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[quote=stevejebson]Sanjay,

I went on the Treksmart day organised by the AC and they dished out AC holdalls, i think everyone has one of those and the porters lug them around for us. I bought a 35 ltr day sack at the weekend, again 35 ltr being the size advised by the Treksmart guy. I think the idea is that you put everything you might need during the day in your day sack, and everything is carried in the holdall. Maybe the AC will be sending these out ??

Be interested to see what you're looking at for £35 and £65-£80 ?? Gotta be honest... that sounds a bit too cheap but I'm about as experienced as you ;-)

Boots (Meindl) already bought and worn in, you thinking about trekking poles ? I was a bit relictant at first but now i've used them they're a must for me. [/quote]

Steve,

I couldn't make it to the Treksmart event for one reason or another. Guess i missed out on the freebies :( ... in any case, i will be getting a 45ltr one for my clothes and stuff and probably will get a 35ltr for the trek along the day sort of thing. Im not sure if they will be sending out day sacks in the post? That would be great if they did!!

Its made by Karrimor and its £35 but i might just get one made by Nike on there own website for £61... and i saw the sleeping bags in Blacks, looks like all the equipment and clothing is getting rather expensive!! im thinking of wearing my down jacket, and then getting an extra large outer jacket to wear on top.. and yes 2 x trekking poles are a must!

Steve, on the Visa form it says "address in nepal" what did you put?

- sanjay

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[quote=stevejebson]I was tempted to put 5,600M up Everest but instead opted for Khatmandu ;-) [/quote]

HAHAHA i was tempted tooo. btw did you send cash or cheque when you applied for the visa?

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[quote=sanjay][quote=stevejebson]I was tempted to put 5,600M up Everest but instead opted for Khatmandu ;-) [/quote]

HAHAHA i was tempted tooo. btw did you send cash or cheque when you applied for the visa?[/quote]

Never mind, just popped a postal order for £35 with my application form and bobs your uncle :)

Now to search for some boots and a 45ltr bag! I am amped for this trip, im sure we'll all have our own reasons for doing the trip, cant wait to see everyone. Going to be one happy family!

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[quote=stevejebson]Hey Rosie,

I've not been trkking before so i may not be the best person to advise, however i did go on the treksmart day, and i'm working on this as a basic list and reckon i'll sort the rest out when we get there and talk to the ac rep out there. On the visa front, again it was just a little tip for the guy that said get it here, probably not much in it but i now know it's in my passport and one less thing to worry about. Me and my mate Kevin are thinking of getting a lounge ticket at heathrow, think it costs about £15, happy to meet up etc... we'll post something closer to the day, not long now !! think about it most of the time now ;-)

Diamox prescription – I think this is a private prescription if so you have to pay the cost of the drugs.
Amoxylin
Compeed – large
Zinc oxide tape
Needle
Scissors
Talc
Plasters
Anti-histamine cream and piriton tablets
Antiseptic cream
Paracetamol
Ibruprofen
Baby wipes
Safety pins
Water purification
Protein bars
Day Rucksack – 35 litres – frame with mesh back – (hand luggage)
Waterproof jacket
Money belt
Sarong – for drying yourself and as clothing
Boots
Socks
Trousers
Hats
Scarf
Gloves
Head torch
Inflatable pillow
Water bottles – aluminium

To get out there....

Down Jacket – Chinese super down
Sleeping bag – CSD – up to -15 degrees
[/quote]

Props for the list Steve. Mine is looking about the same minus the first aid stuff. I was thinking about getting an LED light, you know might need one to use the WC at night ;).. How much did your Diamox cost you in total? Assume you got it from here. My GP wouldn't even write me any sort of prescription as he didn't want to take responsibility, so looks like i'm gonna have to compensate with some hard training and taking in very easy on the treks.

Oh rite, you're doing this trip with a buddy? lol none of my mates were adventurous as myself so im on my own for this one. Hopefully get to meet at Heathrow or on the flight. Assume when you get your tickets it will have a seating number, so ill post mine up when i get them.

There is an offer at Blacks, goose down sleeping bag for £89.99 from £169.99 think its a green one and its the ridge 550.

I assume were all going to get picked up from the airport by the AC rep? Steve did the Treksmart rep say anything about baggage weight limits set by the porters? or the internal domestic flights?

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I will be good to meet up at Heathrow before hand, will probably get there for 5.. Need to brush up on my Hindi as its not my first language, so if there are any phrases you need to translate let me know so I can practice some of them. Otherwise ill be an epic fail.. :)

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#-o

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[quote=stevejebson]Hmmm... can we get translations for...

Are we there yet ?

How much further is it ?

Can we see the sea from the top ?

How much for your donkey ?

Is that beer cold ?

[/quote]

I can tell the last one is going be quite an important phrase!! As for the donkey? ha just show someone your wallet.

The more important ones would be,

Excuse me, can i see you boil the water?

How much money do you want for the water?

Can you warm the food up please?

Can i use your plug socket to charge my battery?

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