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Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek - 15 Oct

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Hi, I have just noticed today that this trip has become guaranteed. I'm booked in for this, anyone else going on the trek?

Thanks,
Pat

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Hi there. I did EBC earlier this year. There is a bank/ATM near the hotel in Kathmandu and the exchange rate in the hotel was pretty similar to elsewhere so that's also an option.

Hope you have a fantastic time-it's amazing!!

Jackie

Joined: 15/09/2010
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Hey Mike, good to hear from someone going on the trip. I too are travelling solo but not for the first time. I have done a couple of trips to South America on my own. On the most recent trip I trekked in Patagonia (Torres Del Paine and Fitzroy). In the past I have also trekked in Australia and New Zealand.

Just started than putting a kit list together so I can get the gear over the next few months. I'll probably work on my fitness during the summer. How about yourself?

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For me my favorite place for trekking so far was Torres Del Paine NP. The scenery was amazing with the peaks almost vertical to 3000m above the trails. I was there in spring so there was not that many people in the park or on the trails. Well worth the long haul I took to get down there :-)

I'll be travelling from Dublin. I have already booked a seperate flight and will arrive a day ahead of the group. Where are you travelling from yourself? Did they say how many people are booked when you made your booking? I was 4th when I booked in December.

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Thats a good number to be booked in 7 months out. I reckon we could have full crew by the time we go...

I was thinking I wasn't going to use a down jacket. I'm very a layers person when it comes to keeping out the cold. Then as the I and the day heat up I can peel them off. From past experience at high altitude (in Bolivia) the nights and dawn are when its really cold. Maybe -20C at its coldest when I was there. The days were cold but OK. I expect similar conditions once we get above 4000m. What I will probably invest in is a decent sleeping bag, had a quick look online and decent bags aint cheap. I'm going to the US in June so I'm looking to maybe pick one up over there. Have a few other things on my list I will get over there aswell.

As for me I'm 33 and work as an engineer in Dublin. What about yourself?

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Yea, I intend to have everything I need before I go aswell. Definately a good idea for ye guys going on the group flight as we'll leave for Lukla the morning after ye arrive.

This is my first trip with these guys. Looking forward to having everything organised for me. Doing trips on your own takes a lot of research and planning.

What made you choose the Gokyo trek?

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I travel solo when no one else wants to go which is usually the case when its a backpacking type holiday. Its fine to go on your own as you always meet people along the way. You would be suprised at how many people do it.

I started thinking about this trip while I was still away in Patagonia. I wanted to go trekking again so some people I met down there said I should go to Nepal. Everest Base Camp came into my head straight away and when I came back I got on the web and found Adventure Company website. Once I knew I could get 3 weeks off I went for the Gokyo trek. Kinda wanted to do a circuit and as you said the scenery looks amazing.

As for Thermal gear, I dont have any for cold weather. It is on list of stuff to get in the US. If I'm buying I'd defintely get set of top and bottoms made from Merino wool. Just did a quick search online there and Smartwool and Orca also do decent thermals. It aint cheap though so it may only be the one set.

What other gear are you thinking of getting?

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Yea, I deffo be getting a solar charger as I read its a bit of a money spinner on the trail. Also gonna get a water purifying kit...

How is the training going? Some guys I work with are doing the Trailtrekker here in Ireland in September which would have been excellent training for this trip. But due to me having to go to a wedding the weekend its on so I wasnt able to join the team. Will have to try and get down to the Wicklow mountains during the summer, that has the best hiking thats close to Dublin...

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Yep, we're getting closer alright, only another 3 months til it all begins. I actually paid off the balance today so there is no turning back now

According to the agent I was talking to we have a full group going aswell as there are now 12 people booked of which there are 3 pairs and 6 solos. I think I'm the only one not flying on the group flight so I wont be meeting anyone until Kathmandu.

Now I must get walking to build up the stamina. Hoping to start this weekend or next.

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Hey, the training is going OK? Managed 3 20+ km walks so far. All on pretty flat terrain but I think its important to get used of walking for a few hours. Will do another 3 at least in the next couple of weeks.

As for money, I havn't really thought about it. I normally never get local currency until I arrive in a country but I always bring dollars and euro. Will probably get some rupees when I get to New Delhi as I'll be buying a mobile sim when I arrive at the airport in Kathmandu. The rupees will also be handy for the hotel in case I dont make it down to Thamel on the first evening.
For the trek itself I was thinking €20 a day for the trek so 16 days will be €320 so I'll get €400 worth of rupees so not to be short. I will probably get them from an ATM, my guidebook says there are Standard Chartered banks in Kathmandu. I'm bringing a water filter and solar charging kit so I wont have that expense on the trek.

Have you got all your gear? Hope you get good weather next week. Let me know how U go, enjoy...

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Hey Jackie, thanks for the head up on the ATM situation. Hopefully we are staying in the same hotel as the spring treks. The invoice I got back from AC doesnt actually say what hotel we are staying in but I'm good with anywhere thats within walking distance of Thamel :-)

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No worries, I reckon its best to have more money than you will need especially on the trek :-)

Sounds like U got some good training done. If you can do an 11 hour day then you'll be grand. It’s all about getting the body used of walking, the more you walk the more efficient your body becomes at walking. The longest walk I've done is 30kms so far…

For clothes I’m probably bringing less. Maybe 2/3 sets of outers but I have plenty of Merino unders and socks. I wont be bringing a down jacket, instead I have 2 fleeces instead (1 medium, 1 heavy windblocker type). Im bringing a sleeping bag aswell.

For water have two 1 litre Nalgene bottles and an MSR filter. The filter attaches to the bottles which is really handy. All I need is a stream :-) Also I’m bringing tablets to make electrolyte drinks and plenty of energy bars.

For power I got a Powertraveller-eXplorer. It has a solar panel that attaches to my day pack and connecters to charge everything (iPods, mobiles and anything with a USB connection). I’m bringing travel charger with rechargable batteries and for my torches/altimeter. I also got a spare battery for my camera. I will travel with everything fully charged...

Yea, I'm all set. This is the 6th year in a row I have backpacked but to nowhere as remote at this trip. I hope that I am prepared. I have one day less to wait than you as I fly out on the 14th. I'll be able to check out Kathmandu ahead of yer arrival :-)

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Well the travel docs arrived today so I finally found out where we are staying in Kathmandu. Not long to go now are you all set for departure? I'm gonna walk this weekend and next as final prep...

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Yea, I must check the packing situation this week aswell and see what I can bring as carry on and what can go in the hold. I actually want to bring as much as possible on the plane with me. A couple of times I have flown through Heathrow my bag hasnt arrived with me. If I have my essentials it wont be too bad if my bag doesnt arrive on time...

Water filter and bottle, charging kit, thermals, a set of trekking outers come with me. The sleeping bag, runners, spare outers, waterproofs and my foodstuffs like energy bars, drinks and tea can go in the hold. I'll wear my fleeces and of course my boots...

What time are you arriving in Kathmandu on the 16th? The travel docs I got say I got to meet the group leader at 8 in the hotel lobby...

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Yes, the tour for me starts that day so I will be staying in the hotel that night and the night before. AC organised me a pickup from the airport and all so I'll just have to find the driver and I'll be good.

Group leader meeting is at 8 on the day ye arrive so I'll be hanging round the hotel lobby/bar before. Hopefully from 7 on but not sure what I'll do with my day yet. I probably wont venture further than walking distance from the hotel...

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hello! yes im also booked for this trip.
im travelling solo for the first time, how about yourself?
have you done any trekking before?
what preparation are you doing for it?
regards
mike

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hi
very nice too! which trek has been your favourite?
as for hardcore proper trekking experience, i have none! but i love hiking in the lake district, i try to get there as many times as possible every year.
as for training, im riding my bike 10 miles a day, to work and back and intend to go running too, also pop up the lakes as much as poss.
where are you travelling from?

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im travelling from Stevenage, only 45 mins drive from heathrow.
i was the 7th, so now we have 3 solos (one female), a couple and two male friends so far...

sooo what do you do for a living, how old are you etc?

just been looking at down coats, are you buying/renting one whilst there or buying here? and which to choose??? too many ranging from about £100 to £350. ive read people have only worn them a few days the whole trip and others didnt take one at all.

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sounds like a plan to me.
-20C is pretty nippy! ive decided to buy a down coat here, as i feel the cold and will come in handy on Scout camps.
i want to know i have everythign i feel i need with me before i depart!

were any of ur previous adventures with this company?

oh and im 24 and a HGV Driver. not your typical 20+ stone trucker might i add!!

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yeah i can imagine alot of planning involved, do you always travel solo?
i kept putting this trip off, hoping i could encourage a friend to come along too....no such luck
once i find the right gate and get on the plane i think things will be great from there on.

well after spending far too many hours on Youtube and reading peoples blogs etc i decided on this one, mainly because its a longer trip, and while im there i want to as much as possible. the scenery in the area of gokyo looks spectacular.

how about yourself?

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as for layers, do u wear Icebreaker thermals? i have some
never really done very cold weather hiking, any adivice on layers to buy would be very welcome!

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well ive just bought myself a nice new pair of hiking boots. im also thinking of getting a new sleeping bag, as u said...good ones dont come cheap. also a windproof softshell coat is on the list.
was thinking of getting a little solar charger for the camera too.

plenty of wet wipes might be a good idea too! haha

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sounds great, my training needs to step up a gear now i feel. still riding the bike but its hardly hiking up and down hills!
im planning a few long weekends up the lake district soon and closer the time....work keeps getting in the way!
the departure day is looming ever closer now! it will soon be here

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hows the training going?? im off up the lake district next week, hope the weather cheers up a bit! how much money are you thinking of taking? ive heard u cant import nepal rupees into the country, have you heard similar?? im thinking of taking a good supply of US $'s with me. what do u think?
see you soon!

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thanks for the advice on money.
training is going ok, although im sure i havent done enough. Lake district went really well. the weather was lovely, plenty of walking done, managed 11 hours walking one day up in the mountains, felt fine after which is quite a good sign! keeping the bike riding up too.
i have had a pracitce pack today, so far so good.
how many clothes are you taking?
i have 5 t shirts
3 pairs of trousers
fleece jumper
2 soft shell coats (one thin, one thick)
down jacket
plus thin and thick thermal layers
and what ever i shall be wearing on the flight

ive got two 1 litre bottles and one half litre, how many are u taking?
was thinking on taking my roll matt too, folds up nice and small, read it can be quite uncomfy in the huts.

i think the only thing left to get is a battery charger, what make / model did you get in the end? there is soo many and the price vaires from £25 to well over 100! will have to stock up on batteries when i get there, lucky thing my camera runs off both rechargable and non.

only 37 days until we depart! are you all set and ready to go?

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got mine also!!
yep all set, will pack my bag for the final time this week.
im also getting as much walking done as poss right up until we go.
still doesnt feel like im actually going on this trip!
see you there!

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i had pretty much same thought on baggage, better to be safe than sorry eh.
we arrive in katmandu 14.45!
are you staying here for the night too?

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