Everest base camp Feb/Mar 2017

#1 Jan 27th, 2017, 02:09
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Hi,
I am seeking guidance regarding my solo trek to Everest Base camp next month. This is a long one and I deeply appreciate your time to go through this and your advice.

Am planning the start from Lukla around 20th Feb. I am 35, male, haven't done any trekking for some years now and live in Mumbai (sea level). But do jog/walk 2-3 times a week. Managed to walk 15-16 kms in 2 hr 20 mins (no weight though and on road/sidewalk).

I understand main trekking season is from April onwards but that people do trek throughout the year. Am getting leave only now in Feb/March. Don't want to go through a trekking company organised trek. Take it at my own pace and also as on a budget. Intend to stay at tea stalls at the usual trekking route stops.

Request your inputs regarding the following questions:

1) I intend to trek from Lukla to Namche to figure out how comfortable I am with the rucksack load. If needed only then hire a porter from Namche onwards. Is this an ok plan?

2) Assuming no porter - do you recommend I absolutely must hire a guide for the trek? Can one find fellow trekkers enroute during mid-Feb to mid-March period? Are there decent signs to head from one spot to the next? Basically can one get lost without a guide?

3) While the old INR (Indian Rupees) 1000 and 500 notes were always banned, I see that the Nepali central bank has also banned the new INR 2000 and 500 notes. So for money does if carry a wad of INR 100 will that do? Alternatively, can one also carry say five of 10USD notes with which to pay for lodging/eating on the way? It'll reduce the amount of INR 100 notes to carry.

4) Later I have detailed list of items for your comments, but specifically:

a) In addition to regular trekking shoes, will I also need dedicated snow boot? I have already bought the Forclaz 500 High Novadry trekking shoes from Decathlon. A friend advised to apply wax on the trekking shoes and said I should be fine.

b) Will a 70 ltr rucksack suffice or do I need a larger one? 80, 100 litre?

c) I don't want to buy a sleeping bag. I've read that one can rent a sleeping bag rated for -20 celcius from Thamel in Kathmandu. Recommended two places "Sports wear international" and "Shonas Alpine". Any idea on the cost to rent, deposit to be given, which brand, etc?

d) I'll wear thick woolen socks. Do I also need to sock liners?

e) For water, will two 1 litre bottle suffice and one keeps filling on the way? Or is it necessary to invest in a multi litre hydration pack also.

f) Do you recommend trekking poles. If yes, one or two?


I don't have any gear and intend to purchase the same from Decathlon in Pune/Mumbai. Items I intend to carry:
1) Rucksack - Qty 1
2) Small backpack for acclamatisation walks and carry on luggage - Qty 1
3) Sleeping bag rated for -20 Celcius - Qty 1 - UNDECIDED need to rent from Kathmandu
4) Sleeping bag liner - Qty 1
5) Trekking shoes - Qty 1
6) Snow boots or gum boots - UNDECIDED
7) Woolen socks - Qty 3
8) Gatiers - Qty 1
9) Sunglasses (Polarised or Category 4) - Qty 1
10) Benny - Qty 1
11) Buff - Qty 1
12) Balaclava - Qty 1
13) Normal cap - Qty 1
14) Glover (inner) - Qty 1
15) Gloves (Thermal cum waterproof) - Qty 1
16) Thermal (Lower) and Upper - Qty 1
17) Dry fit full sleeves - Qty 2
18) Dry fit half sleeves - Qty 1
19) Fleece jacket - Qty 1
20) Down jacket - Qty 1
21) Waterproff jacket - Qty 1
22) Thermal (Upper) - Qty 1
23) Trek pants (convertiblet to shorts) - Qty 2
24) Waterproof pants - Qty 1
25) Toiletries kit
26) Medicines - Vitamins, Diamox, Bandages, antibiotics, water purification drops
27) Trekking poles - Qty 1 or 2 - UNDECIDED
28) Water - UNDECIDED - water bottle, additionally hydration pack
29) Headlamp and batteries

Any other essentials that I am missing?

I welcome your inputs and comments. Thank you and regards,
rbewoor
#2 Jan 27th, 2017, 09:42
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You can use ATMs in the city to get out Nepali Rs 500 notes, so don't worry about trying to take US$ with you. Carry some Indian rupees in 100 notes, then use an ATM, and again at the end use up the Nepali rupees and use Indian 100s for the last day.
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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post You can use ATMs in the city to get out Nepali Rs 500 notes, so don't worry about trying to take US$ with you. Carry some Indian rupees in 100 notes, then use an ATM, and again at the end use up the Nepali rupees and use Indian 100s for the last day.
Hi,
I've already checked about my cards working for payment at POS terminals and ATMs. These are Indian bank issued cards and for some reason it clearly states not valid for use in Nepal and Bhutan. I even asked about getting a Prepaid currency card and my bank said that won't work too. So I do need cash itself. Hence asking about option to pay with USD during the trek itself - for lodges and eating. If you think 10USD is too high a value, would using 5USD notes be more acceptable.
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Oh sorry, I didn't know about that. I was in Nepal a few years ago with someone and our ATM cards from Indian and US bank accounts worked for withdrawing from ATMs at that time. I guess it's changed.
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Thanks for the inputs though
#6 Jan 30th, 2017, 01:47
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Can answer some qs

you can pick up a porter in Namche, the stage from Monjo to namche is esp hard for a first timer with a pack
70 litres fine, the lodges have blankets, provided you can get 2 of them - one under the bag and 1 over then 3 season will be OK
i litre bottle OK - re-fill at the lodges.
Shona's is a straight place, when i was buying a spare water bottle the guy specifically pointed out that it was a fake Nalgene and charged accordingly
dont bother with the snow boots

lipsalve essential
#7 Feb 7th, 2017, 23:48
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Replied within post

Hi,
I am seeking guidance regarding my solo trek to Everest Base camp next month. This is a long one and I deeply appreciate your time to go through this and your advice.

Am planning the start from Lukla around 20th Feb. I am 35, male, haven't done any trekking for some years now and live in Mumbai (sea level). But do jog/walk 2-3 times a week. Managed to walk 15-16 kms in 2 hr 20 mins (no weight though and on road/sidewalk).

I understand main trekking season is from April onwards but that people do trek throughout the year. Am getting leave only now in Feb/March. Don't want to go through a trekking company organised trek. Take it at my own pace and also as on a budget. Intend to stay at tea stalls at the usual trekking route stops.

Request your inputs regarding the following questions:

1) I intend to trek from Lukla to Namche to figure out how comfortable I am with the rucksack load. If needed only then hire a porter from Namche onwards. Is this an ok plan?

Yes. You can get porter at Namche if needed

2) Assuming no porter - do you recommend I absolutely must hire a guide for the trek? Can one find fellow trekkers enroute during mid-Feb to mid-March period? Are there decent signs to head from one spot to the next? Basically can one get lost without a guide?

No guide needed. Lot of people on the trail.

3) While the old INR (Indian Rupees) 1000 and 500 notes were always banned, I see that the Nepali central bank has also banned the new INR 2000 and 500 notes. So for money does if carry a wad of INR 100 will that do? Alternatively, can one also carry say five of 10USD notes with which to pay for lodging/eating on the way? It'll reduce the amount of INR 100 notes to carry.

Carry 100's with you. DOnt know of US$ acceptnce


4) Later I have detailed list of items for your comments, but specifically:

a) In addition to regular trekking shoes, will I also need dedicated snow boot? I have already bought the Forclaz 500 High Novadry trekking shoes from Decathlon. A friend advised to apply wax on the trekking shoes and said I should be fine.

No need of snow boots on EBC trail. I did with Forclaz 500 and it was fine

b) Will a 70 ltr rucksack suffice or do I need a larger one? 80, 100 litre?

70 ltr is fine. pack well but smart

c) I don't want to buy a sleeping bag. I've read that one can rent a sleeping bag rated for -20 celcius from Thamel in Kathmandu. Recommended two places "Sports wear international" and "Shonas Alpine". Any idea on the cost to rent, deposit to be given, which brand, etc?

Sports wear international is where i rented the bag. I didnt go for 3 seasons as it was heavier but 2 seasons which was -10 rated and it was ok for me. dont remember the price.

d) I'll wear thick woolen socks. Do I also need to sock liners?

no need for liners. good quality woolen socks will be ok. you can buy them at thamel also.

e) For water, will two 1 litre bottle suffice and one keeps filling on the way? Or is it necessary to invest in a multi litre hydration pack also.

two 1 litre bottles are fine. there are enough spots to get water. i used chlorine solution on my trek and had no issues. you can buy it in kathmandu

f) Do you recommend trekking poles. If yes, one or two?

Yes, 2.

I don't have any gear and intend to purchase the same from Decathlon in Pune/Mumbai. Items I intend to carry:
1) Rucksack - Qty 1
2) Small backpack for acclamatisation walks and carry on luggage - Qty 1
3) Sleeping bag rated for -20 Celcius - Qty 1 - UNDECIDED need to rent from Kathmandu
4) Sleeping bag liner - Qty 1
5) Trekking shoes - Qty 1
6) Snow boots or gum boots - UNDECIDED
7) Woolen socks - Qty 3 - take 4
8) Gatiers - Qty 1 - not needed
9) Sunglasses (Polarised or Category 4) - Qty 1
10) Benny - Qty 1
11) Buff - Qty 1
12) Balaclava - Qty 1
13) Normal cap - Qty 1
14) Glover (inner) - Qty 1
15) Gloves (Thermal cum waterproof) - Qty 1
16) Thermal (Lower) and Upper - Qty 1
17) Dry fit full sleeves - Qty 2
18) Dry fit half sleeves - Qty 1
19) Fleece jacket - Qty 1
20) Down jacket - Qty 1
21) Waterproff jacket - Qty 1
22) Thermal (Upper) - Qty 1
23) Trek pants (convertiblet to shorts) - Qty 2
24) Waterproof pants - Qty 1
25) Toiletries kit
26) Medicines - Vitamins, Diamox, Bandages, antibiotics, water purification drops
27) Trekking poles - Qty 1 or 2 - UNDECIDED
28) Water - UNDECIDED - water bottle, additionally hydration pack
29) Headlamp and batteries

Any other essentials that I am missing?

Weight of pack should not be more than 12 kgs. Ideally, 10 to 11 kgs


I welcome your inputs and comments. Thank you and regards,
rbewoor[/QUOTE]
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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post Can answer some qs

you can pick up a porter in Namche, the stage from Monjo to namche is esp hard for a first timer with a pack
70 litres fine, the lodges have blankets, provided you can get 2 of them - one under the bag and 1 over then 3 season will be OK
i litre bottle OK - re-fill at the lodges.
Shona's is a straight place, when i was buying a spare water bottle the guy specifically pointed out that it was a fake Nalgene and charged accordingly
dont bother with the snow boots

lipsalve essential
Hi Captain Bruce,
Completed the trek and came back a few days ago (had to delay my dept and started the trek only on 3rd March). Also changed my plan and hired a guide at Lukla itself (who also helped with the load at certain times). Wonderful experience overall. Thank you for your inputs!
Regards,
rbewoor
#9 Mar 25th, 2017, 22:03
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Originally Posted by punspans View Post Replied within post

Hi,
I am seeking guidance regarding my solo trek to Everest Base camp next month. This is a long one and I deeply appreciate your time to go through this and your advice.

Am planning the start from Lukla around 20th Feb. I am 35, male, haven't done any trekking for some years now and live in Mumbai (sea level). But do jog/walk 2-3 times a week. Managed to walk 15-16 kms in 2 hr 20 mins (no weight though and on road/sidewalk).

I understand main trekking season is from April onwards but that people do trek throughout the year. Am getting leave only now in Feb/March. Don't want to go through a trekking company organised trek. Take it at my own pace and also as on a budget. Intend to stay at tea stalls at the usual trekking route stops.

Request your inputs regarding the following questions:

1) I intend to trek from Lukla to Namche to figure out how comfortable I am with the rucksack load. If needed only then hire a porter from Namche onwards. Is this an ok plan?

Yes. You can get porter at Namche if needed

2) Assuming no porter - do you recommend I absolutely must hire a guide for the trek? Can one find fellow trekkers enroute during mid-Feb to mid-March period? Are there decent signs to head from one spot to the next? Basically can one get lost without a guide?

No guide needed. Lot of people on the trail.

3) While the old INR (Indian Rupees) 1000 and 500 notes were always banned, I see that the Nepali central bank has also banned the new INR 2000 and 500 notes. So for money does if carry a wad of INR 100 will that do? Alternatively, can one also carry say five of 10USD notes with which to pay for lodging/eating on the way? It'll reduce the amount of INR 100 notes to carry.

Carry 100's with you. DOnt know of US$ acceptnce


4) Later I have detailed list of items for your comments, but specifically:

a) In addition to regular trekking shoes, will I also need dedicated snow boot? I have already bought the Forclaz 500 High Novadry trekking shoes from Decathlon. A friend advised to apply wax on the trekking shoes and said I should be fine.

No need of snow boots on EBC trail. I did with Forclaz 500 and it was fine

b) Will a 70 ltr rucksack suffice or do I need a larger one? 80, 100 litre?

70 ltr is fine. pack well but smart

c) I don't want to buy a sleeping bag. I've read that one can rent a sleeping bag rated for -20 celcius from Thamel in Kathmandu. Recommended two places "Sports wear international" and "Shonas Alpine". Any idea on the cost to rent, deposit to be given, which brand, etc?

Sports wear international is where i rented the bag. I didnt go for 3 seasons as it was heavier but 2 seasons which was -10 rated and it was ok for me. dont remember the price.

d) I'll wear thick woolen socks. Do I also need to sock liners?

no need for liners. good quality woolen socks will be ok. you can buy them at thamel also.

e) For water, will two 1 litre bottle suffice and one keeps filling on the way? Or is it necessary to invest in a multi litre hydration pack also.

two 1 litre bottles are fine. there are enough spots to get water. i used chlorine solution on my trek and had no issues. you can buy it in kathmandu

f) Do you recommend trekking poles. If yes, one or two?

Yes, 2.

I don't have any gear and intend to purchase the same from Decathlon in Pune/Mumbai. Items I intend to carry:
1) Rucksack - Qty 1
2) Small backpack for acclamatisation walks and carry on luggage - Qty 1
3) Sleeping bag rated for -20 Celcius - Qty 1 - UNDECIDED need to rent from Kathmandu
4) Sleeping bag liner - Qty 1
5) Trekking shoes - Qty 1
6) Snow boots or gum boots - UNDECIDED
7) Woolen socks - Qty 3 - take 4
8) Gatiers - Qty 1 - not needed
9) Sunglasses (Polarised or Category 4) - Qty 1
10) Benny - Qty 1
11) Buff - Qty 1
12) Balaclava - Qty 1
13) Normal cap - Qty 1
14) Glover (inner) - Qty 1
15) Gloves (Thermal cum waterproof) - Qty 1
16) Thermal (Lower) and Upper - Qty 1
17) Dry fit full sleeves - Qty 2
18) Dry fit half sleeves - Qty 1
19) Fleece jacket - Qty 1
20) Down jacket - Qty 1
21) Waterproff jacket - Qty 1
22) Thermal (Upper) - Qty 1
23) Trek pants (convertiblet to shorts) - Qty 2
24) Waterproof pants - Qty 1
25) Toiletries kit
26) Medicines - Vitamins, Diamox, Bandages, antibiotics, water purification drops
27) Trekking poles - Qty 1 or 2 - UNDECIDED
28) Water - UNDECIDED - water bottle, additionally hydration pack
29) Headlamp and batteries

Any other essentials that I am missing?

Weight of pack should not be more than 12 kgs. Ideally, 10 to 11 kgs


I welcome your inputs and comments. Thank you and regards,
rbewoor
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Hi Punspans,
Completed the trek and came back a few days ago (had to delay my dept and started the trek only on 3rd March). Also changed my plan and hired a guide at Lukla itself (who also helped with the load at certain times). Wonderful experience overall. Thank you for your inputs!
Regards,
rbewoor
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Get it touch.

Hello rbewoor, could you please give me your number? I would like to get in touch with you as I'm going for the trek In 2 months. My Whatsapp number is 9600096196.
Thanks.
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Hi rbewoor,

I'm also planning to travel solo to the trek starting this weekend. (Nov 24 arriving in Kathmandu)

Can you please let me know if you felt compelled to take the guide on your route because of the rigours involved? I'm planning no porter, no guide. Please advise.
Also, did you feel any trouble with the altitude?

Hi Shreyans,
Were you able to get in touch with rbewoor? Can I contact you on WhatsApp for further details?

Thanks a lot.
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Hi Ram,

Welcome to IM

See posts above for difficulty - if you can carry the full pack for 6 hours at sea level then if SUITABLY ACCLIMATISED you can manage at altitude, so you dont need a guide.

BUT unless you are that strong you will have a better time with someone carrying it for you.

Now I am older, I can still manage the himalayas, albeit more slowly than before but I get someone to carry the pack.

I last carried in my mid fifties and then tried hiring someone - I enjoyed it more - but next year I decided that for the good of my soul I would revert to carrying again. Puffing past Phakding I came across Madhav who had carried for me the year before coming back down the trail with a client. he asked if i wanted him to do it again.

I decided that Lord Shiva had sent him and i do not argue with the Almighty.
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Thanks a lot Captain Bruce. Hope Lord Shiva has hand on my head too

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