We are going to Kathmandu & are wanting to know about trekking to Everest Basecamp. Can anyone help?
Make sure you give yourself enough time for acclimatisation. Around 16 days for the round trip from Lukla should be right. Don't try to do it quicker. You need the days to acclimatise. A degree of fitness will serve you well. Do training walks at home, wearing the boots you will wear and your pack (around 7kg if you use porters). Buy your gear at home, not in Kathmandu. The shops in Kathmandu are very, very cheap but the equipment is generally counterfeit or faulty. If you're clever or lucky you can land some great deals but remember, your clothes at Everest Base Camp, where it can be -10 degrees C plus wind-chill, are survival equipment and not disposable fashion items. Save your money elsewhere. Invest in a high-quality down sleeping bag. Mine is rated to -19 deg C and it was my best friend. Use a fleece sleeping-sheet. The rooms in the tea-houses are not heated and there can be ice in your bedroom in the morning. Blankets are supplied but hygiene is another story. Take two high quality walking poles. Two, not one. You may think you won't need them. But you will. Be very, very careful with food. No water, no ice, no salads, peel your own fruit. All meals should be served hot on your plate. Take and use alcohol hand gel. You will need to take your own toilet paper (this can be purchased wherever you go). Take a competently stocked supply of medications. Don't forget blister packs (Compeed makes the best ones). Check with your doctor. There is very good information on the website of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). Read and understand the symptoms of the three main forms of altitude sicknesses (acute mountain sickness, pulmonary oedema and cerebral oedema). Knowledge is your most important defense. Bottled water is sold everywhere. I sterilised the bottled water with a Camelback ultraviolet steriliser. Call me cautious, but those of us in the group who did that were the ones who didn't get tummy bugs. Use lots of sunscreen and wear wrap-around sunglasses. Take a spare pair. The Lonely Planet has very good information. Take a camera, spare memory and batteries. And... you'll have a wonderful time. This trek is one of life's great experiences. almost 6 years ago
Human nature is planet-wide so no-one can give you absolute assurances. Getting that rider out of the way, I found the Nepalese to be amongst the most honest, least covetous and most courteous of all the peoples I have met anywhere. You should worry a lot more in Europe, the Americas or Australia. Just take the standard precautions. And how can you not take camera to Nepal? I took my Leica M9 and I'm so glad I did! almost 6 years ago
Well, at 12.30 in the morning, not all that much. A taxi to and from the airport will take 40 minutes and cost around $50 each way. Unless you want to go to a nightclub (and I don't know any myself), you will be stuck in a quiet city). Have a sleep. almost 6 years ago