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EBC short trek in late December
Posted December 1st, 2012 - 8:32 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
HI everyone,

I'm planning on doing a short trek of the EBC for about 7 days, possibly get to Tengboche for a peek of the Everest. I'll be in Kathmandu on 19-Dec, then will fly to Lukla afterwards and take it from there. From what I've heard it's going to be very cold in the Everest region at that time of the year, and even though Tengboche is under 4,000m it's still quite freezing.

Does anyone know where I can rent warm trekking clothes and sleeping bag in Kath? Also do you have any trekking guide to recommend because it's likely that I will be trekking on my own (as of now)? And if any of you is planning on trekking the EBC around that time, please let me know - it'd be great to have companion.

Looking forward to hear from y'all and very excited to be in Nepal soon!
Cheers,

/mimi

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 12:05 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Mimi!

My friends and I did a 16-day EBC trek in mid-December in 2008, ending on New Year's Day (we got stuck in Lukla for an extra day due to the weather) -- spent Christmas Day at EBC itself and yes, it was bloody cold. I got nose bleeds a couple of times at the highest elevations/coldest areas, whilst I was sleeping. But nothing major and it was an absolutely incredible trek!

The company we used (and which we recommend to everyone and which my friend is using again right now for Island Peak, 4 years later) is www.outdoorhimalayan.com -- Raj, the owner, is very personable and happy to negotiate on prices etc. For our EBC trek, he threw in the down jackets (soooooo warm) and sleeping bags for rent at no extra charge. Oh, and boots and gaiters too. I suspect other companies may do this as well, and from memory there are some stores in Thamel that rent gear if you need it. Super cheap. Just have a look around when you get there.

If you have any other questions, do let me know!!

Happy trails ... Beck

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 2:12 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hey Beck,

Thanks for your reply. Quick questions, did you buy your own air tickets to Lukla or is it part of the package? And for the guides, did they base in Lukla or you flew them Kathmandu?

I'm digging their website now hoping to find some group trekking that I can join. Oh God, the cold - I wish I would bring the tropical heat with me to Nepal!!

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 4:53 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hello!

Our tickets to Lukla were included in the total price of the trek with Raj. Our guide, KC (still guiding and has summitted Everest!), is based in Kathmandu so he flew with us to Lukla (4 people in the plane, plus the pilot!) -- but we didn't have to pay for his flight. Actually, we didn't pay for anything for him -- it was all included in the overall price we paid. The only additional thing we paid for each day was the food, which wasn't included.

Always happy to answer any more questions you may have :-)

Beck

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 8:16 am by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Hey there!

You dont need a guide if you are trekking upto tyangboche. it will be expensive if you hire a guide on your own. Trails are not difficult at all. ANd you will have people walking along the way to give you company.

But if you want to hire a guide then, get one from lukla, Dont confirm it in kathmandu cos that way you will save money for your Guide's both way flight ticket to lukla. I can help you find a guide in lukla, it will cost around $12-$14 a day i guess.

I also trek, so i have lonely planet trekking book of nepal, few maps, and jackets, gloves, hats. Let me know if you want to use them...and return to me after your done.

Pemba

Posted December 4th, 2012 - 4:20 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hi Pema,

Thanks for your offer and suggestion. I have indeed contacted the 3 sister trekking company and their quote is so high I wanna cry :( .. I'm waiting for the reply of the other company that Beck recommended earlier, but it is indeed expensive to get the guide from Kathmandu to Lukla. Anyways, do they have trekking company in Lukla? And the guide you mentioned, are they independent guide or from company? I just want to make sure they are covered with proper insurance ..

Posted December 9th, 2012 - 10:58 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Mimi, did you ever hear back from Raj? :-)

Posted December 10th, 2012 - 2:06 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hey Beck,

Still no reply from him :( .. anyhow, a CSer introduced me to a guide who will be in Lukla at that time. So I'm hoping that it will work out.

Thanks!!

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 7:24 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
@Pemba

Hi, I am arriving KMT on 25th and is also going to do the EBC from Lukla. Can you also pass over a few contacts for trustworthy guide? Thank you very much!

Posted January 2nd, 2013 - 6:56 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hey,

Pemba is already trekking now I believe. I just got back from my Tengboche trek with the help of another CSer for arranging a guide/porter. If you want his contact, PM me.