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looking for travel budy and guide/proter recommdation for EBC next week.
Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 3:26 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
Hi All,

I am Jack from China and I am currently travelling in India. I have a flight booked from DEL to KTM next tuesday and I want to do the famous EBC route.

Is there anyone interested doing this together? I speak English well and is very easygoing and lay-back.

Also, does anyone know any good guide/porter? I am planning to hire a local guide/porter to do the EBC together. It will be great if it could be based on a daily rate base as I can then plan the trekking according to my physical condition.


Thank you very much.

Posted December 22nd, 2012 - 4:42 pm by from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Permalink)
Hi Jack,
I guess it's getting very cold up there after mid December.
Better be very prepared!
Arrange guide from KTM. It's off season.
Meet your porter/guide before going.
Arrange insurance. No chopper would come if you don't have insurance.
It's easy to get altitude sickness. Arrange that with your guide. Pills, extra climitazation rest days, etc.
Guide/porter cost 15$ a day. He should speak English and licensed.
You pay for food+accommodation in each lodge on the trail.
There are some more tips, if u r serious going to -20 then, let me know..


Better try ABC, it's safer or moktinat also langtang region is an option.
You can go to Chinu and go back to KTM.

Good Luck
:)

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 9:20 am by from Hermance, Switzerland (Permalink)
Hi Jack,

I agree with all the advice above... dont go there unprepared for altitude sickness, extreme cold at night, problems with the guides, and expensive prices!

Be sure that you can trust your guide. Hire from an agency in KTM (dont just turn up in Lukla and find someone like I did... result was not good!); make sure you get along; etc etc.

Bring tons of money - higher up, a dhal bat costs 600 npr and they charge for everything - a litre of hot water can cost 350 npr, 1hr battery charge 300 npr, no place to get cash, except in namche or lukla but the ATM is often out of service; you get the idea!

Go slow - lots of people get altitude sick because they go too fast. Reckon on at least 8 or 9 days to get as high as Chukhung Ri or Gorak Shep.

Give yourself at least 4 days extra to get out of Lukla. Its not always easy to get on a plane if there is 'bad weather' (a cloud in the sky, or bit of wind).

Its SUPER COLD - just got back from a mid-Dec trek and it was -15 in the night with no heating in the rooms. Bring down gear!

And, enjoy. The scenery is amazing especially at this time. :)

Yvette

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 1:19 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
@Yvette,

Thanks so much for your report, it is very helpful, I will bring warm cloth.

Do you know how much money it will cost for the whole trip? Including or excluding airfare/stay in Lukla? So I can be prepared.

And, yes, I will try to find a good guide in KTM.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 1:39 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
@Karsa

Hey, thanks so much for you advise. I have being research like crazy myself too. But it is always a great value if I can get some personal advises.

Especially if you know any good gear/rent shop and if you have any guide/porter recommendation, it will be a great help!

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 2:10 pm by from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Permalink)
Hi There,

I recommend you not to go now!!'
Now I'm in Bhaktapur, Nepal and its so cold.
If you can wait till March or April, that will be perfect as all flowers will bloom (national flower) and it will be beautiful.
Now the weather is so bad, it's always hazy and you can't see much.

I don't know in KTM. Maybe try Swiss Nepal company.
Also in Thamel, close to Kathmandu Guesthouse, there is a place with more than Trekking shop beside each other in an alley way. You might get good deals there.

If you want to go to Annspurna Sanctuary, can give you good links...

R

K

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 2:17 pm by from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Permalink)
By the way, warm cloth is not enough!
You need professional clothing. Buy under layer from a very reliable source like Under Armour or Colombia. A real windtopper, maybe marmot. Special shoes maybe Salomon or Colombia. All of these should be original and professional, light and fast dry. Try Sherpa, also available in Nepal.
Buy dawn jacket and polar from KTM. They are all fake but good. Try to find a good one.

You will know the difference in -20......

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 4:06 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
thanks for the advise, I think I am still going to do the EBC. But I will make sure bring adequate equipments.

If you have some good link about ABC, why not share it? As my trip has no end dates.... I might wanna do both.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 - 8:51 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi Jack. I can recommend the guide that I used for two different hikes for a total of close to 30 days. His name is Hari Pandi and he lives in KTM.

Hari is a wonderful human. He is honest and very hard working. I can recommend him without reservation.

Please PM me and I will forward contact info.

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 5:32 am by from Santa Fe, United States (Permalink)
Very good advice above. A few additions.

KTM Guest House is great. Down the alley across and to the left it the Acme GH, a little cheaper. The spa is fantastic. Cheap in the AM.

From KTM GH, turn right, then left up the first street. Next street on left leads to Sagarmatha Mall. 10 feet from the corner on the right, up the stairs next to the chicken kabob, are two great restaurants, OR2K (veggie www.or2k.org) up to the right and the other to the left, I forget the name.

The ride form Airport to KTM GH or Acme will be 300 -500 NPR. A private person can give you ride for 300, no tax or fees. (Thamel district)

The in country flights ALL have a 300 NPR fee, you need cash and it is in addition to the fee.

Clothing, WOOL or SILK if you cna afford them or at least one change of either for the highest altitudes and sleeping. I brought a single mantle lantern to help heat the rooms. There is NO heat in the Lodge (LAJ) rooms.

Water, it is VERY expensive as you go higher and not worth carrying. Bring purifying tablets or UV system. There is water along the trails, in each village to use, but it ALL must be purified, even in KTM. It is Cheap in KTM though. .75c per litre.

You MUST have water proof, slip on shoes, for the bathrooms at night.

Bring Sanitizer gel and Toilet Paper.

Enjoy!!

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 1:30 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
Thanks for all the great advises. I will check out the KMT GH.

Now I am booked with a very reputable guide/porter that cost 25 USD per day. My flight to Lukla is also booked on the morning of 27th.

It will be great to meet ppl in KMT and share some stories about India and Nepal, also drink the last time before the trek. So if you have some free time, let me know(better to include your mobile number).

And for the last call, anyone that want to tag along?

Posted December 24th, 2012 - 5:19 pm by from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Permalink)
Good luck Jack,
Have a great time. Good, you have everything sorted.
Take care and let us know when you are back.
Get Ncell simcard in KTM. Have photos and passport and visa copies.
You can use GPRS and access your email or weather on smart phones.
You are brave. Let me know about Lukla landing.

R

K

Posted December 25th, 2012 - 2:27 pm by from Shanghai, China (Permalink)
My number is 9802018152. If any one wants to meet up let me know.

I will fly to lukal on 27th.