Toilets on the trail!!
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2013 11:25 PM Last Post By: blue_flame108
Feb 9, 2013 8:03 PM
Toilets on the trail!!Hi Everyone, So this is probably a really stupid question and its pretty embarrassing even asking, but I am new to trekking and am doing Everest Base Camp next month. For the ladies out there, whats the go with the whole toilet situation. I assume there would be squat toilets in the villages? But is there anything else I need to know? Where to go on the trail when you gotta go and theres no tea houses around etc! Please tell me there's trees!! Arghhh men have it so easy! :-)
Feb 9, 2013 11:59 PM
1Lodge network is so good that you can find some kind of toilet at least an hour apart, except when climbing up tp Namche. There are still trees there. Up on the tundra there are boulders, just that you will not be be the first one to use them.
Ladies actually have it easier, as they can use a long skirt... Like Macabi Skirt.
Feb 10, 2013 1:10 AM
2only half the time.......................show me men doing other one standing - then you have you point
but either squat or western toilets all they way to EBC got you all covered no worries..........
get moist wipes at dept store at ktm - they are life savers .............for lots of reasons !!!!
Feb 10, 2013 4:19 AM
3It dont seems stupid question. I am planning to visit Nepal soon and this question is on my mind as well. Its easier for men, but not for all or always. I heard friends telling that there is good arrangement of toiler with in the tea houses and its not a problem to get exposed in front of nature! After all we are her kids.
Well, what is your departure date? I am wondering if I could find somebody to accompany otherwise I will be a lonely bird during the whole trail. I am thinking to do it in 15 days flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. I am negotiating with one of the travel agent from Kathmandu that my friend referred. Do you have some suggestion? Or is there any possibilities to team-up!
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Feb 10, 2013 5:30 AM
Feb 10, 2013 6:00 AM
5this is an honest question well answered I am fully sure there are lots reading this glad for you asking and glad for your answers my wife and I recently took my teenage niece wild camping and she had never in her life used anything other than a proper toilet so was quite perplexed but was soon used to the new reality that a large proportion of the worlds population do exactly this . good question
Feb 10, 2013 9:33 AM
6Good info above - you certainly get the full range of types of toilet when trekking in Nepal - everything from western style toilets, some of which are even reasonably clean and may have water than has not frozen (a big problem higher up...), to "natural" toilets, and wet and dry squat toilets. Toilet temperatures vary enormously, especially at night, some are inside lodges, others are outside, so always have a good head torch to hand at night. Make sure you have enough paper.
Suffice it say that no one goes to Nepal for the toilets.
Feb 10, 2013 6:44 PM
7Hi there, can't agree more with you that toilet being one of our biggest struggle as ladies trekker. I would suggest you pack lots of toilet paper and wet wipes may be very handy too. Well, there is really not that much else we could do to prepare while in the wilderness, it is better to go naturally. Let's go easy girl, go with the flow and at times just do it and don't think too much!Enjoy EBC as I wish I'll be able to do the trek soon too, as I've problem with altitude sickness so will try concurs ABC first to see how I cope. So good luck to both of us!
Feb 11, 2013 1:07 AM
8Hi Everyone, Thank you heaps for all your responses. I am feeling a lot easier about the whole situation now that I have heard what to expect over there! It was one of those things that was daunting me for a little while and it wasn't until recently I thought I'd better ask the question to put my mind at ease :-). Yamae, I am already booked on a 16 day trek, starting in Kathmandu and then fly into Lukla, otherwise I would have gladly teamed up with you. I'll send you an email anyway, perhaps we may be there around the same time. Cheers everyone.
Feb 11, 2013 1:55 AM
Feb 11, 2013 3:52 AM
I would not worry about that. Many trekkers team up with others after a day or two. I really think it is better to do that when you actually know who people are, and their habits, rather than teaming up blind with someone on Internet or a Kathmandu billboard.
And you can easily find others who have trekked once or more before and will be happy to help you in the beginning. Don't be too shy asking.
Feb 11, 2013 11:07 AM
11In case you're interested there's a device you can buy at some sports stores called a "Freshette" which allows women to urinate standing up. It's very useful for using squat toilets if you're not as flexible as a Nepali. I believe it's been used by some female mountaineers. I found it very helpful, being older and somewhat stiff. Enjoy your trip! Carol
Feb 11, 2013 6:00 PM
12As Petrus mentioned above, a skirt is your friend. I've been on some long bus rides where the bus just stops along the road. Men go one direction and the woman go the other. The woman just squat along the side of the road or hide in some bushes, but their long skirts hide everything. You just need to lose a little bit of you modesty on such a trip.
Also, sometimes you'll run into a group camping. Off to one side, you'll see a tall skinny tent. It's the toilet tent. I've often used them in an emergency and no one said a word.
Feb 17, 2013 11:25 PM
13Ok thanks for the info. Can't say I'll be wearing a skirt trekking though, but thats useful info for when I go to India afterwards. :-)
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