EBC trekking partners
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 5:54 AM Last Post By: scoodly
Nov 23, 2012 9:47 PM
EBC trekking partnersI'm looking at leaving Kathmandu on 2nd December for the Everest Base Camp and am searching for hiking partners. I plan on arranging everything in Kathmandu and staying in guesthouses. I have no plans to hire a guide unless there are a few of us and it works out cost effective. I am male, 29 from the UK, am a photographer, looking for like minded people with a good (if not crude!) sense of humour and like a beer or two (not that I plan on boozing my way up to the base camp!)
PM if interested.
Nov 24, 2012 7:07 PM
Nov 25, 2012 3:31 PM
The trek to EBC is an absolutely fantastic experience and is must be one of the best treks in the world. I have a few thoughts based on experience:
Can I ask why you do not want to hire a guide? Is it simply cost? Are you flying to Lukla ? It is fairly unusual not to have a guide and there are many benefits to taking one. Knowing the language is a huge help and someone who can take you take you through the airports is a massive bonus. A local will get you good rates for rooms and meals. A guide can monitor your performance at altitude and adjust overnight stops to suit (AMS is a real issue on EBC). A local can offer cultural insights that can add to your experience. If you can pair up with another trekker then find an agency to provide a guide and a porter is a good combination.
I am heading to KTM for a month on 16th Dec 12 and am aiming to do Annapurna BC and maybe Langtang afterwards. If you are around then I happy to hook up and see if plans co-incide. You might be up halfway up Everest by then !
Nov 26, 2012 3:28 PM
I've trekked both routes but not in December and I think EBC has the edge on mountain scenery but you would not be disappointed with the AC which is marginally cheaper on a day to day to basis and does not involve the cost of a flight. Not being on a tight timeline means you can avoid the Lukla flight by trekking in and out from Jiri which contrast with EBC in a number of ways; more up and down crossing high ridges on the middle hills and a much less trekked route but still has good (and cheaper) lodges. The AC has plenty of opportunity for side trips and the NATT Guide has plenty of helpful information.
Another possibility is Langtang/Gosainkund/Helambu which has varied scenery and culture, opportunities to trek up permit-free peaks, explore the upper Langtang valley and experience interesting villages in Helambu.
Maybe google the trek names for blogs and itineraries and if you don;t get more replies maybe start a new thread because the title of this one is not relevant to your question.
Nov 26, 2012 3:56 PM
4Sorry, forgot about your other questions:
There is plenty of water purification stuff available in KTM. Lugol's solution (iodine) is cheap (people say the bottles leak so maybe bring a dropper-bottle. I don't remember seeing iodine tablets which are less messy. Various branded treatments (chloride and chloride dioxide) but these were similar prices to the UK, so if I was using these I would buy at home. The lodges offer safe boiled water and I think this is safe enough but a chemical back up is a good idea.
A safe rate of ascent os the best way to avoid AMS and you are not on a tight schedule. It's a good idea to have them for emergencies and they are available in KTM. To be sure of getting the genuine article \I suggest buying from a reputable place such as CIWEC or get them at home. I have not used them so others with experience will have better inbformation.
Nov 27, 2012 9:57 AM
Nov 30, 2012 12:30 AM
6Hi all, a bit of a mixup with my post on trekkingpartners.com (my original message didn't post) means I am struggling to find a trekking partner. I am considering hiring a guide/porter and going it alone. Is it easy to meet other trekkers on the hike? I would like to team up with other hikers as I would imagine due to the language barrier I will run out of things to talk about with the guide! Is it possible to book flights etc the day before I go as I can wait until monday to see if I get interest from other people.
Ossie and Sam - I won't be able to team up i'm afraid. Paul, I may be able to team up but only if you are able to leave on the 6th which I imagine is a bit tight for you.
Thanks for all the great advice so far.
Nov 30, 2012 3:19 AM
Although it's not high season there should be enough people on the trails to hook up with for a day or two or the whole trek. The lodges are very sociable places - people are likely to congregate in the dining room because it's heated and evening meals are served at more or less the same time so it's a good opportunity to chat. The flight to Lukla is also a good but brief opportunity to talk about plans with others too.
If you are already in KTM then it might be worth checking the noticeboards in popular places such as the KTM Guesthouse, Pilgrims Feed n Read and Pumpernickels - they've been superceded by the internet it seems and are not used so much to find buddies now but might be worth a try.
It's possible to book flights for the next day but not guaranteed; perhaps discuss this with whoever you will be booking the flight with.
Hope it works out.
Nov 30, 2012 5:17 AM
8Thanks Scoodly. I have decided I am going to book the flight for Sunday and just meet people along the way. Just one other question, a lot of people have said to me its better to get a porter in Lukla as more money will go the porters way and you won't have to pay to get them to the trailhead. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Nov 30, 2012 5:25 AM
9You don't have to answer that, just did a search which produced a load of relevant results. I will arrange a porter in Kathmandu. Cheers
Nov 30, 2012 5:43 AM
I have hired porters at trail heads (not Lukla) and all has gone well, there are issues to consider though.
Porters hired through a TAAN-registered agency will not receive all of the money you pay the agent of course but the proportion will differ and I guess some agents pay them a fair amount, others less so. Porters will be insured when hiring through an agency. You have some consumer protection too; the agent has a reputation to maintain, the porter will want more work and in the event of an issue that cannot be resolved then it's possible to approach TAAN for assistance.
Hiring a porter at Lukla is likely to be cheaper per day and you do not have to pay the c$110 for the flights. The porter is highly unlikely to be insured which is a trekkers responsibility. There is no recourse should things go wrong and there reports of porters running out on clients, sometimes with their gear. The main way to reduce this risk is to agree staged payments with the balance on completion. It is also against TIMS rules to hire trekking staff (or, as TAAN calls people trying to make a living this way, 'illegal trekking operators').
It might read as if I'm trying to put you off this approach but I'm not - just outlining the issues.
Nov 30, 2012 5:54 AM
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