first trekking to EBC needed advice
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2013 1:47 PM Last Post By: koka78
Feb 27, 2013 11:58 AM
first trekking to EBC needed adviceHi
I am planing trekking to EBC in October 13, this will be my first time in Nepal. despite reading guidebooks I have a couple questions regarding organizing my trip.
I would like to do trekking independently w/o porter or guide. is this possible and safe? I have read that October is busy period on trail and is difficult to lost.If is not safe trek w/o guide could someone recommend good guide or agency
how to book flight from KTH to Lukla, any on line booking,which airlines are good? I will arrive to KTH on 2nd but would like to start my trekking on 5th, is this possible to arrange?
where to buy Diamox UK or KTH?
I am still considering to extend my trek to Gokyo lakes, which options is better Lukla- EBC-Tsho La-Gokyo- Lukla or Lukla- Namche- Gokyo-Nha- Portse- Pangboche- then route to EBC (I did not mentioned all villages ans stop).
any help please would be so appreciated
Feb 27, 2013 1:47 PM
Feb 27, 2013 4:00 PM
It is possible to trek without a guide or porter; hiring a guide is not required by the regulations nor is one needed from a practical point of view; route finding is easy (but see below about Tsho La) and there will be plenty of people to follow in October. Arranging food and accommodation is straightdorward too; the lodges are by the side of the trail with signs, menus are in English and the owners speak English usually, it's simply a matter of checking prices and having a look round vefore deciding.
Generally speaking it is safe to trek this route independently but the exception is crossing high passes - it's a good idea to hook up with other people who have a guide; the safest route across the glacier changes and any mist will add to the difficulties. It might just be a case of chatting to people in the lodge before the pass to arrange to cross together or you might already be trekking with people you meet on the trail - trekking can be a very social activity.
Lukla flights are easy to book; walk into any trekking or travel agent (there are hundreds in Thamel) because prices are fairly standard and discounts will be unlikely or very small at that time of year. It might be possible to to book it on the 2nd for a flight on the 5th but for certainty it's probably better to book in advance. Some of the airlines do have an online/email booking facility but reports on here suggest here are reliability issues (and you will need to provide card details over a less than secure system).
As far as I know, Tara Air has the most Lukla flights at the mpment but who flies the route can change each season. Tara has email booking:
Diamox is available in KTM cheaper than the UK (probably) but you might be given counterfeit drugs. One reliable place to get the genuine article is CIWEC:
As said, take medical advice and note that Diamox is no substitute for a safe acclimatisation schedule, The HRA and ISMM have useful information:
Lukla - EBC - Tsho La is a better route for acclimatisation because there are more villages and lodges to give a choice of schedule. People seem to be tempted to ascend Gokyo valley too quickly and trek into AMS issues.
Guidebooks are very useful and this is probably the best one:
This map might also help with planning:
Feb 27, 2013 7:05 PM
Feb 27, 2013 11:18 PM
4Independent trekking w/o guide and porter fine but some time it will not be good idea to do alone because of the ams problem.. I hope you have good experience about altitude sickness. My advice to you better to take porter guide from Lukla...
Enjoy your trip to Nepal !!
Feb 28, 2013 2:19 AM
5Good info above. A few further points:
Re crossing Cho La (Tsho La): see a recent discussion here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2287139
Also put Cho La into the LPTT search facility - there are quite a few other useful posts re Cho La (and other high passes).
October will be very busy re the flights, trails and lodges, especially the Lukla - EBC - Lukla section, which is all that many trekkers do (so they miss out on many of the other valleys). I think that you would be wise to pre-book the flight to Lukla, if that is possible. Also note that in Oct - Nov 2010 and 2011 there were extended periods of severe, weather related disruption at Lukla - some trekkers were stuck in Lukla for up to 8 days. It sounded chaotic, so always allow for possible delays in your overall itinerary. I think that Oct - Nov 2012 was OK in that regard.
General advice is not to trek completely alone - as well as AMS, illness and injury, every year at least one solo trekker seems to go missing in the Everest region - 2 went missing in 2012. Google "missing in Nepal" for info. Don't let this put you off, just be aware of this. You should be able to link up with other independent trekkers.
Generally route finding is easy, especially if you are not doing the high passes, if there is no snow and people use their common sense. If you include Gokyo, do make SURE that you get the correct route across the Ngozumpa glacier - the current route is long and complex, and would be lethally dangerous in bad weather. Many maps still show the old route - if in any doubt, check with the lodge owners, or others who know what they are doing.
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