Last minute questions!!!
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2013 12:24 AM Last Post By: rdccomments
Mar 3, 2013 12:41 PM
Last minute questions!!!Off to Kathmando next Sunday & am trying to minimize my packing for the EBC & Kala Patthar. What kind of temperatures am I likely to experience going up late March?? How cold does it actually get at night??(not planning on camping). Will stuff dry up there if you wash as you go?? Have looked at numerous packing-lists on-line but I'd like to get some advise from you guys on what the must brings are!! That goes for the medical kit too!! ;-)
Also, will I be able to take money out at Tribhuvan Airport or am I best off bringing all my money in cash?? Would rather withdraw money there if I'm able to avoid changing money twice as not on the € $ £ in my country! And the same question as everybody else asks: what is a good budget for 3 1/2 weeks?? To include the EBC with guide & porter staying in Tea Houses, rest of time staying in budget/midrange places in Kathmando & Pokhara!
Will book guide once I'm there so suggestions of good reliable companys are warmly welcome along with any other tips!! Maybe someone's even got a group going!!! Am a solo female off to celebrate my 40th!! :-)
Thanx for now!!!
Mar 3, 2013 12:49 PM
Mar 3, 2013 12:56 PM
Mar 3, 2013 1:23 PM
What kind of temperatures am I likely to experience going up late March??
I was at EBC late March last year. I did not record the temperature but can give you a rough idea of what I wore and the rating of the bag I used. Lower down, say to Tengboche, it was warm enough in the day to trek in a single body layer (t-short or long sleeved t-shirt) with maybe a lightweight fleece early morning and as the sun went down in the afternoon.After there it was a couple of layers plus windproof and the sun hat was swapped for a warm hat and the gloves were put on). At the last couple of lodges I wore 3 or 4 layers in the evening - I did have a down jacket but the dining rooms had a fire (with lots of people too).
How cold does it actually get at night??
It was cold enough for the water to freeze in toilets and water bottles at Pheriche and beyond. I used a sleeping bag that was rated as comfortable to -15C augmented with base layes at P and beyond (because I drape the bag over me, zipping only if needed).
What the must brings are
A warm set of clothes including hat, gloves, possibly scarf or buss type thing and a down jacket, head torch...
Medical standard hand sanitiser, lip balm, medication for stomach upsets; ciprofloxacin (sp), something for Giardia..see ciwec-clinic.com.np for more info.
Money at Tribhuvan
There are a couple of ATMS at the airport and a couple of money changers too (with very poor rates). Maybe change enough to get a taxi to the hotel (if you don;t have a pick-upo arranged) say USD10 is enough. If your currency is listed here:
the money changers and banks in KTM should exchange. For better info maybe state the currency. The Nepal rupee is not officially available outside the country and if it is the rate is often poor,
Mar 3, 2013 2:15 PM
4what is a good budget for 3 1/2 weeks??
$25 - $30 per day for food and accommodation is a ball-park figure for a reasonably varied and plentiful diet - a mix of local (dal bhat, mom) and 'international' food (pasta, pizza) with some beer, fizzy drinks and chocolate. A lot of those things and 'yak' steaks might bust that budget.
$25 for a guide and $15 for a porter per day including accommodation, food and insurance are fairly standartd prices (Everest is becoming expensive for Nepalis though). Transport to and from the trailhead is extra; a Nepali pays about $120 for a round trip Lukla flight, you will pay about $280.
budget/midrange places in Kathmando & Pokhara
It's still possible to find decent rooms for $10 per night with an attached bathroom; less for more basic ones, It is possible to eat more cheaply than when trekking but there are plenty of more expensive, touristy places to relieve you of more money.
suggestions of good reliable companys are warmly welcome
I have used a number of agents and guides but the only one I recommend is Himalayan Magic Adventure who I used last year. Like many trekking agencies, it is small, local and friendly with fair prices for bith the trekker and guides and porters. TAAN credentials and contact details here:
Will stuff dry up there if you wash as you go??
Lower down there should not be any trouble getting sdtuff dry if you wash it soon after finishing trekking (usually early tro mid afternoon) to take advantage of the sunshine, Higher up if it is not dry, hang it in the dining room in the evening.
Good luck and enjoy your birthday.
Mar 3, 2013 8:12 PM
Mar 3, 2013 8:58 PM
6March and early April you can expect some snow flurries, too, from Periche and above.. An outer, windproof layer will be an asset at higher elevations. When the wind isn't blowing, daytime temperatures can be quite pleasant for trekking but the temperature can change suddenly and significant;y when the sun dips behind a peak or ridge (or even a cloud). So be prepared. Best not to take heavy cotton clothing - it will not dry at high altitude - takes days. The new high tech materials are light weight and surprisingly warm with the bonus of drying quickly. Can be a bit of an investment but well worth the money for the convenience. Nothing more to add to Scoodly excellent info.
Mar 3, 2013 9:38 PM
Mar 4, 2013 5:48 AM
Mar 4, 2013 1:12 PM
9You'll need a supply of cash in NR from Ktm for the entire trek, including emergencies and tip for guide/porter. There's ATM in Namche Bazar but you can't rely on that so Ktm is the best option to avoid worries.
A couple of useful things that are good to have for the trek will be thermals (longjohns and long-sleeved shirt) and wet tissues/towels.
Your backpack, including sleeping bag, shouldn't exceed 10 kg, although that's very individual. Your trekking agent will be able to store any excess in their office.
Mar 4, 2013 8:12 PM
10Very good info above by some very experienced trekkers. I have used the following trekking companies, both based in Kathmandu. I also know the owners well.
Mother House Treks and Expeditions - contact Karna
Nepal Spirit Adventure - contact Ram
Tell them that Tom from Seattle (USA) said hello. Both have become friends and I like to help them out when I can by recommending them.
Mar 5, 2013 12:24 AM
11Good info above, from experienced trekkers.
I don't have much to add, except:
I have posted up my winter trekking packing list on a posting this morning. This should be findable.
There is also a web cam which gives "live" pictures of the Everest region near to the Italian weather station just above Lobuche. The pix are updated about every minute. This gives an excellent idea about the weather in that area, and is easily accessible. I can't post up the link, for some reason, but if you google "Everest Web-Cam" you should be able to find it. I look at it most days, even when I am back in the UK, as now.
Let me know if you want my guides' contact details - we'll have to work out a way of passing them now there are no Private Messages (PMs). I have trekked 4 times with the older, once (AC for 30 days in Dec 2012) with the younger (the older was already booked), have stayed in their non touristy village 3 times, so far, and so know them both well. I engage them directly (ie no agency or middle man), pay them on a "daily rate" basis, so I get freedom re itinerary, choice of lodges (when there is a choice), plus how much I want to spend on food, drink etc. I also get on very well with both, and genuinely enjoy their company. Both provide their own kit and insurance, and both are fully qualified.
Mar 5, 2013 12:24 AM
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