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Old 09-17-2006, 02:27 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone!!

I have a couple of fairly detailed questions that I am totally stuck trying to find answers to from books and the internet, here they are:

1. I am trekking Everest up until mid december and then wanted to travel overland into Tibet - is this possible? I have read that the border is closed and no tour companies go accross at this time? Also heard the airlines stop flying becuase its to cold? How do i get to Tibet from Nepal at this time?

2. I am from the UK and will be travelling around northern India for the month before - is it worth buying a warm coat and sleeping bag before i go? I have heard mixed reviews about what can be bought in Katmandu and its quality. Also what should I take for my bottom half, i am a bit worried i am going to be to cold?

3. I am a female travelling alone and wanted to make my own way up to everest base camp staying in tea houses along the way - is this a good idea?

4. My most important question - I wanted to join an organised tour to climb one of the peaks, but only from everest base camp onwards, i didn't want to have to follow a tour the whole way up, is this possible?

Thanks so much for any help
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:46 PM   #2
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WOW , I have no answers to your questions...SORRY...but i had to say that I think your plans are absolutely wicked. I travelled alone in Europe last year and everyone I met thought i had guts to do it!!! Your trip sounds incredible and something I definately want to do someday...its inspiring to hear someone with your ambition.

Good luck getting some answers

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Old 09-18-2006, 12:35 AM   #3
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Welcome to the site. Atchoum has lived in Nepal, if you don't get a reply from her in the next day or two, click on her name to send a personal message.

I don't know anything about climbing, so can't help you out there - I assume you've read all the guidebooks on the area, and have contacted all the tour operators listed therein? If not, head to the local library and write down contact info for all the excursion companies you can find for the area, and then just call them up and pester them with questions. If they can't help you, they might be able to send you in the right direction.

I'm just guessing here, but I bet you'd be happy to have a warm coat and sleeping bag in northern India in November/December, even if it's just for curling up in while waiting for a train. Don't know what to recommend for other gear - head over to an outfitters and pick their brains, you might even meet someone whose been there, done that.

Good luck with both the research and the trip.



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I'm no where near experienced on this subject but I was under the impression that one could only climb Everest during a certain season, which just passed I believe. I think it's a two-week frame if I recall. Your best bet is to probably contact some of the excursion groups as tumbleweedz said, get a round-about idea.
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Hi Sian and welcome to travelpunk.com !

That's a great project, that requires some planning, I agree ! As Tumblezweedz wrote, I spent a few months in Nepal, and although I didn't trek the Himalayas I was hanging out in Kathmandu with a bunch of workers of the local tourist industry. I saw lots of travellers leave for a trek frantic, and come back extatic !

I do have a few questions for you, though. You say you're trekking "Everest up until mid december"... I assume you mean the Everest base camp, otherwise you need years of prep and a huge team to support you (and $50 000) to climb the mountain all the way up. Am I correct ? And "until December" means you want to start when ? The duration of the journey depends on the starting point : from Jiri (3 weeks) or Lukla (2 weeks).

« I am a female travelling alone and wanted to make my own way up to everest base camp staying in tea houses along the way - is this a good idea?»
It's feasable, with a good prep setting the exact itinerary, etc. However I don't think it's a good idea for security matters -the maoists and the health factor, you'll be above 3000 meters even in the trek prior to the Everest Base Camp-. To have one or more Nepalis with you, or at the very least trek mates, will help dealing with those issues. The porters adn trekking guides are used to face the maioists, and know how to deal with them, usually they ask for a $100 "contribution", and give you a receipt. But the recent political changes in the country may have solved that problem, I don't know. One important thing to know, seducing clients is a sport for trekking guides...

«I wanted to join an organised tour to climb one of the peaks, but only from everest base camp onwards, i didn't want to have to follow a tour the whole way up, is this possible?»
Well, what I said just before. thousands of travellers trek in the Himalayas every year with no organisation. Most do use the services of porters and/or guides through trekking agencies, small groups some time go alone (never saw somebody totally alone though). For such a long trek, don't go alone. Maybe if you really don't want a nepalese with you, try to hook up with other travellers. In Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu, you'll meet them.

And what do you mean by «climb one of the peaks» ? There's only one Everest ? Or are you interested in other peaks such as the Annapurna ?

«Northern India for the month before - is it worth buying a warm coat and sleeping bag before i go? I have heard mixed reviews about what can be bought in Katmandu and its quality. Also what should I take for my bottom half, i am a bit worried i am going to be to cold?»
Two questions to answer you properly. Are you first going to Kathmandu then south to India and back up north ? Which part of Northern India will you be going to ? Under Nepal or the himalayan area of India ?


«Travel overland into Tibet - is this possible?» It is unfortunately impossible. All you can do is an organised tour from/to Kathmandu. The only way to enter is to fly to China. I was in Nepal in January, and there were organised tours and flights. But often, not the cold but the thick fog would cancel activities, and of course maiost strikes !

Don't hesistate for more infos !
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Thanks so much for all your help. Some more info to answer your questions:

Yes I mean everest base camp, but there are many peaks to climb and some smaller ones to trek above it i.e. the Meera peak which is about another 5000 ft above base camp and is considered a trekking peak, although still tough. Its the north/south summit that everyone thinks of when they think of climbing to the top of everest but actually there are many 'peaks'.

I am planning a month to get up and back down again and i hear November/December are the best times of year.

Thanks for the advice on travelling alone, i think i will at a minimum hook up with some other people and hire a sherpa now.

I am going around all of the top half of india (above Mumbai) for a month first before catching the train into Nepal, probably straight to Katmandu.

I am gutted about Tibet, but have now booked a flight out of Delhi into China and i will try and get in from Chengdu.

Thanks again
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