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  • 10

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    An amazing experience cycling in breathtaking scenery. A great physical challenge cycling up steep hills with not a lot of oxygen to help!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the mountain passes, Everest Base Camp and seeing Mount Everest from Rongbuk Monastery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar is an outstanding group leader. He looked after every individual within the group with great consideration.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want to cycle the whole route then you will need to book a different trip with different company. There are plenty available. Exodus need to make this clearer in the trip notes. The chances are that the group will be a mixed ability group and there will always be an element of compromise. I did spend a bit of time on the bus when I'd have preferred to have been cycling but I soon got over it. This was a minor niggle that did not detract from this holiday being a truly awesome experience. As a group we got on very well and compromised well so it wasn't a problem. There are plenty of challenges for all ranges of cyclists. You do need to be fit though. If you like pushing yourself hard to see what you are capable of, then this is a trip you should consider. Take the Tibetan chef option. It saves a lot of hassle. I think that Exodus should charge a bit extra for the trip and include this in the basic price rather than it being an optional extra. The excess luggage charges seem to have changed recently on the Kathmandu - Lhasa flight. We ended up getting charged $US150 each whether whether or not we had packed carefully or not. If I had known this I would have packed more recklessly! I was expecting to pay about double this amount. I'm not sure a down sleeping bag and down jacket were that necessary. Any warm coat & a sleeping sheet would have sufficed and freed up a lot of space / weight in my bag.  I was a bit nervous about the altitude before I went as I had previously had some unpleasnt headaches at relatively low altitudes on previous trips. There was no need to worry. This trip is very well structured with careful attention to acclimatisation, so this was not a problem for me. No-one in the group got proper altitude sickness, just a few headaches as you would expect. Kumar's advice was helpful and very simple: if you find yourself too breathless to talk to the person you are cycling next to, then cycle slower. It worked for us.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone who is up for a tough physical challenge & doesn't mind compromising now & again. Thoroughly deserving of a five star rating in my view.

  • 8

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    The chaos of Kathmandu, the magnificent Potala Palace of Lhasa, an epic ride across the vast and inhospitable Tibetan Plateau, the tough climbs up the 5000m passes rewarded by panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, and arriving at the base of Everest.  It is almost close enough to touch.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the world famous Potala Palace and Jokhang in Lhasa.   Cycling up the Pang La pass, a tough off-road hill climb with so many switchbacks I lost count - and the sense of achievement at getting to the top.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar was great. He was attentive to everyone's needs, and dealt with most issues with a laugh and a joke. At the end of a hard day's cycling, both Kumar and Akash were busy cleaning and oiling the bikes for the following day.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want to avoid getting in the bus, do some serious hill and off-road training before you go.  There are some long hill climbs often with a headwind. Some days have a lot of distance to cover, so you need to be able to keep up a reasonable pace in order to cover it before dark.   Some of the accommodation is very basic - take a padlock for the door, and lots of hand-sanitizer, and a soft toilet roll. I used my sleeping back in several places as the bedding didn't look very clean.   Make sure you have Cat 4 sunglasses to protect your eyes from the very strong sunlight, and a high factor suncream/lipsalve.   Take enough batteries for your camera - there are a few places (the closer you get to Everest) where the ability to recharge them is limited (or non-existent).   In the main towns the restaurants are great, but outside these areas the Tibetan Chef (optional) is often the only option, so I do recommend booking him.  We did get water and snacks provided in addition to the cooked meals (and occasional packed lunch), but the chef-food was repetitive and a bit uninspiring at times. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you've never been to Tibet before, then this is a great way to see the country, meet the local folk and have the sense of achievement at having cycled to Everest.   If you've never been to Kathmandu before - take an empty kit bag and lots of money for all the fake-branded (but generally decent quality) outdoor clothing. I came home with a whole new wardrob.

  • 10

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    A fantastic trip, an incredible journey.  A great way to see the countries.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery we cycled through on the day we left Rongbuk.  After Everest revealed itself for about an hour before being covered in clouds, our cycling that day was through incredible snow covered hills, following the river through the valley and onto open plains.   

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar was excellent.  He was always around to help and nothing was too much trouble. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not underestimate the effects of altitude and train to prepare for the trip.  (One of the trip members had some sessions in an altitude chamber to train and this seemed to be of benefit.)  There are long days in the saddle (bring a gel seat, gel shorts etc!) and to cover the distances we had to maintain a fast speed over a number of hours.  This trip does not enable you to cycle the whole distance between Lhasa and Kathmandu, e.g. there are sections where there is often headwinds which make it difficult to cycle and some sections that regardless of how proficient / strong a cyclist you are you will need to go with the majority decision of the group. You need to be organised with your packing as you need to re-pack for the Lhasa flight and the cycle ride.  The baggage costs for the Lhasa flight have changed and we had to pay an extra $150 per hold bag.  We found that we didn't need a robust sleeping bag; blankets, sheets, pillows etc are provided at all accommodations, (some better quality than others) and a thin liner would have saved a lot of space in the packing and would have been adequate. The hire bikes were very good quality and I had taken slick tyres with me which were put on my bike for me for the on road sections and I think this helped with speed and efficiency.  Bring spare toilet roll, plenty of sanitizing hand gel and strong sun cream and a pack of cards!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a fantastic trip and a great way to see the countries as well as getting a proper sense of achievement for cycling such a distance. 

  • 8

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    A great trip but for those reading this be clear that you do not ride the whole way from Lhasa to Kathmandu. That said, our leader made all the right calls. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The great group I enjoyed this trip with and our excellent leader Khumar and his support Ajay and Phunsak. This is another wonderful part of our world and is a must for all those who like a challenge on a bike!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    What more can I say? He wasn't the Exodus New Leader of the Year for nothing in 2010! Thanks Khumar.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some of the accommodation is very basic so you need to be prepared for that and you need to like/get used to the local food which can lack a bit of variety. Our leader handled the problems of altitude sickness with great care and kept everyone riding even if after some time out. Go with his advice at all times and you will be the better for it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The cycling is challenging but manageable if you are fit, if not you hop on board the bus when needed. From the city of Lhasa which was surprisingly good to the high plateaus of Tibet passing much local life on the way to the fabulous descent into Nepal and the back to the reality of an underdeveloped road system in Nepal this is an excellent trip. Go for it!

  • 4

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    If you are a fit, confident cyclist who is after a cycling challenge this might not be the right holiday for you. If you have the ability and ambition to ride either the whole distance or at least as many of the passes as posibble you more than likely will not be able to. This is due to compulsory transfers and decissions made for the benifit of the majority of the group. What does this mean? If seven of the group want to ride and nine do not, you will more than likely not be riding that section of the ride. Mind you there are more challenges then just the cycling on this trip that can halt even the fittest out there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Potala Palace. The down hill valley into Nepal. Everest and just strolling around some of the towns at the end of the day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader on the whole was good. Extremely attentive to everyones health. He could have allowed the ones who wanted to ride more sections of the ride with a bit better planning. Those ridding further could start earlier and have there bikes loaded last so they are easier to get on and off the truck.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light and be prepaired for a few extra costs creeping in. If you really do want to ride the whole distance of this trip I suggest you organise a more personalised itinerary giving yourself two - three extra days for cycling and perhaps book it in Kathmandu.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would probably give this holiday 2.5 stars. This does not mean it is a bad holiday it depends what you are looking for. As I mentioned cycling is not the only challenge on this trip. Staying healthy due to altitude, food or general hygiene is also challenging and can greatly impact your ability to cycle. If you are one of the fitter ones you may be waiting at the top of the passes for a few hours. This will reduce the distance you can cover that day and may mean you do not get to ride the whole distance that afternoon.

  • 10

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    Arrive in beautiful Kathmandu, climb 1000m in 36degC avec plenty of Cola, have a Swing or two, get to the top and hey "that's where we're heading off to" :-)  Fly to Lhasa, experience superb culture, absolutely stunning scenery, fantastic cycling (even though you could do with an extra pair of lungs!), incredibly moving people, weather extremes and tours guides (and their helpers) that would outshine ANY others!A journey into the unknown but worth every single penny and more.... its a life changer for sure on every level.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Achieving Pang La pass despite Altitude sickness.  Seeing the Monasteries and being very very moved by both the historic and the current.  Meeting the people, especially the children and seeing how hard they all have to work just to put food in their mouths.  And, last but by no means least, Arriving at base camp and seeing Everest emerge in the sunshine.  An experience truly of a lifetime.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Words could not possibly say enough about Kumar!  Superb, brilliant, exceptional and always with genuine care and a smile.  (My best friend) :-) and, a word too for Ajay Pandit Chhetri who looked after me cos I was invariably at the rear of the pack!  Encouragement and smiles all the way... and the Tibetan guide Phuntsok - a star! yet another truly genuine, caring person.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware of possible (quite likely) excess baggage charges from Kathmandu to Lhasa - these can be high!  Pack as light as possible. Get yourselves a Rabies shot.  Dogs are plentiful in Tibet and although we didnt experience any events, there is nothing to say that you couldnt. Take a pack of cards with you - gets the group together :-) Take plenty of memory for your Cameras!  and video if possible too..

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didnt achieve everything because of the effects of Altitude and a dicky tummy for a day.  However, what I did achieve surpassed all expectations anyway.  17 of us in the group for 3 weeks and we really did all hit it off tremendously and had such a good laugh together both during the cycling and the evenings where we played Charades, Dice, card games and the like.  Yes, there were a few hiccups but nothing that we didnt resolve easily and we all came away firm friends. Do you need to be fit?  Yes, you do but if all else fails, there is the support vehicle to call upon should your body need that rest:-)  Does it matter how old you are? No, our group ranged from late twenties to early seventies! a great mix. Hey and you even get experiences that are not in the brochure - like earthquakes at EBC! an earth moving trip for sure! :-)  Dont worry, last one was during 1850 and this one was the centred 100 miles away. You HAVE to go on this trip.  It really is unmissable :-)

  • 8

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    A trip or exreme highs and lows: From the exhilaration of cycling high passes, Everest and the epic descent into Nepal to the effects of altitude and bad loos.You gotta suffer for your art ! 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The descent from snow laden mountain top at 5200m through primaeval waterfall strewn landscape down to 600m.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    If Heineken made Exodus leaders then Kumar is it. Kumar and AJ (Batman and Robin)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Epic trip so train to get the most out of it. Pack light 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had additional unexpected excitement when an Earthquake interrupted our game of Shi*head near Everest basecamp(Jarongbuk). We evacuated to open ground and returned 20 mins later after danger seemed to pass.Unfortunately one of our group had been on the loo during this event and had wondered what on earth he had eaten !   By Gary Thomas (PA to Elaine Burton) 

  • 8

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    A fantastic trip with great cycling, beautiful scenery and enough Buddhas for a life time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When Kumar (the best guide ever) decided that the dirt track was not off road enough and we took a short cut down what may of once been a track.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The best exodus group leader i have ever had. Kumar has the patience of a saint and a grin that brightens the mood every time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This was a great trip, but.... completely ignore the paragraph in the trip notes saying there are no local payments. You have to pay excess baggage for your bike even if you have already paid the rental, the cost of this was $26/kg and the hire bike I checked in came to 19kg (not the published 14kg) – therefore you are paying £180 for the hire of the bike and then $496 (£300) to ship it to Lhasa. (I think it would make for a happier group if this was included in the price of the trip!). They do not check you hand lugage for size/weight so it is worth putting as much into hang luggage for the Lhasa flight as possible. The local guide will suggest paying £300 for a cook and his team, this is definitely worth it as you really would not want to eat breakfast at some of the hotels you sleep in and it is hard to see where you can eat a midday meal without them. However bear in mind that you will have an extra 4 people to tip. Also if you do go for the cook truck then you will be encouraged to do some transfers so that the lunch stop will be possible. If you insist on cycling all the way then you will only have pot noodles for lunch! There is one night where if you pay an extra £10 you can stay in a room with en-suit. The alternative is a really dingy room with a nice walk to a disgusting drop toilet and a shower between 14 (same hotel) Exodus only pay for the grotty room, which I personally think is poor. If a basic hotel is necessary then fair enough, but surely the standard option should be for the decent rooms where possible. Despite all this, it really is a great trip, hey you get to cycle to Everest

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take protien with you if you are veggie and don't eat eggs, don't ever believe the guide if they say it is downhill or flat, the cycle distances in the trip notes are very aproximate.

  • 8

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    THis is a great trip with plenty of variety. It's tough but the scenery is amazing and seeing the North Face of Everest made it all worthwhile! You need to be fit but we experienced a great deal of Tibet and the people and the cycling is excellent and varied. The longest downhill in the world is the most incredible ride. Definitely one of the top 10 trips to do!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the North Face of Everest in brilliant daylight and then riding there on my mountain bike! I had seen the Nepali side of base camp, but the Tibetan side is really special. You have an amazing view of the Hilary step and the North route. Riding at 5,200 metres is challenging but fun!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leaders were both great. Really excellent with people and also knew the countries and gave us a great insight into Nepali and Tibetan life

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit and take some food with you, especially if you don't eat meat as the protein is scarce!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fab trip, a MUST DO before you die!

  • 8

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    Wonderful bike trip; spectacular country. Our guides were very competent and made the experience great. Daily rides varied in length according to the terrain, but we could ride as much or as little as we wanted.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Tibetan monasteries and learning about the history of the country and its religion; seeing Mt. Everest from base camp at sunset.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leaders, Kumar and Mangle from Nepal, were outstanding. They managed a group with diverse ages, skills, and interests exceptionally well, and handled a few unexpected developments (landslide covering the road and blocking traffic, for example) very competently. They ensured a safe, memorable trip for everyone in the group. I'd go anywhere with either of them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Its best if you have good cyckling skills and many miles of conditioning. Some of the days are quite strenuous, but you can stop whenever you want. Be flexible, and enjoy the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only disappointment was that we had very little exposure to true Tibetan culture, and little chance to interact meaningfully with the local people. This is undoubtedly due to the Chinese occupation, but still, I had hoped to meet and get to know native Tibetans much more than we actually did

  • 10

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    The local children will remain in my heart forever.  Sharing smiles with herdsmen, hi 5's and cookies with children, meeting a local artist in Nepal, all memories I will not soon forget.  Time to reflect as you gaze at the Roof top of the World.  It was an amazing journey. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were on the road to Base Camp and stopped near a lovey meadow for lunch.  I saw a herdsman with two cows in the distance and wandered off in his direction.  A wide creek seperated us so I found a rock to sit on.  We shared smiles and waves, universal to all people.  Dear Olly was concerned that I was mad or ill but my husband said, no she's simply taking it all in.  We were in our hotel room in Tingri, the door was open and three children stopped by with broad smiling stares.  After a few minutes I found a half pack of cookies and gently tossed it to them.  They scurried off with shear joy...little things mean so much. We had just crossed over a major landslide in Nepal.  Children gathered round.  I noticed one child a bit apart from the others and quietly gave him a candy bar.  He quickly looked to make sure that none of the other kids had seen this wee gift, tucked into his pocket and smiled his thanks.  In a small village on the way to Base Camp we stopped for a brief break and photos.  I shared cookies with the little ones, one of which gave me a very broad smile and shot me the peace sign. I took the "long way" around Scorpian Lake which aforded me the opportunity to cycle alone and briefly visit with the locals before meeting up with the support vehicle and our lead guide.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar was the absolute best.  He was extremely competent, good natured and quite flexible for our very diverse group.  He had the amazing ability to push me beyond my comfort zone and make me laugh all the while.  He supported my efforts to summit a 4700 meter pass after 100+ km of riding.  It was late afternoon by the time I reached the pass, rain was threatening and it was a good hour to the hotel.  I desperately wanted to finish the day's 150 km ride.  No problem.  He was with me all the way.  On another occassion, rain was approaching but I wanted to cycle.  With a big, toothy smile he said to carry on.  We soon got soaked, and through chattering teeth he called the support vehicle as the rain had washed out the road and we had no safe way of crossing.  Safey over the flooded zone, sun returned and we cycled on to our hotel with Kumar smiling the entire way. One of the many wonderful things about challenging cycling trips is the fact that you can eat virtually anything you want and not gain a pound.  Kumar soon learned that I love a few fries with my ketchup.  An evening did not pass that we were not offered home cooked fries with plenty of ketchup. I would not hesitate to cross any remote country or sparsely populated geographic region of the world with Kumar as our guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If going to Tibet learn to effectively spin on your bike.  Carry water proof, not water resistant rain gear.  Most importantly take the time to appreciate the local culture, the people, the unique landscapes.  Share smiles as often as you can, pick your own pace and don't waver. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We look forward to more such trips in the future but it will be difficult to go beyond our journey across Tibet.  Thank you Kumar, Mongol, Punk tuk (our Tibetan guide) and Olly Townsend.

  • 6

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    The trip itself was absolutely fantastic. Unforgettable views and great cycling, quite tough from time to time due to the low air pressure, were no doubt worth the effort and the money. Seeing how local people live was a great experience too, though sometimes shocking. For the following reasons, however, I was largely disappointed by Exodus:1. Lack of emergency equipment like PAC and oxygen bottles. These items are absolutely essential on this trip and the trip notes clearly stated that these items would be with us.2. Local guides appeared to have been incompetent to give first aid.3. Too many compulsory bus transfers (some of them not mentioned in the trip notes). If you want to brag that you have done the Friendship Highway from Lhasa to Kathmandu wholly on a bike, you would better do it on your own or with another company.4. The trip notes highly underestimated the overall cost of food and drinks. Also, on several occasions we had to pay for the meals, which according to the trip notes were on Exodus.5 stars for the trip, 1 star for Exodus, hence the overall rating is 3 stars only.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Potala Palace and Everest Base Camp were absolute highlights of the trip. Both were simply fabulous.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I am not sure which of our guides was the leader, but generally all of them were friendly, knowledgeable, and usually helpful. They were, however, very little interested in interacting with the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not bring your own bike – it is too much hassle, and the bikes provided by Exodus are absolutely up to scratch. Do not bring too many energy bars either - one per day should be more than enough. We had a few cooks on our trip and the food they prepared was calorific enough, tasty, and varied (no we did not eat yak meat every day!).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Ascending 5200m high passes on the bike was hard, but very enjoyable. Cycling with other group members was very pleasant too – I met fantastic people and had a great time.

  • 2

    LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

    Despite my overall rating, this is a great holiday with fabulous scenery and people where the local guides work hard to make the trip a good experience. However, this is not a mountain bike holiday about 80% is on smooth road, there is significant additional cost once you get there, distances cycled can be pretty long and the basic accommodation is very, very basic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment was reaching Everest tourist base camp to see Everest in bright sunshine, deep blue skies and then watching the sun set with pink tinges on Everest before darkness fell revealing what seemed like an infinite number of bright stars.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders were very good, despite a few set backs they tried really hard to make the holiday a good and memorable experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not a mountain bike trip, it's mainly a road trip where you cycle 70km to 110km at altitudes above 4,000m each day. You need to prepare to be able to cycle these distances every day, the longer distances are on the flat, the shorter distances tend to be ascents of about 1200m over a distance of 28km. As you get closer to Nepal the headwinds become stronger and stronger to the point where it can be difficult to cycle even the downhills. Allow for an extra $600 to $1,000 once you get there, for your Chinese visa about $115, the excess weight charge for the combined weight of your luggage and bike about $80, $300 for the food truck, (cook, driver, food, etc), 10 yuan per drink in Tibet (coke, beer, etc), 10 yuan in the basic hotels to use the public showers in Tibet.      

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For the couple of days cycling that is "off-road", it's actually on wide dirt tracks with lorries, buses and 4x4's passing and creating dust clouds. The vehicles have also caused regular rutting, perpendicular to the direction of travel which after a full days cycling on them can become very tiresome. While this is a great experience it seems clear that no-one from Exodus has been on the trip in quite some time and the trip notes are at least 2 years out of date. The Chinese have now built a very high quality road for all but the Everest basecamp loop.  

  • 6

    The best food in Asia!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Vietnamese people were extremely friendly and warm. They want to be helpful, do business, and get to know you. I was immersed in their history for 15 days and so many times I was wondering why these people don't hate ME. I am from the USA and often during the trip you hear horror stories from the war years after 1965. I was a child during those years, and am ashamed at the policy that was carried out in Vietnam. Particularly the use of chemical defoliants. But when I would talk with a Vietnamese person they would ask where I was from, and be so glad that I was visiting their country. Wow!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader (Thanh) was well versed in history of Vietnam, and had very good language skills. His english was excellent. Having good trip leaders really sets the tone for a holiday. Our leader really wanted to make sure we were having a good time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    North Vietnam can get very cold in the evenings especially during December. Make sure you bring a sleeping sack or sleeping bag. This is a good trip if you are interested in trying new flavours. Also bring enough money to have some clothes tailored in Hoi An, their work is excellent!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend to the leaders: try to add a bit more time for Kayaking in Ha Long bay, this was an  great way to see the karst topography.  Also a great way to meet the local fishermen of the bay, perhaps organising a visit to one of those people, to try to balance the traditional fishing with the tourism that is all over the bay.

  • 8

    Everest was the business

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say .The cycling and the views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.Very professional

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be carefull of the altitude .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It cost me $ 250.00 to fly my bike from Kathmandu to Lhasa .If I had known this , I would have flown to Lhasa directly and not bothered with Kathmandu at the beginning of the trip .  

  • 10

    Be a traveller, not a tourist

    Three weeks out of this world! Test your fitness on the mountain passes, see the most incredible desert landscape and push yourself outside of your comfort zone (Tibetan toilets anyone?) but more importantly see, smell and touch Tibet from a bike.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There wasn't just one moment but many moments where teamwork helped us achieve our goals. Besides the two mandatory bus rides, as a group we could work together in an efficient little peleton to cross mountain passes, push through the headwind or encourage each other through the tough times. Kumar's endless enthusiasm was also a constant inspiration. Akash, the quiet achiever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    What can I say? With Kumar the trip would have a very different vibe. Always here smiling, joking, socialising. But there was the 'serious' Kumar who just got stuff done. Listen to Kumar, he has the experience and the ground knowledge. Under Kumar's guidance we knew we were ok. Akash our little mechanic was always there in at the back making sure none of us got left behind. Great team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Contact Exodus closer to the departure date for updates that may not be included in the tripnotes. Baggage restrictions changed considerably for our trip, which meant most of us under packed thinking we would be charged excessive excess baggage costs. Bring extra money as we ended up having to provide for 'extras'. TAKE THE CHEF OPTION! Trust me, there aren't many options for eating belly filling food in the middle of nowhere. The chef provides water and snacks too. You won't get hungry. The food was tasty but the food is generally rice, veg and a meat dish. Don't expect a huge variety or lots of western options (except breakfast..we had pancakes! yummo).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fitness is important but remember everyone responds to altitude differently. You may find that 'slowly slowly' is the best at altitude. You need to change your 'mind set' and know that its not a competition, don't risk getting sick by pushing yourself like you would at home. Remember its not a race, we all just want to make it. Don't be afraid to take the bus. Bring a sleeping bag or a sleeping bag liner. Some of the bedding is smelly. Remember that this trip isn't a leisurely 'sightseeing' trip. There will be days where you just ride from A to B and have only the landscape as an attraction. This is a cycling trip and the cycling is the primary attraction.

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