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    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    Great experience and adventure in the shadows of the most amazing mountains in the world!!! Plenty of time to acclimatise and socialise with your group, excellent leaders and guides, challenging but not excessive walking and an experience of a lifetime. Exodus made everything easy and the expertise and support shown by all staff on the trek made it everything I hoped it would be. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting people from all walks of life of different strengths and abilities was inspiring and encouraging to see. The climb up Kala Pattar early morning to see the sunrise was hard work, especially knowing you're doing an additional 3hrs to an already long days walking, but the views are breathtaking and worth every step.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dawa was unbelieveably brilliant!! Every step of the way there was support to hand and the neverending knowledge of the area and landscape to answer all questions. Even the daft ones! Not forgetting the guides and yak drivers who were fantastic throughout the trip. Even to the point of voluntarily trekking back to a lodge to retrieve my phone - thanks a million Pemba!! Top class people for a top class trip. The knowledge, support and friendship made it what it was. A million thanks to you all. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hmmmm, advice??? If you've ever seen the highest mountain in the world on TV, it just doesn't do it justice. The vastness of the Himalayas and the ever extending peaks are amazing and unbelievably beautiful. Its back to the Lake District now but I am still in awe of this incredible landscape and the welcoming people who surround it. Exodus bring everthing to you, make it a hassle free and awesome experience that will stay with me forever. Reasonable fitness will get you all the places you want to go and a little more aswell, so my advice would be to book it and enjoy the most amazing place on your own two feet. Have fun!!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    What an excellent place to visit - and an eyeopener. Lukla is the tranqil place where your trek begins and what a place. Against all promises, visit the Irish bar on your return - its a night not to be missed, even if its just for the free popcorn, which after noodles, rice and omelettes, was like a triple chocolate gauteaux not to shared!!  Thanks Exodus for everything!

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    If you have any hesitation about doing this trip...don t ...do it . It was the trip of a lifetime, very , very special.Its hard work, and a interesting experience walking at high altitude, but well , well worth it . 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Everest , Nupste, Lhotse and the magnificent Ama Dablam for the first time is the most amazing and exciting experience , words cannot describe how thrilling that first sighting is, and photos, though great ,cannot capture the beauty of this amazing place, and its equally amazing , beautiful people . We started as nine strangers plus 3 guides and our lovely Yak man, very quickly becoming good friends looking after and helping each other , sharing our resources and working as a team. Great banter , loads of laughter and great fun and camaraderie  Friends for life I hope .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Gele, was fantastic. He consistently looked after us well, everyday making sure everyone was ok, checking for signs of AMS,  ensuring we were all safe and well, throughout the trip, offering support, advice and encouragement . Gele also was great fun always had a smile , joke and story to tell us. His kindness, support and friendship helped make the trip very special ,the trip of a lifetime. Our other support guides Nima and Mingma were awesome too , the happiest ,most hard working and kind people I have ever met. It was a great pleasure to have met them and had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks with them, making the trip extra special.      

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Our trip was at the beginning of May, which I would definitely recommend(unless we were just extremely lucky ) the weather was very, very good , we almost, everyday had consistent blue skys and warm weather and great visibility  until the afternoon, where it clouded over , clearing again by late afternoon . We had one afternoon of snow which was lovely ,  melting the next day , but no real wind or rain. But it is cold at night , higher up, and sometimes in the afternoons. Take clothes you can layer . So bearing in mind our weather experience , take plenty of high factor sunscreen, lip balm and decent sunglasses and hat. Walking poles very helpful, Metal water bottles make fab hot water bottles filled with boiling water, and are then ready to drink the next day . Your appetite does take a nose drive at altitude so worth taking some high energy snacks, nuts (which you can buy there in most places) and jelly beans for instant energy  were a hit . Maybe a few Strepsils for the Khumba cough , it was dry and dusty at times, and definitely a buff , a must have. I took Crocs for the evening which were great, really light to pack, you can get socks under them and great for wearing in the shower. Train as much as you can, though nothing can prepare you for altitude , the fitter you are the easier and more enjoyable it will be, you do need plenty of stamina , even coming down , although exciting is still quite hard work. Take your time and just enjoy the magnificent sights .  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Its one of those trips which will touch your heart and you will remember forever . Don't have any doubts just do it ....

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    You can pick no better company to travel with.From start to finish this was a very smooth running and professional operation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Everest base camp was inspiring but for me reaching the summit of Kala Pattar was the biggest achevement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pasang Bomjam our group leader was very informative about everything in the mountains and made a point of going out of his way to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good well worn in boots and experiene  is a must. A couple of our party underestimated how tough this trek would be and suffered a bit because of it. Everyone made it to base camp thanks to the great team behind us but not everyone made the last summit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book now and enjoy. Stock up well with chocolate and coke/fanta ect in Namche Bazaar as it is EXPENCIVE in the mountains. Can of diet coke £3 chocolate bars £2. Take baby wipes with you as you will need them and a shower will cost up to £4 per person. Be respectful to the locals as they are amazing people.What ever rubish you make try and carry it out with you as it is becoming a problem.Dont be afraid to tell the korean tourists not to drop litter as they are buggers for it. I hope your trip is as amazing as mine was. 

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    A fantastic trip - not only in that the scenery was breathtaking, the scale of the mountains nothing like I've ever experienced and the feeling of reaching that peak (even if it was dwarfed by much bigger ones!), but also the camaraderie of the group, the shared memories, excellent tour leader and guides. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Really feeling the meeting of two valleys after climbing a small peak at Tengboche - the map had come alive! Doing Kala Pattar in the morning was also really just magical.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our group leader, and the guides were knowledgeable, incredibly friendly and very funny and really part of what made the trip special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be put off by the length of the trek. It's all done at a really great pace, and as long as your fitness is good, you'll find it enjoyable. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    It's when you walk from Namche Bazaar and get to the top of the ridge. Then all you see in front of you is Nupste,Lhotse and Everest. It literally leaves you speechless and it's the one memory I will cherish most.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of the trip was walking from Gorak shep alongside a glacier and hearing a huge crack. I looked up to my right and saw an avalanche tearing down slopes of a mountain alongside us. I videod the remnants of the slide and watched the powder cloud disperse and then continued with my walk. Finally after about 2 hours I walked into base camp and felt totally shattered. But it was the best moment of my life and I got to share it with people I just met who are now friends for life.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    My group leader was amazing. Gele and his team were the most amazing hard working group of men I have ever met. Every morning they woke us up with black tea and coffee and put our breakfasts in front of us. Truly men amongst men. There kindness cannot be written in words and whenone of our group came down with AMS , you could see the concern of Geles face and he worked extremely hard to get her down the mountain by chopper. The best part was that the lady who suffered AMS wanted to still get to base camp and gele walked with her all the way until she got there and kept his promise. A truly great leader and I cannot thank that man enough for his patience and big heart.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes....I spent the 6 months before base camp going up and down Snowdon sometimes three times a week. When I got to Lukla and started trekking I found it hard for the first few days and tiring. I explained to my leader Gele that I felt tired and howcome? Gele explained that the majority of people spend their time going up and down mountains as training and he didn't understand why. He said the best training was cardio exercise like cycling or jogging and yoga to make the most of your lungs. In future I will definately be taking this advise and hopefully it pays off :)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip will alter the way you think about travelling and people. The nepalese people are extremely hard working and are the kindest people you will meet. Apart from Kathmandu airport, they are miserable there. I would strongly advise going in beginning of May. Every single morning the weather was clear and blue and then it clouded in the afternoon only to turn blue again around tea time. truly stunning and beautiful place. You must go. Just do it 

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    To get such magnificent close up veiws of the highest mountain and surroundings was worth every headache, every punishing step and every freezing night !!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without even trying the leader Gum K.C. and his team of guides Kaji Sherpa, Camie Sherpa and yak man Thukten Sherpa inspired us from start to finish, totally professional in every way, Thukten has summited Everest 8 times and Kaji has just completed the Nepal Mountain bike champs (Yak Attack) finishing 2nd just a week after finishing with our trek, and now is preparing to summit Everest in may for the 4th time. These guys ran about after our every whim for 19 days always with a genuine smile, with one aim, to get us to EBC/Kalar P. How could we let them down ??

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gum was totally professional at all times, wicked sense of humour, but not very good at cards !!!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

     If departing in winter You will need a good quality sl bag Rab 900 at least, if you dont own then rent, we did for £50 (trek hire) worth every penny. Didnt use hired down jackets much and are bulky a decent gortex was ok.During the trek we spent £900 between us. Packets of loo paper ( rolls can get wet and dont fit in pockets ) average 2 pckts per day ! During our trek, it was 7 - 25 feb it was very quiet the whole time, the lodges were quiet and the trail and not very dusty, day time walking was plesent, night time was freezing -20 ish, given the choice of busier, dustier, but warmer, we would choose the cold and quieter every time ?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    A great Trek, good company,great organisation, wonderful views and we all made it to Everest Base Camp !! The trek is achievable by anyone with a modicum of physical capability, of any age (and I'm 55yrs)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to Base Camp, lounging around for a couple of hours at this inspirational and historic place - and being served tea and biscuits by the Trekking team - priceless !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent group leader - Pasang- nothing was too much trouble for him, or the entire support team, all of whom did everything from the crack of dawn, to last thing at night with a smile on their faces - the looked like they were enjoying themselves - so everyone did!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it, you know you want to !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Went in winter season, which although could be very cold (particularly at night) gave wonderful clear blue skies,great visibility, and fortunately for us little wind. Only cloudy one day - then it snowed ! good fun, as we were on the way down. The speed of ascent is very well planned to minimise any altitude problems, and becomes a leisurely stroll.

  • 10

    Outstanding

    I found the Everest base camp trek to be a magnificent experience and adventure, from the serenity and splendour of the mountains to the chaos of Kathmandu.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking with seven really nice, like minded people, I'd not previously met, all with their own stories to tell of their travels around the world which just inspires you to see and do even more in life. Being in the Himalayas itself, a previously remote and distant place, you hear lots about and finding it to be stunning. Our lead Sherpa, Lhakpa, only 30 years old and he's summited Everest twice, that's an inspiration in itself.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    All our guides from lead sherpa Lhakpa, guides Mingma and Chheten to the quietly spoken (but slick dancing) yak driver Kumar were fantastic. They were great people to be with, they were friendly, funny, professional, informative and attentive at all times. I really do not have an even remotely critical word to say about them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I/we found our trek in late November going into December, just outside peak trekking season to be an excellent time to do the trek. By far the majority of our trek was done on cloud free, blue sky, sunny days and we were told the trails and lodges were far less busy than they were only two weeks before, which I think was an advantage on what becomes quite clear is a well trodden tourist route. The only negative aspect is that the temperatures do drop significantly at night. Upon waking in the morning at Lobuche I measured -2C in the room. Condensation freezing on the windows is normal higher up. A stove burning dried yak dung never seemed so appealing! Take plenty of (quality) tissues. Due to the dry and dusty conditions irritating your nasal passages you go through far more than you'd think. They can be quite easily bought along the way at every lodge but it's nearly £1 per pocket pack of flimsy cheap and nasty tissues. You really appreciate a Kleenex that doesn't disintegrate with the first blow. A Buff or similar item you can pull up over your nose and mouth while trekking helps keep the dust out. Vicks inhaler type things seemed quite popular too. I and others did end up with the notorious "khumbu cough" at the end. Alco-gel hand sanitiser is a must. I also used it more widely than just my hands... arm pits, groin and feet. It's great for dealing with the bacteria that causes body odour but the thought of using it in such places may make you pull your face as much as it did some of my fellow trekkers :D Showers are routinely available with gas fired water heaters but they looked a little grim to me. I was happy to join in the little joke of no shower 'til Kathmndu! The water that came of me was brown with dust and grime when I finally did get back to the hotel. Exfoliating body scrub is the perfect thing for the job. Water is very readily available. Each evening we could pass our containers to the guides who would fill them with tap water from the lodge kitchen, we could then treat the water ourselves. Boiled water was also available from the lodges but I don't think any of us used it. Bottled water is also very readily available for a fair price (same as boiled), even at the higher levels of the trek. I have to admit to buying more bottled water than I anticipated but on the positive side we passed several recycling bottle bins along the way so while the use of bottled water is not the most responsible option at least something is being done to deal with the used bottles. The internal flight to Lukla has a low 10kg weight limit on your main kit bag. The Royal Singli Hotel has a good set of luggage scales for fine tuning your kit to get as close as possible to the limit. I came in at 10.6kg and there was no issue with that. In fact the group was collectively charged for 20kg excess baggage, the quivalent of each of the eight of us being 2.5kg over the 10kg limit, which simply wasn't the case. I assume this was really "tips" for the check in staff but it was only a couple of quid each. If I'd known in advance of the flexibility of check in I wouldn't have binned off so many of my munchies and sancks. So if space and weight allows I would suggest taking some snack foods. A good old fashioned sugar fix is heaven up there. Mars bars and Snickers can be bought for a price but there is no guarntee they will be in date. The intensity of the trekking isn't really high enough to justify the need for sports supplement type energy bars but there's no harm in taking some if you like them. There isn't a lot of variety to the food available and it gets monotonous, when you see the menu at the first lodge you stay in, you've pretty much seen the menu for the entire trek. That's where some munchies could come to the rescue. Money is always a tough one. I exchanged £300 cash upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. I know some of our group had problems with ATM machines accepting their card and because the banks had closed in Namche ended up having money changed in a shop for a 10% fee. There was no difference between the exchange rate offered at the airport and the Royal Singi Hotel of 150R to £1. The £300 easily lasted me for all food and drink on the trek and the group tipping of the assistant guides at the end. Upon returning to Kathmandu for the last two nights, I exchanged another £120 to cover my contribution for the lead guide's tip, eating out, souvenirs and sight seeing in Kathmandu. I've previously climbed Kilimanjaro. I took a couple Diamox on Kilimanjaro but the altitude gain is much gentler in comparison on this trek affording much better acclimatisation. Have Diamox available but you might not need it. Oh don't forget some ear plugs. Even if your room mate doesn't snore, the walls in the lodge rooms are only a couple sheets of ply wood so you'll still get it full on if it's coming from the adjoining room. They also block out the sound of mice scratching and scurrying about in the wall and ceiling voids.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We climbed Kala Pathar very early in the morning, The sun rises almost behind Mount Everest, back lighting it, which compromises the quality of the photographs you can take Get a front row seat on the flight to/from Lukla and you can look straight through the cockpit window over the pilots shoulders. This definitely isn't for the nervous flyers though.

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    What a fantastic trip! It has it all - views, culture, helpful guides, scary bridges, sweet yaks, hard leg work and amazing sense of achievement!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I absolutely loved hearing the glacier creaking and grumbling - a side to Basecamp and that immediate region I had not anticipated. The views of all of the mountains are amazing - so high and majestic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was fantastic; friendly, had a sense of humor, helpful and had a lot of knowledge that he was happy to share about Nepal, the region, its people etc. He really made the trip a success.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a trip of a lifetime! Its stunning scenery and such an experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had a great time! :)

  • 8

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    It's an adventure rather than a 'holiday'.  If you can handle a bit of cold, a lot of walking and the absence of home comforts then go for it.  It's a once in a life-time chance to see amazing views, walk with like-minded people and just enjoy being there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The goal was to reach Everest Base Camp.  To achieve that was fantastic.  As an asthmatic I was worried about how the altitiude would affect me, but I coped well and was elated to get to 5,400m.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Passang, the main group leader and his assistant guides, Nema and Mimba were great.  Passang was considerate, conscientious and inspired confidence.  He gave clear instructions on timings and what to expect.  You always felt looked after and safe and best of all they made it enjoyable, they became temporary friends for the trip rather than 'Exodus guides'. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for basic accommodation.  Remember your hand-gel / toilet roll / cereal bars and you'll be fine.  You need good gloves as early starts mean cold mornings before the sun comes up. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're thinking of doing it, then just book.  You don't need to be able to run a marathon or be ultra fit to go on this trip -  you just need to be capable of walking up some hills (you can rest when you want and it's not a competition to get there first).

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    This trip was so much better than I had ever imagined and the organisation was much higher than my original  expectations.  Hats off to Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Base Camp and the High Peaks - Plus 2 x upgrades on the way back with en-suite bathrooms! - Pure luxury in the mountains!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pasang - Absolutely brilliant.  100% knowledgeable about all things Nepalese and mountain based questions plus great social company in the evenings. He made sure that at every stop we were catered for with a warm drink and food in the quickest possible time. Again, so much better than I had imagined it would be. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes - take plenty of paracetamol for the headaches - which are there in the mornings and evenings - 1 pack of 24 is definitely NOT enough. Also, pack light and be prepared to wear your clothes more than once a day - everybody else will be the same and things don't smell too much in altitude!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An absolutely fantastic trip with many life experiences that won't be forgotten.  I would recommend it to anyone who fancies a challenge. I have 800 photographs to go through to try and make an album of reasonable proportions!  Now trying to find another trip that will live up to Everest Base Camp - Would definitely use Exodus again.  

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    An amazing, tough, challenging, awesome, fun, relaxing trip - all that and more!! This trip was a real privilege and a real once in a lifetime experience. I had the best time ever. Definitely deserves the 5 stars.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots of special moments 1. Meeting and having tea with Kancha Sherpa at his home in Namche - the last living member of the 1953 Hillary Tenzing expedition. 2. Staying at Base Camp and meeting the amazing people of the North East India expedition. Speaking to the young 16 year old who was preparing to summit. The wonderful hospitality they gave us. 3. Waking up in the tent at Base camp - with everything frozen inside the tent. 4. Visiting the hospital at Base Camp and meeting Kirsty, the doctor. 5. Surviving the Lukla flight. 6. Snowing at Base Camp. 7. Getting up close to the Khumbu icefall. Seeing climbers on the icefall. 8. The amazing views of Everest and Ama Dablam.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lakpa was brilliant. He looked after each and everyone of us. He was always there if we needed him - day or night. He made sure people were eating. Made sure people were feeling ok. And had the necessary medicine if and when required. His knowledge is vast. He knows Everest. He knows the Himalayas. He shares his knowledge with everyone. He knows everyone! Thank you Lakpa - hope to trek with you again. All the guides were fantastic - Temba Senior and Junior and the Yak boy. All worked tirelessly to make sure everyone had the best time. From tea in the mornings, our bags always in our rooms or tent, gentle encouragement when the going got tough, sense of humour when needed, and most importantly making sure we acclimatised as best we could. Slowly, slowly! Very experienced.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Lots! The weight limit for the Lukla flight is a 'strict' 10kgs for main luggage and 5kgs for day pack. You can leave things at the hotel in Kathmandu. Essential items - a buff to avoid the Khumbu cough, good merino thermals, Imodium (altitude does play havoc with your tummy!), Nurofen for headaches, 4 season sleeping bag- but tea houses do provide blankets or quilts, a good day pack and hydration system - you must, must, must drink lots of water. You can buy bottled water or boiled water. Drink hot lemon at tea houses when you feel you can't drink anymore water. Walking poles - it's a long way up - and seems an even longer way down. Your knees will be grateful. A down jacket for evenings - and a windproof top and another warm but thin layer. You won't want to be trekking in your down jacket. Don't automatically assume you need Diamox. I never took it. Take local advice and see how your body copes. You can buy most things en route - tea houses sell snacks, water, coke, chocolate - gets more expensive higher up - but not too expensive considering it is carried up the mountain. Food at the tea houses is good. Breakfasts consists of porridge, muesli, eggs, toast, pancakes, tea. The menus include rice, noodles, soup, chips, pizza, yak steak, mo mo, apple pie! You need to be fit to enjoy the journey - but the awesome scenery that changes each day helps. Stop and take photos. Take spare batteries - you can charge batteries and phones at the tea houses and Base Camp. Phone signal is intermittent. Wi-fi is at some tea houses - including Dingbouche and Gorek Shep. Do the acclimatisation trek at Dingbouche. It's the rest day - but do it. It was my hardest day but I'm sure I benefited from doing it. Don't be put off by the flight to Lukla. It's an experience. The stats are in your favour. Keep calm and live the adventure! The planes are small and fortunately our flights were relatively smooth. Do it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do the expedition trip - and stay at Base Camp. It is a long way to go to get to the Base Camp 'sign' and see Base Camp in the distance then to turn round and walk back to Gorek Shep. I would have found that hard. We didn't climb Kala Pattar - as it snowed when we arrived at Gorek Shep and visibility was poor - but if you can - climb it. Exodus again delivered a fantastic trip that exceeded expectations.

  • 10

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    A really brilliant holiday. Exceed my expectations. The hardest trek that I have ever done, but enjoyed every second.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The city of Kathmandu. (Across between the gates of Hades and a three ring circus.) Watching the scenery changing as we trekked higher, Then finally arriving at our goal. Everest Base Camp.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared, and realise that it is a very tough trek. Think about the altitude you are ascending to. Then just enjoy it

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As I had been to Kathmandu before, I knew where to go in our free time, but had it been my first visit I would have been dissapointed with the so called city guided tour, that I thought was rather poor , and we were then left for the afternoon without any real guidance apart from suggestions from the tour leader.

  • 8

    EVEREST BASE CAMP

    An excellent all round holiday. The quite diverse group (both in terms of background and trekking ability) got on extremely well, Shillash our Exodus guide was a true professional and the scenery and weather were excellent. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who has some previous trekking experience and who is in good physical shape. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of the trip was reaching Everest Base Camp on Friday 13th March and standing on the glacier. Due to high winds the previous day, the only poor weather day on the holiday, the trip to EBC was postponed until the Friday, however, it was well worth the wait. A second highlight of the holiday was the flight into and out of Lukla airport in the Biggles-like Sita Airways plane. Lukla is a short take off and landing airport with a rather short runway; the aircraft appear to need every metre of runway that was available (or so it appeared to us at the time!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shillesh was excellent, very calm and professional throughout. He looked after us throughout the holiday, always making sure that everyone had their food, were safe and coping well with the altitude / the trip in general. In the end he needed to make a difficult call about who could go to Base Camp, (which members of the group could safely manage to get to Base Camp and then back down to the lodge in daylight) and who would be unable to go because of fitness issues.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice is as follows: Do not underestimate this holiday, although it is only a C grade (perhaps undergraded a bit, C / D may be more appropriate), make sure that you are in good shape before you go to give yourself every possible chance of reaching Base Camp. Trekking in the UK does little to prepare you for altitude, consider distance running as a good way to get in shape. Make sure you budget about £350 for the 13 day trek side of the holiday (this is what our Exodus Leader recommended) as our group found that they spent more than anticipated / suggested in the trip notes. In the lower lodges prices are more reasonable but costs go up in line with the altitude. For example at Lukla a litre of water cost around 100 rupees (just under a £) but at Gorak Shep this was about 250. Mars Bars / Snickers cost 80 rupees in Namche Bazaar but about 150 higher up. You also need to factor in the holiday only includes breakfasts in Kathmandu, so you need to pay for absolutely everything and it all mounts up. For instance showers, battery charging, hot water (either boiled or bottled and you will need about 5L of the stuff) all need to be paid for at tourist prices.  In many of the lodges there was a lack of access to water, so you cannot rely on been able to put iodene into your own water. Take the following items with you: A large supply of energy food (either take from the UK or buy in Kathmandu) as this will save quite a lot of money. They are not precious about the weight of your kit bag on the way out (within reason of course)  as long as the zip can be fastened on the trek then this appeared to be fine. When you are buying the junk food also stack up on some toilet rolls as this will save money and get you a better class of loo roll! Take a buff headscarf with you as this will be needed to cover your mouth; the trek is extremely dusty.  The group appeared to get through several packets of Strepsils / throat sweets because of the dust, take some supplies. Take a duvet jacket, warm hat that covers your ears and a good pair of gloves. You will need to wear the duvet jacket in the evenings as heating is very limited. Don't take heaps of clothes, washing facilities are available in at least a couple of places (reasonable prices). Bring a headtorch and a good book, there isn't much to do in the evening and the porters tend to want you out of the living areas quite early in the evening so they can go to sleep. Finally don't put micropause tape / sticky tape in your hand luggage from Kathmandu to Lukla and v.v. as they are considered dangerous and ours were confiscated! Aerosol sprays (even under 100ml in size) are also on the banned list.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book a single room for the first two nights in Kathmandu, it only costs about £10 per night. I failed to do this and ended up sharing with a lady who had the cold from hell, so no sleep for me for two nights and this was then followed by the lurgy which nearly ruined my holiday. Don't risk it get your own room. Don't rely on using a hydration pack for the trip to EBC, buy a Sigg / Nalgene bottle as well. The tube of the hydration pack froze on the way to Base Camp and also one night in the lodge it was so cold in the bedroom. Also remember to take two passport photos for your trekking pass, most of our group appeared to miss the small print on the joining instructions and forgot (me included), not a big thing though as we were able to get our photos taken in Kathmandu.   Finally, go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    "Challenging" is no exaggeration for this wonderful trip - you never know how you will react to the altitude (however slowly you walk and however many gallons of lemon tea you manage to consume in a day) and virtually none of the trek is on the flat. But, with proper physical preparation and a good dose of will power, the rewards are amazing!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Kala Pattar - I dont think many of us thought we would be able to drag ourselves up there but in the end 'mind over matter' won the day. And I loved Ama Dablam which, before reading the trip notes, I had never even heard of but which surely is one of the most beautiful mountains on the planet and was almost ever present through the trek.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Keshar was very attentive and efficient, full of information about the local culture .... and with a good range of card tricks! He gave us a very fair assessment of the difficulties of each day and ensured that a sensible pace was set throughout. I believe he had a quiet word with one or two of the group who were maybe charging off too quickly at the lower altitudes, while he also made sure that there was always plenty of support for those walking at a slower pace.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Unless you are permanently super-fit, all the time you spend preparing physically for the trip is an investment which will pay dividends and make the trip easier and more enjoyable However fit you become,  follow the advice on reducing the effects of altitude .... and recognise that even so you will at the very least suffer mild symptoms Dont be overawed (or indeed put off) by all this wise advice. The trip is a cracker!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do give serious consideration to drinking bringing water purification tablets and drinking tap water (as I did with no ill effects whatsoever). This will save you money - at the top end of the trip a litre of mineral water costs as much as £3 a bottle - but above all will avoid the damage to the environment caused by thousands and thousands of plastic bottles to de disposed of.

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    This trek was an awesome, amazing and fun adventure. It was made even more great by the friendly travellers from around the world that we kept meeting on the way and back. Our guides were more than amazing and really made the trip for us helping us every step of the way and guiding us through the paths. It was an adventure of a lifetime.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at Base Camp Everest after the long and tiring walk was amazing. The view of the tents as they neared were inspiring.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a great help. He helped keep the team going.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a pillowcase, drink lots of water and try to eat. Enjoy yourself.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This really was an adventure of a lifetime.

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    We have been on a few trips with Exodus and this ranks up there with the best of them. The brilliant organisation, lovely Nepali people, amazing scenery and sense of achievement make this a trip that will live long in the memory.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many such moments. In no particular order of preference - The flights to & from Lukla - spectacular, thrilling and frightening all at the same time Watching the sun set on Nuptse - stunning The walk from Dingboche to Lobuche and onwards to Gorak Shep the next day. New, superb views open up around nearly every corner Walking amid the desolation of the Khumbu glacier, reaching Everest Base Camp and fulfilling a long-held ambition Looking at Everest from the top of Kala Pattar on the clearest of days - simply breathtaking Watching the monks from Thyanboche monastery performing an open air ceremony, followed by sunset on Lhotse & Everest, now so far away

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were in the same group as Georgina Hand, who has also posted a review this month. We fully endorse everything George has said about our group leader, Keshar and his team. They were outstanding - a top crew.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can do a week's walking in the Lake District, or the Scottish or Welsh hills, you can do this trip. The walking is not technically difficult, but it is made harder by the altitude. This was our 4th time over 4000 metres & second time over 5000 metres, but this trip does spend longer at higher altitudes - approximately 5 days above 4000 metres, of which approximately 2 days are above 5000 metres. It would have been 7 days above 4000 metres if we had not missed out on the 2 acclimatisation days due to delays getting to Lukla! So far, my wife and I have managed to avoid serious altitude problems. Maybe we have been lucky, but we try to help ourselves as much as possible by - 1. Drinking at least 5 litres a day - water, tea, soup etc, but avoiding alcohol! 2. Eating as well as we can, even if we don't always feel like it 3. Taking part in all the acclimatisation walks on offer 4. Walking slowly & within our capabilities at all times 5. Accepting the headaches, breathlessness and other discomforts, retaining our sense of humour & interest in our surroundings and adopting a strong, positive, mental attitude Never postpone climbing your favourite mountain - or even visiting its base camp!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    At closer to 60 than 50, if we can do it, you can do it. This really is the most wonderful trip.

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    Nine of us travelled.  We were tremendously impressed by the EXODUS planning and execution and staff on the ground.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole package was good, I wouldn't want to separate any particular moment from the other experiences, of which there was a great variety.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good.  Diplomatic.  A nice sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget to take IMODIUM

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Chitwan acommodation was good.  The expeditions into the forest lacked some inspiration.  It seemed to be just a bit too like running exactly the same programme as has run for years.  Some novel ideas, such as salt licks with tree houses over them, and expeditions right into the forest, and up to date intelligence as to the whereabouts of game would hugely improve the experience.

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    Everest Base Camp

    With only 24hrs to go before we were due to depart the UK Foreign Office were still advising against all but essential travel to the trekking regions of Nepal. My son and I were determined to go and with real efficiency Exodus delivered the trek with great communication in just 24 hrs. We were not disappointed! The trek was simply superb, the scenery beyond description and the personal achievement a real buzz, not an easy trek but one that I would not have missed. Or guide, Jangbu Ang, was extremely knowledgeable and experienced, he had summited Everest three times, knew every peak, described every climbing route, explained the culture and religion and perhaps most importantly managed our walking speed so as to ensure that altitude sickness was never a concern to us. We played cards and pool with him and our porter, Ang Cady, undoubtedly the "coolest dude" on the trek, and they let us win occasionally. Although our group consisted of just my son and I we rapidly met others on the same route and established a camaraderie that enabled all to get to Base Camp and ensured a celebration in both Lukla and Kathmandu.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Realising that I was actually going to achieve a goal that I had set myself nearly two years earlier as we approached Base Camp, following in the footsteps of some great men and women.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simply superb as described above.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Commit to it and you will do it, every moment is worthwhile, remember slowly slowly, the mountains aren't going anywhere, enjoy what's round every corner!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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