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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A fantastic trip! A small and well balanced group of trekkers who got on really well, supported by a first class team of leader, guides and yak driver made this a trip to remember for all the right reasons.
Nepal and the Himalaya are inspiring locations - just being there makes the whole trip 'an inspiring moment' But if I had to pick one, then ......... Getting to the top of Island Peak with all six of my trek mates anbd the climbing guides and enjoying the fantastic views from the summit was it.
A close second must be we trekkers dancing with the suport team at Phakding (on the way down) and earning the nickname "Dancing Exodus" from other groups at the lodge!
Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa was an excellent leader. It is hard to believe that he is only 28 years old - a very wise head on experienced, but youthful, shoulders. He ensured each and every member of the group was well looked after which resulted in us all reaching our destination summit in good shape. We all learned a great deal about Nepal, the Sherpa people, Solu Khumbu and the nepalese/sherpa languages from this talented young man. He is an extremely professional leader and is a credit to Exodus - it is people like him that make Exodus stand out from other companies.
Lhakpa Gelu was well supported by the guide, Mingma, assistant guide, Som and climbing guide, another Mingma. Our yak driver, Dawa, was an unsung hero and together, the support team ensured that we had a fantastic time.
If travelling via India, put spare batteries in your hold luggage. Indian security do not large a large amount of batteries in carry-on baggage and wanted to confiscate mine - resulted in a lot of unnecessary hassle at Dehli when we transferred to the Dehli-Kathmandu flight.
Although you can get visas at Kathmandu I would strongly recommend against it. Those of us who already had visas had to wait 2 hours in the Exodus bus in the car park for other team members who didn't have visas - not a great way to start your holiday!
Try and learn a few words of Nepali (and/or Sherpa) other than Namaste! We had great fun learning a few new words from the guides each day and then using them - often to the surprise and delight of the locals.
I carried a 'power monkey' solar battery charger for the first time - it ensured that my camera was always topped up (very necessary with the number of awe inspiring views). Plenty of free sunshine compared with relatively expensive charging at tea houses.
I also had a Katadyn water filter, which I found quick and easy to use (bowls of cold water were readily available at all tea houses) - I didn't need to buy bottled or boiled water which is better for the environment.
Definitely the best trek I have been on (my 5th with Exodus and my 3rd in Nepal).
Several of the group had previously done Mera Peak. Both treks are graded E, but Island Peak certainly felt a lot tougher - perhaps you need to add 'sub-grades' and make Island Peak E+.
Great mountain scapes. I opted out of the Peak ascent due to laziness. Very well looked after.MOST IMPORTANTLY, Luckla had a 2000 backlog of trekkers waiting to leave because of bad weather. Exodus got ALL of their clients out in the first 24 hours of the airlift. A fantastic achievement and reinforces my recommendations for this company.
Hearing someone say the top of Kongma La was as good as climbing Mera. No need to do that now
Booking a Dental appointment for Nima
Nima was cheerful and supportive. He loves it
Island Peak is the most technical climb Exodus do, harder than M Blanc, Cotopaxi, Kili.
It was a great pleasure to have Valerie Parkinson with us. Lots of good stories and an Everest -eer.
Well organised and managed. Great route.
Seeing Mount Everest for the first time!
Absolutely fantastic and super friendly!
You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the Royal Singhi hotel in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day.
For example, you might walk 7 miles one day and it takes 5 hours. The next day the trail might be very steep , rocky and gain substantial altitude and such factors mean you cover just 2 miles in 5 hours!
In the Himalaya, even the local people only ever talk about distances in the mountains in terms of how long it will take, i.e. 5 hours walk. On most trekking trips, you will walk for 3-4 hours in the morning and another couple after lunch.
Olly Leicester - Sales
You can find a comprehensive article covering this matter here: http://www.himalayanrescue.org/hra/article.php?sno=9
Alex Doaga - Exodus leader
Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the UK...and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.
David Richardson - Sales
£20 - £25 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.
Mike James - Operations director
Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Dal Bhat is the Nepali staple food. It consists of rice and lentils and a spicy vegetable or meat curry. Nepalis will eat this twice a day. A good lunchtime Dal Bhat is served at Nanglos restaurant 5 minutes walk from the Royal Singi Hotel, or try the Royal Dal Bhat at Kilroys.
This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel Royal Singi and in sightseeing spots.
Niraj Chand Shrestha - Customer Operations
On camping treks we provide safe boiled water for drinking 3 times a day.
On lodge based treks we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles. You can buy boiled water which is safe to drink or you can ask your leader for cold water which you then must treat with chlorine dioxide. On the Annapurna Circuit trek there are safe drinking water stations in many villages. In the Everest region a couple of lodges have UV treated water for sale.
Emma Garrick - Product Manager
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