Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 1

Day 1
Kathmandu – Lukla (2840m) – Phakding (2610m)

Our flight to Lukla was scheduled for 6.15am and as per the ticket instructions we were at Kathmandu airport at 4.15am. Of course the airport was closed when we arrived, so we waited patiently for the doors to open at 5am.

Checked in and ready to go we waited in the chaotic domestic departures lounge. There were no screens displaying flight information so we had to keep a sharp ear out for the crackly announcements. Soon we were ushered into a bus ready to board our tiny fixed wing plane.

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Travelling to Nepal after the earthquake

On Saturday 25th April 2015 Nepal was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. This tragic event killed over 8,000 and injured many more.

At this point I had a flight to Nepal scheduled for 1st September – a mere 4 months after the earthquake.

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Durbar Square – older temples, such as those in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, suffered serious damage due the age of the buildings. The media focused a lot on this damage despite this being unrepresentative of conditions in the rest of Kathmandu.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Packing List

When I trekked to Everest Base Camp in October 2015 I made the decision to carry my own pack. As I’m a bit of a weakling it was imperative to keep this light and only take the essentials. When I hopped on the flight to Lukla my bag weighed in under 7kgs – phew!

Of course if you are hiring a porter (or are stronger than me) it is possible to take more but rather unnecessary. Continue reading

Travel Budget – Nepal

Before leaving for Nepal I set aside a travel budget of £600 ($860) per month. This turned out to be about right.

Your budget for Nepal will very much depend on whether or not you plan to do any trekking, as this tends to be where the costs add up. I spent 25 days trekking during my 52 day stay in Nepal, so my budget is likely to be higher than those who plan to stay at a lower altitude.
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