If only I had of known then what I know now! This post covers my Nepal Itinerary – and then I tell you what I would have done differently if I had of known then what I know now. Please do benefit from my often very tough experience!!!!! A key thing I would keep is having two nights in Kathmandu before beginning the trek. This allowed me to get over jet lag (I flew in from London) and also quite a bit of time to sort out money and extra gear.
Nepal Itinerary Day One: Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu
Stay at Dwarika’s Hotel
Nepal Itinerary Day Two: Kathmandu
Joined organized tour group
Stay in Kathmandu at Tour Group Hotel
Nepal Itinerary Day Three: Everest Base Camp Trek
Fly to Lukla
Begin Everest Base Camp Trek about midday
Nepal Itinerary Day Four: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Namche Bazaar
Nepal Itinerary Day Five: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Kyanjuma
Nepal Itinerary Day Six: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Thyangboche
Nepal Itinerary Day Seven: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Dingboche
Nepal Itinerary Day Eight: Everest Base Camp Trek
Nepal Itinerary Day Nine: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Lobuche
Nepal Itinerary Day Ten: Everest Base Camp!
Trek to Everest Base Camp
Stay Gorak Shep
Nepal Itinerary Day Eleven: Everest Base Camp Trek
Ascend Kala Pattar (which I didn’t do as I was too sick)
Nepal Itinerary Day Twelve: Everest Base Camp Trek
I left the trek at this point due to illness but this is what would have happened
Trek to Kyanjuma
Nepal Itinerary Day Thirteen: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Monzo
Nepal Itinerary Day Fourteen: Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Lukla
Nepal Itinerary Day Fifteen: Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Stay in Kathmandu
Nepal Itinerary Day Sixteen: Kathmandu
Kathmandu sight seeing – Durbar Square, Thamel, Patan
Stay in Kathmandu
(most tours have these 2 nights in Kathmandu at the end to allow for how often flights can be cancelled going out of Lukla)
Nepal Itinerary Day Seventeen: Kathmandu
Sightseeing – Monkey Temple, Thamel, Garden of Dreams
Stayed Kathmandu Dwarika’s Hotel
Nepal Itinerary Day Eighteen: Kathmandu
Most of the day at the hotel and then Bodnath Stupa
Stayed at Kathmandu Dwarika’s Hotel
Nepal Itinerary Day Nineteen: Dhulikhel
Stayed at Dwarika’s Resort
Nepal Itinerary Day Twenty: Dhulikhel
Nepal Itinerary Day Twenty-One: Dhulikhel
Nepal Itinerary Day Twenty-Two: Dhulikhel
Nepal Itinerary: What I would I do differently
Golly quite a few things! The first are the medical things. I would have started out drinking water with electrolytes/dioretics from the beginning. Once everything hits you it is almost too late – a couple of women (one of whom was a nurse) did this on my trip and they did really well in terms of altitude sickness. Also they started taking paracetamol from the beginning as well.
In terms of packing I pretty much had it covered so you can refer to that post.
The key thing I would have done differently is the trek in terms of where I stayed! I went with a really good tour company. I can’t fault them and the value for money was excellent. I was fine with the tea houses for the first few days. However once we got over 4000m the cold and the dreadful conditions made for misery. The best part of my day was when I was out trekking – this is normally when I felt most comfortable. But at the end of the day you would arrive at a tea house exhausted and with headaches and it was so cold and so difficult to recover.
I would have gone with Yeti Mountain Lodges or one of the more upmarket lodge options. Now these don’t take you all the way to the top. However you could use these for the first few nights and then only do the difficult ones when you must – and you would have had fewer nights in the freezing cold.
I would then have got a helicopter down to Lukla as soon as I could have after reaching Everest base camp. I paid US$1200 for my own helicopter from Pheriche to Lukla and it was worth every penny. I would imagine if pre planned and if with others this would be more reasonably priced.
Even better would have been to trek back from Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep (or to fly out of base camp itself) and then got in a helicopter and gone down to Lukla and stayed at a Yeti lodge that night – flying back to Kathmandu the next day. The way back is mostly a repeat of the way you went – except flatter. I didn’t do the last 3 of the 4 day return trek. Speaking with those who had I certainly didn’t miss anything and they were 3 hard days -with lots of boulders and still of course lots of up and down!
I had more time than I needed in Kathmandu – I definitely could have had one less night there even if there had of been delays getting out of Lukla. But it was nice to be staying at Dwarika’s and having a chance to relax.
For me 3 nights at Dwarika’s Resort was perfect. It is a stunning resort but by then I was ready to go home so 3 nights was enough for it to still be really enjoyable.
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