I am planning a trek to the Everest Base Camp in June '09.
There are, however, 3 major problems that I am currently faced with:
1) Weather --> Being from the sub-continent, I know that mid-June is probably when monsoon sets in. But what I don't know is when does it set-in in Nepal (approximately, of course)?
2) Duration of the trek --> I have 13 days to complete the trek from Lukla to Lukla. Is it enough? I am willing to stretch myself to meet this target, but I do not want to miss anything that's on the way and worth doing. I am in the process of preparing a rough itinerary, but it'd be great if someone can suggest a rough itinerary.
3) Company --> I am doing the trek alone. So, if anybody wants to join me for it, please get in touch with me. (this, however, isn't a major problem - I am used to travelling alone)
Thanks for your help!
Well here is a bit of help:
1: I was there in March and April and from what I was told the Monsoon does hit around then.
2: Well 13 days is enough, but regardless of how long you can hike for and pushing yourself, you are bit restricted to the Altitude. If you go too high too fast you will get altitude sickness. Follow the guidelines. As for a rough itinerary, look up any company that offers EBC trek. The itineries are all the same and devolped to allow sufficient acclimization. Where you can make up time and push yourself is on the way down. I climbed Island Peak and hiked to Dinboche in one day. Then down to Tengboche, and then Namche, then lukla. So it can be done.
3: No problem hiking alone there should be enough people on the trails and you cant get lost. Just make sure you are around people even if hiking alone in case something like Pulmenary Edema sets in, which can happen fast...
Thanks for these useful inputs Brent!.
I can help answer your weather question I did trekking in Nepal in June, and it didnt rain much! Just a bit of drizzle now and then (once a few days!), apparently they have their own microclimate up in the mountains while it would be pouring like mad 3 o' clock sharp back in Pokhara. The monsoon starts in June, by the way, but doesn't really hit the mountains until much later, but visibility falls a bit and you might not get the best of views.
But some significant pluses: its the warmest time of the year to go trekking in Nepal, and you'll have the whole trail to yourself! (And things are much cheaper too) I in fact think that the monsoon is the best time to go trekking in Nepal, and am thinking of going back during June, so maybe i will see you there
Now that is something I wanted to hear.
Thanks a ton for the advise. I will, hopefully, see you there.