Hello everyone, I'm new to forums and also to travelling so far from home. i am going on a volunteer trip to Nepal and have a few questions that I am hoping some seasoned travellers can help answer. I just read a great forum here about Idosine vs chlorine, so that was helpful. Our group recommended we bring iodine, but the travel clinic i went to uses the 2 bottle chlorine stuff (pristine, i think). I have been training all year, and harder (ie personal trainer 2 times a week, cardio 2 times a week and just added spinning) I feel i am pretty strong, and not too worried about the trek we will be doing (Phalpu to Junbesi to Chiwong to Chopling) all with a few days rest a t each place....I was wondering if anyone who did this type of trek could offer me some reassurance about it's level of difficulty. I guess because I am 48 yo and also a recent ex smoker, I'm worried...anyway...looking forward to any tips or advice.
Welcome to Nepal!
You sound like you are really working hard for your trip to Nepal. You will be more than strong enough for this trip. About the trekking via Phaplu, Junbeshi, Thupten Chooling & Chiwang is very beautiful area and mostly Sherpa village. Phaplu & Junbeshi has nice lodges. Thupten Chholing is a day trip from Junbeshi. Chiwang has also some local lodges but you can come down to Phaplu as well so it won't be much problem. I am from Junbeshi and grew up at Phaplu.
If you need any other info do not hesitate to contact me.
Mingmar T. Lama
Thank You Mingmar!
It is nice to have this reassurance. I will be travelling with a group and we have lodging at Everest hotel in Junbesi (I think). I know we will be staying at the monastary and also doing some camping. I know the trekking will be challenging, but also so wonderful and beautiful. I'm mostly looking forward to meeting the Sherpa peoples. It will be a humbling experience and i'm looking forward to it!
If there is anything else you could recommend? I was wondering about the night temperatures...I have a sleeping bag that goes to 0 C and plan on bringing a liner for extra warmth...What are the day temps and nights like? We are going October 29-November 15. We will be going to the Mani Rimdu festival!
Thank you again
Noel from Toronto, Canada
Sound like it's going to be an amazing trip! Im head down there in april!