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Thread: Good Trek for those with vertigo??

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Australia (most of the time)

    Question Good Trek for those with vertigo??

    I'm off trekking in Nepal Nov-Dec this year with my girlfriend. I have substantial trekking experience and some mountaineering experience, though I have never been to Nepal. My girlfriend is fit and generally keen to go to Nepal, but doesn't enjoy walking too close to a precipitous drop where she can picture herself at the bottom as rasberry jam ! I was wondering if any of you guys know the best regions to trek where she may come across less rather than more of these 'awkward' sections of trail. We are quite happy to go to altitude, and were considering Gokyo region in the Khumbu?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005

    Default Skyline Treks & Expedition (P.) Ltd.

    Dear Travelers !


    Nepal is a trekker's paradise. The very organic rhythm of foot travel is a
    wonderful way to explore and make meaningful contact with the country. On average, trekking consists of walking daily 5 to 7 hours, 9 to 14 kilometers on a series of ascents and descents. The immense contrasts in altitude and climates found here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyle and wildlife. Nepal is a pioneer in the sport of trekking. Known as the Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal is dominated by eight of the world's fourteen highest mountains, including Everest. Each one is over 8000 meters (26,000ft). In all, there are 1,310 peaks of 5000 meters (16,900ft) or more. Annually, more than 200,000 tourists come here to trek. You will experience superb panoramic views of mountains, a diversity of landscape, flora and fauna, colorful cultures, friendly people and ancient history. Trekkers leave Nepal with grand tales to share with their family and friends.

    Trekking Seasons

    Autumn (Sept-Nov)
    This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

    Winter (Dec-Feb)
    This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower attitudes.

    Spring (Mar-May)
    Different varieties of wild flowers, especially rhododendrons make the hillsides above 5000 meters a scenic paradise in this season. The weather is mild with moderate temperature at lower elevations and at elevations over 4000 m. the mountain views are clear.

    Summer (Jun-Aug)
    Summer months, continuing up to mid-September, take travel wet and warm. The higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and bush vegetation. Insect repellent is recommended while trekking during summer months.

    Gokyo Trek Itinerary's

    Day 01: Kathmandu to Jiri (1955m) by bus (8 hours drive 149 km)
    Day 02: Jiri to Deurali (2735m)
    Day 03: Deurali to Sete (2645m)
    Day 04: Sete to Junbensi (2640m)
    Day 05: Junbesi to Nunthala (2440m)
    Day 06: Nunthala to Kharikhola (2020m)
    Day 07: Kharikhola to Pyau (2700m)
    Day 08: Pyau to Phakding (2640m)
    Day 09: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m)
    Day 10: Rest day at Namche Bazzar
    Day 11: Namche Bazzar to Tyangbuche (3850m)
    Day 12: Tyangbuche to Dinbuche (4350m)
    Day 13: Dinbuche to Chhukung (4735m) then back to Dinbuche.
    Day 14: Dinbuche to Lobuche (4930m)
    Day 15: Lobuche to Gorekshep (5154m) and climb to Kalapatar (5550m) and back to Gorekshep
    Day 16: Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5350m) then back to Gorekshep
    Day 17: Gorekshep to Zongla 4760m)
    Day 18: Zongla cross Chola pass (5420m) to Thagna (4500m)
    Day 19: Thagna to Gokyo (4730m)
    Day 20: Climb Gokyo peak then back to Gokyo (5430m)
    Day 21: Gokyo to Luza (4350m)
    Day 22: Luza to Namche Bazzar (3440)
    Day 23: Namche Bazzar to Lukla (2840m)
    Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m)

    Package cost includes

    ~ 1 night free staying at 3 star categories Kathmandu Hotel double bed room/ breakfast basis.
    ~ Airport pickup and drop by our private car
    ~ 3 meals a day during the trek
    ~ All lodging and fooding accomodation in tea house.
    ~ All surface transportation from trekking starting point and the ending
    points from the trek.
    ~ Nepalese staff's insurance.
    ~ English speaking local Sherpa Guide and Porters.
    ~ All Nepalese government tax etc.

    Following costs are not included in the package.

    ~ Kathmandu hotel room basis with all accomodation
    ~ International Airport tax
    ~ Nepal entry visa fee
    ~ Your personal medical insurence
    ~ Your personal nature and all bar bill
    ~ Flight ticket from Lukla-Kathmandu 1 way fare per person US$ 91
    ~ Tips for guide and porters.


    i/ Good and comfortable trekking boots.
    ii/ Ruck - Sack
    iii/ Some pairs of warm socks as well as light socks.
    iv/ Warm clothes necessary for the morning and evening.
    v/ Your toiletries and medical kit.
    vi/ Couple of T-shirts and shorts for the day.
    vii/ Hat.
    viii/ Slippers/Down jackets
    ix/ Sunglasses.
    x/ Flash light etc.

    Should you require further details, please feel free to contact me.

    Sincerely yours,
    Madhav Prasad Pandey
    Informations and International Relations
    Skyline Treks & Expedition (Pvt.) Ltd.
    Gpo box No: 14221
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Tel No: 00977-1-4356682
    Mobile No: 00977-9841322144
    Fax No: 00977-1-4353669

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    Thumbs up

    MikeyH I can appreciate your girl friend's sensitivity to heights. On the whole I found the route from Lukla to the Everest base camp very reasonable. The trails are often on very steep hills, but the trails didn't following the edge of a cliff. There are some suspension bridges, but those are fun (there's something to hold on to) as long as you lets the yaks cross first.

    The first few hundred feet of the Gokyo trail, where it cuts off from the Everest trail, climbs steeply up along a ledge. This was the only portion of the trail that bothered me. I'm sure a good guide can avoid this short section if necessary. We exited Gokyo via the Renjo la to Thame which was a nice way back toward Namche (the pass was steep but no real edges). Gokyo is unbelievably awesome and well worth the trip.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Perth Australia

    Default James is right

    i am glad you felt the same about the first part of the Gokyo trail. I was on my own and I did feel a little lost and lonely.

    Then i heard the whistle of a caravaraneer and his Yak. i figured if a lumbering Yak could waltz on so could I.

    Really it wasnt that hard but I did avoid looking down!

    I dont think in general the Khumbu trails or the suspension bridges are too scary!

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