EBC and Annapurna

Hey Everyone!!

I’m looking to hike to EBC and then maybe do the Annapurna circuit if I have enough time. I’m hoping to do this in the month of April & May (no set dates yet), and I’m looking for 1-2 people to join me on this amazing adventure πŸ™‚

I’d like to do it as cheap as possible but don’t have a set budget in mind yet.

I’m looking for someone that loves adventure, a seasoned traveler and just anyone who loves to laugh and have a great time!

Thanks,

Lori

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  1. Hi Lori! πŸ™‚

    I’m Payton, from California. I am also looking for someone (or a few someones) to join forces with for EBC (though I won’t have enough time to join you for Annapurna this time around, I’m afraid). I will be arriving in Nepal in early April (around the 5th or 6th) and would like to start maybe a few days after arriving to give myself a bit of prep time. My only restriction is that I need to be in Malaysia by May 2nd, so I will need to be finishing up the trek by late April. I am looking at a couple itinerary ideas that are around 16 days, possibly including Gokyo Lakes. I’m open to trekking completely independently, but I also like the idea of sharing a local guide and/or porter

    • (Oops… looks like I accidentally hit “enter” too soon– sorry for the double reply!)

  2. Hi Lori! πŸ™‚

    I’m Payton, a 24-year-old (going on 25– I would actually be celebrating my birthday on this trek!) from California. I have traveled quite a bit and lived abroad long-term, but this would be my first time to Nepal and my longest trekking stint thus far! I am also looking for someone (or a few someones) to join forces with for EBC (though I won’t have enough time to join you for Annapurna this time around, I’m afraid). I am fun-loving, adventurous, and determined as hell to challenge myself a bit and have a great time on this trek!

    I will be arriving in Nepal in early April (around the 5th or 6th) and would like to start maybe a few days after arriving to give myself a bit of prep time. My only restriction is that I need to be in Malaysia by May 2nd, so I will need to be finishing up the trek by late April. I am looking at a couple itinerary ideas that are around 16 days, possibly including Gokyo Lakes. I’m open to trekking completely independently, but I also like the idea of sharing a local guide and/or porter to give back a bit, spend some time with a local(s), and perhaps not have to carry my own bag, hahaha! πŸ˜‰ It would also be nice to have a roommate at some of the tea houses, as I have heard it is sometimes easier to find twin rooms than it is to find singles.

    Anyway, let me know if you are interested in chatting to see if we might be compatible trekking buddies! I look forward to hearing from you. πŸ™‚

    – Payton

  3. Hey Payton,

    Thank you so much for the reply. Id love for you to trek with me. It’s going be a blast. I’m still waiting to find out my dates (due to my work schedule) but I should know very soon. I’m hoping to be flying into Kathmandu around the same time as you so hopefully we can make it work, and I would like to do the EBC first and Gokyo Lakes and then do Annapurna after (depending on how I feel after EBC haha) I think that 16 days should be enough to do it (I hope anyways lol). I’m ok with having a guide as well, so would be nice to split costs.

    It will be so much fun to help you celebrate your birthday during the trek. I love a good adventure as well. I have done a lot of travel and have lived aboard also. So much to chat about πŸ™‚
    I look forward to it.

    Thanks,
    Lori

  4. Hi Lori, I am planning to EBC via 3 passes (Gokyo , cho La pass) My schedule is pretty much fixed planning to start trek on April 17th and End of May 4-5th via lukla . I did find a nepal based agency cost is approx 1050 which includes teahouse (lodging / Porter / guide and lukla flight). If you are interested kindly reach out to me. I am heading from Michigan US and will be in KTM on 15th

    • Hey Hari,

      At this point we have set our dates already and will be starting the Trek the 5th or 6th of April.

      Good Luck πŸ™‚

      Lori

  5. Hey Lori!

    I’m Tiffany from Melbourne, Australia, of Singaporean background. I’m 25, and this Nepal trip is to mark the end of 6 years of studying!! πŸ˜€

    I’m also planning to do the same – starting the EBC trek around the 4th of April but I actually fly into Kathmandu on the 1st. I’m looking at treks around 14-16 days as well, hopefully incorporating the Gokyo lakes too. I also then plan on doing Annapurna after that – my timing is pretty flexible because I’m in Nepal until 22nd May. Give me a shout out if you think we can team up πŸ˜€

    I’m also looking at doing it as cheap as possible, but like Payton I do want to contribute back to the economy via way of a guide/porter as well. I would also want to go with a local company to support local businesses.

    I’m an avid traveller, love travelling solo and meeting new people πŸ™‚ Give me a shout out if you think this might work πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Lori and Payton!
    Renee from Melbourne, Australia here.

    I am also looking for a few travel buddies to partner up with for Everest base camp and Gokyo Lakes if you’d been up for another girl tagging along. I’d be keen to go to Gokyo Ri/Gokyo Lakes, via Cho La Pass for some beautiful photo ops!

    I fly into Kathmandu on Friday 6th April and return to Australia on Friday 27 April.
    My friend is climbing Everest and I’d like to be at base camp while he is acclimatising (15 – 20 April) to see him but I’m flexible with routes and open to anything.

    I’m an avid mountaineer, having summited mountains in New Zealand, Australia and Alaska (Denali), plus backpacking, hiking and skiing in Japan, USA, Canada and South East Asia.
    I’ve also completed a technical mountaineering course in New Zealand.

    Anyway if you’d be open to having me join your crew that would be awesome.

    Cheers so much!
    Renee

    • Hi Ladies,

      Andrea here from San Francisco CA. I’ve been traveling around asia for the past 5 months and am looking to cap off an incredible experience with trekking in Nepal. My dates line up perfectly with yours. Any chance there is room for one more in your group?

  7. Hi Lori!

    My name is Louise and I’m 26 years old from Norway. Right now I have an internship in Hyderabad, but Im flying to Kathmandu on the 2nd of April to trek until my Nepali visa runs out on the 25th of April (I spent two weeks in Pokhara before coming here). I am super interested in joining you guys on the EBC trek!! Have you figured out when youre leaving? I do lots of hiking and climbing (both ice and rock) in Norway, and I’ve got all the gear I need, so Im pretty much ready to go! I usually travel alone, but I figured it would be super nice to team up with someone when hiking.

    If youre interested in having a positive norwegian-songs-singing anthropology-student on board, let me know!! πŸ™‚

    Cheers,

    Louise

    PS! I’m also interested in doing it as cheap as possible, and my budget is pretty much the same (600 dollar).

  8. Oh, and also, Hello Renee, Tiffany and Payton! I’m hoping I can join your team! πŸ™‚

  9. Hey Louise!
    I’m flying into KTM on the 6th April and would love you to join me for the trek to EBC.
    I haven’t heard back from the ladies above as yet as to their plans.

    Are you interested at all in climbing Lobuche peak (only a 2 day climb) or just keen to take the standard route to EBC?
    I’m open to going to Gokyo Lakes for some beautiful photos ops and I’m also keen to hike up Kala Pattar (2-3 hours) for those awesome landscape views of the big 8000 meter peaks – I’ve read the views are beautiful when the sun rises behind them.

    It would be great to have someone to stay with at teahouses along the way too πŸ™‚

    Happy days! – Renee

  10. Hey Ladies,

    Thanks for getting in touch. So myself and Payton will both be arriving in Kathmandu on April 3rd and are planning to head out to start the trek on April 6th. We are set to do the EBC along with Goyko lakes. The route that we are looking at would be about 16 days. We are planning on getting a porter as a way for us to give back and also to make the trek a little easier.

    Let me know if this works for you πŸ™‚

    Chat soon,
    Lori

    • Hi Lori,

      A little late to the party, but would love to join you and Payton on the EBC trek departing on April 6th. A little about myself – I’m 27 years old and call San Francisco CA home. I love being in the outdoors and spend most of my free time at home hiking, running and photographing. I’ve been traveling around Asia for the past 5months and am FINALLY making my way to Nepal. I couldn’t be more excited and am really looking forward to making it up to EBC. Let me know if you are open to adding one more to your group.

      Cheers! Andrea

      PS. I love taking photos so I promise to get excellent shots throughout the 16 days to share. IG: andrea.x.campos

  11. Hello everyone!

    I would LOVE to join both of you, actually. Renee, itwould be amazing to climb up to Lobuche, I was actaually planning on climbing Island Peak. The problem is, however, my visa in nepal runs out on the 25th, so I`m guessing we wont have enough time.. Also, whats your budget? The reason I kind of turned down Island Peak was because of the extra cost, but I dont know, how many days are you planning in total? I have a killer sleeping bag, really good ice climbing boots and harness, so I guess I`d only be needing crampons. Are you planning on hiking up to EBC and then hire a guide, or what are you thinking, Renee?

    Lori, and Payton! COOL! EBC and Goyko lakes sounds wonderful. How much will you be paying, and does that include flights and food etc? Will the porters carry some of our stuff? It would be so amazing if we could join forces!!

    Hope everyone is having a great day! πŸ™‚ Im counting down the days til I can leave busy and noisy Hyderabad and enjoy the serenity in the mountains!! :):)

  12. Hey Louise!

    Island peak would also be a great climb! I was originally looking at Island Peak too but thought Lobuche would be better timing wise because it is closer to Everest Base Camp, and technically more challenging than island peak, but I’d be happy to do either πŸ™‚
    I was planning on getting a guide for the climbing portion only, so trekking to Lobuche village and meeting the guide there, climb Lobuche peak, and then head to EBC.
    Budget wise for a guide is around $550USD, which includes food and tent and gear etc, but we could share the cost of that πŸ™‚ I also have all my own gear so the cost might be cheaper.

    Otherwise if time doesn’t permit a summit of Lobuche peak, we could just go to base camp together and do Kala Pattar, Gokyo Ri/Lakes, Gorak Shep etc. πŸ™‚
    It would be so great if we could cross paths with Lori and Payton along the way!

    What date are you thinking of starting the trek to EBC, and have you booked your flights to and from Lukla?

    Me too! Can’t wait to be in the mountains again πŸ™‚

    PS – I am going to Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden in February next year πŸ™‚
    Would be great to hear some cool places you recommend to visit in Norway!

  13. Hi Renee! Oh, well then Lobuche sounds even better. Sounds like a very good plan, I mena I feel like we wouldn`t need a guide for the trek in itself, but always good to have in when climbing peaks.

    Is that your total budget? Or just for climbing Lobuche?

    The thing is, Im thinking of starting the trek on the 3rd of 4th of April because I need to be out of Nepal by 25th of April. Turns out that a spanish guy that I set next to on the plane to Kathmandu (suuper good ice climber, he also has all his gear with him) is also planning on trekking to EBC at that time, so then I thought I would join him, BUT, we are planning to start the hike lower to acclimatize better, so we could meet up in Namche and then hike together from there?

    Im trying to send my email here but somehow it wont let me.. Maybe we could talk on private messages? I thought it would be great if we could make a thread on a fbook but maybe its now allowed?? Anyhow, Im so happy you have similar plans! It would also be great if we could meet up all of us, I agree! πŸ™‚

    And hey, thats so cool! I have lots of great tips, I dont know if you do backcountry skiing, but if you do, I know so many great areas to go to!! :):)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Louise

    • Hi Louise,

      I am interested in joining you girls but I dont know if you are still looking for travel partners, I have tried to sent you a private message, hopefully it works, let me know if you did not get it and I will try again !

      Lea

  14. Hey Louise!
    Yes, we’d probably need to have a climbing guide for Loubche and the approx $550usd is just for guide.
    I’d like to keep my budget as low as possible on the trek.

    Oh that sounds great! The more the merrier πŸ™‚
    Yeah sure – if we can plan to meet up in Namche then trek together from there.

    Oh sure – I don’t have Facebook though but I have WhatsApp? I’ll send you a private message with my phone number so we can chat through WhatsApp and work out dates and a rough itinerary πŸ™‚

    Awesome! Backcountry skiing and camping tips would be perfect! I am planning on taking my snowshoes and skis with me to Scandinavia πŸ™‚

    Cheers! Renee πŸ™‚