I have just come back from the area, and would recommend it to anyone. I spent 28 days hiking (base camp, plus the 3 passes, and trekking into and out of the area).
I was fine with a 36litre bag, carried everything myself, and could have packed even lighter.
Instead of flying in, trek from Jiri (10hour bus ride from Kathmandu). It makes you much better acclimatised (you reach 3500m on the 2nd day, after climbing 2000m), the scenery is very different, and its MUCH QUIETER.
I also hiked out to Tumlingtar in the East, and saw 2 foreigners in 5 days. Also very different scenery.
Anyway, all of the locals are great and the tea-houses make like very easy.
Posted: 27/06/2012 at 20:59