I flew from Edinburgh to London the previous evening and stayed with family as I was flying at 10.15am, I could have got a 6am EasyJet flight but decided not to take the risk with delays etc. I was booked on a flight from heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (4hr connection) with Turkish Airlines and I got what i thought was a good deal at only £360 return when booked direct with Turkish Airlines. It was a bit of a long trip, for a start I was wearing all my warmest and heaviest clothes as my bags were tight for space and the heavy fleece and boots take valuable space and this meant I was boiling in Istanbul airport. My flight was delayed which reduced my layover time to 3 hours in Istanbul which was a bit of a blessing as the terminal was packed. It was a long 3 hours sitting on the floor (there were no free seats) and eventually i got my connection which arrived in Kathmandu around 8am, where I was due to be picked up by Balram from Thamel Travel. I admit it was a bit of a challenge to find him in the crowd as when you step outside of the airport there are dozens of taxi companies, tour companies and travel companies yelling at you but eventually I did find him and and he took me to my hotel.
The hotel was going to be my last modern comfort from the next 10 days and it was a nice clean and comfortable place (see my room above). I settled in and Balram had arranged for my guide met me at 10am to do a check of my kit and ensure I was adequately prepared for the trek, as well as go over the schedule for the next 2 weeks. My guide was called Niraj, he was young but spoke good English and after checking my gear he took me to get my pounds exchanged into Nepalese rupees (you cant get Nepalese currency outside of Nepal). In Kathmandu there are dozens of trekking shops where you can pick up any gear, it seems like every 2nd shop is selling trekking gear! I was alright for gear and so Niraj left me back at my hotel and arranged to meet me early tomorrow morning for our flight to Lukla.
For the rest of the day I repacked my case, I had gotten a loan of a sleeping bag and a trekking pole from Thamel travel byt this meant I had to shed 1.5kg of weight from my case. The hotel i was staying in had some luggage weighing scales in the reception so I had multiple trips up and down the stairs trying to get my total weight down to 15kg. This was no easy task as i had already thought i had the minimum amount of clothes but eventually i got there and i left a trash bag of clothes in the hotel luggage storage. Afterwards I spent the evening enjoying a nice steak dinner along with my last alcoholic drink for the next 10 days (its not recommended to drink at high altitude as this can Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) and also meat is not recommended on the trek).