I know that a mountain path isn't a catwalk, but I think it's still important to look stylish!
Before I started packing I tried to find advice about the essentials for girls - what to wear and how to wear it. When I couldn't find any blogs, I thought I'd write a little diary so here it is - hope it helps!
Kathmandu to Monjo
Wearing: North Face t-shirt, North Face khaki trousers, Marmot gillet, Rab Vapourise jacket.
Plane flight then long walk. Too many clothes but layers are good. Jacket spent whole day in rucksack.
Monjo to Namche Bazaar
Wearing: Coral Icebreaker T-shirt, Marmot gillet, North Face khaki trousers.
Long walk uphill to Namche Bazaar. Everest view half way up. When we finally reached Namche it was a massive relief.
Namche has everything you would need to buy
We stayed in Hotel Sherpland. Needed down sleeping bag over blanket.
Wearing: Black North Face trousers, long sleeve black Icebreaker, gillet, Buff scarf.
Walked to Thame village. Very hard. After 1 hour wanted to stop and go back. Needed Buff because of dust.
Namche Bazaar to Tashinga
Wearing: North Face trousers, long sleeve blue Icebreaker t-shirt, gillet, North Face head band.
Only short walk. Uphill to start but quite easy after that. Hot. Could have worn less but long sleeve good for sun protection. Needed lighter scarf for head.
I have silk glove liners that I wore for burnt hands. Definitely needed these.
Notes for girls: Take Berocca to get you going in the morning.
I have my Ugg boots with me - they were a bit of a luxury but they are amazing!!! So warm and comfy.
Also, my friend Alex gave me Eight Hour cream by Elizabeth Arden just before we left England. It's perfect. Smells nice, great for my chapped lips, sunburn and eyebrows!!!
Tashinga to Pangboche
Wearing: Same trousers, an All Saints navy t-shirt, gillet.
Long walk. First part all uphill then to monastery.
Very dusty. I have a Buff scarf to cover mouth but it's too thick. Buy something that's super sheer so you can breath through it.
Advice: You will constantly be looking for stuff in your bag. I have North Face Base Camp Duffle (£90). It was worth every penny. I have a lot of different dry sacs. It would be worth marking them in some way.
Note on day sacs: I had to buy one in Kathmandu as realised looking at other trekkers in the airport that mine would not be big enough. I've got North Face Recon. It fits Nalgeen bottles in each side and there are plenty of pockets.
I wore a non-wicking t-shirt today and you can definitely tell the difference. Doesn't dry quick enough.
Short walk to Periche
Wearing: North Face trousers, blue Icebreaker long sleeve, North Face headband.
Eaten: porridge, egg on toast, two pancakes with honey, small twix, egg fried rice, large snickers, noodle soup, fried rice, choccy pud, Coke.
Wearing: North Face trousers, blue Icebreaker, charcoal Icebreaker, gillet, Rab vapourise jacket, small gloves.
Walk to Dughla
Altitude sickness so have no idea what I was wearing!!!
Journey to Lobouche
Wearing: Black trousers, blue Icebreaker, charcoal Icebreaker, Rab jacket, Nepali yak wool hat and gloves. Had to put down jacket on as it was v cold.
Short walk but headache, dizziness and nausea.
Still have appetite. Taking a whole Diamox twice a day now.
Walk to Gorak Shep then to Base Camp!!!
Wearing: Black North Face trousers, blue Icebreaker, charcoal Icebreaker, pull on fleece, gillet, Rab jacket.
The walk to Gorak Shep was uphill and windy. Gorak Shep lodge basic with no sink.
Had lunch then began walk over boulders to Base Camp. We could see it in the distance. Everyone says it is a disappointment. It wasn't to me. We could see Everest on the way and there were ice structures all around us. It is literally the end of the valley.
Gorak Shep to Lobouche
Wearing: Same as above minus fleece plus Rab down jacket
Lobouche to Pangboche
Wearing: Blue icebreaker, charcoal icebreaker, North Face black trousers,
Pangboche to Namche
Wearing: Black icebreaker, gillet, black North Face trousers.
Namche to Lukla
Wearing: Black North Face trousers, black t-shirt, white vest, gillet, straw trilby
Everyone laughed at me for bringing a trilby. I was right! You just need one that still looks cool after it has been squashed.
Circle scarf from American Apparel also amazing.
WHAT NOT TO FORGET:
- 8 hour cream
- Uggs - don't get imitations, they won't keep feet warm
- An excellent down jacket and sleeping bag (I had Rab)
- Clean knickers for every day
- Dark trousers
- Compeed plasters
- Lots of ibuprofen (I ran out)
- Loads of Icebreaker stuff - seriously, it's actually brilliant
- A little bit of make up - concealer and mascara a must I reckon
- A comfy but nice jumper you wear in evenings
- Fleece trousers look a bit rubbish but are v comfy
- I borrowed my dad's Kindle - hasn't needed charging
- iPod - I asked friends to do playlists (note: iPods don't seem to like altitude. Mine stopped working above 4600m!)
- Nordic Walking poles - look up Nordic Walking as an exercise before you go
- Base camp North Face duffle
- Stuff sacks
- Marmot gillet
- Berocca for drinks
- Thin gloves to protect hands from sun
- North Face headband- keeps ears warm and hair under control
- My friend Jules gave me heat pad things - brilliant when it was freezing
- Trainers (if you are taking Uggs)
- Special sunglasses (metal ones fine)
- You only need one fleece. I went for a North Face one
Things I wished I had:
- Not light khaki trousers - go for darker colour