I wanna thank everyone for all the helpful advice on this thread. I leave in two weeks and have a few more questions
1) rental gear for Gokyo Trek. I am travelling on to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam after trekking so I would like to rent some gear in Thamel rather than hauling my own gear to these other destinations and taking up space in my pack
Heres is my rental list. These seem like standard items, just wanna make sure
2) also would like to run my proposed schedule past those that have made this trek.
Day 1 - Lukla to Namche 11,200ft (I know that this is a long day but I have done similar hikes (from 7,500 to 12,000+) in the local hills every weekend for the last 6 weeks and camped at this elevation or higher 2 of these times with no AMS symptoms
Day 2 - Acclimate in Namche (hike up to Everest Hotel or something)
Day 3 - Namche to Dole 13,418ft
Day 4 - Dole to Machermo 14,468ft
Day 5 - Machermo to Gokyo 15,583ft
Day 6 - see the lakes, possibly go up Gokyo Ri, return to Dole
Day 7 - Dole to Lukla (again, I know that this is a long day, but I am an experienced hiker and have made similar descents)
I know that the above is an aggressive schedule, but this allows me 3 mornings in Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu. This Lukla to Kathmandu flight is hanging over my head, its the crux of the trip if you will, so I want to allow a 3 day buffer. If I get delayed in Lukla if fouls up the flight to Thailand and has a domino effect on the rest of the trip, hence the aggressive schedule for Gokyo. So for those who have been, do days 3, 4 and 5 seem reasonable?? Also, is a 3 day buffer for the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu adequate? I know I can't control weather and we can barely predict it, but 3 days seems like due diligence on my part, any more of delay due to weather is just crappy luck.