I'm heading to Nepal in April to do the Gokyo trek and maybe Shivalaya to Lukla as a build up, and I had a couple of gear-related questions. Both treks are tea house treks but I was wondering if people recommend bringing a therm-a-rest with you. I did the Annapurna Circuit in 1996 (so long ago!) and at that time most of the tea houses just had wooden bunk beds and no mattresses, so sleeping pads really helped out. My second question is if people know how easy it is to rent trekking poles in Kathmandu or am I better off just bringing mine and shipping them back home (will be traveling around India for a few months after Nepal). On a side note, do people have experience shipping big packets of gear home from Nepal? Is it difficult to do so, how long did things take to get back (I'd be shipping to the U.S.) etc.?
Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom.
I'm super-psyched to get back to that wonderful country!