Potential 1st timer in Nepal
I have never tried trekking in this "format" before (most was 5 days up Mount Cameroun in West Africa), so am interested in some "reference" points.
Fitness, for something like one of the 14-16 days treks, what (for non-trekkers) fitness level is normal? I'm 32, run 3-4 times per week, active technical diver, yacht sailing and some other things so would think ok, but hope for some comments on this to relate to something I know from the outside world.
Booking, how far in advance do people normally book? I think I'm only looking at Q2 2015 (but could book/confirm in the near future).
"remote", if doing fx. the Goyko trek in April, would you expect to see other groups each day or a few times during the trip?
Everest base camp is getting a lot of publicity for being very crowded so understand that these high profile locations draw a lot of people (And rubbish I hear), but how is it for other locations?
Group size, I will probably be joined by 1 other (maybe), but otherwise, if I sign up with an agency, how large a group should I expect?
Gear, some of the agencies write "jacket, sleeping back etc available on request". Is it common to rent (and comfortable) equipment.
(appreciate that many of these questions are very general, but appreciate any experiences/input
Thank you in advance,