I've recently decided to fullfil a life-long dream of trekking from Kathmandu to EBC.
My preference would be to hire my own porter (and maybe guide too) so that I can go at my own pace.
I am concerned about altitude sickness - I've had it before a couple of times at 3000m altitude plus. I am worried that if I go with an organised tour then I will have to go at their pace and that if I get sick it's all over. Whereas if I go with my own porter/ guide, I can just take an extra rest day (they're getting paid by the day so I assume they won't mind!).
I am not fit at all so I'm taking a year to get myself in shape and plan to do the trek in March/ April 2014.
I would greatly appreciate feedback from experienced trekkers about the pros and cons of hiring my own porter/ guide versus taking an organised tour.