I'm a 25 year old American female currently living in Thailand and am planning on going to Nepal in March to do the Everest Base Camp hike. I'm traveling alone and just have some questions.
1. Should I hire a guide or just go alone and meet people along the way? People have said the trail is easy enough to follow, but safety wise maybe I shouldn't be doing it on my own? Money wise what's the difference between hiring someone versus going alone?
2. I would like to avoid the death trap airport at Lukla if I can, flying in general can sometimes get to me and if I can do it another way I would love to. I've seen that you can walk via Jiri to get there, and as for coming back to Katmandu is there another way back? Also how terrifying are those plane rides?
3. I plan on getting into Katmandu around March 7 and will be in Nepal for a month. Weather wise, obviously I know it gets cold, but what is ideal to pack for this trek at this time?
4. Any other tips or anything that I should know?
Thanks so much!