Favorite thing: When staying at the lodges try take a look at the kitchen as some of them are very clean and organised with all the utensils and equipment neatly stored on the shelves by the Sherpa and Tibetan women.
Me and my wife did the trek last October and Jiri is the right spot to start from. The first part Jiri to Lukla was not so busy and really wonderful and a good exercise for what was to come. We plan to back next spring and the weather should be fine then. Autumn is a bit chillier but the air is clearer. But May should be fine, no later the may though as the rain season might come early. We had a truly wonderful guide, he had done that trip about three times a year for 15 years and he literally knew everyone and every stone on the trek. He brought fruit from Kathmandu all the way up to Gorak Shep and back. He also carried cookies for the afternoon tea. He knew a lot of stuff that we had otherwise missed, he even spotted some wildlife for us. He could name every mountain on the way and also the height. A truly perfect guid. He since the has started his own business and you can reach him on email@example.com or his website www.nepaltibettrekking.com. If you never have been to Nepal before you are in for a real treat.
Fondest memory: This trip was the most beautiful we have ever done, it is really amazing to walk along some of the highest mountains in the world, we are quite used to the alps but this was on a different level. Not too hard but still a bit of a challenge. The kick you get when you reach the summit of Kala Phatar is priceless. We will do it again!
November and December are a great time to do base camp trek. Hardly any visitors. A bit cold at night but nice in the day.
Fondest memory: The view from Kala Pattar is amazing.