The mini Annapurna circuit was my first long trek and it was definitely one of the most challenging experiences to date but also the most fulfilling, with breathtaking views and meeting amazing people. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and and looking for a life changing challenge.
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Getting pass the Thorongla pass was definitely an inspirational moment but the whole trip was inspirational. Walking through the different terrains, getting to know the incredible guides and porters and making it through the highest trekking pass in the world all accounted for the whole trip being inspirational. With the weather on our side for the duration of the trip I got to see 3/10 of the top 10 highest mountains in the world.
What did you think of your group leader?
Brilliant, attentive and very knowledgable about Nepal and the mountains. Very confident.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Naivety helps a lot! For those less experienced in trekking like me! Take a metal water bottle holder, very handy as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag on those cold nights! Enough toilet roll, hand sanitiser, don't skimp on the boots and socks (I got no blisters!) and a good merino wool and layers! Fish oil tablets help the blood circulation. Go with an open mind and and enjoy each step, it's an amazing experience!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Go pro cameras to capture pics and videos! Def worth it! Portable battery charger is very useful. Crampons or yak tracks are optional on the kit list but I would def invest in a pair. Try and bring some old trek gear which you can leave with porters or guides after the trek is finished, they will really make use of it and appreciate it as a thank you gift. Or pens and study material for kids is a good idea.