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  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Was a trip of a life time, really enjoyed it. Group were good and guides were great people. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Thorong la Pass. But there were numerous moments on this trip, would highly recommend it. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Navin was hard working, looked after everyone, good person, very knowledgeable as well, he did a great job managing the group. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I lost quite a lot of weight on the trip, and I'm not over weight. My metabolism was higher than others on the trip and I needed more food, I never experienced real hunger til I went to Nepal. The day we arrived in Gaurepani we climbed about 1600 meters, the dinner portion I got was a child size, I got desert to fill me up. In the morning we got up at 4am to see sunrise on Poonhill, by time I got back down for breakfast at 7am I was ravenous, the breakfast portion was small again and I had to eat mars bars to keep me going, I was really starving. I found that tea houses gave women small portions and the others on the group notices this as well. I'd advise anyone going to pack enough nuts and muesli bars for the 3 weeks. I brought some but wasn't enough, and you can only buy mars bars on the circuit. The guides and Exodus need to advise people better on food and what best to eat on the trip. Some days the whole group had to eat same food for lunch this was sometimes veggie noodle soup which just isn't enough when you're hiking for hours. In general I liked the food and it was generally good food, I was just burning it off very quickly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I found when I was booking the trip that there weren't many people in the Exodus office who had actually been on the trip to acurately advise about food and clothing. The person I booked with advised that I could buy a down jacket in Pokhara which is the end of the trip, so I waited til I was in Nepal to ask the guides instead. The trip notes and information are good.

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    This was an amazing trip totally removed from anything I have ever done before.It was a magical, beautiful and humbling experience that will stay with me forever.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many inspirational things about this trip. The mountain scenery was simply awe inspiring, the sounds of gushing water and cicadas was magical, we saw stunning butterflies and dragonflies, and watched vultures soaring magestically. However, the cultural elements have probably made the biggest impression on me. The cheerful and friendly stoicism of the local people who work and live in the most adverse of conditions, left me feeling priveleged to have been amongst them. From our fabulous Sherpas who looked after us beyond the call of duty and our porters whose seamingly superhuman strength left us amazed, to the incredible people who live along the route, scratching a living from the mountains and the trekkers. I came home with a changed attitude towards my life and possessions having been greeted by these wonderful people who, by our standards, have so little in the way of the stuff that clutters our lives.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was the best he could be. A lovely young Sherpa from the foothills of Everest, at only 26years old, he demonstrated a wealth of experience and looked after our group impecably, nothing was too much trouble for him. His English was excellent, and his sense of humour, along with his winning smile, made every day feel like a party!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can't decide whether or not to go, don't over think it, just go and have an amazing adventure. We don't need all the stuff we think we need to have a good time, and it does you good to be taken out of your comfort zone and to discover that you have inner resources that you weren't aware of.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had the biggest adventure of my life, so far, but will definately be planning the next one, can't wait!!

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    The whole of The  Annapurna Circuit was simply an experience of a lifetime which will be very difficult to surpass!! It would be hard to imagine anywhere with such majestic scenery and with such a varied cultural experience. .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our first sight of Annapurna 2 was just a "gobsmacking" moment as we turned a corner on the trail and unexpectedly realised it was just there, towering in front of us.... it seemed to rise magnificently from out of the clouds into the blue sky above....an amazing sight that literally stopped us in our tracks. The early start from Dharapani to climb Poon Hill to view the sunrise was also an unforgettable experience.To witness the quite wonderful scene over the whole of The Annapurna range was simply spectacular and alone would have made the whole of the trip worthwhile. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Dawa Jangbu Lama Sherpa was just a legend. Nothing at all was too much trouble for him and his fellow guides.His knowledge of the local trails meant we could avoid the main circuit and experience the local villages and superb views .His wonderful team, sense of fun and leadership meant that we could experience the full circuit to its full potential without having to concern ourselves with any of the details necessary to do so.He was superb at his job but also a wonderful individual too and a someone I still consider was a privilege to meet.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is quite a tough circuit , both physically and mentally - be prepared for some basic accomodation and limited sanitary facilities....the food and hospitality along the way though was excellent ! If you can deal with that and live out of a holdall for 3 weeks then its all more than worthwhile considering for the scenery alone...the whole experience for us was stunning and in a way life-changing too!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it...you wont regret it!

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    An exceptional journey throught the Annapurna Himal. A trip of two halves with the challenging Thorong La dominating your thoughts then once passed the relaxation and the absorption of the final part of the adventure with plenty of time to reflect, enjoy, chat, drink and eat throughout the whole journey.   

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard when Thorong La is the elephant in the room for the first part of the trip not to get a little emotional when it's complete, but the first time you see the snow covered peaks on foot rather than from the plane on day two sparks some kind of fire which never goes away. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was brilliant, funny, experienced, and always on hand for anything we needed at every point in the journey. He would makes things happen for us in a smooth and effortless fashion.  The other guides were also supportive, friendly and helpful, a fantastic bunch to travel with. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    THINK about what you actually need for the trip and try and go light. You'll be smelly, get over it ;) Use merino if you can afford it not polyester clothing. You don't need much for your daypack and the size of bag you choose could affect your enjoyment so go light light light! When the Sun goes behine the hills it gets BITTER so always have something warm to hand. If you've any reservations about booking the trip, Don't! It's a great way to spend three weeks of your time with beautiful Pokhara to hang out in at the end too. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't sit on a beach, you'll get a nice tan (on your head and arms) in the mountains, it's refreshing, awe-inspiring and raw unbound nature at it's best. I can't reccomend it enough. Wish I had double to the amount of holiday leave from my job to do another adventure like this sooner. 

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    A truly fantastic trek through constantly changing scenery. Rivers, valleys, forests, waterfalls, wonderful, snow capped mountains, desert-like areas, flowers, rice fields, bamboo, monkeys, yaks, lizards - so much to look at and absorb.  I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to do it, and with such great group of people, too. It was all a marvellous experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the lights from a countless number of head torches snake up Thorong La, under the most incredible, star-filled sky. The happy, smiling local people for whom nothing was too much trouble. The  huge and beautiful mountains -  at sunrise, at sunset and at every moment throughout the day. Seeing village homes, and people at work and realising that  sometimes we get our priorities wrong.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I think that Gum was an excellent leader. He was quietly professional and highly organised. At the same time time, he was both considerate and caring.  He was proud and knowledgable about his country,  its people, history and cultures, and was happy to share information and to answer questions. I felt that he made sure that the trip was enjoyable for all and that everyone's needs were met. He had a good sense of humour, was positive and offered good advice. Most importantly for me, I felt safe and relaxed under his leadership.  He was assisted by Lal, Mite and Chandra who were all helpful and contributed considerably to this trip being not being just good but outstanding.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes carefully.  Take warm clothes, especially for crossing Thorong La;  have a warm sleeping bag etc.  When the  notes say 'cold', that is just what it is! Don't underestimate the temperatures. Get as fit as you can - it is a great trek, but a long one.  Take lots and lots of pictures - there is too much to take in at the time, but looking at photos afterwards will bring it all back. Remember that porters will be carrying your bag and so keep within the weight limit.  It is suprising how little you can manage with.  Book it up now - go - and enjoy every minute.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A wonderful trip that I wish I had gone on years ago.  Don't make the same mistake - DO IT NOW!!

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Annapurna Circuit trek starting in beautiful lowland rice padi fields and gradually climbing through forest to higher altitudes, including a crossing of the amazing Thorong La pass, a beautiful view of dawn from Poon Hill, and a relaxing end to the trek in Pokhara

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing of the Thorong La pass. Started at 4am in pitch black using headtorch, climbing 1000m to the pass before descending a further 1,700m to Mukhtinath. Inspirational day, will never forget looking back to see a sea of headtorches behind me ascending steeply to the pass. Dawn was an amazing sight and reaching the pass without any probs with altutude in the group was a gratifying experience. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gum was excellent. He attended to all our needs, tried to answer all our questions to the best of his abililty and was a good leader of his team of guides and porters who seemed to respect him. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It gets extremely cold at night at higher altitudes. I got a 3 season down seleeping bag before going - I'd recommend spending the extra and getting a 4 season bag. Thorong Phedi is very cold (-10ish at night) and the teahouses don't have any heating int he rooms. Take a metal water bottle you can use as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag. You need to make sure you are able to keep yourself warm!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In general this trip was excellent and memorable. I'd highly recommend it. Only thing I would say is 1: Be prepared for extreme cold and 2: a lot of the tea houses advertise "24 hour hot showers". This is almost NEVER the case as they invariable have solar heated tanks which are only big enough for a few showers at best. I would say only 2 or 3 of the teahouses we stayed at had facilities for hot showers for all of us.  Just something to be aware of. Otherwise go for it, incredible views and an unforgettable experience. 

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Completing the Annapurna Circuit was a really great experience. You'll  come away from this adventure with a real sense of achievement. It certainly fulfilled all our expectations & has given us such wonderful memories. One of those "trips of a lifetime"

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There's no doubt that getting over the Thonong La Pass & seeing sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill were great moments, however I think what remains the most memorable for me was the wonderful variety of the landscape - from the sub tropical to the majestic mountains. It's such a beautiful country & its people are so very welcoming.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were really so fortunate to have Prem Gurung as our leader. He was superb. We have taken a few Exodus trips before - including one to Base Camp & Prem stands out above everyone. He was thoroughly professional, a real expert, had a great sense of humour, was extremely considerate & caring & did everything within his power to ensure everyone of those in his care enjoyed themselves, were safe & well looked after. He helped hugely to make the trip as successful as it was. But leaders can't do it on their own, Prem was wonderfully supported by his team of RB,Anil & Kami (apologies for the spellings)- not forgetting the often unseen but vital team of porters who somehow delivered your bags to your room with unerring accuracy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You'll have no doubt picked up advice about taking plenty of wet wipes. Don't be too swayed by prospects of solar showers -  - after one or two had been in there wasn't much hot water left. However a bowl/bucket of hot water went down a treat!! Don't forget flipflops, just in case you do get into showers. Despite our best efforts we couldn't spend the £20 per day recommended. You certainly won't need more than that. We took a mug each which was very useful for teeth washing routine as well as taking a daily effervescent multi vitamin tablet. Walking poles are definitely to be recommended. You should also consider taking some Diamox with you - just in case the altitude gets to you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It helps confidence if beforehand you've worked on your fitness level, however if you're used to walking in eg. the Lake District you'll be well able for this. We were so fortunate to have a superb leader & a great group of fellow travellers all of whom helped to make this trip so memorable - hopefully you'll find the same!!

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    23 days around Annapurna, tough going with some long physical days. You start in sub-tropical with rice paddy fields and bamboo forests complete with monkeys, very hot and sweaty. Next comes the alpine regions followed by the mountain areas. After the Thorong La pass you spend two days crossing desert areas and then back down through the the alpine and sub-tropical zones on a different river valley.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the pass was very special, a real sense of achivement after all the hard graft. The other thing that stands out is the Nepalese people, so very friendly always ready with a Namaste and a smile.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nadin, Durga and Tika where fantastic, maling sure we were well looked after. They even cooked some of our meals to ensure no problems.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure your boots fit well and are broken in, with up to 10 hours of walking a day they'll need to be. A hydration bag for water is a must as we were getting through 3 litrea a day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic experience, and a real sense of achievement.

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    What an experience! The scenery was so diverse with Alpine valleys, lush vegetable plantations, Forests, desert moonscapes and snow capped mountains brought each day a new venture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the Worlds biggest pass -Thorang La Pass at 5416m.  The scenery was dramatic watching the colours change from 5pm start in pitch black until the  sun rises.  At the summit we drunk some Rum, courtessy of our Canadian friend Casey, who carried it carefully each day for the celebrations on the top.  Then the dancing began...   Also climbing up Poon Hill from Ghorepani for the sun rise was spectacular with a panoramic view of the Annarpurnas unvailing. There was good camaraderie between all 16 trekkers and everyone managed to keep together and successfully ascend the Thorang La at 5416m. Even Eugeen with his sprained ankle successfully hobbled up there. In the words of Ed Hillary " We knocked the bastard off" Yipeeeee.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dawa was an excellent leader - a real joker.  He was interested in everyone and was very knowledgable about the area, its people and its culture.  Dawa kept everyone in good spirits and kept us all together with the excellent help from Domi, Nima and Minmer.  When trekking its important to remember to do the 'Nepal shuffle' by keep shaking your rucksack to displace stones that seem to keep magically appearing on top of them and sometimes inside them. The Porters, well what can I say - worth their weight in Gold.  We ocassionally met them on treks on certain days but they were always around in the evenings especially for the dancing- A great team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We all ate well in excellent tea houses.  Noone got 'Delhi belly' so thats probably a reflection on the quality of food served, although quite a few chose safer vegetarian options.  The beer was excellent, choices of Ghurka, Tuborg or Everest and if you explore the kitchens you do get drawn into drinking loads of Chang beer with eggs in! Dhal Bhat and beer drinking competitions are a must but be aware- those porters know how to drink. A really enjoyable and memorable trek where I feel I have met many friends and I hope to keep in touch with everyone. Phil

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Fantastic holiday- wonderful experience great group

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlight - crossing Throng-La pass

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader and guides and sherpas- attentive and determined to look after group and get us all round

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Food often basic- solar showers cold if not a sunny day- from Day 2 was very cold in evening

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Holiday was so good- already planing next adventure

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    I really enjoyed this trip after worrying about never having been at altitude before.  My fears were groundless, there is plenty of time to acclimatise on the way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the Thorong La Pass!  Worth all the effort.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Everybody was very pleasant and knew their stuff.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    The trip was the perfect antidote to a hectic city life. I had no idea just how stressed I was before I left for Kathmandu, but as soon as I landed and met my fellow travellers, it started to melt away. Prem, our guide was a legend, putting us all at our ease, answering our questions and concerns and essentially, bringing us together as a group. He helped us become friends rather than a groups of strangers.I am a well-seasoned traveller, but this was my first trip to Nepal. I have totally fallen in love with the country and the people who live there. The mountains were awe-inspiring, the trail continually beautiful as the scenery changed day by day and what a sense of achievement we had every day after we had ascended to ever greater altitudes. Our nervousness approaching Thorong La, the pass, was palpable, but with Prem and the rest of his leader team (Dhan, Deuman and Parbhat) we felt totally safe and cared for.It definitely is a challenging trip in physical terms, but for anyone who is relatively fit and mentally game for a bit of an adventure I would wholeheartedly recommend it. Nepal has worked it's way under my skin, and I cannot wait to go back and explore more of the myriad of trails in this astounding country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I couldn't pick one single inspirational moment on the trip - there were so many highlights, but the day of crossing the pass at Thorong La was packed with them. From start to finish it was amazing. Stepping out of the room at 4am to start the climb we were greeted by an incredibly clear sky full of stars. Gazing at the snaking line of headlamps trudging up the pass in the pitch black was another moment, suddenly being dazzled by dawn breaking over the peaks was another. Reaching Thorong La was brilliant but for me the stunner that day was the descent over the other side, faced with the jaw-dropping scenery of Mustang. It actually brought me to tears. There is more, of course, every day was full of these moments. You'll have to go yourself and find out what they are!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prem was a legend - kind, funny, friendly, expert and language teacher extraordinare. I felt privileged to have got to know him during the trip and will forever be humming Resum Phiriri, one of the many folk tunes he taught us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it, put aside your nervousness and you will not regret it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Absolutely ace, hard work but the rewarding spectacular views and sense of achievement out weighs any tough days!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Definitely making it through the pass and seeing the mountains (once the clouds cleared) at Poon Hill, hearing everyones excitement and cheering- this is etched on my memory forever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Group leader Shailesh was great, helpful, supportive and fun and all our Guides, Pemba, Mingma and Lal were good fun and really helped make the holiday!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it, make sure you have all the right gear and a good sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Annapurna Circuit lived up to my expectations, the views are awesome, the terrrain constantly challenging and changing, the Nepali people friendly and welcoming and without a doubt the best thing i have ever done, especially as this was my first trek, i feel a real sense of achivement.

  • 10

    WONDERFUL

    A great, well planned trip with breath taking views from beginning to end.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Thorong La pass was a great achievement. Our group was one of the first few to cross over after the recent avalanche. Conditions were not normal and all staff members worked relentlessly to ensure we were safe. The other side of Annapurna, In particular Kagbeni and Muktinath were fantastic.....you see the landscape change and you finally get to go downhill. Well worth doing the full circuit. The staff and their constant effort to please and cater for our every need also made the trip worthwhile.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prem Gurung - was fantastic, he was full of knowledge, he paced the groups out well and never stopped working. He and his team worked very well together. His other staff members were also wonderful Pemba Sherpa - Excellent front pacer, took care of everyone and their rooms and also never stopped working Nima Sherpa - Excellent back marker, always thinking ahead and took care of us slow walkers Lal - worked hard and good allrounder

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Layers - I didn't bother with a down jacket, i know my body varies in heat, so I layered up and peeled of as and when required. Thermals&amp; Fleece - Invest in decent merino wool layers. I purchased Icebreakers, they were smell proof and well insulated...well worth every penny. Snacks - you will always get to buy snacks along the way, it's good to contribute torwards the local economy, so don't get too bogged down on buying and bringing snacks from home. Water - Handy to bring water purification tablets, there are safe water drinking stations along the way (not at every place, so please check with the guide in advance) Food - Never had any problems and enjoyed every meal, there was a varied selection. Daal baath, is always the safest option for protein and plenty inclusive refills. Try the different teas at the teahouses. I recommend purchasing peanut butter to add to your toast/rotis at breakfast.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Listen to your guides - they speak from experience and always have the groups best welfare in mind Take a diary - It was nice to map, and write down moments remembered, lunch stops and interesting encounters. Equipment - If you purchase anything from a Kathmandu/Pakhora market, it will be cheap but not real. Exodus tree nursery - This was disappointing to see, Exodus should consider investing in eco-sanitation, environmental, and/or safe water drinking projects. Book this trip soon, the road is being built and we had no choice to walk parts of it, further road construction is bound to happen and change the nature of this circuit.

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    A fantastic trip; challenging but very enjoyable. Great secenery and met some lovely people en route.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the Thorung La was an unforgettable day. Most days included passing through lovely villages.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader (Llakpa Gorung Sherpa) was a lovely guy; great organiser and able to deal with any problems as they arose.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of good quality warm clothes for crossing the Thorung La - especially gloves.  £500 per person spending money was plenty to take for the whole trip.  Consider using Diamox for the Thorung La; one of our party had to turn back becuase of Acute Mountain Sickness - she was the youngest, fittest person in the group!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The second half of the trip (after crossing the Thorung La) was not at all spoiled by the new road; we followed higher routes through beautiful unexplored villages.  Tea-houses from Muktinath onwards are relatively luxurious (e.g. compared to Everest region or before crossing the Thorung La on this trip).

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    A really fantastic time, great holiday made even better by my fellow travellers. The best group ever.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the Thorong La was probably the high point, but in reality the whole trip was a joy from start to finish.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good leader, knowledegable and happy to share it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't delay get it booked now.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    The sort of trip that grows inside you, like a fine wine, maturing with every moment of every day. As I close my eyes, I reflect upon my experience and smile gently to myself, my life enriched for ever by the simple beauty of the Himalayas and its people. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The children of Nepal worked and played so hard, smiling with genuine affection. The reflection of the mountains shining in their happy faces, inspiring me to want more of the surroundings and life.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, if he were not working for Exodus, would be working for the United Nations, a diplomat for all occasions. He was professional, organised and reassuring, providing a center point for the relationship of the group to develop around. He fostered the growth of good will and tolerance amongst each other. He had a great smile.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a trip which is physically demanding. The better in shape you are, the more enjoyable it will be. Watch the group leader and guides and follow their actions, it will save you time. Exodus will attend to you individually, which is nice, but don't forget it is a group effort, so getting ready and leaving on time each day is important. Plenty of time for chin wagging once you get to your destination! I  cannot emphasise how important it is to stay within the weight restrictions for luggage. The porters do a fantastic job, but are only human and cannot carry too much. You will be surprised how little you can manage with for 3 weeks. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't wear a bikini in the hot springs. Make good use of your loo at home now, you are going to miss it on trek, take loads of photos. Try not to talk to the locals in an Indian accent, they will think you have gone mad! Get that credit card out and book the next trip now! Don't think too hard about it.  

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Excellent trip, wonderful views and excellent Guides and company of like minded travellers. One minor suggestion would be NOT to include a trek to see Exodus projects at the end of a busy trekking day as that isnt what we came for .  Otherwise a wonderful experiance of Nepal ........and there is a variety of good food and NOT JUST DHAL BHAT !!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ah, the ice covered Peaks , Thorang La pass and the wonderful Nepali people with a smily Namaste !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader was very Good as well as the other Guides ..........and the Porters are incredible, always smiling even when carrying their loads.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As a famous advert says" JUST DO IT"  and you wont regret it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 2

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    The Exodus leader was exceptional and all the guides were great. The walking was challenging but enjoyable. Although the accommodation was described as basic I wasn't prepared for how cold I got during the evenings in many of the tea-house dining rooms. Lack of heating and mainly cold showers was an issue. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Himalayan Griffons close overhead around Nawal, gliding overhead on the thermals. This first part of the trek from Lower Pisang to Manang was altogether spectacular. Sunset and surise at Ghorepani/Poon Hill was amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ugs was fantastic, full of energy and fun with a very positive attitude. He gave very good advice particularly about the best way to manage the altitude, walk slowly, slowly, drink plenty of water and eat lots! He encouraged us to use safe water or boiled water rather than mineral water in plastic bottles as rubbish is a big issue in Nepal.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you don't tolerate cold well you may want to consider not doing this trek. I found I was very uncomfortable at times in the evenings which detracted from the enjoyment of the holiday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was trip an eye-opener for me. I had no idea Nepal had so big a population. There were many small villages all along the route, mainly subsistence farmers and tea-houses to accommodate the many trekkers. I was amazed at how much some of the local people could carry and the terrain they were carrying it over. Certainly an experience I'll never forget.

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    This was an excellent trip taking us from the balmy rice fields up through oak forests to the desolate rock and ice of the high pass, through the desert landscape of the rain shadow and returning to the lush lower villages.  Three weeks flew past.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say... I was pretty impressed we all made it round the circuit and all made it over the Thorong La without any problems!  Definitely thanks to the expert team of guides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very competent leader.  He and his team did their best to keep us healthy, kept us at a sensible pace, were always chearful and made sure we didn't miss the chance to take a photo of a vulture, blue sheep, yak or other local wildlife that wandered by.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It might not be as difficult as you think!  We enjoyed preparation walks in the Scottish Highlands and Lake District but you don't need to be an athlete.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you like adventure travel and stunning, varied mountain scenery this trip could be for you too.

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