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    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    A fantastic three weeks of amazing scenery, wonderful people and great insight into the local culture of Nepal. You've got to be up for a lot of walking - 18 days on the trot - but it is well paced and, challenges of altitude aside, not too difficult if you are reasonably fit and used to hillwalking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    - Arriving at the top of Thorong La pass was quite an achievement after the many false summits - Views in the days after the pass were even better than before and we had some great days - Views of all of the mountain ranges were spectacular and definitely inspired me to return

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jangbu was simply fantastic. He never stopped looking after us, both on the trail and in the evenings. Nothing was too much trouble and he constantly anticipated our needs - most things were sorted before we even realised we needed them. Tireless patience (what's that mountain called Jangbu...for the 100th time!) and a great sense of humour. Other guides: RB, Pemba and Tika were equally good - altogether a great team. And the ratio of 4 guides (plus porters) for 14 travellers was unexpected, but excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just book it! But be prepared for very simple (basic) accommodation in many parts of the trail. Many tea houses had very thin walls, some no showers (or just too few to use them) and often cold water. Also can be very cold in evenings - dress code for dinner often puffa jackets. This isn't a complaint, just be prepared - I've been on many Exodus trips but this was definitely most simple accommodation.

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  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Not having three weeks, I did the Mini Annapurna Circuit option. It was fabulous - still included the pass, the figurative and literal high point for most of us! Scenery changed every day, from green rice paddies to fiery autumnal colours and of course, snowy summits all around - I could never get bored of those views. Even our guides who'd done the trek so many times were still taking photos the whole way round like the rest of us!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I'm supposed to say the pass, I'm sure, but actually I'd say it was coming back down! The scenery was completely off the scale.  I also have to give huge respect to our porters, who were inspirational. Everyone says it, and it's so, so true. What they do is phenomenal. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Which one?! We were spoilt for choice, with three guides for the eight of us. Dawa, Chandra and Pasang were all top notch, really hard working. Couldn't have been more impressed - I'd never trekked at altitude before and didn't have to worry about a thing despite my inexperience. Top notch guys, really kind and a great sense of humour. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light! You need less than you think. In Manang there's a laundry service, so make use of that rather than bringing extra clothes (although hand it in soon as you can to make sure it's dry in time). You can also leave possessions in a locker at Kathmandu so all your travelling clothes can stay there, and anything you could possibly need to buy you could pick up in one of the larger towns. The pass: if you get cold hands, consider buying some gel handwarmers. I didn't, and a lady on the trip kindly gave me a spare set of hers and I was so grateful for them! As for your camelbak, the salesman may promise it won't freeze, but mine did anyway. Inconvenient. And if you hire a sleeping bag, take into consideration that they take up half an Exodus kitbag (although they are so cosy, it's definitely worth it).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There's been a bit of press about the new "Highway" through the area. Having done a few miles of it in a jeep I cannot begin to express how much of an issue it ISN'T. It's no highway by western standards. Half the time two cars can't pass alongside it at the same time, traffic is infrequent and it's such poor quality you barely drive above walking pace anyway. It's rockier than most of the walking trails we were on. And as it happens, the guides all know the back routes through the little villages, so you rarely even see it. When we did see it our guide had to physically point it out to me.  And then for the cheesy bit: this is the best trek I've ever done. I can't recommend it enough, and I grin like a muppet every time I think of it, or talk about it, and I'm already earmarking the next Himalaya trek. It's going to be an addiction, I can already tell ...  

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    We had previously done little trekking and had never visited Nepal. For us, therefore, trekking the Annapurna Circuit was much more than a photography-fest. It was an overwhelming experience, as intense as it was humbling; an experience that taught us much we didn't know about ourselves and about the Nepalese mountain folk who cared for us.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    An early-morning walk down to the Marsyangdi river below Manang, to watch the the first rays of sunshine light up the summits of Gangapurna, with its great icefall, and Annapurna II. I wasn't alone, however. The locals were already working their tiny patches of land, uprooting buckwheat with their bare hands and transporting the harvest on their backs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were all struck by the awesome responsibility of the job and the range of leadership qualities and other skills it demands.  We were a motley bunch of trekkers, aged 29-69, in a remote, unfamiliar and harsh environment. The leader doesn't know who he's going to have to deal with. He just knows that he's got to get them, whoever they are, round this most challenging of treks. Gum KC, our leader, was superb. I also want to pay credit to our guides, Ganesh and Saroj, who not only escorted us cheerfully and informatively, but also waited on us at lodges and restaurants, brought us our morning tea and if necessary carried messages ahead, organised our laundry and even relieved us (if in extremis) of our back-packs.........also to our porters. They were the happiest bunch of guys I ever met. This review must read like an Exodus plant, but I really mean everything I've written. To be so served by these Nepalese people was a humbling experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Given the range of climates one encounters on the Circuit, you will need to take a variety of clothes and this puts a premium on space and weight. The following advice should be read at reader's risk. It is what WE found. Some things we were advised to take but DIDN'T need: A big heavy, 4-season, sleeping bag? No. At high altitude without exception the lodges provided massive bedcovers. We were very happy with our light, highly compactable, "trekkers" sleeping bags. They were supposedly 3-season bags althougth we never had a chance to put them seriously to the test. A big supply of toilet paper just in case? No. It is available everywhere. One roll will be fine. Savoury snacks (nuts, biltong, jiffy beef)? No. These are great in theory but in practice what everyone craved for were sweet things. And you don't need to carry much of these, either. Biscuits, chocolate bars, muesli bars, etc, are available everywhere. Down jacket? Not for us! This may be a good idea in the dead of winter but they were not needed on our trek. The down jackets on hire from Exodus are heavy and take up a lot of room. Several of us had them and they were a nuisance. It is better (I think) to have lots of layers: base layer, fleecy shirt, fleecy jumper, fleecy jacket, fleecy over-jacket and a shower-proof jacket to cover everything in an emergency. I had all five items, to mix and match as needed.  Items we DID need: At least two water containers, of which one should be at least 2 litre capacity, plus water purification tablets. One drinks a huge amount of water at high altitude, so you need to be able to have one bottle of water in the process of being treated while the other bottle is available to drink from. Drink stations aren't always available when you want them and, high up, one is discouraged from buying bottled water (though it is widely available) on environmental grounds. Medicines for altitude sickness and bacterial diarrhea. Our leader did have stocks of Diamox and Ciprofloxacin (in addition to a lot of other emergency kit) but he naturally expected what we consumed to be replaced. We brought our own and were glad we did.    A day bag that provides good ventilation for your sweaty back and has a super-comfortable waist strap that enables you to take some of the weight on your hips. You are going to have that damn thing on back for an awful long time! Robust, clear, waterproof polybags to protect your stuff in transit. The Exodus kit bags are excellent but not rain-proof. Small, self-sealing bags for toiletries, etc. We found that ziplock bags easily snag and get ripped. Self-sealing bags of the kind provided at airport security last longer. Washing line and hooks with which to sling it across your bedroom, plus a few clothes pegs. We found this essential. Many lodges provide washing lines but stuff left outside overnight often ended up damper than it started.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would advise everyone to do some serious training, with back pack, before attempting this trek. If you are enthusiastic and a reasonably active sort of person, they'll get you round. BUT you will find you are tested from day 1. If you want to enjoy the experience to the full, I strongly recommend you work on your fitness beforehand. 

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    I can't think of a better way of spending 3 weeks' of my annual leave. It was a wonderful and very varied introduction to the Himalayas, and I hope to return in the future.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Definitely crossing the Thorong Pass. All the more so given I had altitude sickness. I was entranced by the Mustang Valley on the other side.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I thought he was superb! His name was Prem Gurung. He had about 18 years' experience, I think, and it showed. Chatting with him, he was clearly very well-trained and very knowledgeable about everything to do with Nepal, the areas we were travelling through and the related flora and fauna. He was very patient and caring, and he was nearly always available. Also great company. He lead a great team -Hemantha, our guide, who was great fun, and set a great pace, and our porters -Nabin, Kumar and Kaloo, who performed miracles of strength each day. I can't think of any way he could improve. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The schedule doesn't give you a any time to sort out kit before you leave spare stuff in Kathmandu, so be as ruthless as possible with packing before you leave, as the porters will be carrying two packs like yours each day. As the trek continued I was less and less bothered about having clean clothes, etc. Having a few clean 'non-walking' clothes to change in to in Kathmandu is nice. There is a handful of moderately challenging days -3, maybe, and they shouldn't be beyond the ability of anyone reasonably fit. The other days were pretty easy, and I don't really keep myself fit, so don't stress too much about your ability. Prem's First Aid Kit was well-stocked with Diamox and other pills to combat altitude sickness. They were in date and amazingly effective, so there's no need to take your own. N.B. Some online forums say that appropriate acclimitisation precludes altitude sickness, but even with those days built in I still sucumbed. Dal Bhat is generally the best thing on the menu. And you get free top-ups! The food otherwise is endless variations on rice, pasta, noodles, veg, egg... It'll fill you up, but don't get too exicted.  Never used the recommended gaiters, but very pleased I took a buff: protects against dust, sunburn, cold... Very handy.  You will need to get used to cold, brief washes, as hot water is a rarity, despite what the teahouse ads say.although in winter, clearer skies may be more effective with solar showers. I took alcohol gel and 2 packs of wet wipes -about 50. They saw me through.     

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    Walking the Annapurna Circuit was the achievement of an ambition formed when doing the Sanctuary trek previously with Exodus. There is something compelling about Nepal – the biggest mountains in the world, the hugely varied landscape, the amazing people, the harmony between different religious beliefs. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So much of this journey inspired wonder and awe: it is impossible to choose one moment above others. The sheer scale of the geography and geology; the piercing turquoise blue of the tumbling Marsyangdi river; standing on a hillside watching the legendary lammergeyer circling overhead; the “dambuster squadron” of Griffon vultures swooping down the gorge below. A taste of the protected kingdom of Upper Mustang with its strange dry landscape and temples was fascinating. And the most unusual cinema venue I have been to was in Manang - a dark shed, wooden benches with yak wool cushions, a roaring wood-burning stove, and cups of herbal tea.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shailesh Tamang, our group leader, worked tirelessly to make this trek outstanding in every way. The group of 16 was expertly managed to keep us together, despite inevitable variations in ability and experience. His expertise meant that we all acclimatised sufficiently to the altitude to be able to climb the Thorung-La. Shailesh is very knowledgeable and was always willing to share this with us, particularly giving us an insight into the current situation in Nepal and some of the problems the country faces. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wet wipes, wet wipes and more wet wipes!  Don’t expect a shower to be hot, if at all. Be prepared to get up very early. Try the excellent chocolate cake in Manang…… But order the various forms of lethal custard at your own peril!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was a little apprehensive beforehand having read about the building of the new road. This, in fact, is more like a rutted dirt track. But it cannot be denied that the way of life for people here is changing as a result. In response to the road, we were taken on several little used high routes which were superb. For many, crossing the Thorung-La or being on Poon Hill at sunrise are the top experiences of this trek. However the circuit is so much more than this, and despite 18 days walking it was over all too quickly. As seen on a notice board in Kagbeni: "Nepal is here to change you, not for you to change Nepal"

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

    A very good trek, excellently led by a local with extensive knowledge and well developed leadership skills.  The group gelled together well making it a really enjoyable trip.  There has been contact with all since arriving home and reunions are in the offing.  A truely memorable experience and hopefully some life-long friends made.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the pass and seeing the vast array of mountains to the west.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I cannot praise him highly enough.  He was well organised and made the trip a real pleasure.  Whatever you are paying him, it is not enough.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    be aware that the hard work is not over once you reach the top of the pass.  There is one very tough day to come on the ascent to Ghorepani.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a truely memorable trip, one I will certainly remember for the rest of my days and will recommend to others.

  • 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

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    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.

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    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).

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