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  • 8

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    Spectacular scenery! Blessed with very good weather which helped a lot. Trek was significantly harder than expected with much more daily ascending &amp; descending. Local support staff; guides, porters, etc were excellent. (The rest of the group were a pleasure to be with). A very memorable trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Poon Hill! Sunrise over the Annapurna range I will never forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent! Always seemed to have everything under control - even when group members needed last minute changes. Unflustered and always smiling.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes are inconsistent. There are a LOT of steps to ascend and descend in a significant number of the days. This makes for some long and arduous days &amp; is not indicated adequately in the trip notes. Although only a couple of the group failed to complete the complete trek, the general concensus was that it was harder than the rating indicated.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some of the TECHNICAL information provided by the UK headoffice was inadequate; need for poles, level of fitness required, etc.

  • 10

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    This was by far the best trip I have taken in yet. Nepal was stunning and I only wish I knew how amazing it was before and I would have definitely spent even more time there. Exodus were great and made sure the trip lived up to my expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip was amazing. Nepal is such a special place, when we saw a double rainbow in the morning at Annapurna Base Camp photos could not even come close to capturing the beauty.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tsheten was great, young guy who knew his stuff and has a great sense of humor. Looked after us very well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take more spending money than you think you will need, the price of things do go up as you go up the mountains and also when you are in Kathmandu it is very easy to pay for things with a credit card.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It went flawlessly and the organization made it so I could just show up and enjoy my trip rather than having to run around co-ordinating things. It was the first trip I did with Exodus but will definitely not be the last.

  • 8

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Feb-March 2016

    Very enjoyable trek to Poon Hill and ABC which must have some of the best panoramic views in the Himalayas. Interesting group of trekkers, Well organised with excellent leader, guides and porters.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Spectacular early morning views of Annapurna range from ABC after heavy snowfall the previous afternoon. We were very fortunate to have beautifully clear days at both Poon Hill and ABC.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar did an excellent job leading the trek assisted by his three guides and seven porters. He managed the pace of the trek well to cope with trekkers who wanted to walk faster as well as those who wanted to spend more time taking photos and/or identifying birds. His approach was professional but he was always jovial and willing to provide information on the local culture and traditions as well as wildlife, trees, plants etc. He and his friendly team of guides helped to ensure that the trek was such an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I followed the Exodus 'get fit' program for the 6 or 7 weeks prior to the trek and found that this provided an adequate level of fitness even for a nearly 70 yr old who lives in a rather flat part of England and spends much more time playing golf, tennis and cycling than hill walking. Some of the days were quite demanding, especially the day climbing about 1300 m up to MBC. Take a good sleeping bag as it was cold at ABC (-10C).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would be helpful if the trip notes could be revised to include meters of ascent and descent for each day rather than just the sleeping altitude. Tea house accommodation is basic but adequate. Food was generally very good and lemon tea-breaks always very welcome.

  • 10

    Annapurna Sanctuary trek code TNS 151107

    This is a wonderful trek with beautiful and varied scenery and a good length- neither too short nor too long. We were fortunate in having good weather, a group that gelled really well and an excellent leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Annapurna Base Camp and standing in the Sanctuary surrounded by snow capped mountains on 3 sides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Gele Bishokarma, was excellent. He ensured that everyone was looked after and that everything ran smoothly. We felt we could have complete confidence in him which helped us in turn relax and enjoy the trek to the full. His team ( assistant guides and porters ) were also really helpful and friendly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    While the trek is within the capabilities of most people it helps to be fit to enjoy it. Probably the most important bit of kit is your boots. Make sure they are well worn in and not too tight bearing in mind there is as much downhill as up.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I cannot fault the arrangements in Nepal but I think that more detailed and accurate information could and should have been easily available beforehand. To quote just 3 examples: the trip notes suggested the weight limit for the Pokhara to Kathmandu flight was 10 kg whereas it is 15 kg ; when I enquired as to the recommended size of day pack It would have been helpful 33 MPaif an approximate size had been indicated ( nearly everyone had a 32 litre rucksack which was just right) ; more information should have been readily visible on the website as to what spare clothes one could take to help people in Nepal. Both I and my stepdaughter had to chase up our kit bags shortly before departure which the notes said would come to us automatically some time earlier.

  • 10

    Annapurna Sanctuary

    10 day trek via Poon Hill, night at MBC, overnight at Annapurna Base Camp

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walk up from ABC onto the ridge overlooking the glacier.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant. Every aspect of the trip was covered by him. Always one step ahead. Very sociable, amicable but most of all professional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't pack too many clothes. Travel light but use good quality kit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Good camera is a must. People with cheap cameras or ones they could not use did regret it as the scenery is breathtaking.

  • 10

    Annapurna Sanctuary, the enjoyable way !

    Fantastic trek with amazing contrasts in scenery; jungle and monkeys to the high mountains in only a few days. Nice pace to each day that ensured that the altitude increase was never a problem. Superb Exodus Leader and wonderful Guides and Porters made the trek a truly memorable experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching ABC , Annapurna Base Camp on a clear, crisp day with the panorama of the Sanctuary laid out before us was amazing. To achieve this in the company of a lovely group of like minded people made it all the more special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great Guy, so passionate about his country and the people. Always on hand to share his knowledge of the mountains, the animals , the plants and the culture and always looking out for the safety of the clients. Added to this was the humour and when encouraged some great singing !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be put off by the situation in Nepal post Earthquake - get out there and have a great time but also help the country recover by spending some money.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Excellent organisation on the trek.

  • 8

    Annapurna Sanctuary

    My second time to Nepal after Everest Base Camp. I wanted to explore more of the country as it is stunningly beautiful so I chose Annapurna for the diversity of its landscapes, from rhododendron forests to snow capped 8,000m mountains and wasn't disappointed. Sadly, the earthquake shortened our trek and we had to turn back one day short of our ultimate goal of Annapurna Base Camp so missed out on the final Annapurna experience, but what we saw prior to that did not diminish the trip. Very sad to see Kathmandu and it's people in the aftermath of the earthquake, having experienced the city the year before at it's vibrant and busy best. I hope they can recover soon as I intend to return.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sunrise over Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri and 'Fishtail' from Poon Hill and Tadopani The Nepali's; the friendliest and most welcoming people I've met and all in the face of the most extreme circumstances imaginable - truly humbling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lakpa was very friendly, knowledgeable, fun, and keen to share his country and its customs with us. However, he and his colleagues, Durga and Sonam, really shone through in the face of adversity. They remained calm in the minutes after the earthquake, gathering what little information was available to them at the time and taking decisive action to ensure the safety of the group and offering advice to others travelling without guides both immediately and over the next 4 days until we reached Pokhara; and all at a time when they were no doubt concerned about their own families and friends. I'm eternally grateful to them all and I hope we meet again one day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light; you won't need as much as you think - non-essential and spare items can be left in Kathmandu while trekking. A strong pair of worn-in walking boots are essential as the terrain is steep, but the views make it worthwhile. Embrace the country, it's cultures and it's people and you'll have an experience you'll never forget.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus were fantastic following the earthquake; our families were informed of our safety and kept up to date daily with our whereabouts and revised itinerary through the London and Kathmandu offices by email as our own communications were disrupted.

  • 8

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Nepal

    Very well organised, great team, good support and helpful advises before trip. Team based in Nepal absolutely brilliant. Everybody very cheerful and helpful. Bit more difficult email correspondence. Took ages to get any response. Country one of most beautiful on the planet. Unbelievable forests, great views and of course all in Nepali Flat :) I highly recommend that place and this company to everyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Suppose to be the Nepali Flat Trek but eventually it has become an earthquake.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very helpful, very patient, calm and with great sense of humor. Great companion. His huge experience and knowledge become essential and crucial during earthquake when nobody knew what to do.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take too many stuff, make sure your kit bag is as light as possible otherwise you will feel bad knowing that somebody has to carry it for you. Invest in light gear and good sleeping bag. Make sure you have reliable trekking boots and blister plasters. Inform your relatives before trip where exactly you go, who with and give them contact details to your travel company. Be cheerful and enjoy every moment down there :)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Have fun :)

  • 8

    Annapurna Sanctuary

    Great adventure with excellent local guides and porters. The Nepalese people are a delight - so friendly, honest and helpful, especially in the mountains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    1. Walking up to ABC in the sunshine. 2. Walking along the terraces, through villages and talking to local people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gum, our leader was everything that a good expedition leader should be; knowledgeable, dependable, caring and resourceful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take microspikes in case the walk up/down to ABC is snowy, as in our case.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Annapurna Sanctuary

    Publicised as one of Nepal's best and i imagine that few could beat it for the range of experiences on offer. The daybreak on the top of Poon Hill was fantastic. Although don't go there to be alone! Walking up the valley of the Modi Khola was hard work due to the numerous stone staircases - hundreds of steps down a side valley followed by more steps to go back to the same elevation. The situation of ABC in the Sanctuary is very special indeed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise illuminating the massive South Face of Annapurna I (one of the 14 8000'ers). Mesmerising and so photogenic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prasant Subedi was an extremely fine leader of our group. Always good humoured. Informative. Coped well as various illnesses hit many in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a good sleeping bag. While not essential for the majority of the walk in Oct/Nov, Annapurna BC is very cold at night.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My first trek in Nepal. A definite winner!!

  • 10

    Brilliant trip

    This was a superb trip! The group support from the 15 trekkers was truly fantastic and we helped each other through any challenging bits. We had excellent guides and porters, and the teahouses were relatively comfortable, with a more varied diet on offer than I'd expected. I was genuinely surprised at how good the teahouses were - not luxurious of course, but certainly homely and welcoming. The views at all stages were stunningly beautiful and I felt truly humbled by the magnificence of the Sanctuary itself - it was very emotional getting there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to mention. Every day brought new highs (literally and metaphorically). Reaching Ulleri at the end of the hard first day climb was delightful, and gave a palpable sense of achievement. Ghorepani/Poon Hill was good, but very very busy. Reaching Hinku Cave, in the footprints of the giants (Chris Bonington et al) was very humbling. The Base Camps each held their own delights, and the massage at Jhinudanda at the end of 9 days walking was stupendous! The massage was so good, I started day 10 with muscles as relaxed as on day 1. Highly recommended!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prasant was excellent - constantly cheerful and optimistic and extremely hard-working. He was an inspiration to us all. He is highly experienced and Exodus is very lucky to have him on their staff. He's a great team leader and worked hard to make sure the other guides and porters were well looked after. As a result, we felt that the whole group, trekkers, guides and porters, were working together at all stages.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take the warmest sleeping bag you can - it was very cold at the Base Camps. Don't take too many clothes - you won't use them all - but do make sure you have gear for all weathers. We had very little rain while we were walking, but we were lucky. Take trail mix/energy or cereal bars for a quick energy fix.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't hesitate to do it but get as fit as you can before you go. Even the longest and hardest days were no more demanding than a long day on the high Lakeland peaks.

  • 10

    Awesome Annapurna

    Totally wonderful to be admidst the magnificent Himalayas, awesome.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sunrise in Annapurna Sanctuary. All of it really, the beautiful sunbirds, kingfishers, Himalayan bulbuls, the milky rivers in full force, thundering waterfalls, mica rocks glinting in the sunshine, the stunning stars and night sky at Annapurna Base Camp.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Keshar was excellent, aware of everyone's needs, looked after us all brilliantly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you have any love of mountain trekking at all, do this one. Take binoculars, the birding is SPECTACULAR, should have a special birding trip. That was my only regret as would have liked a little more time birdwatching and a little less on tea stops. However, Nepal is a poor country and this is not a luxury trip. If you cannot manage a vegetarian diet under any circumstances, then perhaps not for you. The Dhal-Bhat is nourishing and delicious and different at every tea-house. Free refills! It is cold at altitude, have a 3/4 season sleeping bag, you will need it. Plenty of wet wipes needed, showers not available every day. Be prepared for smelly toilets. Wet weather gear a must. We had 1 day of downpours but were soaked through. There is competition for space around the wood stoves to get dried off! Be reasonably fit, you will enjoy it more. The only other Grade 4 Exodus holiday I had done was Sierra Aitana, and that is not at altitude. I managed this reasonably, but wish I had done that extra training.. The porters are the life-saving backbone to this holiday. They are truly amazing. Do not penalize them by having a bag of more than 10kg. Shop in Pokhara, Kathmandu a bit more expensive.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you like walking and mountains there is none better. This is our 10th exodus trip and the Himalayas always come out top. Don't think too hard about this one, just book it!

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    A wonderful experience of the Himalayas, Nepal and the wonderful Nepalese people. Breathtaking scenery, relatively comfortable walking and sleeping, with a chance to enjoy the culture of Nepal after the trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise at Annapurna sanctuary is a stunning sight. From the basecamp to the summit is over 4000 metres and would take over three weeks to reach from there. The sun catches the top rim of the sanctuary in the clear air and gradually lights up this amazing amphitheatre of mountains over 8000 m high.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Keshar was fantastic in all aspects of leadership. He was always ahead of the game, thinking ahead, organising food, helping the slower members and ensuring a smooth trip throughout. His love for Nepal is an inspiration, helping causes within his country such as clean water and schools. He has a wide knowledge of local flora and fauna and always had a story or description along the way.  His sense of humour kept us all happy with his entertaining tricks and yeti impersonation. He looked after the porters and other guides, introducing them all with a story and involved us in their lives and helping us appreciate the work they do. Without the porters there would be no trek. He also had an uncanny knack of writing all his notes on paper napkins. A first class guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit before you go, some people find the steps tough going, but most days are no harder than a big Lake District walk. Toilets are basic, but you get used to that, showers are interesting, so be prepared for a quick cold wash some days. Most people had tummy upsets at some stage, so immodium was very welcome. Food was generally good considering that it's all carried up there. Dal Bhat is always reliable. Sleeping was better than most alpine dorms, with rarely more than 3 to a room, but take wax earplugs, walls are very thin!  Get up before sunrise and enjoy the mornings, after all the sun rises at 6 am ish, and you have to be ready to walk by 7.30, so don't waste the sunrises, especially if you like photography. You can charge camera batteries usually, but take a spare and keep them charged. It's cold at the top, so sleep with your batteries. Take a small umbrella, if there rain it's easier to use than drying off wet gear in the evenings, it's also a sunshade if its hot. Poon hill sunrise is great, but very busy as many treks converge here. Tadapani has a great sunrise too and there were only a handfull of people enjoying it.       

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Trekking is big business in Nepal and there are a lot of trekkers. The paths are the main roads in the mountains, so expect traffic, porters, trekkers, donkeys, it's all part of everyday life, so enjoy it!   Nepal is poor and the infrastructure creaks at times, so be patient. Kathmandu is an experience, very crowded and at times difficult to cope with, but also vibrant, colourful and massively atmospheric. Walk to Durbar square, visit Bhaktapur outside the main city. An oasis of calm and a window into the past. The guide can organise the bus for this. Photography wise, I took an SLR and a tripod for sunrises etc, 4 batteries and 96gb of memory.  Use a good zoom, say 18-200, a polariser in the mountains. Shoot panoramics too. In town, use a fast prime lens.  

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    A fine trek with almost constant mountain views, culminating in the Sanctuary itself . Quite demanding in a few places, but generally straightforward walking within the reach of any reasonably fit person. The teahouses provide more flexible accommodation than would be the case with a camping trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The afternoon spent in the Sanctuary was the highlight, but only just. The whole trek was filled with 'wow' moments and views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prasant was a competent, friendly and sociable. His local knowledge and experience were excellent. He looked after the group, and made sure that the fittest members of the group could walk at a pace that suited them, while simultaneously making sure that the slower ones were encouraged and had a guide with them at all times. His organisational skills appeared to be generally good, although these did seem to fall down on a couple of occasions when there was some confusion and delay over allocation of rooms at the higher teahouses. He also failed to organise the mountain flight from Kathmandu for the 4 group members who wanted it; although it appeared that this was at least in part the airline's fault (our names did not make it on to their flight list), we were left without the flight we wanted despite requesting it several day beforehand. I would suggest that in future people insist on getting actual tickets for these flights, rather than an email booking, as everyone we saw with tickets at the airport got on to their flights with no problems.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Obviously make sure you have enough warm clothing (mostly for the evenings and early mornings - the temperature drops dramatically when the sun goes down), a hat to keep the sun off during the day, and a good sleeping bag. Although most of the teahouses did have blankets or quilts available, I wouldn't have wanted to risk them running out. If you need new gear and have any chance of flying out early and spending some extra time in Kathmandu before the trek, don't take any trekking clothing or a sleeping bag with you at all; you can spend a day shopping in Thamel and buy everything you need at massively reduced prices compared to the UK. Take your camera to bed with you at night to prevent the battery losing charge due to the cold. Take plenty of wet wipes - you may not feel like getting in to a luke warm shower when the air temperature is near zero! - and loo roll. None of us spent as much on food and drink on trek as the trip notes suggest, although the prices do rise the further the supplies have had to be carried. The sizeable dormitories I was expecting at the higher teahouses were mostly just twin bedded rooms with an extra bed added to sleep 3. Finally, have some sympathy for the porters, and don't take more than you need!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable trek, and I would recommend it to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and a love of mountain scenery. However, it is not a wilderness experience! The path to the Sanctuary is often quite narrow, and the only route. It can get quite busy at times, and on several occasions we found ourselves either stuck behind a slower moving group, or having to stop to let porters or groups going the opposite way pass. Finally, a word of caution. Two of us went on the Chitwan extension after the trek, but found that it didn't live up to our expectations. The drive (in an aging Nissan Sunny with a leaky exhaust and nearly 200,000 on the clock, as opposed to the 4x4/high clearance vehicle that the rough roads really demanded) took over 6 hours each way, rather than the 4-5 hrs advertised. The actual time spent in the reserve was a day and a half, and the "full programme of activities" on the whole day there included a lot of waitng around in between said activities. The promised "before breakfast" activities, and the ox cart ride, completely failed to materialise, despite us bringing this to the attention of the staff (none of whom were affiliated to Exodus in any way). The food was indifferent at best, and the "hut" accomodation was a twin room on the upstairs floor of a house. All in all, neither of us felt that the product justified the description, or that at £400+ we had got good value for money.

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    I wanted to have challenge, experience new culture in friendly environment and I received all that!Staff in UK and Nepal were very supportive. Our guide Prem was fabulous and all tead extremely friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting new places.We were well looked after and given space to do what we wanted.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Prem was really interesting, supportive and inspirational.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do it. You will love it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    This was an amazing trek into a beautiful mountain range; We had stunning views of snow capped mountains throughout the trip.  Walking along paths used by locals, livestock and visitoors alike gave a real insight into local village life.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first view of the range above base camp, including Annapurna (One & Two) and "Fish Tail", was truely memorable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our local tour leader was wonderful; very patient, trustworthy, knowledgeable and fun; although he did cheat at cards a bit!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take ice grips / crampons if going early season.  We walked through ice and snow on some very steep paths for the two days to Annapurna base camp.  A good level of fitness beforehand and some experience of hill walking made the trip much more enjoyable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you get a chance go for it!

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    Stunning views !  Hard work but worth it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to ABC.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Keisher was excellent.  Very knowledgeable and very supportive when it got tough (which it did).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are more steps on this trip than the trip notes say - so bear that in mind.  Its VERY cold at MBC and ABC so don't underestimate the quality of sleeping bag you need.  Take any medications you need as you will not be able to get them in the mountains.  Showers are limited - take lots of wet wipes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Its a great hike and gives you amazing views over the mountains.  It is however hard work.  If you work in an office (like me) and your exercise is limited to the gym and an odd run you can do it (just) but its a struggle.  Most of the people on this trip were very fit (we had hill runners for example) so make sure you train for it.

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    There are not an enough words to describe this holiday. It was an amazing experience and one which will live in the memory for a very long time. The trek was challenging, but truly worth it. The scenery and the views were absolutely beautiful as well as experiencing the Nepalese culture.  Feeling the fresh air and eating and drinking local produce like freshly made masala tea were sometime.  One thing which real made it excellent trip was the company, and the people we met, which made it even more enjoyable. It won’t be long before I will be planning other adventure back in Nepal!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many, but the one that stands out was the early morning sunrises, and seeing the first rays of the golden sun slowly and majestically climbing over the mountain peaks as it rises in the sky. Is truly superb sight to behold and not to be missed!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guides were absolutely magnificent they could do an enough for us, making sure everyone was okay and with great professionalism and with a good sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect the unexpected! J

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    An absolutely amazing holiday.  Spectacular scenery, gorgeous weather, inspirational sights and lots of steps!! 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's difficult to pinpoint.  The views were amazing and the sense of achievement in the whole group accomplishing the whole trek without injury or altitude sickness were some of the highlights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Keshar, and the tour guides were excellent.  Keshar had a fantastic knowledge of both Nepal and the flora and fauna we were passing and, also, of Europe so he could make interesting comparisons.  I always felt incredibly safe with Keshar and the guides - even on the first few days when my climbing legs felt a bit wobbly!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are a few days (in particular at MBC and ABC) where there is only a few hours walking and a lot of waiting around in order to acclimatise to the altitude. I'd advise taking a good book and a pack of playing cards etc to entertain yourself!  In October, we were incredibly lucky with the weather (blue skies and temperatures of about 80 degrees during the day, although very cold nights) and some of us were caught out with too many cold weather clothes and not enough short sleeve tshirts.  So, be prepared for a variety of temperatures! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd never trekked before so I was slightly apprehensive about booking this holiday.  However, apart from slight alarm on the first day that the afternoon's journey included 1000s of steps, it was completely manageable.

  • 8

    ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY

    Amazing amazing Annapurna, this was a wonderful experience. The scenery is truly breathtaking every step of the way. I went alone, but the group was a great mix of young and old, individuals and couples, and I met some fantastic people. A perfect escape for Christmas and New Year, when the trails are nice and quiet. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The panoramic views at Poon Hill were pretty spectacular, but the arrival into Annapurna Sanctury was pretty inspirational, surrounded by giant snowcapped mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The tour leader was knowledable about the region, and provided detailed briefings each evening about the following day which was useful since the group split out throughout the day (according to the different hiking speeds). There were occasions when a couple of us in the group would have probably moved a bit faster than the guides would let us, but we managed to get into a routine that worked well for all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a great tour, and good for a moderate/challenging hiking experience at altitude. Some of the days are pretty long with some pretty big altitude gains, and a LOT of steps (check the ups and downs each day). You need to be in reasonable shape to enjoy this.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I actually wanted to go to Everest Base Camp, but decided on Annapurna Sanctuary since I had some reservations about hiking at elevations over 4000m (and this tour is a good bit lower on average). I had no issues, and a lot of this has to do with a well organised and paced tour that considers the altitude gains well. I will hopefully be heading to Base Camp Everest in 2013! Lots of people sell tours like this one, but do not be fooled by other companies selling "lodge" treks. Pretty much all use the same "tea-houses" which are great, and I personally would chose over camping, for having a little more room each night, as well as basic wash facilities.

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