This April I went for the fourth time with Himalayan Glacier for trekking in Himalaya, this time Annapurna Circuit trek where I was in the mountains for 18 days. As at the previous times I had a fantastic trek and reached Thorong La pass without problems. I went alone with a guide (Norbu) and a porter. This time I have chosen to go alone because I am 62 years old and go slower than younger people and have experience that it is the best to keep own pace at high altitude. Still I managed nearly all the daily treks but two according to the original plan. The part between Muktinath and Marpha I have chosen to make in two days instead of one, spending an afternoon and night in the wonderful village Kagbeni, and also the part Kalapani to Tatapani I made in two days staying in Ghasa. Importantly, as at my earlier treks with Himalayn Glacier, I felt very safe during the whole trek and this feeling was reinforced by the fact that my guide was getting telephone calls from Narayan at the main office who was checking how we are doing and if there are any problems.
Anna M Larsson
Annapurna Circuit Trek was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by Himalayan Glacier
I was prepared to not like Kathmandu. I assumed it would be a typical thirdworld polluted, overcrowded, noisy, crime riddled city with a few UNESCO World Heritage sites to explore. My assumption was mostly right, but one quickly becomes intoxicated with sensory overload in this incredible city. Three days was barely enough to scratch the surface of this endlessly fascinating cultural maze of a place. Already I long to return to Boudhnath on a pilgrimage to once again feel the prayer wheels spin under my fingers, light a butter lamp, and circumnavigate the dome on the prayer flagdecked street.
As I indicated before, you did an exceptional job of turning our trip around. We had planned on Everest Base Camp (EBC), but planes could not land in Lukla for about 7 days. We had to make a decision whether to wait for EBC, or transfer all energy and thoughts into Annapurna. Bertie and I chose Annapurna Circuit, and the rest of the trekkers who were assigned in our group went with us. Amazingly, Naba was able to provide an extra guide (Hira, for Bertie and me) and necessary porters for Annapurna Circuit. Luckily we had booked with HGT, a substantial trekking firm, and Naba was able to turn everything around from EBC to Annapurna Circuit in a very short period of time.
Our experience in Nepal, and especially Annapurna Circuit was a wonderful success and an endearing experience.
I don’t think anything would have made this trip better than it was. Hira, our guide, was excellent and astute to our needs, and made the trek absolutely wonderful. Pasuram, our porter, was a “Rock Star Porter” who was personable and just awesome. Our route was well planned, and when we got ahead of schedule, Hira was able to call by mobile phone and adjust reservations. Just amazing.
I hope to return in 2014 and would not mind a repeat on Annapurna Circuit, adding a few things that we did not have time to do. I would want to be in a trekking group with Hira, for sure.
I have been in email contact with the 3 Brazilians who were part of our trekking group. They absolutely felt Annapurna Circuit was the best for this year. And because HGT did such a good job in rescheduling from EBC, I am sure they will plan their return to EBC in 5 years with HGT. Good PR for you. Also, Jen and Steve (from NYC) also felt that doing Annapurna Circuit was the best thing for this year, and I know they will also return to do EBC and will book again with HGT. Naba did a great job for all of us who had planned on EBC this year.
Thank you. You have all my confidence for the best experience in Nepal. Naba has suggested Tibet. I love Nepal – but Tibet would be something new. But I need the trekking; I leave Nepal feeling happy and healthy. A jeep tour just would not do that.
Happy Holidays from the States!
Annapurna Circuit Trek Review was last modified: December 7th, 2012 by Himalayan Glacier