“Annapurna Trek Excellence”
I booked the Annapurna trek with Good Karma Trekking after an excellent trip to Everest Base Camp in 2012 with them. They did not disappoint my group. From the friendly approach,
impeccable logistics, and best possible accommodations in Kathmandu, in the numerous teahouses on the trek and in Pokhara, everything worked like a charm.
Their excellent pricing does not compromise in any aspect of the trip. We were always in very good teahouses, much better than many of the persons we met who were travelling on their own. A trekking guide in Nepal is an expensive investment in safety and comfort which will greatly enhance your experience.
Raj, the organizer and Rakesh our guide were always one step ahead of any changes to our schedule or itinerary we wanted to make. Dealing with both was a pleasure.
We booked a 12 day trek which covered Besisahar to Jomsom, the heart of the Annapurna trek.
This trek is not quite as demanding as the Everest Base Camp or Kilimandjaro climbs but still requires decent fitness and determination.
1) rent a 4X4 to avoid the extremely windy, dusty and unpleasant walk from Kagbeni to Jomsom. The walk is not worth the aggravation.
2) call ahead from Thorong Phedi to the High Camp to book a room for the night. In high season, they fill up and many persons had to sleep in the dining room benches. Many persons actually had to walk back down the bi... of hill to Thorung Phedi to get a room and walk back up the .... hill the next morning. That hill is tough enough once at 4500meters+...
Photography hint: panorama or wild angle shots of the Annapurna range are staggering.
This hike reaches 5400 meters and requires rigorous acclimatization: take your time.
Trekkers who take additional precautions and treat even the bottle water do better than most.
On October 28th, our summit day, temperatures dropped to a few degrees below freezing with very little wind. No snow was present but it was very dusty. It did not warm very much until 9am when the sun finally managed to shine over the hill tops. The pace on the way up is slow so you need warm underwear, a sweater, down mid layer and hard shell to stay warm. A hat with sun protection and a neck wrap which seconds as a dust filter is very useful.
Thank you Good Karma Trekking for a wonderful, safe trip for my family.
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Visited October 2016