2 independent reviews for Annapurna trekking vacations, Nepal

Reviews for Annapurna trekking vacations, Nepal

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review 4 Nov 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There was so much. Waking up the first morning of the trek and seeing the sun hitting the peaks of the mountains. The sights, sounds and smells of Kathmandu. The incredibly friendly people of the villages we passed through. Beautiful terraced paddy fields. Crossing rope bridges. The feeling of achievement when you got to the top of a hill, the feeling of relief when you saw your tents at the end of a days walking. The whole trip was an adventure.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you share a tent you need to get on well with the person you share with- there's not much room and no privacy. The trekking was slow and steady and any fit person could do it, however it was virtually all walking up or down hill- not much on the flat. Most of the tracks were steps build from lumps of stone which made the steps very uneven and sometimes slippery.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes. The trek was well organised and the porters and guides seemed happy and well looked after. They left each campsite without a trace of us having been there. Water was boiled so we had no waste plastic bottles. At the end of the trip any spare clothes/equipment the trekkers had was fairly distributed amongst the team

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fabulous, I had a great time. My only suggestion would be that the food could have been less complicated. The cooking team did a great job considering all the equipment was carried from site to site, but some of the food came in strange combinations. I would have preferred simple local food rather than western style dishes.

review 2 Apr 2006

I have come back from one of the best vacations ever, trekking in Nepal and am still on a high.

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable part of my vacation: waking up on trek and looking out of my tent at the Annapurnas with the rising sun catching the peaks and the truly charming and helpful Nepalese people. I have nicknamed our leader and sherpas our 'guardian angels'. They could not do enough for us. And all the laughs we had together were something to remember and enjoy.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Advice: Practice going up and down lots of stairs - there were even more steps than I expected! Also a thermarest made the camping very comfortable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I think our vacation did benefit local people - we employed local people as our team, bought local food and minimised our impact on the environment eg no fires, and bought local crafts.

4. Any other comments?

The food we were served was of an extremely high standard - and a huge variety - produced in the most basic conditions - very impressive. Another comment - don't rush - stop and look and talk to people and you get more out of the trek. I have had some wonderful vacations but this has to be one of the best, if not the best, so I give it 5 stars.

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