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We have the following different versions of the Annapurna Sanctuary tour available at present.
Please review your overall experience and what your highlights were
This trek will remain in my thoughts till the day I die, I simply loved every minute of it from the incredible views of the Annapurna sanctuary to the wonderful people I met . Highlights WOW you haven't got enough space !!!! The guide Dawa was brilliant as were all the staff, a big thank you from me to all the staff on the trek for making it so special, and a big thank you to all of the other Trekkers who were fantastic and made it so special . I'll never forget the warm welcome I received from the villagers from Ghandruk many of whom we're old Gurkhas who gave me food & drink truly a memorable experience.
Do You Have Any Feedback On Your Tour Leaders Performance
Dawa was brilliant, so good with everyone and if he ever reads this I'm sorry for taking so many pictures in tricky areas!!! Cheers Dawa hopefully I'll see you again. Steve
Please review your overall experience and what your highlights were
Jangbu was an excellent leader. He constantly considered the welfare of the whole group and deployed the guides where needed. His experience and stories of other treks added to the enjoyment. He judged the timing of the walking to perfection, avoiding the worst of the weather and getting us all to Annapurna base camp and back safely. We had excellent weather at ABC and view of the mountain range left you lost for words. I wouldn't repeat this trip, as I would worry that it couldn't possibly be as good as it was this time and would thus be a disappointment.
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
The scenery was amazing but please go with the right expectations. This is a strenuous but not super challenging trek - because of the mixed group ability and altitude we sometimes walked no more than 3-4 hours a day, often sitting around in freezing tea houses for ages on end. Our guides kept the group VERY close together, which was really annoying - literally stepping on each other's toes. There are very comfortable paths - it really wasn't necessary.
A very personal service. Very surprised at the excellent choice and standard of food on the trek - the best ever on trek food I have experienced!
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Don't worry about anthing - just go for it.
Do you have anything else to add?
Can't wait for the next one.
I enjoyed every aspect of the holiday. The Group of 31st March (otherwise known as Udaya's upstarts!), the views, the weather, the history of Kathmandu and around, the tranquility of Pokhara, perhaps most of all getting to ABC and seeing the Annapurnas in all their glory. Udaya, our guide, together with the Sherpas and porters were all so happy, helpful and friendly it was a pleasure to be with them. The walking was not as strenuous as I had feared but,having said that, the weather was great for walking and not too hot. The Tea Houses were an experience and as a group, I think, thoroughly enjoyed them. The staff in them was friendly. I had no problem charging batteries. I had taken a Pebble and a variety of adapters. Many Tea Houses had the normal UK 3-pin sockets. The bucket showers produced much laughter. Sadly, our last Tea House was the worst in that those upstairs were fine but downstairs we shared a room for 3. The room was damp and it smelt, there wasn't room for 3 to move at once, sleeping was ok but up and about just not possible. Two of us took our bags outside in the morning to re-pack. It was only one night but after the other tea houses was not a room we had expected to find ourselves in. The food on the trek was excellent and well balanced. Even the rains waited until we were inside before coming down. Such timing!! For future trekkers I would suggest that you travel with and open mind, a sense of humour and be prepared for anything. Thank you Explore and all my travel companions. A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Recently returned, A fantastic experiance, The Tea Houses & Food were much better than expected, The views are stunning especially at Annapurna Base Camp. Be prepared majority of the Accents & Decents are by steps (not mentioned in the Itinery) so be prepared !! (AS - 5th November 2011)
i feel i must write regarding the previous review. i along with 4 others have just returned from AS tour, we all agreed that if you read the brochure and trip notes then you would not be disappointed with the accomodation. It was as described asclean and basic,if you want 4* luxury you do not go on a trek. If anything, the standard was better than described, we had hot water and electricity at all the teahouses.
The whole holiday was absolutely brilliant, wonderfully organised and the tour personnel could not do enough for us. I will definely be returning for another trip with explore.
DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY THE PREVIOUS REVIEWERS COMMENTS. just go with an open mind and enjoy the whole experience. (AS -25th September 2011)
This was a fantastic holiday. I'm not going to tell you about the trekking because that's something you need to find out yourself when you are there. All I will say was that it was amazing. However here are a few useful tips. Money- Explore seem to insist on trips and tips being paid for in US dollars ( odd decision) so only bring enough to cover what is required as mentioned in the trip notes. Otherwise just keep to sterling. Change this into Nepalese Rupees at the Hotel in Kathmandu. You won't be able to change sterling whilst on the trek. Clothing- you can hire stuff when you are there but you want to make sure that you have a good sleeping bag, and walking sticks will save your knees.Weather-We went in April and the weather was incredibly changeable,so zip off trouser legs are good and quick drying clothes. The Teahouses- they begin grim and generally get 'grimmer'. ( MBC was the worse)There is no heating,sometimes no electricity at all- which generally means no hot water. You can wash your clothes but there is no where to dry them. If the electricity is on you will be able to pay from £1 to £3 to charge your camera. I recommend you bring a spare camera battery. You will definitely need a good headtorch and your own toilet roll.Also bring your own squashable pillow. I wouldn't recommend you visit the hot springs at Jhin Danda. It is a steep descent of about 20 mins, (which means 35 mins up) so any benefits of resting in the hot springs is quickly lost! Health- go vegetarian for the whole holiday as it will reduce the chance of tummy trouble.Only wash your face in drinking water ( don't let water get on your face in the shower). Its also a good idea to bring a knee support just in case. Do what your tour guide says. Go slow when getting into altitude. Hope this helps. It's an incredible holiday. Have a good one. (AS - 9th April 2011)