- Everything was as expected from what i had read and asked around. Probably felt 13 days just was not quite long enough to do any of own exploring in Kathmandu especially. Would not have missed visiting Bhaktapur on the last day, excellent guide as it was his home city. The guide in Kathmandu was also absolutely excellent, his happy smile was also brilliant, loved walking everywhere. Dawar our main guide worked tirelessly to ensure all our group were comfortable and certainly looked after each person as an individual; he was 110 per cent. On the trek, all the porters, cooks and guides were all happy and what the cooks produced was commendable. I would suggest that STEPS are mentioned in the information given...they are somewhat different to the hilly ascents and descents i was expecting.....i found them testing (56 year old tennis player /uses 2 staircases up and down all working day and lives in hilly Devon) and 1 lady found the going down very difficult , she was ok going up but i must say that how ever long someone may take it did not seem a problem the pace was entirely natural . We were absolutely blessed to have 13 Brilliantly Diverse Ace Individuals . This seemed a perfect number as well. Loved the diverse nature of the trip; ie city history and culture/treking in the beautiful unspoilt areas away from it all, a days quiet in Pokhara....but could have done with an extra day here as i chilled out on that day really needed to loved walking around the lake/ and missed going to the Gurka museum and then Chitwan Park and the wild life (very good accommodation). I would have liked to have a bit more understanding of what was really needed in the schools, we visited 2, and they obviously wanted money;
Books? some of the children possibly needed more in the way of school clothes.
The only tedious bit was the long drive to and fro Kathmandu which was very tedious; realise that is just the way it is BUT it did seem such a waste of our short stay.
Loved it loved it loved it ....
Published on: 19 December 2016