We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Everywhere
Level Contributor
6 posts
4 reviews
Save Topic
Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Hello folks

I am planning on visiting Nepal in early March for a month. Intend on doing a trek, masses of information and advice to interpret but was thinking of either Annapurna Circuit, Sanctuary or EBC.

First off, what would be the major differences between these, or am I going to enjoy any of them equally? Also my girlfriend is concerned about being overwhelmed by the walking and altitude but she is a fit 26 yo women...is she right to be concerned with regards EBC and Annapurna Circ?

Second, was thinking of using Nepal Social Treks. Does anyone have any experience with this company, it appears to have stellar feedback on TA! I would greatly appreciate Private Messages from trusted contributors as to who they use/recommend (I understand you cannot "solicite" on TA thread) when trekkign and their experiences.

I should add there will be 3 of us, but we would like to join a group trek as we really enjoy the experience of meeting others and socialising along the way, it often makes the exprience.

Apologies if I am repeating the same old questions, but I have trawled through hours of threads and reviews and feel none the wiser for the barrage of seemingly contradictory info!

Much appreciated, a fine service you are providing with impartial advice!

Mentioned in this post
Annapurna Region
Annapurna Region
Gandaki Zone, Nepal
Settle, United...
Destination Expert
for Nepal, Annapurna Region
Level Contributor
2,375 posts
144 reviews
Save Reply
11. Re: Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Of the three treks that have been mentioned in this thread (EBC, ABC, and the Annapurna Circuit) personally I found the Circuit to be the least demanding. The initial stages up the Marsyandi Valley are relatively flat (by Nepalese standards) with no long ascents or descents. Similarly the trek down the Kali Gandaki from Ekilbhatti (below Muktinath) is very gentle. Obviously the problem comes with the section from Manang to Muktinath, including the crossing of the Thorung La. From Manang you are climbing steadily to reach Leddar, and from there to Thorung Phedi is again uphill.

The Thorung La itself is hard work ! Initially the trail climbs steeply, easing a bit after the first hour or so, but still uphill all the way until you reach the summit. The descent is lengthy (and short of tea houses !)

The trail throughout the trek is generally well-trodden, but the surface is in the main quite comfortable for walking, and I recall few if any sections where there was any great possibility of falling off it other than once on a short stretch of new trail across a recent landslide (remember that when you meet one of the numerous trains of ponies you should make sure that you stand off the track, on the UPHILL side !)

Three weeks would be more than adequate (it's now possible to do the trek in less than two, as there are several options for cutting it short - jeep from Muktinath to Jomson, then bus or flight to Pokhara, but that would deprive you of a couple of days of enjoyable, level walking down the Kali Gandaki to reach Tatopani). From anywhere along this section of the route you should be able to pick up a bus

One thing that should help lessen your fears is to employ your own guide and porters. That way the speed of your trip, the length of your days, is under your control, rather than being at the mercy of the fixed itinerary of a group trek. You'll still have plenty of opportunity to interact with other trekkers, on the trail during the day, and in lodges at night.

Edited: 5:23 am, February 05, 2013
Mentioned in this post
Annapurna Region
Annapurna Region
Gandaki Zone, Nepal
Gandaki Zone
Gandaki Zone
Western Region, Nepal
Hotel Manang
Hotel Manang
442 Reviews
Kathmandu, Nepal
Pokhara
Pokhara
Gandaki Zone, Nepal
Tatopani
Tatopani
Bagmati Zone, Nepal
Sheffield, United...
Destination Expert
for Nepal
Level Contributor
12,835 posts
56 reviews
Save Reply
12. Re: Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Hi

The key is to trek at your own pace or more specifically, your girlfriend'space. It might take 3 weeks (the LP's itinerary is for the fullcircuit) but there is the option of a 4x4 out from Muktinath/Ranipauwa and or flight from Jomsom. Buses also go to Chame, giving a headstart.

I do not think an averagely fit woman in her 20s will find the trek hell. Peoplein their 60s and older routinely complete the AC. Some days are short -jut a few hours - and there is only onelong and difficult day - when crossing the pass.

This is alsothe day that might put her knee under strain. Trekking poles, when used properly, will transfer some of the weight/work/stress to her arms. Definitely worth using- can be bought cheaply or rented in KTM. I had a similar sounding problem and my GP gave me some exercises to dothat really helped.

The paths are well trodden and stable underfoot, there is some loose stuff every now and then but no real danger of falling over. There is little exposure too, though I think people who have trekked the AC more recently than will give better in fo.

This blog by the Kathmanduo might be worth reading:

…blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/guide-to-annapurna-c…

Goodluck, itwillbe a blast for both of you.

scoodly

Mentioned in this post
Jomsom
Jomsom
Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal
Tribhuvan Airport
Tribhuvan Airport
Kathmandu, Nepal
Cumbria
Level Contributor
5,395 posts
43 reviews
Save Reply
13. Re: Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Lots of great additional info posted in the last two posts

I also really enjoyed my own AC trek, the last time I did the full circuit was a good few years ago and before the road building had an impact on it. From reading many trek reports since, it would seam that the vast majority of first time trekkers still have a positive experience, but trekkers who trekked the route pre-road building and then went back to trek the route again reported less than happy experiences, so I guess that a lot depends on your own perception of the trek.

I would say that it is well worth reading the NATT guide which gives alternative routes that avoid the worst of the new roads; there is a link to this at the bottom of the TA AC route description at

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293889-c131173/Nepal…

Which is definitely worthwhile reading (And printing)

I also agree that apart for the day you cross Thorung La that the route isn’t a particularly strenuous one and that overall the paths are well maintained and there is a good selection of accommodation – So in my own view, still a great trek.

Good Luck

Rob

Everywhere
Level Contributor
6 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
14. Re: Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Thanks to everyone for the great feedback.

Cheers

Matt

Cumbria
Level Contributor
5,395 posts
43 reviews
Save Reply
15. Re: Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

Pleased to be of help – Don’t forget to pop a post up when you have completed your trek to let us all know how you got on

Good Luck

Rob

16. Re: Advice needed on trekking co's and route...

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 2:15 am, February 09, 2014