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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

The trip is one that you should do once in your lifetime at least. Annapurna Circuit promises an abundance of beautiful nature, scenic mountains and friendship you'll forge along the way. I've learnt more about my spouse through the difficult times we went through together.

Both of us did not train for it, it will be most ideal to do so since it most part of the trip took a toll on our fitness. I would say the younger folks wouldn't have any issues since their body and metabolism can compensate for the lack of training, but for those who are not active, do not overlook it.

We completed it over the thorung la pass nonetheless, while missing one of the detour lake in the trip after Manang. On hindsight, there are more you can enjoy when your fitness is at most ideal stages.

Hired a single guide+porter, the combination gives us privacy when we needed, allows us to plan easily each day of the journey, and flexibility to walk at our own pace. Like what other reviewers mentioned, you need to plan to meet the guide first and review through the plans and align the expectations before the trip. Change the guide if you're not happy. Change the plans if you want to do a easier route. Our guide took us to extreme Upper Pisang, not necessary, but has better views. Took us to better routes even after upper pisang, which tourist usually travels on the lower ground/pisang. Travels on older routes that had better scenic, less trekkers, used mainly by the locals for their day to day work. The guide also provided us morning services, came to our room to pick up our bags, brought menu to us, took care of hot water we needed for bathe, negotiated charges, etc. We showered whenever we can. We are also glad we hired a local guide. Of course we knew some of the charges such as room charges was not supposed to be included in several homes, and the money went to the guide. But it didn't bother us too much.

What is not satisfying is that the guide booked every single place for us without our agreement and forces us to stay in the place when we want to change the accommodation - even before we had time to choose where we want. It was due to his own reputation that he cares more over our opinion. And also the days we want to walk further from Yak Kharka to Lakdak (20mins), and Thorung Pedi to Thorung High Camp (1hr), we were held back since he booked the accommodation over the phone. We are not happy and it tired us out on the day of the pass which was unnecessary if we saved that 1hour before, which could mean we arrive earlier over the pass and get to Muktinath earlier. The final day was when we had the most motivation and energy but slipped because of the guide's personal interest over ours.

The rest of it was splendid 7/10 for the guide's sincerity, compassion and honesty. We paid double $20 x 12 days and added more, plus rounded up to whole numbers, for his tips at the end of journey, also paid for his food and drinks at teahouse along the journey - that are not covered by the accommodation. It's up to you what amount you want to pay for tips, usually it's $5-10 per day for porter, Google around for guidelines. We know he appreciates it, I did not discount him at all even though it caused much distress to my spouse and myself. You're also needed to pay for his transportation from Kathmandu and back. We gave more than enough for that. I've done my part well over I needed to. At the last day in Kathmandu, he came to send us off as well.

Jomson has extremely good accommodation, wifi signal, and 4G, that you'll not have at the mountains, go for the ones next to the airport, furthest end of the route coming from Muktinath.

Bring some toys and gifts for the kids you meet along the way. We spent time hanging around locals who are not involved in tourism.

Himal is a business owner who helps traveller's sort out the necessary things /people together. I would say to continue using his service, as he is able to make your plans work. The guides used by him however, is based on luck. My overall experience is 9/10 overall. I walked into the shop based on internet research, this is just a one man company. This company is what we liked with personalized services over the larger ones. If you need someone to arrange things for you, this is who you can get help from.

I also suggest renting scooters from B. S. MOTOR SHOP, Google it, 5mins away from Himal's shop. Don't rent from the shop opposite him, they are a little dishonest and prices are steep.

I'd recommend you to drop him an email and consider your future treks with him.

Date of experience: November 2018
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nepalWildernessTrek, Owner at Nepal Wilderness Trekking, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2018

thank you so much, John, for your reviews, hope we will see again in the futures.
Namaste

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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Great using Himal. We were early in the season so it was not easy to orginise things. I would highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
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nepalWildernessTrek, Owner at Nepal Wilderness Trekking, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

thank you, Phill sir for the review, hope we will see again in the futures

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Reviewed December 8, 2018

We used Nepal Wilderness for our trip to Nepal and the summit of Mera peak. We had a great experience. Himal was very helpful from day 1. The communication was great before the trip started and when we arrived everything was ready and organised for us. They were also very flexible, in our case we did´t have a guide on the trekk up to Base camp but then one for the summit. Never a problem and Himal was very accommodating.
We will be back! :)

Date of experience: September 2018
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nepalWildernessTrek, Owner at Nepal Wilderness Trekking, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2018

Dear Annie,
thank you so much for your nice review and sharing your experiance about Mera peak summit.

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Reviewed November 29, 2018

Great service, easy communication, experienced guide, very useful advices about acclimatization. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2018
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nepalWildernessTrek, Owner at Nepal Wilderness Trekking, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2019

thank you Zunn.

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Reviewed November 24, 2018

Trip to EBC October 2018. Was concerned about trekking in a busy period (peak October) so we contacted Himal by email several months before arriving in Kathmandu. He arranged our flights to Lukla and for a porter/guide to meet us in Lukla. While a guide is not necessary a porter/guide adds the advantage of lightening your load a bit and he was helpful in walking ahead to arrange accommodation in the places that were busy. Himal also used his contacts to get us on an earlier flight to Lukla than had been booked and his contacts were very helpful. Overall Himal was very helpful and pleasant to deal with and have no hesitation in recommending his company.

Date of experience: October 2018
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nepalWildernessTrek, Owner at Nepal Wilderness Trekking, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2018

thank you so much Ian for nice Reviews about our Porter guide and Nepal wilderness trekking. hope to see you again in the futures.
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