I'm booked onto the Annapurna circuit trip.... can't wait! I'm sure we're doing the right thing - it sounds amazing!
Are you getting flights with Exodus? I'm not and I'll be getting to Kathmandu a few days before thr trip starts.
Anyway, look forward to hearing back from you and hopefully hearing from a few other folk on the trip too.
All the best
Hi Just booked on this trip and a little nervous about the physical demands, especially the altitude. I've started training - gym, cycling, walking - wonder if I'll be ok. Look forward to hearing from you guys.
I'm not going on this trip but I did do Everest Base Camp with Exodus travel.
Generally Exodus were very good at organizing the trek so that you get plenty of time to acclimatize.
It is very likely that some of you will get mild AMS, usually headache and of sleep apnea. We bought a drug called Diamox in Katmandu. This helps the body cope with lower oxygen levels.
A couple of good tips are:
Drink loads of water. I took a Platypus water bag with a tube so that I could drink continuously whilst walking. Waiting until you feel thirsty before drinking is not a good idea!
Walk slowly. When you stop to take photos, don’t speed up to catch your group. By the time you reach them you will need a 10 minute stop to get your breath back.
If you eat out anywhere it is best to stick to restaurants recommended by Exodus. If you buy bottled water, make sure it has a proper seal.
As far as fitness goes, if you could climb Scafell Pike in the Lake District you should have no problem.
There is no chance of recharging camera batteries after you leave Katmandu! It can get cold at altitude. This will reduce the ability of batteries to provide power. If this happens, remove the battery and put it in a warm pocket, close to your skin.
Trekking poles are a good idea. Wet wipes if you want to keep clean. Alcohol hand cleaner. Stomach and Headache pills.
Finally, the scenery in the Himalayas is “Jaw dropping” any minor inconvenience is more that worth it.
Hi guys - I did this trip last year at xmas and new year and it was fantastic. There were 16 of us and we all got round OK, with various ailments to most of us at some point!. Most days are steady walking for 5-6 hours but there are a couple of longer days. Make sure you drink plenty of water - I suggest you carry 2 litres with you, especially above 2500m. I'm not sure how cold it will be for you, but it was v cold for us in the evenings, so make sure you take plenty of layers. It can be pretty warm while walking. 4 season sleeping bag was essential when I went.
If you've got a general level of fitness you should be fine. The trek is paced to allow you to acclimatise well. But it still gets a bit tough at the top! Let me know if you've got any specific questions.
It's a trip of a lifetime so take a camera.
Hi everyone - it's getting very close now! I'm actually flying out this coming Monday so will have a few days in Kathmandu before meeting up with everyone next Saturday. The excitement is definitely building now..... I'm spending most of today getting all my gear together and making sure I have everything I need. I'm bound to forget something but I figure there are shops in Kathmandu if I manage to forget anything really vital!
Looking forward to meeting you all. Have a safe journey over and see you in Kathmandu!
PS. In terms of things to take: don't forget your passport photos for the trek permit, it sounds like alcohol gel to clean your hands will be useful and a swimsuit for the hot springs is a must. No other pearls of wisdom from me but if anyone else thinks of anything please tell us before I leave on Monday!
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