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    Private Solo Trek with Guide and Porter

    I emailed a couple of agents while planning my private solo trek of the Annapurna Circuit in May 2024 and decided on Nepal Hiking Team (NHT) based on Ganga's prompt replies, including altering the itinerary when I requested to add Tilicho Lake and having read their good reviews.

    It was the right choice.

    The team was warm and professional from the start to the end of my trip. My guide Rajesh met and sent me to the airport at the start and end of my trip. Ganga, the MD, personally went through my trip itinerary with me over breakfast on Day 2, and met me again at the end of my trip to check-in on me.

    Throughout the trek, I liked that Rajesh would sit down with me after dinner every evening to let me know the route, estimated time, and what to expect the next day. He is able to give comfortable and accurate estimates of the time taken based on my ability. He also advised the amount of water and gear to bring and ensured that I always had enough to eat, drink, and keep warm. My porter Raju was very kind and thoughtful - he not only carried the duffle with my gear and presented me with a carefully plated plate of fruits every night, he took the lead on many treks. He always checked back to ensure I was comfortable with the pace. At Thorong Pedi, he even volunteered to accompany me to trek up to the high camp and viewpoint. Both cautioned me to go at a comfortable and consistent pace to avoid AMS. Felt well taken care of throughout my trip.

    The itinerary is pretty standard for Annapurna Circuit across agents. The difference for mine was probably adding Tilicho Lake and the part after Thorong-La pass. Apart from a couple of more tiring days, the daily treks were not difficult. There was plenty of time to rest each day. Adding Tilicho Lake unintendedly served as a training trek to 5000m and made the Thorong-La pass easier for me. Also, NHT recommended to sleep at Thorong Pedi (4600m) instead of the high camp (4900m) to get a better rest at a lower altitude. Although it was an additional hour of trek up to the high camp the next day, I felt that this decision was a good one.

    Per my request, the team arranged for single room with ensuite toilet for me for all except 2 guesthouses. There were hot showers at all the guesthouses except Thorong Pedi where I was advised not to shower due to the higher altitude. WiFi and electricity (international socket) was widely available as well, although there was power outage at Tilicho Base Camp.

    I would definitely choose Nepal Hiking Team (and request for Rajesh and Raju) for my next adventure. Strongly recommend NHT to those looking for a professional team with a touch of warmth and care.

    Lake tilicho

    Jose on Trekking nepal


    Jose on Trek

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    Mr. Jose
    HK   |   7th Jun 2024