Koen & Evy Salembier-Decat - from Belgium
Jomsom Muktinath & Annapurna Base Camp - 23 Jan 2010.
Comments: After consulting the lonely planet on reliable trekking agencies, we contacted Adventure Treks Nepal. Beforehand we had read that in off-season there were limited options for trekking, but a meeting at the office made clear that this was not the case. So instead of doing a short trek of 8 days in helambu, we ended up trekking a total of 26 days! The first 15 days were out of Pokhara. We flew to Jomsom and trekked to Mutkinath, from there to Ghorepani for Poon Hill and afterwards hooking up with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The guidebook says the Jomsom region is less attractive because of the roads that already give access to the area, but in off-season you really are alone on the trail. And the views are so amazing that we can recommend it to everyone! Poon Hill was the best sunrise spot we have ever been to and the Annapurna Base Camp provided the icing on the cake. We had snow on the 2 last days, and even though this made the trek harder, it also made it even more spectacular. With every concern about our safety, we were guided to the base camp and had the most inspiring views of the surrounding mountains.
And if we thought this would be the highlight of our trip, we were left astonished by the following trek to the Everest Region. We flew into Lukla and did a 11-day trek up to Gorakshep, where we climbed Kalapattar (5600m) for an amazing view of the Everest and made it to EBC on the same day! With the carefull assistance of our guide and porter for acclimatizing, we had no big problems with the altitude and had the experience of a lifetime!
Nepal was the 6th destination of our trip, and it was by far the most inspiring. So we feel more than comfortable in recommending Adventure Treks Nepal to everyone who wants the trek of a lifetime.
Special thanks to Gyanendra for being the reliable guide he is, and to Debraj and Djit for carrying our heavy burdens to their destinations with a smile. We would not have made it without your motivation and mountain knowledge.
With kind regards
Koen & Evy Salembier-Decat