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review 22 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The hike itself was great. My favourite section was the day we did the Poon Hill walk and then the rest that same day the path went through lovely blossoming Rhododendron forests, with a nice view over a mountain peek. I also enjoyed the section we went through the bamboo forests and obviously the 5th and 6th day we were hiking up to the 2 basecamps. That part of the trail is stunning! I was also amazed with the great quality of the food that is being produced in these fairly basic kitchens and the quality of the facilities (bedrooms and European toilets).

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If it's possible, try to sleep and ABC in stead of MBC. We were lucky enough to have rooms on ABC and it makes the hike up to MBC and ABC slow and very enjoyable during the day and then you can just wake up and enjoy the mountain view right away the next morning. I would advise to keep your trash with you and use UVlight or pills or just buy boiled water as drinking water. I was surprised of the level of trash that is being thrown just next to the trails... trash is being collected in bins in the tea houses but it clearly just ends along the hill flanks and elsewhere it's being burned. I think it would be better to do the trek in 9 days in stead of 10. we Had 6 to go up (this is ideal for the average hiker), 3 is enough to come back down. If you can; go in October-November. We went at the end of March, beginning of April and the weather was not great: There was a white haze everywhere, from Kathmandu to Pokhara and through the hills during the walk. I'm not sure if this was weather related or pollution related. Above 3000m the sky was clear.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Because the guides, porters and owners of the teahouses benefit from the tourism, I'm confident it helps them economically. The prices for food and accommodation are definitely not cheap (compared to other areas) so I do think what tourists spend there is helping the local communities. More work is to be done for the environment: I think it would be wise if tourist agencies would work together with the guides, porters and tourists, to limit the trash they leave in the teahouses to a bare minimum and carry it back down to e;g; Pokhara. The lack of central garbage disposal is a general issue in Nepal, but it surely will have an economical impacts if tourists stay away from Nepal because the beautiful nature is impacted by all the trash and air pollution.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I think Nepal is an interesting destination, but I would not recommend to anyone. If you're up for adventure, want to see the Himalaya's and are open to discovering what it means to be a developing country, Nepal is a good eye opener.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Elina Thank you so much for joining us to Nepal and I'm so pleased to hear that you had a lovely time trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. Part of our continuing training with our guides and team in Nepal covers being environmentally responsible, including the ethos of 'Leave No Trace' and encouraging our guides/porters to pack out what they bring in. However, we can always improve upon this. I also like your suggestion of working together as a community with local teahouses to improve the environmental impact of the region. I have made these issues a main point of discussion for our post-season review. Kind Regards Sarah Allard

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