Trip reviews of Annapurna circuit and base camp trek
An absolutely fantastic trek. This combines both the Circuit with the Sanctuary. These two treks complement each other perfectly. The Circuit is a complete immersion into Nepalese culture and the environment starting in the lowland valleys and culminating with the high altitude crossing at Thorung La Pass. The Sanctuary is the the perfect climax for this trek, with unbelievable close-up vistas and panoramas. Mountain Monarch did a fantastic job of guiding. Their policy of one trekker:one porter is to be commended. During our trek, we saw many instances of porters carrying excessive weight (double duffels!). By reducing loads and creating additional jobs, MM is doing a great thing. Keep up the great work, Pradip!
When we got sick in Manang, our guide (Yam) adjusted our itinerary (we skipped Tilicho Lake) to allow us to get better. This then allowed us to break up the long day & climb from Tatopani to Ghorepani into two days. This change in itinerary worked wonderfully.
At every meal, our guide produced a bottle of antiseptic hand wash prior to being served. A very simple but nice touch.
As we approached high altitude, Yam pulled out an blood oxygen saturation meter to measure our blood oxygen levels at every dinner. This is the same meter used by the HRA clinic in Manang. The meter gave us objective data to reinforce the fact that we felt no ill effects from the altitude. A very reassuring thing. This was so unusual that other trekkers around us asked to try it out!
We give our highest recommendation to MM and the combined Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary trek. We plan to return in a few years to do Everest with MM!
I would highly recommend MM to anyone travelling to Nepal. A local company who are so passionate about proving a great service and making sure that you have a safe, fun and unforgettable experience. Our tour guide was professional and also lots of fun! Our porters and assistant guide were also great. They went above and beyond helping us with every little thing. A very knowledgeable and well trained team. Our guide was very conscious of safety and good hygiene also. We were in safe hands with MM! A weeks after finishing up with MM my friend was Badly sick in hospital. MM came to visit us and were really concerned and supportive! A beautiful company who genuinely care. Also they are local and I think it is always best to support local 🙂 Go with MM you will not regret it. Enjoy!
I just completed a 27-day trek around the entire Annapurna massif with MMA. This was my second trip with MMA and was pleased to have had a fully satisfactory trip yet again. The staff is excellent, professional, pleasant, friendly and helpful. I highly recommend travel with MMA for any trekking or climbing in Nepal.