kathmandu a total assault on all the senses as we arrived at the festival of Diwali and it was more crowded than usual! Trekking not too difficult though many steps if your knees aren't too good. Trekking poles supplied if you need them but I took my own. High lodges provided duvet jacket, hat and gloves as we watched the sunrise at 6.30 over the mountains - fabulous! Electricity often only on for 3 hours a day so make sure you keep camers batteries well charged - especially in Pokhara as there is no electrity at all in river camp. Two of our members bought waterproof disposable cameras for the rafting which was a good idea and promised to share them with the rest of us - everything gets wet on this trip! Packing an re-pacikng constantly as only limited amount taken on trek and only two days worth of clothes in small waterproof bag(provided for you) on rafting section. We had very warm weather and I took too many fleeces and not enough T shirts - otherwise basic clothing OK - not much need for dressing up except maybe first and last night in Kathmandu! A few delayed flight with Gulf Air were rather frustrating but to anyone who is booked on this trip - you cannot fail to enjoy the experience and come home with very happy memories.