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TNS Annapurna sanctuary depart Heathrow 24 October

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 20:35


I'm going on this trek with a mate. Anyone out there going too interested in making contact beforehand. Neither of us been to Himalayas before wouild be interested to hear from anyone who has done it particularly this time of year as to conditions etc we can expect .

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 21:24


I'm going too.  But unfortunately I haven't been to the area either so I don't know any more than you do!!  Trying to do a fair bit of walking and I'm in the process of getting all my jabs sorted out, but probably still lots to organise.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:00

Hi Claire,

Thanks for response.  Am having jabs myself at moment. My surgery has suggested cholera, rabies and japanese encepholitis may be an idea with being off the beaten track (think its probably more beaten than they think!) but that adds up to nearly £300. Am considering neccessity at moment. Doesnt seem to be that much of a risk as far as I can find out. Has anyone else had same recommendation or any commenmts welcome please.

Had last weekend in dales and a couple of other weekends recently in Dales and Lakes  so fingers crossed should be fit enough. Looking forwaqrd to trip. Should certainly be an experience.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 18:18

I am coming along. Not been to Nepal before but lots of my friends and colleagues have. They say we are going at the best time of year; clear skies and not too wet or cold.

Really looking forward to it. Not managed anything in the way of training except the occasional dog walk but going up to Brecon for at least one weekend in the hills.

I am not having Jap Enceph B but am up to date with all else. I would have Rabies and Hep A, Cholera too.



Wed, 09/22/2010 - 19:24

Hi,- Now getting excited. Just under 5 weeks to go. My friend and I did Everest Base camp a few years ago. Amazing. About jabs, I've had the standard ones but not the Japanese... whatever.  We are both taking Malaria Pills, low risk in Nepal but we are travelling to Delhi and will be there at least 3 hours. But if for some reason( weather etc) we cannot leave Delhi and have to spend a night there (probably low risk too) then maybe you might want to consider it.

Altitude - take it as it comes and take it easy - I was lucky - just get very heavy legs but I have seen some serious lung cases. If that happens you just go down a 250m or so and you'll be OK. WE never took anything to try and prevent altitude sickness but that again is up to you. If you do have a good chat to doctor/pharmacist about possible side effects and decide for yourself.

Did base camp at this time of year; out of the 14 days or so I think we only had 2 bad days and amazing (that word doesn't do it justice) scenery but apparently its even more so at Annapurna.  What  do you need to take?  I'll come to that. 

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 19:55

Don't take too many clothes, just warm ones. On Everest trips we were in tents and it was usually too cold to undress fully, so I kept my clothes on for 3 days or more at a time (including socks!). You don't want to be sharing a tent with me!. Anyway Annapurna lodges (some) have power and showers, but I have been told you get very cold after a hot shower. During most days wore a base layer, a fleece and jacket; you'll be warm enough when walking.  Food is good and well prepared even on tent trips. Its amazing what the porters can and do carry.  Your boots/footwear broken in? They should be. Seems to be a ritual at end of trip of donating some of your clothes to the porters, so you might want to consider what you want to leave behind,

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 20:45

I'm not taking malaria tablets or having jabs for japanese encephalitis or rabies as we're not in the country for long (and apparently that's what determines the advice doctors give).  

Has anyone had their kit bags yet? And what type of money are people taking, is it better to change some before flying out or wait til we're there?

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 19:38

Hi everyone .was beginning to think i was going on my own
Sorted out the jabs .apparently J.E, rabies and cholera are more appropriate if staying doing field work etc. shouldnt be a problem on the trek. J.E & rabies still need immediate evacuation anyway whether you ve had jabs or not. Decided low risk so not spendikng £300.
Malaria only needed below 1500m so not needed for trek but we're going on to Chitwan after so definitely malaria country there.
Thanks for all the useful tips. 4 weeks to go and almost ready. Really looking forward to it.

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 20:50

Hi to all. My mate who I did Everest Base Camp with a few years ago has already made earlier comments- Phill. Anyone who's not been before get ready for some STUNNING scenery! Need plenty of warm gear for nights- I was freezing last time- but I survived! Really looking forward to the trip, meeting all and Kathmandu- which is a fabulous experience.

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 21:01

Immodium- yes- what's the other stuff for?!

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