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Nepal

My husband I have the opportunity to go trekking for around 8 days in Nepal this November. We realize that most treks go for several weeks. Does anyone have any experience trekking in this region? We would love any advice about a good trek to take given our time restraint. We are pretty decent hikers,in our 50s and used to hills.

Thanks,
anny

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When I was fifty I did Mt.Everest base camp trek from Jiri to Kala Patar with side trip to Gokyo Ri. Of course 8 days would not be enough for this one. For your short trek I would suggest Langtang. There are many books about trekking in Nepal. I would recommend Trekking in Nepal by Stephen Bezruchka. Manager of our hotel Marshangdi (or something like that) in Kathmandu neighborhood Thamel recommended trekking agency Himalayan Waves. There are many agencies some of them good some of them bad. Himalayan Waves were excellent. We had a guide and a porter and we were very glad we had them. We carried only a day pack. We were very well prepared from hiking in North Cascades and Olympic mountains and still Nepal trails were more demanding. Our guide knew his way perfectly, knew all the peaks around and when we got to a teahouse, he went to the kitchen and served us well before those without a guide were served. If you are in a great shape it is possible to do it on your own but certainly much less enjoyable.

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Thanks so much. I will check out your suggestions.

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My wife and I trekked for a week in Nepal and had a fabulous time. We booked a fully licensed guide directly and he hired a porter to carry our gear. It was surprisingly very affordable compared to more expensive and much less flexible group tours. I can provide details if you wish...just send a private message.

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We went trekking in the Annapurna region for about a week in 1999 with four kids ages 7, 10, 13 and 15. We booked through Journeys International in Ann Arbor whom we highly recommend. We've probably done 12 trips with them, including Kilimanjaro, the Inca trail, and Gabon. My main concern would be having cooks and guides who are well trained in hygiene and food preparation for Westerners.

(Journeys was founded by a couple who were in the Peace Corps in Nepal in the 70s, and then decided to lead a trip as a way to get back to Nepal while they were in grad school. They have their own trekking company there.)

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Sounds like good advice: "My main concern would be having cooks and guides who are well trained in hygiene and food preparation for Westerners."