By Jen, United Kingdom
We came across trekking team group via a friend who had trekked with them the year before on the Annapurna Circuit. Taking her recommendation was great as it meant that we got to work with Shreehari in planning our trek and then with the amazing Hari who guided us to Annapurna Base Camp (and back).
In planning the trek, Shreehari was incredibly helpful and accommodating working around our schedules to plan a private trek (a couple) with a guide and a porter. Shree even met us at the airport and joined us for dinner on our first evening when we arrived in Kathmandu which we hadn’t expected and was a lovely touch. The first few days sightseeing in Kathmandu were well planned which helped us to get an insight into the culture and history before heading into the mountains.
We met Hari (our guide) and his brother Ishwor (our porter) and drove to Pokhara and the day after we headed into the mountains. The trek was incredibly well planned by Hari. Knowing that he’d picked good accommodation (the quality of the beds was always he same but the number of private rooms and the quality of the cooking in each lodge varied massively) and locations for lunch stops that we’re appropriately spaced along the trek meant we knew we’d always be well rested for the next section of our journey. He was incredibly attentive and helpful when we had issues such as one day when I twisted my ankle which required a slow down in the pace. We joked that along the ABC route you were never more than 45 minutes away from your next cup of tea which Hari and Ishwor made sure we were full of along the way. We met a lot of people doing ABC unguided who were suffering with altitude sickness after having pushed too high up in one day or who were having trouble finding lodging for the night on the busy route. This was never a problem for us as Hari was making sure everything was booked in advance and would make us stop even if we thought we could keep going.
I would strongly recommend using trekking team group to plan and guide your trek. The only effort we had to put in was in making sure we were fit enough to make the journey! We’ll return to the Himalayas and we’ll definitely work with trekking team again.