New guy here. Been lurking for awhile and really enjoy the trip reports, pics and general daydream fodder. And now I have a question I hope I can get some help with.
I've been thinking about a trekking trip to Nepal next March/April to celebrate my 40th B-day. I want to do something mildly epic (for me, not for most of you all
) and I thought the Annapurna Circuit trek might fit the bill for me. I'm trying to get a travel partner, but not having much luck with that.
Anyway, I've looked at Gap Adventures and Mountain Monarch companies recommended on other boards or general searches. I've seen some mixed/not great reviews for Gap, although not specifically for Nepal, but other trips of theirs. Mountain Monarch looks to be more "local" and I would be happy to see my travel money go there rather than outside.
Anybody have any firsthand knowledge of either of these companies or would like to suggest any others?
I've seen many suggestions of just getting to Kathmandu and hiring a guide/porter, but as a somewhat novice international traveller and potentially solo, I'm not sure I feel comfortable about it. I don't mind spending a bit more to get some of the details hammered out for me.
Not sure if this should be on the Asia board so please move as appropriate.
Thanks in advance for any replies.