6th January 2019

Time of my life.

What an experience. I booked this solo, and had many concerns when I started (about the cold, about being vegan and a solo female traveller) and Dipak(organiser), Anil (yogi) and Ram (guide) where unbelieveably kind and provided for my every need. They are some of the kindest people I have met and really genuinely care for you. When I arrived, 6 days early for the trek, Dipak helped me to organise a mini trip to Pokhara to go paraglising and a sunrise tour of Sarangkot which was breathtaking (althought very cold!) and the taxi-driver we liked so much we hired him for the day to take us to various locations. (I met another girl who i travelled with). Chitwan was the enxt stop and that was fabulous too, although probabaly not the best time of hte year to go, we did not see that much, but it was still a real nice break from Kathmandu and amazing drive through valleys.As for the yoga trek itself I thought that it was excellent. It is 70 to 80 percent about trekking, and the yoga we did every morning and night. The issue was it was like minus 20 degrees so actually doing the yoga was unpleasantly cold. So if you are doing this trek to get better at yoga, i think that it is more about trekking. However i knew it would be cold booking and I don’t regret anything. From tengboche onwards, we did breathing excercises instead of yoga and at altititude I found this benefical. I would recommend travellers to book early dec, late nov not late dec just because of the cold and also make the most of off-season prices. The group was just the 4 of us, originally 5 but one turned back due to the cold and personal reasons. Our sherpa guide Ram was AMAZING and not only walked one girl namche to lukla, but then returned tot he group walking over 50k in one day and he cared for us so much on the trip and was really good fun. The tea houses on the whole were good, the best was tengboche Trekking lodge as it was cosy, but you don’t sleep well in the alitude and cold. Food is all vegetarian (trust me once you see the steaks hacked and carried you don’t want to eat meat) so my vegan needs were well covered. dal bhat 24 hour power! I would recommend that if you go at the same time of year as me (21 dec to 4th jan) you start the day hiking WHEN THE SUN COMES UP. before it is honestly miserable. But this trek was one of the best things I have ever done and i thank all our sherpas, guides, yogi-Anil and Dipak for such a wonderful well put together trip. I met great friends and had a wonderful time. Oh and the complimentary massage at the end- AMAZING THANK YOU! Would 100% book again, next time ANNAPURNA!