One of the best of the many best things I have done in my life was in 1983, a 300 mile trek around the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas. I did the trek with 3 friends, Macky, Russell and Kenny, as part of the centenary celebrations of the Harrow Club W10.
Unfortunately Kenny became ill early in the trek and returned to Kathmandu to sit it out until our return. He used his time well, making lifelong Nepalese friends and investing in the country for the long term.
The route we took started at Dumre and followed the Marsyandi Khola River towards Manang. This route had only been opened by the Nepalese Government to foreign visitors the previous year and so was relatively unspoilt. The local people were friendly and accommodating throughout.
It was tough getting going but we started getting stronger the more we got on with it. The weather was changeable. We stayed overnight with local people as much as we could. We ate local food.
From Manang we headed for the remote high mountains and our objective of crossing the 18,000 ft Thorong La snow covered pass then down into the safety of the sacred town of Muktinath.
The route from Muktinath follows the great Kali Ghandaki River via Jomsom,Tatopani and Poon Hill to our destination after 30 brilliant days trekking, Pokhara.