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Annapurna Circuit and the Thorung La
By: Dave Sorensen, Edinburgh, Scotland
Pacing was good. No rushing. Group also understood it had some flexibility re certain expects. Food was good and rooms were basic but better than I had thought. I had enough freedom to take photos whenever I pleased and also to lag a few mins behind the group without feeling I was causing a problem. I thought accommodation better than expected and a surprise to get a shower most nights. The jeep track also affects things, good and bad. Walking along a jeep track for quite long sections was not really what I had in mind and not sure if the amount of this was influenced by the pace and fitness of our group.
My friend Julie Brown told me she was going with you and did I want to join her. That said, I've used KE before and the admin was excellent, plus I know you are very competent and specialist when it comes to Nepal. If memory serves, drinking water always come up as an issue. On this trip, the ample boiled water provided was welcome and the ideal solution. I haven't checked the trip dossier but I think it would be really helpful to make it clear that this service is provided (apologies if you already do).
Highlights of Northern Vietnam
By: James Smith, Northumberland, UK
A great holiday (our third with KE) and everything worked to the standard we have come to expect. A better trip equipment list would have saved us and the porters a lot of unneccesary portage. The brochure indicatecd that it would be cold at times but it was hot and humid throughout so we had more gear than needed.
Than was a very good ,leader who cared fore all members of the group. All local arrangements worked very well, the accommodation was good and as expected.
Vietnam - Mount Fansipan and Halong Bay
By: Chris Dell, Devon, UK
Everything went like clockwork. My only problem was in interpreting the nature of the trekking, which though short (essentially 3 days on Fansipan) was more relentlessly upwards on difficult ground than I anticipated. I found the walking much harder than on the Picos de Europa the previous year, which has a similar grading. I didn't pace myself well on the ascent and found it harder than I should have. I think I get on better with a longer trek where I have time to settle into the pace better. Nevertheles, I was very satisfied with the holiday and overall thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an excellent way to get a good feeling for a very interesting country.
Apart from Sapa and the mountains, Halong Bay was not to be missed and with hindsight I would have booked the flight back a day later so as to be able to spend an extra day in Hanoi. The overall itinerary was good, porters were first class, both as porters and as regards the food produced. The logistics all worked extremely well and the local agent was invisible to us. Thanh was excellent; he gave great insight into Vietnamese history and culture and was great fun.
Pico Aneto - High Peaks of the Pyrenees
By: Malcolm Lingard, Cheshire, UK
I recommend taking lighter boots for the warm up treks. Also worth mentioning the range of activities available on the free day, such as road or mountain bike hire, tandem paragliding (I wished I'd taken my cycling clothes). Most enjoyed the scenery, good food, drink, weather & people
Trekking Guatemalas Magnificent Seven
By: Maureen O'Sullivan, Dublin, Ireland
Superb holiday - sorry it had to come to an end, but I loved Guatemala and all I experienced there andn it exceeded my expectations. This was a fantastic, absolutely fantastic holiday - gorgeous scenery, lovely people, great leaders and good varied food, beautiful climate and excellent vistas. the pace was pretty quick and, in retrospect, a bit more down-time in Antigua and at lake Atitlan would have been lovely, but there was a lot of trekking to complete and we did it all, which was also great! The team of four Juan, Oscar, Lisa and Nico were a lovely group - very easy-going and yet on the ball in terms of keeping the show rolling smoothly. Despite the earthquake while we were there, we didn't have to cancel any aspect of the trip and this undoubtedly because the folks, especially Juan were able to rearrange things with many behind the scenes efforts. the bus drivers were excellent and skillfully got us from A to B without fail even across some challenging terrain.
Need more emphasis on recommmended warm gear to bring - this should be on the essential list - I was cold in my tent at night and this need not have been the case - the extremes in temperature should be emphasised - probably 30oC variation from noon heat to night-time lows. This would have helped in planning the packing.
Oman Walks and Wadis
By: Sharon McMurtrie, Paisley, Scotland
Rob and his crew were excellent , extremely knowledgable about the area and very attentive to the clients. they were also very friendly and helpful.
Most enjoyed - The variety of the trip trekking and cultural interests, variety of different locations.
Bernese Oberland Haute Route - East
By: David Gallagher, London, UK
A beautifully conceived and executed route by Kathy Murphy, the trip leader. Only KE do this route and for this reason there was hardly anyone else on it. Thanks for a well organised and beautifully led trip.
Patagonia Paine Circuit
By: Ros Kirkman, Edinburgh, Scotland
The whole holiday was a wonderful experience in this stunning part of the world. It was an eye opener in terms of how national parks should be cared for, with care of the wild land and wild life top priority - rather a contrast to the way national parks are treated in the UK. The stunning scenery and wildlife, the friendly, efficient and knowledgeable guides, the extremely comfortable ecocamp. Having your tent already put up for you when you arrive! All the local transport being comfortable and punctual. Trekking in the quieter northern sector was particularly pleasant.
Madeira Walking Week
By: Judith Thorp, Derbyshire, UK
Victor made this experience very easy and comfortable for me. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about his island and answered innumerable questions on a daily basis. Nothing was left to chance. As a trip leader he is superb.
I enjoyed being part of the group and the villages and small towns we stayed in were interesting. The Atlantic swell and rock pools in Paul do Mar were exhilirating.I particularly enjoyed the walks following the lavadas (without the steep descents!!!)
The Ultimate Tour Du Mont Blanc
By: James Wild, Wrexham
A great tour taking us to places not many others even think about going! Our guide Judith could not have done more. Excellent at all times. KE Leader Keith Robson is the best leader I have been with either with K.E. or other companies.
Pioneering itinerary for experienced trekkers
A sensational 12-day trek through the rugged and picturesque landscape of the little-visited Fann Mountains.
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