The last we heard from Yessi and Brad was December 7. As they departed Kathmandu to trek the Annapurna Circuit, Brad said he doubted he'd have any way to contact me, and so far he's right. I'm imagining he and Yessi having a wonderful time as they trek the circuit, noted for being "The Best Trek in the World". Along the way it is reported they will see forests of rhododendron, mule caravans, charming villages and spectacular views, as well as experience friendly and kind people.
I'm hoping they will avoid snow. Cold and snow would, of course, make the trek more difficult and hazardous. October and November are the most popular months to do the trek, so December, hopefully, will be kind to them weather wise, while reducing the number of trekkers.
|Map courtesy of Traildino|
Doing the trek counter-clockwise is the typical choice because from the east there are many lodges allowing one to shorten each day's trek to allow for acclimatization to the altitude. Although the circuit is not a technical climb it requires much stamina. 18 to 23 days is the projected time to complete the circuit. Yessi and Brad will need to keep moving which shouldn't be too much of a challenge for Brad with his year of high altitude thru-hiking. Yessi, on the other hand, has less experience with both trekking and high altitudes. In order to make connections to their flight back to Hong Kong they are a few days shy of 18.