We’ve pencilled in the dates and destination for my third trek planned for 2018. I think I can just about eke out my LW vacation days to cover it… Details of the other two trips will materialise once they firm up.
Destination: Manaslu Circuit, Nepal.
When: November 2018.
What: The Manaslu Circuit with Val, Steffi and Charles. Our 2nd attempt.
How: With Val Pitkethly and Sirdar Chhiring, who else?!
We’re allowing three and a half weeks to complete the Manaslu Circuit (excellent map) anticlockwise around the mighty Manaslu (मनास्लु) – the eighth highest mountain in the world (8163 m / 26781 ft) – and including a rest day in KTM at the start to get through the jetlag and to allow for more thoughtful repacking than we’ve managed previously!
Why: Same reasons as last time – primarily more high altitude trekking in the Himalaya, plus some “Val specials” in an area where Light Education Development (LED) funds have provided school and medical supplies for many years – plus it means I’ll cover one more one more section of the GHT….
Itinerary: Who knows – it’s Val!