So I got on the maillist for all the adventurous travel companies I could think of ... Mountain Travel, Wilderness Travel, Sobek, Overseas Adventure Travel etc.
I ended up choosing the most challenging hike I could find ... it's near Mt. Everest! We flew into Kathmandu, then we started hiking. I couldn't find anyone to go with me, so I signed up alone, but the trip is with a small group and I was sure I'd get to know some great people during the course of the 15 day hike!
The mountain-ringed amphitheater of the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most dramatic settings in the Himalaya, with a 360-degree panorama of snow-covered peaks including mighty Annapurna I (26,545') and the sacred "fishtail" spire of Machapuchare (22,943'). To reach this lofty realm, we hike through a dazzling range of Nepal’s landscapes, from the brilliant green terraces, bamboo groves, and rhododendron forests of Gurung country, where slate-roofed villages and welcoming teahouses dot the trail, to a stunning glacier world surrounded by Himalayan giants. Once we’re inside this breathtaking mountain sanctuary, we enjoy a memorable Exploration Day with hikes up to high ridges for views that are simply out of this world.