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is there any shame in using a horse just to do that bit.
Plenty of time to get walking fit.
Target is to do a week or two of walking each day just so you get use to it. Good idea to also build up carrying heavier loads, not that you will on a trek but helps getting fit.
Why not go for something with a view, such as Mera Peak. As long as you do the longer trek in to acclimatise then there is just the 3 days on the glacier to the top and back. The view from the top of Mera is pretty stunning if clear.
My tip would be to trek to Everest Base Camp but just out of season (recommend early-mid March). I went last year and had the whole trail to myself. Annapurna is stunning but in my opinion not a patch on the Khumbu where you are walking in the shadows of some of the greatest peaks on earth. Depends what you are after though - seriously big mountain scenery (EBC) or villages/culture/faraway mountain views (Annapurna Circuit).
I wouldn't recommend EBC at peak times though - from what I've heard it's an absolute nightmare!
go to Sikkim instead.
gangtok is a great place with a totally different vibe to kathmandu/pokhara, roads take you to about 4000m in a few hours, the climate is nicer (green forest to +5000m), far less people (locals and foreigners) and being smaller you cold get a few treks in, dropping back thru gangtok between each to have a shower and eat.
not sure they have horses tho.
You dont need to be super fit to do high passes, just get some reasonable light training in before you go if you're that concerned
Depends whether the pass is snowy, worth asking the UKC wisdom on conditions. If you get a local mobile phone you can always summon help, be careful it doesn't fall into criminal hands afterwards though.
you could alwas do the Annapurna base camp or one of the more remote areas depends what you want.
I think doing the everest 2 passes is the best for mountain views If you dont like lots of people go out of the usual trekking season I am going back out in 4 weeks so hopping its going to be quiter as It was verey funny listening to people complain about hot showers and no log burner at hi camp on the throng la pass.
what ever you do take it slow and give yourself a couple of extra days just in case of bad weather getting sick or transport problembs..
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