During the April holidays a group of 13, including four Kearsney boys and some parents and friends embarked on a most enjoyable trek in the Himalayas. For Liz Tait, John and James Storm, Claire Gallagher, Carmen Aring, Guy Golan, Donald-Dwayne de Cramer, Gian Singh, Derrick Loades and Peter Wedge this was a first visit to this amazing country, but for Neil and Glenda Patterson and myself it was a return after a two year break. The Annapurna sanctuary, surrounded by a full circle of 7000m plus giants, must be one of the most beautiful places on Ear th. We were for tunate to arrive after a very recent snowfall, which enhanced its beauty.The sixday trek to the sanctuary gradually ascends the Modi Khola Gorge via quaint, friendly villages. We star ted our trek at Tatopani, and followed the route via Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Chiule, Sinuwa, Deurali and the Machhapuchchre base camp. Steps, steps and more steps, up and over the most spectacular ridges and down into deep ravines, across suspension bridges and then up again. The paths (for there are no roads in that area) are beautifully maintained and the scenery in every direction is breath-taking. The primary glacier at the Annapurna sanctuary is a sight to behold. It is huge and seems alive as it constantly creaks and groans along its slow journey down the valley. For a group of South Africans these were weird noises! Our guides were totally reliable, friendly and seemed to know everyone along the route. The tea houses were more than adequate, with warm showers, comfy beds and tasty food. The trip star ted and ended in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. If you love hiking in beautiful areas this trek is perfect in every respect. Rod de Villiers A trek to Annapurna base camp in the Himalayas 41 INTERNATIONAL Tours