My name is Niki an my friend and I are planning to hike the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek mid September (in a few weeks). I was wondering if anyone had any advice as to whether or not it is safe to hike without a guide? I had a friend go and he did it without a guide, he was able to get good maps in town and arranged it himself. That is something we are interested in but wanted to know if that is safe for women. We are well travelled and have spent months on the road alone. Any feedback would be helpful.