Like minded folk for Annapurna Circuit – Upper Mustang Late March / April

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I arrive in Kathmandu March 23 and hope to start the Annapurna Circuit trek shortly after. I am arriving alone and intend to avoid excess fees / porters if possible. I would also like to make it into the Upper Mustang region to visit some of the more remote villages and hikes. I would love to find like minded folk who care about the planet and cultural exploration for this journey!

Also, I have read in Lonely Planet that the license fee was decreased to 100$ from the usual 500$ for visiting the Upper Mustang region, does anyone know if this still true?


Travel buddy

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Hi David, did you already set off? We are in KTM and looking for others for the same trip.

Travel buddy

Is march a good time of year to go? Just want to walk about the place without porters go wherever the view takes me eat/drink and stay in tea-houses or whatever they do preferably with one or two or even three others? i know march has already passed maybe september-october-november

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Yes if you are going for the trek March is one of the best month to go. In March, you will have amazing views during the trek. If you want to go out without a porter or a guide then apart from the restricted areas of Nepal you can enjoy the trek every where. I would suggest late October/ November for the trek.

Travel buddy

Thanks for replying eric, I have been researching and one of the things coming up is the violence level being directed toward sole trekkers particularly female with quite a few vicious assaults. This kinda worries me maybe its better to go in a group? -[even though don like group tourism things].
Actually now wondering whether might be better to just arrive at Kathmandu and arrange to go with other travellers there and then, instead of a commercial enterprise or even as a solo travel trekker hmmm?

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As much as I know and have heard of any attacks on sole trekkers. You want to do the trekking in October/ November months. At that time of the year you can find plenty of trekkers in Annapurna circuit so no need to get afraid and worried about. You can certainly avoid to go with the group and do the trek solo without any hesitation.

But if you are going to the UPper Mustang region then you need to contact to the agency.


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Namaste, glad to read your post in Trekking Partner, you are coming in Nepal for Annapurna circuit trek and Upper mustang, sounds very good- at the seem time you like to do adventure with explore- culture, history,religion and local.i wish you will have professional Trekking Guide and as a best travel partner, recently i have been there the aria is non effected by earthquake safe to do trekking, steel we have beautiful trekking trail, comfortable tea house friendly and helpful people, hope i am able to do trekking with you as your guide if you make earlier conform otherwise i will busy with different clients around Nepal trekking,
i can operate the trip for you with your interest as per your requirement to address your specific needs,
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Travel buddy

Dear David!
You are most welcome in the Nepal for trekking in Mustang.Sure i can arrange porter, guide if you need.It is restricted areas so it cost $500 for 10 days.And i think it the best your choice mustang trek.Because landscape is really so nice and many different life style,culture, remoteness you can see.Also the scenic view of Annapurna Dhaulagiri.
I am also professional trekking and tour guide in the Nepal.
Please if you like to ask contact at

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