Annapurna Base Camp OR Annapurna Panorama Trek

Hello all!

This will be my first time in Nepal so I’m already a bit of both – nervous and excited!
Me and a friend are arriving in Kathmandu on September 16th, very early in the morning. Probably spending the day in the capital and flying to Pokhara first thing in the morning on the next day. From there we’re planning to do some trekking – either to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) or we’ll do just the Panorama Trek – still not decided. As we already have our outbound tickets (flying out of Nepal on September 24th, early in the morning) our trekking dates are not flexible – we’ll have around 6 days in total (then probably spending the night in Pokhara (still not sure) before returning back to Kathmandu for a final night).
We’re planning to go with a guide/porter so if there are more people interested in going the same route we’ll be happy to share the cost and a good time, of course 🙂
While on the trek we’re hoping to spend about $20-25/day via teahouse trekking but also doing some side activities (those may be at extra cost), where time and circumstances allow us – rafting, kayaking, cooking classes, etc.

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  1. Hi! I have a pretty similar schedule to yours and am also looking for trekking partners, as I’m traveling solo. I’ll be in Kathmandu for two weeks for work through Sept 16 so looking to start a trek on Sept 17 (likely flying to Pokhara that morning and starting a trek that afternoon). I do have a flight booked out of Kathmandu on the evening of Sept 21 so I’d only have around 5 days (though I bet we could figure something out where I could head back to Kathmandu and you could continue on for an extra day or two). I’ve been in touch with a company called Himalayan Trails that put together an awesome 5 day schedule for me, for $630 which includes roundtrip flights from Kathmandu – Pokhara. I am sure the price would go down with a larger group. But I’m open to other options too! I’ve done a lot of hiking around the world but never done a private trek and I’d much prefer having some other people to go with 🙂

  2. Hi!
    I’m in Nepal at that time (sep17 until sep24) and will go to either Annapurna base camp or Panorama Trek ,still not decided.But I’m open to other options as well!Since i travel alone so there is always rom for
    improvising,Need advice and travel partner.

  3. Hi Nikki and Kasim!
    Our trek schedule is not final yet but most probably we’re doing the Panorama Trek. Arriving in Kathmandu on the 16th and flying to Pokhara on the 17th early in the morning so that we can start with the trek right away. The trek itself takes around 5 days so hopefully we’ll have one free day in Pokhara before going back to Kathmandu on the 23rd and flying out of the country on 24th.
    I’ve been in touch with a company called 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, specialized in women trekking (guides and porters can be women) and they gave me pretty good prices – 25$ a day per guide and 15$ – per porter. For now we’re thinking of hiring one of each. Prices could go a bit down if the group is bigger. Accommodation and flights can be arranged by the company after we finalize our itinerary (days, route, people, etc.)
    In Pokhara we’ve been thinking of doing some paragliding (already found an instructor there) and/or kayaking. 🙂

    • Hey! I actually ended up booking a private trek with 3 sisters too (I’ve been emailing with Nicky) but would be interested in joining your group if I still can! I’ve already booked a flight from KTM-PKH first thing on the 17th and a return flight the afternoon of the 20th as my flight home is on the 21st. Would you be open to trekking one day less so we could get back to Pokhara on the 20th, or I wonder if there’s a way I could head back one day earlier? I am right now planning on doing the Panchase trek but am open to do anything.

  4. Also, a tip — book your own flights! 3 Sisters was going to charge me $252 for round trip flights because they go through a travel agent but they only cost around $140 if you book yourself (I’m using Yeti Airlines, which was what they suggested).

  5. Hey! I actually ended up booking a private trek with 3 sisters too (I’ve been emailing with Nicky) but would be interested in joining your group if I still can! I’ve already booked a flight from KTM-PKH first thing on the 17th and a return flight the afternoon of the 20th as my flight home is on the 21st. Would you be open to trekking one day less so we could get back to Pokhara on the 20th, or I wonder if there’s a way I could head back one day earlier? I am right now planning on doing the Panchase trek but am open to do anything.

  6. Hey! I actually ended up booking a private trek with 3 sisters too (I’ve been emailing with Nicky) but would be interested in joining your group if I still can! I’ve already booked a flight from KTM-PKH first thing on the 17th and a return flight the afternoon of the 20th as my flight home is on the 21st. Would you be open to trekking one day less so we could get back to Pokhara on the 20th, or I wonder if there’s a way I could head back one day earlier? I am right now planning on doing the Panchase trek but am open to do anything. Feel free to email me if that’s easier! Nikkisbrand AT gmail DOT com

  7. Hi Nikki!
    Well, we most probably will decide on the spot if we go to the Base Camp (Annapurna) or just the Panorama Trek. So… we haven’t booked anything yet. Good thing is that I have a nepali friend, who’s helping me with all those bookings and everything. We most probably will try to book our KTM-PKH flight first thing on the 17th as well (think the first one is with Yeti airlines at 8 am). Unfortunately 20th is too early for as, as we intend to go back to Pokhara on the 22nd and flight to Kathmandu on 23rd… But we’d be more than happy to meet you on the road/share a same plane with you or even a day or two of trekking (if our schedule and route allow it) 🙂
    Cheers!