Annapurna Circuit Trek
Planning to do the Annapurna Circuit starting on the 1st week of October. I usually travel solo, but up in the mountains it’s always a good idea to hike with some company. On a slightly fatter shoestring budget, which means that I will not be hiring guides/porters, but will be staying and getting all meals from teahouses. I’ve a crippling masala chai addiction, so hopefully that would at least give back to the Nepalese economy. I’ve done some hikes in Japan and in my home country, Malaysia, but this will be my first experience hiking >3,000m, and am very much looking forward to it. I don’t intend to rush – leisurely, moderate pace – but I do have only 12 days of actual trekking since it’s hard to get much time off work.
My plan is:
–Kathmandu > Besisahar. Likely to be Oct 3rd, unless I can get things like TIMS & ACAP permits sorted out on Saturday… If there’s enough daylight, to take a jeep as far as Syange/Jagat on the same day or the next, as I’ve read road sections from Tal to Chame is gnarly.
DAYS 1 – 12:
–Syange/Jagat/Chame > Manang (really depends on how far up from Besisahar the jeep can safely take us, though I’ve read that Jagat to Chame is beautiful.)
–Manang rest day, then Manang > Tilicho lake side trip. Usually takes about 3 days, and helps with acclimatization supposedly. We can take a short cut and avoid backtracking to Manang and go from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka (from Yak Kharka, go to Letdar).
–Letdar > Thorung Phedi
–Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (Thorung La pass day)
–Muktinath to Jomsom via jeep as the road is reportedly dusty. Will be doing a side trip to Marpha for the apple pies.
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Admittedly it looks like I’ll be trekking only a few sections of the Annapurna Circuit, but I’ve read about/seen pictures of Tilicho lake and just couldn’t resist. Hence the sacrifices at the start of the trek.
Do let me know if you’re interested and we can discuss the plan in greater detail over on email/chat.