Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hi there.

This is JJ Viljoen from South Africa.

I am a friendly, positive, enthusiastic and easy going individual whos fit and experienced with hiking, as well as at altitude. I am looking to start the Annapurna circuit around early May 2016, possible starting day 5 May 2017.

The first monsoon rains start around mid to end May, so we would aim to be done or nearly done by this time.

I am looking for members to join the party. Smiles and good conversation all the way 🙂

Thanks! JJ

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  1. Hey there! I don’t know how flexible you are with your departure dates, but I’m going to be starting the trek on June 7th if you want company! Unfortunately I can’t move my date around since I’m going to be coming from a study abroad in India beforehand.

    • Hi Evan. Thanks for the reply! Id love the company but am unable to wait until june 7th; the main reason being that I want to still catch some spring time and avoid most of the rains. If you are able to come earlier let me know. Regards, JJ 🙂

  2. Hey there, are your trip plans still up to date? I wanna do Annapurna Circuit Trek in May as well, looking for travel buddies. The thing is i dont have big experience with trekking, and no experience with altitude. But I’ve read it is not necessary for this trek (it’s worth to have a guide though) and many unexperienced people do well on it. And i’m fit, healthy and easy going! And in general friendly as hell, I can assure you :)) Let me know if you still look for companions. Cheers

    • Hi Agniezka! Thanks for the message 🙂 Yes our plans are 100% happening, we are currently a group of 3 people, myself and 2 americans. There should still be space for 1 more 🙂

      Have a look at my notes below and let me know if your able to slot into this:
      – We are departing from Kathmandu towards Annapurna on either the 3rd of 4th May. You will need to arrive in Kathmandu a few days before this to prepare.
      – We are not doing the traditional annapurna circuit, we walk the first few days of annapurna as normal, and then split into the Nar Phu valley, after a few days of walking here we link back up with the Annapurna circuit. This is basically just an alternative path for a few days off the traditional path.

      – We are extending our hike to also include the Upper Mustang trek. This means that when coming close to the end of the annapurna circuit we will continue walking up into Upper Mustang, and will be there for the Tiji Buddhist festival. What this means is that you can either finish the annapurna circuit with us and then leave our group, or you can join us for this extended leg of the journey. Total days of trip including stopping for 3 days for the Tiji festival is about 27 days.

      Let me know what your thoughts are. JJ 🙂
      jjviljoenrsa@gmail.com

  3. Hey guys!
    Do you have space for one more person in your group?
    I am also planning to do Annapurna trek in May and your plan sounds awesome. I am 25 and have decent hiking experience (although never on such altitudes).
    Please let me know!

    Cheers,
    Anastasia

    • * Hi Anastasia.

      Thanks for the message. Our hike departs kathmandu on the 2nd or 3rd of May, we then do the Annapurna circuit (including a small detour for the Nar Phu valley), and upon completion we head immediately into a second hike up into upper mustang.

      If your intention was to do only the annapurana, then you might be able to join us for this section and then leave us at the end of it, at Jonsom. To leave from here by yourself. The rest of the group hikes from here up into upper mustang, our total hike is 27 days, but if you do only the annapurna section as explained above then this is about 17 days.

      Note that upper mustang (second part of our trip) has a permit fee of $500. The first section is the annapurna circuit costs as normal.

      Regards
      JJ

  4. Hi Anastasia.

    Thanks for the message. Our hike departs kathmandu on the 2nd or 3rd of May, we then do the Annapurna circuit (including a small detour for the Nar Phu valley), and upon completion we head immediately into a second hike up into upper mustang.

    If your intention was to do only the annapurana, then you might be able to join us for this section and then leave us at the end of it, at Jonsom. To leave from here by yourself. The rest of the group hikes from here up into upper mustang, our total hike is 27 days, but if you do only the annapurna section as explained above then this is about 17 days.

    Note that upper mustang (second part of our trip) has a permit fee of $500. The first section is the annapurna circuit costs as normal.

    Regards
    JJ 🙂

  5. Hi,
    Your plan sounds ideal. I’m looking to combine some of Annapurna with Upper Mustang in time for the festival. Have you any space for one more? Do you have guide or planned intinery?
    Hannah

    • Hi Hannah.

      Have you come right with a group? Looks like our group is now at 4, which might be our cap. But if you dont come right let me know and I can speak to the group and see what we can do

      Note that our trek is leaving Kathmandu on 3rd of May, to do annapurna into nar phu and then into upper mustang to get there in time for Tiji festival. Our total budget is $1900 which includes permits, guides, food, accomodation, local travel etc

      What day are you arriving in Kathmandu? Also please advise age and hiking / fitness experience

      Regards
      JJ 🙂

  6. Hi! I am currently traveling around India and planning on going to Nepal late April – early May. Is there anybody here still interested in partnering for the Annapurna Circuit Trek? Thank you! 🙂
    ~Mireia

  7. Hello JJ, is it too late to try and join in for your trek? I’ve been working at a health clinic in Nepal the last couple of months and am looking to trek but don’t want to go solo… your plan sounds ideal for my taste! Please let me know if there is space for me I would be so happy to join in.

  8. Hi again, I forgot to mention in my last message that I call my home the Colorado Rockies so I’m an experienced hiker, though the himalaya will be my biggest mountain venture yet. I’ve been in nepal for two months so I’m nicely acclimated and completely ready for the long days of walking, though I love sight seeing so I don’t want to rush through too much, but like to keep on schedule. Also I am an acupuncturist so I’ll be equipped to handle any sprained ankles and other various injuries ; )