Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hello fellow trekkers! I am planning to travel to Nepal in mid-March to April after finishing my second series of ashtanga teacher training in Rishikesh India. I haven´t yet decided exactly which treks I want to do in Nepal, but I´m considering the Annapurna area, so it will probably be the Annapurna Circuit and/or Annapurna Base Camp. I plan going without a guide and carrying my own stuff and sleeping in teahouses. I also want to take the trek calmly in order to enjoy the experience and the nature and to able to acclimatize. Right now I am looking for someone (or several persons 🙂 ) who want pretty much the same thing. I don´t care which gender, age or nationality you are as long as we are respectful towards each other, other people around us and the nature.

I´m currently living in Sweden and have a government job and teach yoga. I have experience from treks in the Alps and Norway but have never been high on the Himalayas (only on the foothills in India).

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  1. Hi Aila,

    I will be arriving in KTM on 02.03.18 and am planning on the Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp trek, having already been to Nepal 3 years ago for the EBC trek. I would love to join a group are you fixed upon starting your date?

    Kind Regards Dipesh

    • Hello! Thanks for your message! I don´t have a fixed date yet since I will be coming to KTM from India where I plan staying until the end of February. How many weeks do you plan for the trek and do you have a preferred starting point? I haven´t made any fixed plans yet.

  2. Hi Aila,

    Great to hear from you. As i mentioned i will be in KTM on the 02.03.18 and the plan is to make my way to Besisahar by bus the same day which should take 5hrs where the trek can be registered. At Besisahar spend 1 night before starting the trek on 03.03.17. The only issue for me would be having to return to Besisahar from Pokhara where the trek would be ending. As i will be leaving items of clothing that i won’t need during the trek.

    Alternatively head towards Pokhara which will take up to 7hrs by bus or 30 mins by plane. Unfortunately, the bus only leaves in morning at 07.00hrs so would need to spend the night at KTM and leave the following day 03.03.18. While at KTM register the trek, however, i would need to make my way to Besisahar by bus which will take 4hrs.

    It already sounds complicated, lol!! All the itineraries that i have read for the Annapurna circuit trek mention starting from Besisahar, so i would go by that. Although, i have not set out the plans as such i have an idea which includes Tilicho Lake and Annapurna basecamp. It would be would be a missed opportunity not to see the Annapurna range/lake as we would be passing them? At the end of the trek spend a few days in Pokhara. Concerning the the number of weeks, i would suggest around 25days . I will work on my preferred itinerary which and post, however, all of which is subject to change

    Kind Regards,

    Dipesh

    • Hi! Thank you for your reply! Your plans sound pretty similar to mine, I also think about flying from Delhi to KTM and then take a bus to Besisahar and leave a bag there and then register and start the trek. From where will you be arriving to KTM?

      The amount of time (25 days) also sounds realistic. I also want to have the time to acclimatize and have a bit of flexibility (for weather or other unexpected things), but trekking about 6-10 h/day should be ok. As I wrote previously I also prefer doing the trek without guide/porter and staying in teahouses. I´m also thinking about combining at least the ABC-trek and maybe also the Tilicho if the path seems ok at that time. I think we should stay in touch and it would be good to have company for the bus from KTM to Besisahar. With kind regards/Aila.

  3. Hi Aila, I will be traveling from London where i live. Lets do keep in touch as it would be great to travel with ilke-minded people. I’m also looking at trekking without a guide/porter and staying teahouses. Would you wish to spend sometime in Pokhara?

    Additionally, I am trying to convince a work colleague to join me and have been in contact with another person on Trekking Partners that his also traveling in the same region.

    Kind Regards,

    Dipesh

  4. Hi Aila,

    On a further note. I got carried away last time i went hiking and purchased all types of items that i believed i would need to take. However, they lie untouched as it all boiled down to weight and less is definitely more when it comes to hiking at altitude! Please let me know you need any gear? As i may just have it and no need to take duplicate items

    Kind Regards,

    Dipesh

    • Mind me asking, got a kit list you can share?

  5. Hi aila
    I am interested in doing this trek.

  6. Alia!

    Your plan sounds so similar to what I want to do, but with so much more detail and knowledge. I am hoping to do a teacher training somewhere early next year. I was looking at Rishikesh, but overwhelmed with the options of schools. And then I would love to hike and explore the culture of nepal. I am an avid hiker and live in the rocky mountains of British Columbia. I don’t have set dates and am very flexible, but think it would be so great to meet up with someone. What school are you doing your YTT with?

    Cheers,
    Kaitlin

    • Hi! Nice to hear that! I can highly recommend Rishikesh, it’s a great and beautiful place for yoga. I did my 200 h TTC at Tattvaa Yogashala and now going to do my 300 with them starting from January. I think it depends a bit on what you are looking for, Tattvaa is great for ashtanga and hatha and they also focus a lot on pranayama, philosophy and adjustments. I was obviously very happy with them since I am going back 😉 but I am sure the other schools, such as Vinyasa Yogashala, are also good. What type of yoga are you going to do? I’d be happy to answer if you have more questions, I was also really overwhelmed last year. Would be great meeting you and maybe traveling to Nepal also. I have now decided on going to Nepal around 15-17 march. Cheers!

  7. I love ashtanga, vinyasa, and sattva so there are obviously a lot of choices, but I will keep looking until one stands out and feels right 🙂 . Did you travel around India at all last year? I was also looking at a school in Nepal, do you know anything about taking a YTT in nepal? It would be so great to meet up with you! Hope it works out! lets keep in touch!

    Kaitlin

  8. Hi Friends , I am Planning For Pin Parvati Trek on June ( pin valley -spiti valley- 5350m height , 100km trek ), Himachal Pradesh, India , Its one of the toughest trek of India , with full of adventure, almost 11 days trekking .
    we are now 5 member 3 from India 1 from Argentina and 1 from London.
    planing with least of cost just hirring 2,3 porter that will cost us around 24 dollar per day for all or you can say 5 dollar per day per person,
    For this trek travel agency cost around 390 to 470 dollar per person, so its really cheap ….right?
    its not more like luxuries trek , but adventurous and i am more intend to make it full of adventure and fun.

    About me- I’m a more of a solo traveller. I had traveled almost half of India that includes RAJASTHAN (Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaislmair, Jodhpur, ), UTRAKHAND ( Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Masoorie, Dehradun,), SHIMLA, MUMBAI, DELHI, VARANSI, AGRA, GOA (Bagha beach and Miramar beacg) , MYSURE, KRELA(Kovalam Beach), MADURAI.
    Let me know if you wanna join us

  9. Hi Aila,

    I’m also looking to start the ACT on March 15th or 16th and your trekking style sounds a lot like mine (unguided, no porter, interested in going slow and steady to take in all the gorgeous scenery).

    I’m a regular hiker and distance runner, accustomed to high-altitude hikes, and this will also be my first visit to the Himalayas. I’m a vegetarian and practice both meditation and vinyasa yoga, so it sounds like we have some interests in common.

    Hit me up if you want to chat further, cheers!

    Stephanie

    • Hi! I´ll send you a message!

  10. Hi Lara!

    I’m arriving in Kathmandu on the 6th of February, and I’ve got a spot at a volunteer programme there for a couple of weeks. After this I would love to do one of the treks in the Annapurna region, preferably as you describe it: without guides, not in a hurry

    I’m from Sweden, and I’m a passionate hiker, but without experience on higher altitude. I’ve spent some time in Austrian, Canadian and Norweigan mountains working, skiing and hiking and I’m really excited too see the Himalayas, and hopefully find a trekking buddy or two!

    I’d be great to hear about how your plans are progressing!

    Anna

  11. Hi Aila,
    I’m Paola from Italy and I’m planning to start the Annapurna circuit as you, in the middle of march and a stay in Nepal one month.
    (maybe 20 days of trek and the others..who knows ?)
    I would like to do the trek without guide and porter.
    A friend of mine suggest me to do some variation on the trek to reach Phu and tilicho lake (obviously if the path is ok in that month)
    I think i’m going to buy the flight next week so I can plan with a little more precision my trek start.
    I’ m a photographer and I have some experience of trek on the Apls in Italy but nothing over 3000m. So this will be my first time !
    write me if you are interested to keep in touch

    Paola 🙂

  12. Hey!

    Hey guys!

    I’m Audrey, from Canada, and
    I’m interested in joining in on your trekking plan of you still have space!

    I’ve spent the past two months volunteer teaching in Nepal and will be returning to KTM on March 8. If any of you are in KTM around this time, would love to chat more about the trekking plan as I’m definitely looking for some trekking buddies. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Cheers,
    Audrey

  13. Hi Aila,

    I’m Isabell from Germany. After reading your post, I’m interested in joining you. I also want to do Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Basecamp and to carry my stuff on my one and do the trip independent or hire a guide in Kathmandu. I will arrive in Kathmandu at 13rd of March and would like to start to trek around 17th.

    I posted my planned trip, too.

    I’m looking forward to hear from you 🙂

    Cheers Isabell

  14. Hey Aila and everyone out here,
    suman from pokhara. i am interested in starting my circuit trek around (from 13-16). If anyone here feels like their departure date matches to mine then please feel free to write me.
    I’m looking forward to meet some adventure loving people out there.
    cheers, Suman

  15. Hey Aila
    I will be in Kmd on 13 of March. And I am looking for partners to join this route too. Can we meet up and discuss?