Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hi!
I’m looking for (an)other trekking partner(s) to do the ACT in October/November.
Dates and exact route are flexible, as is the use of a guide. Some come highly recommended and it could be interesting to ask for a quote, if we are happy to split the cost.

Get in touch if this is something you’d like to do and we could discuss it.

Namaste
Sophie

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  1. Hi Sophie
    I’ll be in Katmandu from the 1st of November and want to do the ACT from the 3rd. Would you be up to start at that time?

  2. Hi Marion

    Unfortunately I would not as I now have to start mid to late October.
    All the best in your trek!

  3. Hi Sophie
    My name is Nataly and I also want to do this trek in the late October. I hike a lot in Switzerland but usually not going beyond 3500m. I would be interested to have porter and guide if we can share the costs.

  4. Hi Natalie
    I have done some hiking over 3500m in the Andes. I think it should be fine.
    I am going to pack light and most things we need (bed, food) will be available in teahouses so I don’t think I will need a porter. You could also leave some luggage in a hotel.

    But yes we could share the cost of a guide. There are several recommendations on Lonely Planet Thorn Tree and I also have a very good little book on Trekking in Nepal.

    Let me know how that sounds.

    • Hi Sophie, thank you for your answer! Sounds good! Need to do some research about guides now 🙂

  5. Hey Natalia
    Do you know what dates exactly you want to trek? It might be easier to have approximate dates to ask for quotes. The ACT can be made shorter or longer, depending on which route people take and how much they want to follow the road.
    I found the guides Prem Rai and Tekman Rai on Thorn Tree. I am happy to contact them to ask about fees and availability.

    • Hi Sophie
      Sorry for a late answer. Was hiking two days in Switzerland – amazing weather 🙂 I did not fix any dates for now – would need to check the flights. But I think starting from 20th or so. I also saw that there are different options: there are two side hikes which I think would be nice to do: Tilicho Lake and Dhaulagiri Icefall. But I am open for suggestions. Just have received Lonely Planet guide books, so will start looking through them. Yes, please contact these guides if you can. I will also have a look at Thorn Tree. Have a nice start into the week! 🙂

  6. Hi Sophie and Nataly, I’d be keen on joining you if you’re still planning on going and have a spot available. Ideally I’m looking to start around 20th October to last 14 days or so (the most I can take off work!).

    Happy to provide more information if needed 🙂

    • Hi Omar!
      Departing on 20/10 could work for me.
      What do you think, Nataly?

    • Sure. I am still open with dates. I guess flight prices are the same anyway now.

  7. (Sorry Nataly, I realise I have mistyped your name twice)

  8. Hi Nataly and Omar

    I have contacted the 2 guides I mentioned.

    One said he would send more info by email.

    The other one has said this:
    If you want then I can provide you one reliable guide for your 14 days trek, guide’s service cost $ 500 for 3 people and that includes three people of your Annapurna conservation fee/ TIMS card fee/ Guide’s insurance etc.

    For trekking guide confirmation and to organize your trekking permits I need all of your photo copy of passport and advance U$D 200. Your trekking Permit and TIMS card will be ready before your arrival in Nepal.

  9. FYI I only asked for a guide at this stage, not a porter (that can be arranged afterwards maybe if it’s not a split cost).

    Eventually, what would need to be agreed on is:
    – departure and return dates
    – place of departure (Pokhara or Kathmandu)
    – route (like you said, Nataly, there are some interesting side hikes)

    The guide would normally obtain our trekking permit, help with choosing route, avoiding road where possible, advice re acclimatisation, Thorong La Pass…
    We would pay ourselves for our meals and rooms.

  10. Hopefully we can compare several quotes and choose a guide and route that pleases all.

    Have a good week!

  11. Thank you for all research Sophie and Nataly!

    My ideal dates are arriving in Kathmandu from Sydney on Saturday 20th October and Departing Kathmandu on Sunday 4th November.

    That means if we begin our Trek on 21st October and end on 3rd November we have a solid 14 Days of Trekking. I am open to any route and side track within those two weeks and am good to split the cost of a guide / porter if that’s what we want to go for 🙂

  12. Hi both

    the other guide has sent me a suggested detailed 14 day itinerary (which can be adapted) and following costing, which comes to $320 each:

    Total cost for the trip subject to 3 clients for the following
    Services are USD 960 only.
    Price includes:
    Local tourist Bus fare from Kathmandu to Besishahar on the first day.
    3 TIMS cards fees.
    3 ACAP trekking permit fees.
    Salary for your NATT expert guide for 14 days.
    Local sharing Jeep fare for Besishahar to Timang.
    Private car drives from Nayapul to Pokhara at the end of the trekking day.
    3 Tourist Bus tickets for Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    13% of Gov. Vat
    Company’s Service charges etc…

    If you would like to receive the detailed itinerary, maybe PM your email address and I can forward it.

    Cheers

  13. Hi Sophie,
    Thank you very much for your research! I sent you now the message with my email.
    I think it’s better to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara as the roads are horrible. And yes, we need to have a transfer for the last piece of the track to Pokhara as it’s not nice to walk on the dusty road for 2 days… I am a bit busy at work these days but will do some research also this week (friday/saturday), ok? Thanks

    • Hi Nataly
      I haven’t received your message with your email address.

      OK, look forward to hearing your thoughts and I will keep on looking for guides.

  14. Hiiii
    I also wish to trek AC around 20 October and i have already traveled to Muktinath in April

    Road have been built from Tatopani till Muktinath and it very dusty so it will not be nice idea to trek beyond Muktinath

    We can start our trek at Syanje,its 4 hours hours drive beyond besiseher and road ends here so we will have more time for side trips from Manang be it Tilicho lake trek or Gangapurna glacier view trek

    I planned for AC trek in April with other trek mates but i was unable to do it.The guide charged 20 dollar per day for a group

    Hiring a guide is enough and we can manage permits by ourselves,its quite easy

    Cheers !!

    • Hi Mohd

      Thanks for this.

      We have got in touch with a couple of guides and have started discussing possible itineraries.

      Have you got a specific guide in mind? Are they recommended?
      Would you like to suggest a detailed itinerary to us?

      Thanks

      Sophie

  15. Hiii !!!

    My friends trekked AC circuitwith the guide in April and they highly recommend him for the trek.His name is Jaya and he is from Pokhara and charges 15$ per day i.e.less than 250 $ to be shared by all group members

    Trekking permit is 35 $ and can be purchased by the group member who reaches Kathmandu first for all member

    We can start from Syanje which is 4 hours drive by jeep from Besiseher

    Cheers

    • Hi Mohd

      Thanks for this; very helpful.

      Do you know if this guide is available for our dates?
      Can you give us the detailed itinerary you have in mind?

      Thanks!

  16. Hi all! Happy weekend 🙂

    So FYI: I will be flying to Nepal in 2 weeks’ time and I will be working there for 3 months. I may be able to obtain a permit when I am there.

    How are you guys set in terms of your trip? Is it definite? Are you thinking of getting flights soon?

    Maybe when we finalise who is coming and when we can move towards agreeing on an itinerary and booking a guide.

    All suggestions welcome!

    Namaste.

    • Hiii !!!

      The guide is available from 15 October ownwards and his contact is +9779846280915

      My plans are to reach Nepal before 20 October and my plan is confirmed

      It wll be better to form a whats app group of all partners and have conversation there

      Cheers

  17. My itinerary i think is as such

    Day 1- KTM – besiseher-syange 8 hrs by jeep

    Day 2- Syange-Tal

    Day 3 -Tal -Chame

    Day 4-Chame -Upper Pisang

    Day 4 -Upper Pisang-Manang

    Day 5 -Manang-Tilicho base camp

    Day 6- Tilicho base camp -Tilicho lake -Tilicho base camp

    Day 7- Tilicho base camp-Yak Kharka

    Day 8 -Yak Kharka-Thorung phedi

    Day 9-Thorung phedi -muktinath

    Day 10 -Muktinath-Jomsom

    Day 11 Jomsom-Pokhara by flight or bus

    • Thanks Mohd!

  18. Hi all,

    Myself and my boyfriend George would be keen to join you guys if you are willing to have a slightly bigger group? We’re travelling around Asia for a year and will be finishing in Nepal, arriving around 18th October and are due to fly out on the 16th of November.

    Let us know 🙂

    Best wishes
    Fie and George

    • Hi Fie and George

      I think it hasn’t been completely finalised who is coming for sure and we are still deciding on which guide/route to choose.

      How definite are you about doing the ACT?
      Have you thought about how many days etc you’d like to do?

      Hope you’re having a great trip!

      Sophie

    • Hi Fie and George

      I think it hasn’t been completely finalised who is coming for sure and we are still deciding on which guide/route to choose.

      How definite are you about doing the ACT?
      Have you thought about how many days etc you’d like to do?

      Hope you’re having a great trip!

      Sophie

  19. Hi Sophie,

    Thanks for getting back to us! We’re 100% doing the ACT.

    I’ve been looking at itineraries and think 14 days should be fine, but it might depend on whether we do any side treks as well.

    There seem to be 2 different starts to the trek (from my research online – perhaps a book would make this clearer?):

    The first is Jagat-Bagarchhap-Chame, the second is Ngadi-Chamje-Dharapani-Chame.

    From there, the route seems to be the same wherever I’ve looked:

    Chame-Pisang-Manang-(acclimatisation)-Yak Kharka-Phedi-Muktinath via Thorung La Pass-(rest day?)-Jomsom-Pokhara.

    Does this echo what you’ve found?

    We’re happy to help try and sort a guide/get quotes as well, just let us know.

    F 🙂

  20. Hi all
    sorry I have been offline for a while; I am now in remote Nepal and internet is very sketchy.
    So it might be more manageable to operate in smaller groups rather than a large one? If you’re definitely coming, got flights sorted etc and still want to share a guide, please reply and then we can hopefully move forward.
    Cheers
    Sophie

  21. Hi all
    sorry I have been offline for a while; I am now in remote Nepal and internet is very sketchy.
    So it might be more manageable to operate in smaller groups rather than a large one? If you’re definitely coming, got flights sorted etc and still want to share a guide, please reply and then we can hopefully move forward.
    Cheers
    Sophie

    • Hi Sophie,

      Hope Nepal is treating you well! George and I fly to India tomorrow and will make our way overland to Nepal, arriving into either Pokhara or Kathmandu on 18 October.

      We’re definitely going and are happy to help sort a guide – we’ve already been in touch with a few that we’ve been recommended by people we’ve met while we’ve been travelling.

      Cheers
      Fie

  22. Hey Sophie and Fie 🙂
    Did you make any further arrangements? I would like to start my trek from Pokhara, and a departure date around the 18-20th would be perfect! Have you booked any guide yet?