Annapurna Circuit Trek

Dear adventurers,

I’m looking for 1 or 2 friends for an independent trek around Annapurna from around the 15th of december till 15th of january.
I am an easy going, married, sociable, Dutch man of 46 years of age. This will be my 5th visit to Annapurna region, so I already do know the area a little bit. This means that we’re absolutely going to see some of the highlights only few visitors will take the time for.

Please feel free to come up with your ideas! I am very open to alternative suggestions (like Naar/Phu, around Manaslu/Tsum valley). Here’s what I was originally thinking about. No fixed plans yet, just some ideas:
-4 weeks on the trails.
-Walking away from the roads where possible (that’s almost the whole AC).
-Trekking up towards Tarka La pass above Ngawal for some spectacular views towards Annapurna.
-Excursions to Ice Lake and Milarepa’s cave near Braga.
-Tilicho lake side trek.
-At least a full day in Kagbeni to explore this ancient Mustang village.
-A few hours to search for ‘saligram’ fossils in the Kali Gandaki river bed.
-A visit to the Bon Po village of Lubra.
-Plenty of stops to interact with locals and take photos of local culture.
-Some other interesting villages with lots of visible memories of salt-trading and monastery life.
Maybe also some other side trails if we have the appetite and time for it.
As mentioned, I am very open for alternatives, this is just what I was thinking about.

That being said, please consider that this will NOT be some 11-day AC trek where we skip large parts by rushing ourselves in a jeep. It will be an in-depth exploration of some of the best gems still available around the Annapurna Ciruit. Of course we stay away from the road as much as possible. So we’re walking the New Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT) which I have walked before.
We take enough time to immerse ourself in the breathtaking views, the Tibetan culture and also to adapt to the altitude so we make it very enjoyable adventure!

Departure: between 15th and 18th of december
Finish (Pokhara): around january 13th (no later than january 16th).
Budget: around 1000USD (including food, lodging, transport)
I prefer to hire a porterguide from a reputable agency in Pokhara, but this is optional.
BTW, I know a little about photography so do-bring-your-camera!

Please let me know if you’re interested.

Yours, Michel

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Netherlands

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  1. I’m interested. I’m an independent traveller from Bangladesh. I haven’t done the circuit yet but am planning to do it alone this December. I want to walk longer on the trail and explore the high route. I’m a little bit worried about the season and the cold. I heard some lodge will be closed higher up. It’ll be better for my schedule if I could start around the 5th of December. But let’s see hows things go. Will catch you up more on later.

  2. Hi Michel,

    Nice post, full of info. All what you have written, you as person and itinerery match me perfect except the time span. I (alone) plan to leave Europe on 14th (Friday) and plan to return to Europe on 7th (Monday). So, I hope it is possible to manage a plan which is in line with my dates. Anyhow, please reply to this post soon…

    Thanks.

  3. Hey im thinking of nar phu and tilicho pass first part of december. Ive been to nepal a bunch and have a guide i like for the nar phu area. Let me know if your interested, cheers! John.