Manaslu circuit, Tsum, Annapurna circuit, Naar Phu, Tilicho Lake, ABC
I am planning a big trip to follow the Manaslu and Annapurna circuits with side trips. I expect it to take about 50 days plus a few extra rest days.
However, I am looking for a one or more people to share a guide for the Manaslu, Tsum Valley, and Naar Phu Valley. After this a guide isn’t essential.
So. If you just wanted to join me for the Manaslu, Tsum Valley, and Naar Phu Valley sections and then go down to the ‘start’ of the Annapurna Circuit such as Besisahar that would be OK. I guess that would take just over a month (hence listing duration as 33 days on the stats).
UPDATE 28 jan: We are now a group of three (Hurray!) for doing the Manaslu and Tsum sections. Planning to set off from Kathmandu on 5th March. I am still looking company for at least the Naar phu section. We should get to Darapani where Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit meet on around the 29th March to 2nd April. I plan to keep on the AC and then to Naar Phu whist the other two head back the other way to Besi Sahar.
UPDATE 14th Feb
Looks like we are now a groups of five. There are also about another five who have shown an interest. Therefore, there may be a second group leaving a couple of day later. Feel free to contact me if you want me to put you in touch with them.
Please contact me if you would still like to join my group and go on to NAAR PHU.
Budget calculations: I’m guessing half a guide and permits will cost about $500 and then $20/day costs so 33days will cost about $1200 and the full 50+ day trek would be about $1600 or more, depending if we hired the guide for the whole thing.
I am particularly interested in visiting monasteries/gompas. I might be be willing to sacrifice the ABC section if extra little side trips delay reaching the end of the Annapurna circuit section. I am still planning/researching a more detailed itinery.
I am planning this as a lodge/teahouse trip and so I don’t expect to include any camping.
I’m thinking a small group would be best.
I arrive in Kathmadu on Thursday 3rd March and want to get going ASAP (5th March) after sorting permits etc. I leave KTM 7th May.
Open to general suggestions.
I went rafting in Nepal several years ago. Also, I attempted the Annapurna Circuit a few years ago with my partner. I got as far as Tilicho Lake and Yak Karka (not long before the Thorong La) but had to bang out due to smoke inhalation/bronchitis from sleeping above the kitchen at Tilicho Base Camp lodge. So I have some experience of trekking in Nepal. I’m determined to get over the Thorung La this time!
I’m the one not wearing glasses in the picture by the way.Reply