Annapurna Circuit Early May 2013

I am looking to start the Annapurna Circuit trek around May 1-2nd. I am currenly in Nepal, and will be going white water rafting from April 18th-28th, and would like to start a trek after a few rest days. I am thinking about 3 weeks for the trek, but am not on any fixed schedule. I would like to keep things flexible to take side trips, etc along the way. I am in Nepal until June 12th and after Annapurna I am hoping to do EBC or Langtang. I am a 32 year old Canadian female. I trek at a resonable pace. Not looking at hiring any guide or porter as I don’t think it’s necessary. If anyone is looking at starting Annapurna around the same time, let me know!

I speak good Nepali due to my two and a half years in Nepal with the Peace Corps and am an experienced trekker. I walk at a moderate pace and enjoy taking breaks where the scenery or the tea is especially good.

I like to hike and eat on the Nepali schedule: start hiking shortly after sunrise, stop around 10am for dhal bhat, rest an hour, then hike until 5pm or 6pm before settling into a lodge, cleaning up, and eating supper.

Below is my itinerary if anyone would like to join me for part of it. Please note that I intend to gain elevation quickly on the Annapurna Circuit portion due to the acclimatization I earned in Langtang.

April 29 – arrive in Kdu

April 30 – organize TIMS and permits for Langtang National Park and for Annapurna.


May 1 – bus to Syrabubesi for the Langtang trek and start trek (maybe get in two hours of hiking this day after the 9-hour bus ride)

May 2 to May 8 – hike to Kyanjin Gompa, spend two full days in KG exploring the area (hikes each day to over 4600 meters), return to Syrabubesi

May 9 – Bus back to Kdu
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT (The dates here may vary by a day or two)

May 10 – Bus to Besi Sahar and if possible bus or jeep to Bhulbhule or Syange or maybe even Chame (my aim is to get as high as possible by vehicle to avoid the heat). Chame is 12 trekking hours (not counting stops) from Manang; Syange is 24 trekking hours from Manang; Bhulbule is 27 trekking hours from Manang.

May 11 to May 13 – Walk to Manang (at 3540 meters, Manang is lower than Kanjing Gompa from the Langtang Trek)

May 14 to May 16 – Up and over the Thorung La to Muktinath (I will have done two day-hikes to over 4500 meters in Langtang, so expect to still have my acclimatization)

May 17 – Explore Muktinath and area

May 18 – Muktinath to Kagbeni

May 19 – Kagbeni to Marpha

May 20 or 21 – Bus or fly to Pokhara (Jomsom is two hours from Marpha, so I would have to walk back to Jomsom for a plane or maybe even for a bus/jeep).

Jason V. Kauffeld


I am also planning to do the Annapurna in May. I will be arriving in Kathmandu on May 3rd and could start anytime after that. Feel free to email me ( and hopefully we can coordinate. I’m also looking to do it inexpensively and I am laid back as far as schedule and hike at an average pace. I’m 24 from the US.




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