Annapurna Circuit & maybe Base Camp?

Hello Everybody!

My name is Jeff, 24 yrs. old from the U.S. I am finally fulfilling some long term goals, and hiking in the Himalayas has been a dream of mine for some time now.

I will be flying into KTM February 26/27. I plan on hiking the Annapurna Circuit at the end of February, beginning of March. I do not want to hire a guide/porter, as I want to keep costs down. 

If there is time, I also want to make it to the Annapurna base camp, but I am flexible and will just see how things naturally play out. I am fit and healthy, with strong endurance, and have experience trekking in the U.S. and in South Africa. 

I am looking for a couple others who need/want a trekking partner, comfortable with trekking at a mid-steady pace, not too fast or slow, with plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. Let me know if you are interested in some good company!





8 replies
  1. Hey man, if you’re willing to delay by about a week I can go with you. I have to finish an internship through the end of feb first and afterwards I’m doing the AC.

  2. Hi Jeff, I am Dao from Toronto, Canada, 26 years old. I am flying into KTM on Feb 25. I am comtemplating doing the Annapurna Circuit trek, or any other similar treks with a length no more than 3 weeks (I am flying out of KTM on March 21). I know the traditional AC trek takes more than 3 weeks but I think there are a number of ways to make it shorter. I am also reading into Annapurna NATT trail which sounds interesting to me.

    I am physcially fit, an occasional hiker, an avid traveller. I am a sucker for beautiful scenery, tall mountains and local culture. If you are looking for a partner or dont mind an additional person to join you, we can discuss further 🙂


  3. Not sure if this helps anyone, but I’ve got a private car/jeep setup from KTM to Chame on 4 March 2014. Welcome to join and split costs. Much better option than local bus and not that much more expensive if shared.

  4. Hey Nathaniel, can you tell how much it costs for hiring a jeep/car from Kathmandu to Chame. I’m planning for the AC, and want to get a shared car/jeep till Chame to save my time.

  5. Sakib – Best to rent a car from KTM to Besisahar – The price I go today was $100 for a car, but you can probably get it for like $70 if you looked around once you got here. Once you get to Besisahar the best thing to do is wait around for other trekkers who want to skip the first part of the trek and take a jeep. The total cost for the jeep from Besisahar to Chame will be around $200 (from what I’ve heard), but probably much cheaper on the spot with other people.

  6. Hi,Jeff:)
    I’m Celine(Peiyi)from Taiwan,I’ll arrive KTM on Feb 25 ,I’m also want to trekking in Annapurna circuit for 3 weeks or so, I’m think to trekking without guide/porter,but would like to have trekking partners:)
    my plan is flexible,end of Feb or early Mar is ok for me,
    I’ll fly out of KTM on 24 Mar.
    so,if I can join you,please let me know:)
    we can discuss more details.


  7. Hey Nathaniel, I’d be interested in joining and splitting costs, or at least meeting up in KTM before you head out if you have time. I’ll be there on March 3rd. I’ve got some trekking and traveling experience, but only Langtang and EBC in Nepal. I’d appreciate hearing about your trip experience. I’m looking for a 14-21 day trek. Let me know if you’d like to meet in KTM.
    Btw, my wife’s family is from Ithaca and I’m from nearby.

  8. Hi everyone!

    You guys all seem to have plans similar to my own.

    I arrive in Kathmandu on 01 March and would to start trekking the Annapurna Circuit on 4/5/6 March. I’m looking to find like minded easy going individuals or groups of friends/couples that want to do similar. The end date and location is flexible at this stage, as I want to reasses the merits of continuing the western part of the trek on the road when I arrive there. My plan is to possibly do some of the side treks along the way but I haven’t looked into this in any great detail yet. My preference would be to do this trek independently without a guide but not at the expense of safety.

    Does this sound like something that would fit with the plans?