Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hi everyone!

My name is Koen and I am a student from the Netherlands. Before I start my graduation project, I’m travelling in Nepal for a month and planned to do the Annapurna Circuit, as hiking here has been a long-time dream. I’m looking for an enthusiastic person or group that wants to be part of this adventure.

I would like to depart from Pokhara on the 8th, 9th or 10th of January, taking a bus or van to Besisahar to start the day after – which means we could meet up at either Pokhara or Besisahar. However, it would be nice to have a beer and a chat before we leave ;).

Regarding the weather, we will have to see what the weather conditions are like, as they are quickly changing. We also have to see whether the pass is open. I’m preparing myself for cold weather and snow (probably buying spikes in Pokhara).

I scheduled about fourteen days for the hike, so I would probably have the time to do a sidehike to Tilichio lake, and probably return to Pokhara from Jomson. My initial plan is to do the hike without a guide, but if someone wants to share one, I’m quite flexible regarding this issue.

If you would like to join, hit me up!



5 replies
  1. Hi Koen, If pass is closed you might want to join on a shorter trekking away from the crowds (of sheep and yaks). I am going to do a hike south of Annapurna south. Been there before since I lived past year in Pokhara. I am flexible from 12th of January. Hike is about 8 nights/9 days. If you are looking for ‘spikes’ crampons, better chances in Ktm.
    Be safe!

    • Hi Harry,

      Thanks for the heads up. Guess we can only know by then what the weather conditions are like. However, I’m also looking at the other options and I saw your itinerary on this website and it looks quite nice. So I’ll be open for that if the AC is not possible.

      Let’s keep in touch!

  2. OK, fine with me and maybe others too.

  3. Hi Koen…

    Just looking at your post and thinking I’ll have a similar schedule to you. I’m heading to Kathmandu next week.

    Arrive on Wednesday (8th). Plan to sort out TIMS/ACAP permits on the 9th before heading to Besisahar on Friday (10th) to start my trek. I’ve walked this route twice before, but never in the middle of winter! Anticipating a quieter/colder trail, and a bit of company along the way would be good.

    As referenced in earlier posts, weather could be a challenge towards Thorung La, I plan to keep a good eye on the clouds and keep talking to lodge owners. Anyway, the trail from Tal onwards is breathtaking and would be an amazing walk by itself if the pass wasn’t possible. Some good sidetrips too.

    Seems likely we might cross paths in the coming weeks anyway, but if you want to discuss setting off together from Besisahar, drop me a line.

    Best wishes,


  4. Hi guys,
    Just to update you all.

    Weather of yesterday: The temperature of Manang has dropped to -12 degree Celsius. Continuous Heavy snowfall since 16 hrs has also resulted in 2-3 foot snow on the ground. This has disturbed drinking water supply and Electricity!