Annapurna Circuit Trek

I was planning on doing this trek solo, however it seems the Nepali government is no longer going to be issues solo permits, requiring all trekkers to book a guide.

I’m actually very disappointed as it adds essentially an extra $500 to the cost of my trip and I’d honestly prefer the freedom of not having a guide. However I think the experience could still be really great with a trekking partner + guide, so I’m posting here to see if anyone is in the same boat and wants to go halfs on a guide for this trek 🙂

I am in Nepal from the 29th April until the 4th of June, I was planning on starting AC on the 4th of May although I’m somewhat flexible on this date as long as it’s within the time period I’m in Nepal. Obviously earlier in May is better weather wise though!

My plan is to take 14 to 18 days, I’ve not yet decided how much further I want to trek after Thorong La Pass.

Let me know if you’re interested!



6 replies
  1. Hi !! Reading your post I totally find myself!
    I would like to do a trek in the annapurnas in may. I am a young French girl who came to discover Nepal. I also prefer to do the trek without a guide, to see what the Nepalese government requires!

  2. Hi Mitchel and Rebecca,
    I will be arrived in Kathmandu on Thu 27th April and planning to do Annapurna Circuit 29th or 30th May.. Is this confirm and mandatory to hire guide ? Can we just hire local guide from Besisahar ?

  3. Hey Rébecca and Nurdajat 🙂

    I’ve been following some reddit posts about the guide situation and also this Tripadvisor thread which is pretty good:

    The conclusion right now is: no one has any clue what will happen.

    The only thing I can see for sure is that Everest Base Camp will still be available for solo trekking as it does not require a TIMS permit.

    The way this restriction will be enforced is that you will likely not be able to get a TIMS permit if you have not already hired a registered guide. So the idea of waiting until you are at Besi Sahar to hire a guide would probably not work (assuming the rule is actually even enforced) as these permits can only be obtained in KTM and Pokhara I believe.

    Right now my plan is to keep an eye on these forums/threads as we go into April and see what others say as they start trekking. April is obviously peak season for AC so hopefully should get some good info pretty quick.

    I also read that it’s possible you only need a guide if you are completely solo, and that if you are in a group of 2+ you can go without a guide. If that’s the case I think we could definitely sort something out!

    • Hi !!
      Yes, we can see what is going on. but in any case we want to do the Annapurna trek in May☺️
      You can contact me on whatsapp: +33781198139

  4. Mitchell, Rebecca, and Nurdrajat,
    I’m in the same situation! I was going to do the Three Passes Trek alone but now I don’t know what I’m doing or if I’m going to Nepal at all. It would be nice to split the cost of a guide with others if something changes and they enforce the no solo trekking rule in the Everest region. I’m down to do whatever trek I just want to have a good trip and I don’t have the money to get a guide by myself. I’ll be in Nepal from May 4th- June 2nd.

  5. Hey all, I’ve created a WhatsApp group for us to arrange something. Feel free to PM me your WhatsApp number and I’ll add you to the group if you’re interested