Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hi there,

Planning to do the Annapurna Circuit starting on the 1st week of October. I usually travel solo, but up in the mountains it’s always a good idea to hike with some company. On a slightly fatter shoestring budget, which means that I will not be hiring guides/porters, but will be staying and getting all meals from teahouses. I’ve a crippling masala chai addiction, so hopefully that would at least give back to the Nepalese economy. I’ve done some hikes in Japan and in my home country, Malaysia, but this will be my first experience hiking >3,000m, and am very much looking forward to it. I don’t intend to rush – leisurely, moderate pace – but I do have only 12 days of actual trekking since it’s hard to get much time off work.

My plan is:

DAY 0:
–Kathmandu > Besisahar. Likely to be Oct 3rd, unless I can get things like TIMS & ACAP permits sorted out on Saturday… If there’s enough daylight, to take a jeep as far as Syange/Jagat on the same day or the next, as I’ve read road sections from Tal to Chame is gnarly.

DAYS 1 – 12:
–Syange/Jagat/Chame > Manang (really depends on how far up from Besisahar the jeep can safely take us, though I’ve read that Jagat to Chame is beautiful.)
–Manang rest day, then Manang > Tilicho lake side trip. Usually takes about 3 days, and helps with acclimatization supposedly. We can take a short cut and avoid backtracking to Manang and go from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka (from Yak Kharka, go to Letdar).
–Letdar > Thorung Phedi
–Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (Thorung La pass day)
–Muktinath to Jomsom via jeep as the road is reportedly dusty. Will be doing a side trip to Marpha for the apple pies.

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Admittedly it looks like I’ll be trekking only a few sections of the Annapurna Circuit, but I’ve read about/seen pictures of Tilicho lake and just couldn’t resist. Hence the sacrifices at the start of the trek.

Do let me know if you’re interested and we can discuss the plan in greater detail over on email/chat.




11 replies
  1. Hi Zaimah,

    I’m also starting the ACT first week of October. I’ll be in Kathmandu on the 2nd morning. I’m planning on getting some rest & permits in the next day or two in Kathmandu. I want to leave Kathmandu as early as I practically can, so both of our plans seem to align on paper.

    My current itinerary is as follow:

    1/10/16 Flight out (Monday afternoon)
    2/10/16 Tuesday morning – spend it in Kathmandu – obtain permits & rest
    3/10/16 Leave Kathmandu. Spend night at Jagat/Chamje
    4/10/16 Jagat to Dharapani
    5/10/16 Dharapani to Chame
    6/10/16 Chame to Lower Pisang
    7/10/16 Lower Pisang to Manang part 1
    8/10/16 Lower Pisang to Manang part 2
    9/10/16 Acclimatise
    10/10/16 Acclimatise
    11/10/16 Manang to Thorung Phedi
    12/10/16 Thorung Phedi to Muktinath
    13/10/16 Muktinath to Marpha
    14/10/16 Marpha to Ghasa
    15/10/16 Ghasa to Tatopani
    16/10/16 Tatopani to Ghorepani
    17/10/16 Ghorepani to Tikhedunga
    18/10/16 Tikhedunga to Nayapul
    19/10/16 1+ Extra day on trail to be spent somewhere/ for errors
    20/10/16 Nayapul – Pokhara – Kathmandu
    21/10/16 2+ Day in Kathmandu
    23/10/16 Flight back
    24/10/16 Work

    I would love to do the Tilicho Lake side trip – the only reason it wasn’t in my original itinerary is because I was concerned about doing it solo (in an area known for landslides). Depending on where I start & finish the trek, I’m sure I can squeeze the side trek in.

    Let me know if this is of any interest.


    • Hi Kulaa,

      Seems like we can work something out. I’ll also be using the 2nd to sort out permits & get bus tickets from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, and from there perhaps a jeep to Jagat.

      The only difference here is that I’m planning to take the Upper Pisang route, which I’ve read has better views compared to Lower Pisang. So roughly the plan is quite similar, like so:

      10/03 – Bus from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (6hrs). Besisahar > Jagat via jeep.
      10/04 – Jagat > Dharapani (5:10, Lonely Planet estimate so I’d add 1hr for good measure…)
      10/05 – Dharapani > Chame (3:30)
      10/06 – Chame to Pisang (Upper Pisang) (4:05)
      10/07 – Upper Pisang to Manang (6:30)
      10/08 – Manang acclimatization day (Gangapurna lake)
      10/09 – Manang to Khangsar
      10/10 – Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp Hotel
      10/11 – Tilicho Base Camp Hotel to Tilicho Lake
      10/12 – Tilicho Base Camp to Manang (Or use the Shree Kharka shortcut to Letdar, so no need to back track to Manang)
      10/13 – Manang to Letdar
      10/14 – Letdar to Thorung Phedi
      10/15 – Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (Thorung La Pass day)
      10/16 – Muktinath to Jomsom via jeep. Side trip to Marpha.

      I reckon we can work something out, in full or in parts. Let’s talk on the details further, I’ve PM-ed you my email.


  2. Hai zaimah gimana Kalo ke ebc saja ? 🙂

    • Hi Taufik,

      Plan saya kali ini hanya ke ACT saja, do let me know if you’re interested.

  3. Hello,
    Let me know if you potentially want another partner. I’m in KTM through the 1st, then heading to Pokhara. I don’t have any plans set in stone, I just want to do some trekking so I could possibly meet you at your start point. Let me know and maybe we can work something out.

    • Hi Tiffany,

      I’ll be in KTM on the 2nd, and am heading to Behisahar on the 3rd after obtaining all necessary gear & passes. Zaimah, unfortunately, isn’t going to be able to make it this time around due to work commitments. I’ve PMed you my email & number – I’m more reachable on WhatsApp than email. Please ping me a message if you’re up for it.



    • Hi Tiffanny,

      As Kulaa mentioned, I’ve had to postpone my travel plans for now, sorry for the delayed response. Hope you’ve managed to sort things out and enjoying the HImalayas.

  4. Hi! I have more or less the same plan and schedule. I’d be glad to join your team 🙂

    • Hi Alexis,

      I’ll PM you my email/ number. Let’s talk.


  5. Hi guys, I approx. have the same plans, AP circuit, upper Pisang, starting from besishar.
    I am already in pokhara though so i guess i will not start too late on monday.
    When will you guys arrive there?

    • Hi! We plan to be in Besishar on Monday. We’re leaving from KTM on Monday early morning directly to Besishar. It’d be great if you can join us.