Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hi! I am going to be in Nepal volunteering at a birth centre as a student midwife for 4-6weeks in January-February. I am really keen to fit in the beautiful Annapurna Circuit Trek within that time, and it would be great to find someone to share it with!

I am hoping to do the Annapurna Circuit in very early January, I am a little short on time, so I would like to do it in ~20 days at the most. Open to advice though!

Keen to do it cheaply and would be happy to split the costs of a guide.

I am healthy and fit, but will definitely be doing some hikes with a pack before I go to prepare!

I have never been to Nepal, have done lots of other multi-day treks previously, in New Zealand, Scotland, Tassy & other places around Australia.

I am a nurse and yoga teacher and currently studying to become a midwife.



27 replies
  1. Hi, Frances! I’m arriving in KTM on the 31st of October and looking to start a trek around the 2nd/3rd. I’m a novice trekker but a fast walker with good stamina and was looking for something around 2 weeks and on a low budget. I’ve been assured you don’t need a guide in these areas as the trails are really well trodden and popular.
    Hare you looked into permits yet? I’m a little behind on my research!

    oh…..I’m an illustrator/animation designer. 37 YO living in London. Never been to Nepal!

  2. Hello all

    I’m looking At doing the same trek around the same time if your open to another.

    First time in Nepal but will be coming from doing Everest base camp Trek.

  3. Hi Matt and Joe!
    Lovely to hear from you. So Matt you are going to be in Nepal for a while? Lucky!
    I am hoping to set off a little bit earlier on the 30th of December now, let me know if that suits you.

    F xx

    • Hey! Are you consiering only 20 days treks or shorter too? I am aiming to be in Lumbini by 15th Jan but I arrive in Pokhara on 24th Dec. Would be great to find other people to trek with!
      Haven’t done winter trekking but lots of other activities, day treks now travelling and generally lots of sports and gym.

  4. Hey guys!

    23 year-old Singaporean here, looking at starting the trek a little earlier, say from 22nd December onwards if anyone has flexible dates. As for experience I’d put myself between beginner and intermediate-level but I’m looking forward to my first time in Nepal doing both high-altitude and winter trekking with you guys!

    Let me know if anyone is open, we could try and arrange something together πŸ™‚

    • Heya Daanish!
      I fly into Kathmandu on the 28th of December so I can’t head off till after then! Sounds great if you would like to join if you can head off around the 30th? πŸ™‚

    • Heya Daanish!
      Great! It won’t let me post a comment similar to the one below! So weird! So look at my reply to Andreas below πŸ™‚ xx

    • haha, oops it did post, just ignore what I said πŸ˜‰

  5. Ola!!

    I’am planning on starting the trek at the end of december or beginning of January. I think i’am gonna arrive around 22 december in Kathmandu. I’am thinking about trekking 14 days because i fly back to Brussels 21 January.
    Does everyone sorts there permits out in front? Or in Kathmandu/Pohkara?

    I’am a 28 year old Belgian youth worker. i’m in good condition, i think:) Srry for my bad english.


    • Hi Andreas!
      Great! I get into Kathmandu on the 28th of December so can’t head off till after then. I need to finish up the trek mid Jan the same as you. I’m hoping by the 14th or 15th of January so I can start volunteering on the 16th (the start date is a little flexible but want to spend a good amount of time with them).
      Sounds great if you would like to join and heading off around the 30th of December works for you?
      F xx

  6. Namaste, Frances! I’ll be in Nepal Early December with the plans of getting some more tattoo work done and then doing the Annapurna Circuit for the second time in late December πŸ™‚ I did it originally in the summer months but am keen for a winter experience! I’ve done a total of 3 treks in Nepal and this will be my fourth time visiting πŸ™‚ you most definitely won’t need a guide as the trail is clearly marked and you are likely to come across groups with a guide who you can trail if you feel lost πŸ™‚ I’m definitely doing it on a budget as well so if you’d like to meet up when you land we can talk plans and see if our goals and plans connect πŸ™‚

    • Hey Justin, I have a similar itinerary to you and Frances. I’ll be arriving in Kathmandu on 4 Dec, will proceed to do a meditation course ending 25 Dec and fly home 20 Dec. I’m hoping to do a ~20-day trek with some detours. Please let me know if you and Frances would like to link up.

    • Hello! I’m arriving in Kathamndu on 21st Dec, then I would like to be in Pokhara around 24th and set off on a trek! It will be my first time in Nepal trekking and I am a beginner trekker but reasonably fit. Doing it on a budget too so looking to meet someone in Nepal and figure out if trekking together works πŸ™‚ Given it is my first time winter trekking, I would like to do around 10 days and see what happens haha.

  7. Hi Justin, I am interested in doing the Annapurna Circuit around this period of time as well! I am an experienced trekker und have done lots of mountains in the alps, but isn’t it too dangerous doing the Annapurna Circuit in December/January because of snow/cold weather especially in areas with higher altitude???
    cheers egon

    • The winter time is their dry season so snowfall won’t be an issue except for maybe a delay or two. In higher altitudes it will be cold but thankfully you can always throw another lay of clothing on!

  8. Heya, great to see so many folks planning to do AC in late Dec/early Jan. In the same boat here. I’m a novice trekker but would like to think I have decent stamina (accustomed to walking 10+ hours daily when lived/travelled abroad.)

    I’m hoping to do a 20-day (ish, open to +- 3 days in case the pass is snowed in for a day or two) AC trek with some detours including Poon Hill sunrise, Tilicho Lake, Kutsapteranga Monastery etc.

    The only limitation is the earliest I can start is 26 Dec (meditation retreat) and the latest I can end is 20 Jan (flight home).

    Looking for people to share a guide with and split the costs! Ideally an experienced guide ($30-$50/day), no porter, split among 3-5 people ($10/day/pp).

    A bit about me: I’ve lived in China, Denmark, Singapore, Vietnam, US, UK and Spain. Been practicing yoga for around a year. Always been a beach bum but really looking forward to my first winter trekking experience! (:

  9. Hi Frances!

    I am from Adelaide, Australia and will be in Nepal from 29 December to 15 January this year.

    Your dates for the trek fit me perfectly and I would love to join. I would be keen to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in around 13 days so that there is time for me to look around Kathmandu and Pokhara at the end.

    I would like to go with a guide, and more than happy to split all of those kind of costs.

    I am fun, energetic and fit. Up for an adventure and to share the special experience with great people.

    I am a lawyer in Adelaide, and I am going to Nepal for an adventure before I start full-time work :).

    I have also never been to Nepal, but have been training for this trek, and have done other long walks around parts of Australia.

    Look forward to hearing from you and hopefully getting something organised!

    • Hi Georgia! A junior lawyer getting lots of actual life before work here as well πŸ˜‰
      I would love to be back in Kathmandu by 13th Jan but I will be in Pokhara starting 24th so maybe we can meet and trek! I am keen to try a 10 days trek (so might be a bit too late if I started 29th) but since I have never done winter trekking and I am coming from sunny Philippines I am also happy with shorter side trips around beautiful Pokhara.

  10. Hey everyone! Glad to see quite a number of people interested to brave the winter season hiking in Nepal. πŸ™‚

    I arrive in KTM on the 27th and will try to get all permits, gear etc in preparation for the hike the next day. I plan to spend the first day of 2017 at ABC, and then take it easy going back to Pokhara… so I have around 8 days (which is doable, from what I’ve read online.

    I’m thinking of doing it independently, without a guide or porter. But if there’s anyone there who has the same dates as mine, I’m keen on splitting the cost of a guide too. Either way, meeting you all there or on the way would be great! πŸ™‚

    Oh… I’m a teacher in Bangkok and this is my first time to go to Nepal. I am moderately fit and have done long walks and treks.


  11. Hi All!

    I am interested in around 10 days trek in late Dec/ early Jan. I would like to be back in Kathmandu by 13th Jan latest due to a meditation retreat. I arrive in Kathmandu on 21st and aimed to be in Pokhara on 24th ready to trek. I haven’t done winter trekking at all, I am reasonably fit (regular gym, kitesurfing, lots of daily walking) and have done lots of day treks for the past month as I am currently traveling. I would like to meet in Pokhara and see if we can set on a trek together? Cheers πŸ™‚

  12. You might miss Ghorepani and go up to Khopra Danda instead. Ghorepani is a lttle overhtped for what it us. You could still drop out at Kande or Dhapus, or just backtrack down the way you went up to get back to the road. Get a good map (showing red/white blue/white, and yellow trails and at a good readable scale).

  13. Hello, I am planning to start Annapurna Circuit Trek on 1st January 2017. I have been planning to travel alone. I will be reaching Manang around 6th January and I wish to visit Tilicho Lake and come back to Manang. It would be great to have a partner for trek to Tilicho Lake. Are you planning to trek to Tilicho Lake and come back?

  14. Hey everyone! I’m keen to find a partner(s) for the Annapurna circuit and so glad to see others are planning to hike in Nepali winter. I am currently in India and have not booked any flights and thus could be quite flexible. I generally enjoy walking on my own but would love to have someone to meet in the evenings for dinner, safety etc. I’m also not against walking together at times, of course! Whatever ends up working πŸ™‚ I’m from Canada, in decent shape and this will be my second trek in Nepal, but my third visit. I can’t get enough!!
    PM me or reply to this if you’re up to have me join the gang! Cheers!

  15. Hello everyone! I just read most of the posts and I am really confused who is doing what and about the dates. Instead of replaying to your posts I thought I will write mine and hopefully I will match with someone:) (easy way) i am a doc filmmaker based in Scotland. I have been travelling in Siberia for the last month so I got used to the cold πŸ˜‰ I am arriving in Kathmandu on the 25 in the evening and I have a flight back on the 17th of January. Want to do Annapurna circuit. I am very flexible, I just want to walk as much as possible. I like alwking alone but it is my first time in Nepal so it would be great to join someone. I don’t think I need a guide and it seems there is no need for one for this treck. Hope to meet some of you on the circuit. Hey!

  16. Hi everyone! I’m currently in Pokhara trying to get everything in order to do this trek, and I would love to find some people to it with! Ideally I’d set off around the 27th or 28th so if anyone here is wanting to leave a little bit earlier let me know! I’m from Canada and would consider myself to be a reasonably confident hiker, although I haven’t done a trek this long before. It would be great to have some company and I hope we can all figure something out πŸ™‚

  17. Stick to stone built lodges at altitude, avoid end rooms with draughty glazing on 3 sides (one window is plenty). It will be getting chilly up there now. Ask for another duvet or steal one. Girls, shove the beds together and sleep with your sister.

  18. Be picky about your lodge, a bedroom door that opens internally on to a corridor is a fine thing indeed.