Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hey team, I’m a kiwi guy looking at hiking Annapurna using the NATT trails as opposed to the road (google them, they look pretty cool). Aiming to head off around the 26th. Totally down to get side tracked as well. I’m aiming not to get a guide or a porter, but definitely doing my research.

My name is Jackson, I’m a medical student from NZ. Pretty chill, open and down for a good yarn (or silent contemplation of mountains). I’ve been to SE Asia, North America and Europe – not much trekking, but I’m reasonably fit. Keen to cruise along and enjoy being in such a beautiful country!

A couple of ideas I had were to mountain bike down the road from Muktinath for a bit (maybe to Jomsom), and also I’d be keen to finish via Poon Hill and maybe even do Annapurna Sanctuary if my legs haven’t fallen off yet haha. But very flexible.

Throw some ideas and questions at me!

New Zealand


12 replies
  1. Hello Jackson!

    My name is Eric and I am a Canadian trekker who is planning on starting the Annapurna circuit in late November around the 24/25. The circuit would be the last section of a three month continuos trek for me so I will probably be pretty sweaty and gross!

    These NATT trails sound sweet so if you are still looking for a trekking partner I would be happy to trek with you.


  2. Hi Eric!
    Yeah for sure! Wow three months is so epic, I hope that goes well. You’ll probably be way more fit than me by then haha but I’m always on the look out for cool people to walk with/play cards in the evening.
    I’ve been looking into the NATT trails, so I’ll hopefully have the up to date guidebook with me and a map with them on it.

    I’ll flick you my email by message and we can have a chat over the next few days if that’s alright with you.


  3. Hey Jackson,
    My name is Ariana, I’m from Seattle, Washington, USA. I’m trying to go the same dates as you, along without a guide. I’m pretty flexible on the duration of the trip and planning!
    If you’re still looking for a partner I’d love to tag along!

    • Hey Ariana, it’d be great to have you along! Having an extra person so we don’t veer off into Tibet sounds good haha. 😛
      I’ll flick you a message on this and we can swap emails and have a chat if that’s cool with you.

  4. Hi All,
    I am arriving on the 18th from Dubai, i am really flexible with the timings to start Annapurna Circuit Trek – basically i am staying in Nepal till the 27th of December, so No Rush for me.
    They are saying the trek starts from Besisahar – 3 hours from Phokara or 6 Hours from Kathamadu. I can meet you guy there or in phokara. I wonder what is the best way to catch-up.

    Shall we form a FB/Whatsapp Group for itinerary ?? Herein my FB – Also phone number 00971565665437 . it should be much easier to communicate rather than here.




  5. Hello Jackson

    Stumbled across your plan and seems to match mine, i fly into KTM November 20th.

    If you have room for a Brit with fresh legs i promise to steer you clear of all the bad tea.

    Give us a shout if you wouldn’t mind another tag along

  6. Hey everybody,

    I will arrive in Kathmandu 0n the 23/11 and was thinking about doing the AC as well. Been to Basecamp once, this time i wanna do the round.
    Open to do the trek with or without guides as long there are experienced mountaniers in the group.

  7. Hi everyone,
    My name is Iris, a dutch girl, already a month travelling and volunteering in Nepal. I’m planning to start the annapurna circuit trekking around 23-28th of november from Pokhara. What’s your plan so far? I’d Love to join and see if I van keep up:)

  8. Hey guys. A bit late to the party! Got room for one adventure loving French-American?? Arriving on 22nd in Kathmandu. Was originally planing to go alone with a guide but I feel groups are better.
    – Open to splitting a guide with everyone or going without as long as there are experienced mountaineers
    – Also flexible with the itinerary.
    – Highest altitude I’ve been to is around Cuzco, Peru (3300m) I flew directly (no acclimatization) so was a bit groggy for the first day but otherwise fine.
    Please inbox me I’d love to join up!

  9. Hello team! I would like to join u the trekking party. I am already in Pokhara so If u have space for a spanish in the family I promise a pair of good legs (i have done some trekkings recently in India), good mood and easygoing attitude. I would like to do the lakes also but we can see that during the way.

  10. Hey various people!
    General plan is that we are aiming to take the bus from kathmandu to Bhulbhule or thereabouts on the 25th, then start walking on the 26th. Flick me a message if you’re interested in joining forces!

  11. Hi Jackson, I booked a super short notice trip to do the A.C at bang on the dates youve talked about. I’ll be starting on the 26th on the dot too.

    I’m a London based kiwi with lots of hiking experience (tramping!) so would be great to hook up with you and your growing legion 🙂

    Hope to be able to say hi to you all on the trail (I’ll bring the cards)