Annapurna Circuit Trek

I’m a Lebanese/American student living in Lebanon and will have a month’s break in July to travel.
I’m keen on doing this trek in spite of it being ”monsoon season” based on this information:

it’s in a My “advice” would also be to do a trek like the Annapurna Circuit as the best section of this is in the Himalayan Rain Shadow and this are gets very little rain even in the middle of the monsoon as it is to the north of the main Himalayan chain and 90% of the rain falls on the southern slopes (Neither EBC, Langtang or ABC treks are in the Himalayan Rain Shadow) Places like Tilicho Lake (Possible side extension of AC from Manang) are Best visited at this time of year – Google Images of Tilicho Lake.
Ok you will get a bit wet on your first few days trekking but once above Pasang the weather will improve, then you have three choices on the Kali Gandaki side from Jomsom, – Fly, Jeep or get wet again and trek.

when it comes to the ITINIRARY: I have no strong preferences. the point is to be with nature and enjoy ourselves fully.. I trek without the incentive of challenge or competition. I trek for joy.
I found this step-by-step post.
it should do fine as a rough approximation of what it might be like. but then again, I am flexible and open to rest days or side treks if needed to recuperate or accommodate to the altitude.

when it comes to LOGISTICS: I have no experience trekking such terrain. I have only been on long hikes, never thru-hiking, although I will be conditioning for this trek until it comes around. that being said, I would like to keep the baggage as minimal as possible. I do like to travel light

when it comes to BUDGET: I am low maintenance and open to whatever is available, as with anything else

PERSONAL information: I like to meet new people and learn about their life and experiences. this however would most likely happen during our down time. I do like to hike in silence and enjoy it with all of my senses. but again, as with all things, I am flexible and I have no rules set in stone

I speak Arabic, French, English and basic Spanish and can accommodate accordingly when it comes to conversation.



24 replies
  1. Hi Chantal! I’m an American college student and hoping to do the Annapurna circuit trek in late June/early July. I read through your post and it seems like we would get along well so I’d love to talk more with you and see if we could travel together! I will be ending a study abroad program in India on June 23rd and was planning on flying to Nepal then- are you firm on a July 1st departure date or would you be able to leave a little earlier?

  2. Hi ladies. I’m also planning to do the Annapurna Circuit around this time.

    I will be fully acclimatised, having been in Nepal for a month already, and already experienced Everest base camp. And I am also traveling with a budget in mind; as well as very flexible.

    If you’re ok having a guy along, I’m keen to join others passionate about hiking in the truly great outdoors. I like the idea of trekking for personal enjoyment, then socialising in the down time.

    Whilst this will be my first trip to Nepal, I have completed many thru-hikes, including the length of New Zealand’s North Island. I’m also an ex-Navy medic and remote location first aid instructor, so not a bad person to have along. (All of a sudden, I feel like I’m giving you my resume)! 😀

    Anyway, I’m flexible on dates. My only hard dates are: arrive in Kathmandu on the 29th May, depart 29th July.

    Two friends of mine have told me about Tillicho Lake, and yes….. I would love to take the time do this side trek, but again, am very happy to go with the flow. 🙂

  3. I will be in Nepal in June and July, Upper Mustang is suppose to be the best surinf rainy season, would you be interested in doing that with me?

    • hey Katherine
      I read about that. my concern is that the pass for that one is very expensive ( a few hundred $) which is why I ruled it out..
      can I interest you in the APC instead?

  4. I will arrive in Nepal on July 1st and want to do the Annapurna Circuit. How firm are you on leaving on July 1st?

    • not firm at all
      message me your number! we can sort out a starting date that fits most if not all

  5. hello, im going to be availabl in the area after 22 of june. Im from Argentina and traveling through south east asia! come here for meditation retreat and would love to do the trekking. im really interested in joining as i would like to share that experience with a group of people, so please let me know if you want to do it. kisses

    • hey Ona
      sounds wonderful
      message me your number so we can all sync up!

  6. Hello all! I arrive Kathmandu on June 17 and am looking to do some trekking myself. I was hoping to leave on the 20, but seems like this is not a good date for others who are also looking to link up – following this with the idea in mind I would like to join if I cant get others for the dates I have in mind (I am sure I can occupy myself around Nepal for an extra week 🙂 )

  7. Hello all! I arrive Kathmandu on June 17 and am looking to do some trekking myself. I was hoping to leave on the 20, but seems like this is not a good date for others who are also looking to link up – following this with the idea in mind I would like to join if I cant get others for the dates I have in mind (I am sure I can occupy myself around Nepal for an extra week 🙂 )


  8. Hey everyone! I would also like to join the group! I will be in Nepal already for a month too. I’m spanish but I also speak english and catalan (and a little bit of french too). Love the mountains and nature and I don’t mind about doing some more days for side circuits, I also do not care if we get a little bit wet as it is part of the experience! Hope to hear from you soon and we can talk about it 🙂

  9. should we start a g-chat or something?
    how to handle the replies!

    • What do we need to start a g-chat? Our phone numbers?

    • phone numbers would work!
      message me phone number + country code so I could start a group chat and sort out the dates

  10. Namaste! This will be my fifty time trekking in Nepal and the 3rd time I will be doing the AC! I’m keen on trekking with others that enjoy the silence while trekking as well I’ve done my past treks solo so this will be a new experience on top of an old one! I’ll be landing the second of July so if you havent stepped off yet I’d love to join!

    • hey Justin
      message me your phone number with country code so we can sort it all out on a group chat

  11. Hey everyone! Last minute plans but I’m traveling to KTM around the 28th and would love to join you all for this trek. I’m flexible with dates and would like to do the side treks as well!

    • message me your phone number + country code if you’re keen!

  12. Hola ! I’ll be landing in KTM on the 23rd of June and i’m thinking to do same trek and maybe Annapurna Sanctuary. If any of you will be in KTM let me know, we could meet up and plan.

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  14. hey all!
    anyone who’s interested in this trek
    message me your phone numbers with country code so we could start a WhatsApp group chat and sort out the details since the starting dates are coming up for many!

    • 866 81471931
      I’ll download whats app tonight

    • 866 9 81471931

      I mistyped my phone number before. This should work