Annapurna Circuit Trek
I’m Stefano, 32 from Italy, and I’m planning to do the Annapurna Circuit starting at the end of April (I still haven’t booked my flights but the idea is to be in Kathmandu on 26/4).
If I find people to share transportation I would like to start north of Bhulbhule (Jagat or Dharapani) and invest those days in valley of Naar instead (which btw should be more rain shadowed). If that’s somehow impossible, then Bhulbhule is fine. The arrival would be in Jomsom.
I’m reading the old freely available NATT guidebook (http://www.nepal-dia.de/Trekking_the_Annapurna_Circuit_with_the_new_NATT_trails_111017.pdf) and considering a few deviations to avoid the main road and add some interesting-looking areas like:
– going thru Naar from Chame (actually 2km before Chame) to Braka to see, based on info I found, this adds 2 days to the AC -> this requires a guide and a RAP (75$) so unless somebody is willing to join, I’ll discard this part;
– hiking up to Tilicho Lake and back the same way/upper way (not crossing), based on info I found, this adds 3-4 days to the AC;
– spend 1 extra day in Kagbeni to experience the Upper Mustang culture and walking to the village of Tiri north of Kagbeni (according to this guidebook, still accessible without the Upper Mustang permit).
I’m an amateur photographer so I’m planning to take it with some calm to enjoy the scenery and ideally take a few nice shots to improve my portfolio
About guide/no guide I’m quite open. I was wondering it it’s maybe possible to get a guide only for the Naar side trip and for the Manang – Tilicho – Muktinath. I’d avoid porters considering it’s a well-supplied itinerary.
I guess I’m average fit (running, MTB, hiking, climbing, ski touring).Reply