Annapurna Circuit Trek (with side-trips)

I’m planning a trek of the full-circuit starting from Besisahar and finishing in Nayapul. I would like to follow the new Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (marked in red and white, that take you away from the roads).
Side-trips that I’d like to include are to the Ice Lake and the Tilicho Lake (depending on the state of the trail to Tilicho)
I arrive in Kathmandu on 30 October, will need to spend one day there to sort out trekking permits, etc. Then take the bus to Besisahar on 1 November, starting the trek on 2 November, aiming to be finished on either the 22 or 23 November (my return flight departs from Kathmandu on the 25th). I’d like to spend a day or 2 in Pokhara at end of the trek.

If anyone is interested in joining me for part (or all) of my trek, please get in touch.




17 replies
  1. Hi Jim,

    Great to hear about your Trek Plan.

    My plan for Act with Tilicho, is quite similar.Starts from Bangalore on 1 Nov 2016.But my Trek speed will be very slow.

    1. Bangalore to Kathmandu.[FLIGHT]
    2. Bhulbhule.[BY BUS FROM KATHMANDU]
    3. Jagat.
    4. Dharapani.
    5. Chame.
    6. Pisang.
    7. Manang.
    8. Manang.[SIDE TRIP TO ICE LAKE]
    9. Khangsar.
    10. TBC.
    11. TBC.
    12. Yak Kharka.
    13. Thorong phedi.
    14. Muktinath.
    15. Jomsom.
    16. Pokhara.[VIA FLIGHT FROM JOMSOM]
    17. Kathmandu.[BY BUS FROM POKHARA]
    18. Kathmandu to Bangalore.[FLIGHT]
    19. Extra day.[CAN USE ANYDAY]

    My plan is to use a Trek Company from here, with reasonable rates.They have an Office in Kathmandu.They will fix me with following :-

    1. Permits.
    2. Bus & Flight Tickets, within Nepal.
    3. Tea Houses.Food & Drinks to my account.
    4. Guide & Porter.
    5. Hotels in Kathmandu, & Pokhara.
    6. All Airport Pickup & drop off at Kathmandu,Jomsom & Pokhara.

    If you think, this will work with your plan, let us take this forward, & communicate via email.


  2. Here is a full list of my intended itinerary:

    November 1 – bus from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar
    2 – walk to Bahundanda
    3 – Bahundanda > Ghermu > Jagat > Chamje
    4 – Chamje > Tal > Dharapani
    5 – Dharapani > Danaque > Temang > Thanchowk > Koto > Chame
    6 – Chame > Bhratang > Dhukur Pokhari > Upper Pisang
    7 – Upper Pisang > Ghyaru > Ngawal
    8 – Ngawal > Julu > Braka (via high route)
    9 – side trip to Kicho Tso (Ice Lake) return to Braka
    10 – Braka > Manang > Khangsar > Shree Kharka
    11 – Shree Karka > Tilicho base camp lodge
    12 – TBC lodge > Tilicho Lake > TBC lodge
    13 – TBC lodge > Shree Kharka > Khangsar > Yak Kharka
    14 – Yak Kharka > Thorong high camp
    15 – Thorong high camp > Thorong La > Muktinath (Ranipauwa)
    16 – Ranipauwa > Jhong > Patak (northern villages variant) > Kagbeni
    17 – Kagbeni > Jomsom > Thini > Dhumba Lake > Marpha
    18 – Marpha > Tuckuche (via Chimang) > continue on east bank of river to Kokethati
    19 – Kokethati > Ghasa (Eagle’s nest lodge)
    20 – Eagle’s nest > Tatopani
    21 – Tatopani > Ghorepani
    22 – Ghorepani > Naya Pul (bus to Pokhara)
    23 – rest day in Pokhara
    24 – bus to Kathmandu

  3. Hi Jim,
    I’m comming to Kathmandu in about 4-5 days than i’ll be moving to Pokhara. I might start from Besisahar the same day as you do. We might start together and see if it fits well.

    • Hi Tomas, if you are starting the same day as me from Besi Sahar (1 November) we could possibly start together and see how things go from there…

  4. Hi Jim and Tomas,

    I’m heading for the same trek as yours and am available for a start between Nov 1st and 2nd. If you guys are open, I’d also like to join your group and see how things fan out.

    I do have a wider range of time though, so at the end I’ll probably continue to finish with the Annapurna base camp on my own or with others we’ll have crossed along the way.

    • Thanks for your response, I’m still intending to start the trek from Besi Sahar on the morning of 1 November. I’m flying out from the UK tomorrow evening and should arrive in KTM on Sunday afternoon. On Monday I will need to get hold of my trekking permit and TIMS card, sort out a bus ticket to Besi Sahar.
      Very excited about this trek 🙂

    • Hi Claudia-Sam,
      I’m sure you can join us. We’ll meet on tuesday 1st of november in Besisahar. Are you going there from KTM or Pokhara? I have also wider range of time So i might join you for the base camp.
      See you soon

  5. Hi Jim,
    sorry for a late response. I just got to Pokhara. I’ll look around And join you on tuesday from besisahar. I’ll let you know what time i should be there.
    Have a save flight

  6. Hi Tomas, Claudia-Sam,
    will you be staying in Besi Sahar on Monday night? I believe that it’s 6 hours on the bus from Kathmandu or 5 hours from Pokhara to Besi Sahar.
    I’m planning to be there on Monday night and start the trek on Tuesday morning.
    Hope to see you there!

  7. to the above message – I am planning on taking the bus to Besisahar on Tuesday and starting the trek on Wednesday.


    • Hi Jim,
      As there are no buses from Pokhara to besisahar on tuesday i’m going there tomorrow. i’ll move to bhulbhule tomorrow And on tuesday to bahundanda where i wait for you. I’ll let you know which place i’m staying in. See you there

  8. Hi Tomas, I will be leaving kathmandu on a bus to dumre tomorrow. From there i will need to find another bus to get to Besisahar. I’m waiting to hear from Pierre, and if he decides to make the same journey. Hope to catch up with you.

  9. Tomas, I got a message from Pierre, he will be leaving early on wednesday on a bus from kathmandu and will possibly reach bahundanda the same day

  10. Tomas, I’m in besisahar now, need to get my park permit in the morning, then i hope to make it to Bahundanda tomorrow.
    Pierre is taking the bus tomorrow, and should be meeting up in Bahundanda too.

  11. Hi Jim,
    I’m already in Ghermu. I think i’ll do it to manang by myself And there i’ll do some one Day treks So we can meet there. It goes pretty fast And i got to bahundanda at 10am today So i didn’t feel like staying there for Two days.
    Enjoy the First part And hope to see you in manang. I’d like to join you for tillicho Lake.

    • Ok, I’ll try to keep you posted of my whereabouts and maybe catch up with you in Manang

  12. Tomas, I made it to bahundanda this afternoon and Pierre has just arrived too!