Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the famous and the longest trekking routes in the Annapurna region in Nepal. As you are spending many days in the region comparing to the other trekking plans; of course, it offers you more than the others.

Annapurna region is renowned trekking destination in the world with multiple characteristics including the towering mountains, deep gorge, and valleys. Lush forest, farmlands and pristine turquoise water lakes are the other attraction of the region.

Besides the natural beauty and diverse natural character, the region is equally rich in its culture and tradition as it is a home for people of various ethnicities including famous Gurung, Thakali and Magar tribes. Travelling is not only walking through the trails, but it’s also about knowing the local culture and people. You will have an opportunity to learn about the local people along the trek. You can’t be enough thankful for the hospitality of the local denizens on the route as there is a saying in Nepal that “The guests are God”. The additional feature of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is that it takes you to Tilicho Lake which is located in the highest elevation on the Earth.
Anyone having trekking enthusiasm with good physical fitness can embark on this trek. The itinerary is designed in such a way that you can complete the trek on a moderate pace with ample rest time almost every day. Though we can operate this trek around the year, March to May and October to November are the suitable months to embark on this trek. If you manage to come for this trek in spring, blooming rhododendron flowers welcome you in the Annapurna region.

There is a slim chance of catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) since the trail starts off from a lower elevation and gradually ascends to higher. Our professionally motivated team is always with you throughout the trip in order to assist you to complete the trek in this world famous high-altitude trekking region successfully. Let us know your plan; we are here to serve you.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1    Kathmandu arrival day     (1400m)

Day 2    Drive Syange     (1100m)

Day 3    Trek to Dharpani    (1900m)

Day 4    Trek to Chame    (2710m)

Day 5    Trek to Pisang     (3250m)

Day 6    Trek to Manang     (3540m)

Day 7    Acclimatization day at Manang    (3540m)

Day 8    Trek to Tilicho Base Case Camp    (4150m)

Day 9    Hike to Tilicho Lake (4919) and trek to Shree Kharka (3900m)  

Day 10    Trek to Yak Kharka     (4050m)

Day 11    Trek to Thorong Phedi     (4533m)

Day 12     Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath and drive to Jomsom (2743m)     

Day 13    Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani     (1200m)

Day 14    Trek to Ghorepani    (2874m)

Day 15    Hike to Poon Hill (3210) and trek to Tadapani (2590m)    

Day 16     Trek to Ghandruk     (1940m)

Day 17    Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara     (827m)

Day 18     Drive to Kathmandu    (1400m)

Day 19    Departure from Kathmandu     (1400m)

Cost Includes

Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle

Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.

Twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) at tourist standard hotel along with breakfast

Accommodation during the trekking in a teahouse/Lodge

All three meals on the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), fruits after dinner and tea/coffee (3 times a day)

Tourist coach drive to and from Pokhara (air ticket or private vehicle can be arranged on the client’s behalf upon request)

Government certified English speaking trekking guide

The entire cost of the staff members involved in the trek (their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation)

Porters (one porter for every two trekkers) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation equipment, and insurance)

Charges of all necessary documentation and permits that include a permit for Annapurna Conservation Area perm, Trekkers Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card 

Down jackets and sleeping bags (upon request), should be returned to the company after completion of the trek.  

Company’s duffel bag , and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir.

Trekking route map

First Aid Kit (carried by a trek guide)

The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)

All applicable federal and local taxes. 

Cost Excludes

Nepal visa and International flights fare.

Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner. 

Expenses for your clothing and personal gears 

Your personal equipment and other expenses such as mineral water, soft beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek, bar bills, showers, internet, battery chargers etc.  

Your travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation 

Tipping to the guide, porter, and drivers 

Any other expenses not itemized in the "Cost Includes " are your personal expenses.

Itinerary

You will land at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our representative will be out there with your name card soon after you exit from the airport. S/he will transfer you to a hotel. After freshen up, you can explore the tourist hub in Kathmandu-Thamel. We will take you for a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant tonight.

You will start the day early today to get to Syanje on a commuter bus. Though it is about 7/8 hour drive from Kathmandu, you will enjoy the countryside in Nepal and the sight of mountains along the route. Gushing rivers, green vegetation, terraced farm field are the other attractions of the day. You will stay overnight in Syange.

Today you will cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River twice. Though the trail is full of ups and down, you will be rewarded with the views of beautiful waterfalls and experience passing through the rocky cliff. You cannot express the feeling arouse while watching beautiful falls on the route. After crossing picturesque villages such as Chamje and Tal you will arrive today’s destination Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.

You will climb through the beautiful Oak and rhododendron forest today. You will have a sporadic view of Mount Manaslu, Annapurna II including others while ascending to Danaque. You will go through a couple of settlements Timang and Thanchowk on the route. It will be a scenic walk through rhododendron, pine forest, and farmland today. You will halt at Chame for the overnight stay.

You will experience the gorges, pristine river, pastures, cascading waterfalls during today’s trek. You will have a view of Lamjung Himal including other mountains on the route. Mane walls, chortens, and different topography make you feel that you are in a different world. You will arrive in today’s destination Pisang after crossing a few settlements including Thaleku, Barathang, Paungi Danda. Overnight at Pisang.

Gradually we are entering the dry land. Between the two trails leading to Manang, we will take the trail on the northern direction. Though the path demanding today, you will be rewarded with the majestic views and distinctive geography while passing through Ghyaru and Ngawal villages. After passing Braga you will arrive in today’s destination Manang. Prayer wheels, flags, Mani walls in Manang make you feel that you are truly in the land of Lord Gautam Buddha. Overnight at Manang.

After breakfast, you will go for a day tour around Manang. You can see some of the mountains of Annapurna range from Manang. You can hike to Gangapurna Lake where the pristine turquoise water welcomes you and you will, of course, enjoy the topography around with infrequent shrubs. Roam around Manang in the afternoon to know local denizens and their culture.

As you resume the trek, you will continue walking through an alpine forest after crossing a river. You will pass through a couple of settlements including Khangsar and Siri Kharka prior to arriving at the Tilicho Base Camp. Walking on the path with rubbles and through landslide area might be tiresome however you will be rewarded with beautiful sunset views over the mountains. Overnight at the Tilicho Base Camp.

Today you will hike to Tilicho Lake that lies on the foothill of Tilicho Peak. Breathtaking views of mountains together with the turquoise pristine water lake are inexpressible in words. After spending time in the heaven on the Earth, you will trek to Tilicho Base Camp and continue to Siri Kharka for the overnight stay.

Today, the trail leads you down to Thare Gomba and then you will head to Old Kangsar. You will see the pastures on the route, however, herders only bring their cattle there in the summer season. You will have the view of Marsyangdi river valley on the route. The route conjoins the regular Annapurna Circuit trek. After crossing Mane wall, you will arrive in Yak Kharka where you halt for the day.

You will resume the trek on an uphill path which leads you to a suspension bridge. In a while, after crossing the bridge you will arrive in Ledar. The up and down path passing through cliffs with spree leads you to Thorong Phedi where you spend tonight. Today, you will have fantastic views of some mountains including Mt. Khatungkan, Mt. Syagang including others.

With a stunning view of Mount Annapurna III, you will start walking on a sloping path to high camp. From High Camp, you will continue trekking through a path across a slope. If you are lucky you will see a snow leopard. Express victory when you arrive in the most famous pass in the world. Then, you will descend to Muktinath Temple- a famous temple among the Hindus around the world. After visiting the temple, you will drive to Jomsom for the overnight stay.

You will have a scenic drive to Tatopani from Jomsom with splendid mountain views. Driving in this altitude having different topography adds your driving experience. You will pass few settlements before arrived in Tatopani where you stay tonight. The place has hot water spring.

You will start the day with breakfast as usual. Today might be a demanding day; however, you will reach on the foothill of Annapurna region approaching the Poon Hill- the famous viewpoint in the region. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

You will resume the trek early today in order to ensure that you will have a fabulous sunrise view over the mountains. You will go uphill to Poon Hill from Ghorepani however, the crimson rising sunray over the mountains range make you forget your recent steep climb. In addition, Poon Hill offers you a panoramic view in the Annapurna region. Then, you will descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, you will resume the trek to Tadapani where you stop for the day.

You will start the day from Tadapani with the view of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. The path leads you to Chandruk via hilly woods. You will reach today’s destination Ghandruk in about 4 hours. Trekking in the Annapurna region is not only about nature but it’s also rich in culture and tradition. Gurung is dominant in Ghandruk who are rich in their culture and famous for their hospitality. The village also offers stunning views of Annapurnas. Overnight at Ghandruk.

Today is the final day of your trekking in the Annapurna region. You will trek down to Nayapul today devouring the beauty of the area. It takes for about two hours to reach Pokhara in a private vehicle. After freshen up, you can explore the beautiful city Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

You will drive to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. You will be stopped in a couple of places for Lunch and refreshment. You will enjoy the gushing river, green vegetation and see the local lives along the highway. We will transfer you to your hotel upon arrival in Katmandu. After you freshen up, we will take you for a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

We will transfer you to the International airport at Kathmandu according to your flight schedule. Though you have soring leg on the flight, you will have beautiful memories of the famous tourist destination in the world- Annapurna region.

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