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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 16 Days

Best time to complete Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake: Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May).

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is an amazing adventure that takes you to Tilicho Lake and Tilicho Lake Base Camp. This trek offers an opportunity to explore the hidden natural and cultural aspects of the Annapurna region. The trek passes through some of the scenic attractions of the Annapurna region. At an altitude of 4920 meters, the crystal clear lake is considered one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake is fed by the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himalayas and the glaciers of Thorong Peak. Since this lake is sacred for Hindus and Buddhists, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come every year to bathe in the pure water of this lake.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Vacation has panoramic views of majestic Himalayas, lush green hills, lush green grasslands, and some traditional villages of the majestic Annapurna region. Hence, trekking to Tilicho Lake and Tilicho Base Camp is the best option for nature lovers who want to find solace in the lap of the Himalayas.

From Kathmandu, you will reach Sunder Jagat village by trekking to Tilicho Lake by private jeep. And this is where our trek really begins. The trek goes along the banks of the Marsyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek takes you to beautiful villages inhabited by people of various ethnic groups, with spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas.

We have customized this route as we enter the main valley through Khansar village (the last village in Nepal) on the west side like the Annapurna Circuit from Manang to Tanki Manang and Yakkhark in the north of the valley and trek up to Tilicho Lake, then to Yak Kharka, and then cross Thorung La at an altitude of 5,416 meters. From the pass of Thorung La, the trek goes to Muktinath and then Jomsom from where we will take a 25-minute flight permitting to Pokhara. If the weather does not cooperate, we will go to Pokhara in a private jeep.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Drive to Jagat via Besisahar 8/9 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m) 5/6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,715m) 5/6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,185m) 5/6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,350m) via Ghyaru and Ngawal
Day 07: Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m) for acclimatization
Day 08: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m) 5/7 hrs
Day 09: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake then descends back to Shiri Kharka
Day 10: Shri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4420m) 6 hrs
Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) or high camp (4925m)
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3710m) via Thorong Pass (5416m) 8/9 hrs
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m) 5/6 hrs
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara flight 22 mins (drive to Pokhara 9hrs due to bad weather)
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6/7 hrs
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

Join us on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste. For more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. And after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Drive to Jagat via Besisahar 8/9 hrs

Today, after breakfast in Kathmandu, we will follow the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River to the west, looking at the central Himalayan homeland Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre mountains. This road offers a panoramic view of rural Nepal with green hills, rivers, villages and snow-capped mountains in the background. We will part ways with the highway in Dumre and will choose the exit of the Beshishahr branch and go to Jagat where we will spend the night in a lodge.

Day 3
Trek to Dharapani (1,860m) 5/6 hrs

Today our first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. A brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past the valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.

Day 4
Trek to Chame (2,715m) 5/6 hrs

Today we will reach the Masryangdi River through Abbal Path from Dharapani to the west. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with breathtaking views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV. Trade with Tibetans is the main occupation of the locals in this region. Following an old trade route, we will climb up to Dhankyu (2290m) through the forest edge of oak and maple. We will reach Latemrang village (2360m) by going further along the rocky road. Crossing the wooded hills, we will reach Koto (2590m). The descent from Kotho takes us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. The view of Chame’s Lamjung Himal, Annapurna 2nd Himal and Annapurna 4th Himal will welcome you. and stay overnight in Chame.

Day 5
Trek to Pisang (3,185m) 5/6 hrs

Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be a change in terrain from this point. We will follow the rock-strewn path through the tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over a suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. We will visit local gompa and stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Manang (3,350m) via Ghyaru and Ngawal

From Pisang, we continue along the northern bank of the upper river to Manang via Ghyaru (3,670m) and Nagwal (3,660m). It’s going to be a long and slow climb as we pass the 3600m elevation mark today for part of our acclimatization. The climb is rewarding with breathtaking views of Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Gangapura surrounding mountains. We descend into the valley before heading towards the village of Hongde (3325m). A small airstrip is located in this village. Walking through the Mani wall, we reach Mungali from where we have to cross the river. Walking along the northern shore, we will reach Braga (3475 m). The lifestyle of this village is heavily influenced by the neighboring Tibetans. Braga also boasts of housing the largest Gompa in the district. The gompa preserves a collection of Tibetan thanksgivings dating back more than 500 years. A short walk from Braga takes us to the village of Manang, made up of around 500 houses, gem walls and chortens. Chortens are supposed to ward off evil spirits.

Day 7
Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m) for acclimatization

Today we go to the Ice Lake to reach an altitude of 4,600 meters as it will help us in our journey to Thorung La Pass (5,416 meters). It takes 3/4 hour climbing time to reach the top and after eating our packed lunch at the top we descend. We have more than 95% success rate in Annapurna circuit trek. In this passage.

Day 8
Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m) 5/7 hrs

It is quite a tough day today. After an early breakfast we need to trek up to the village of Khangsar and on to Tilicho Base Camp. The trail cuts through a gnarled gorge with pristine Tilicho Peak shrouded in clouds far above us. The views today are very special as we get to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the Annapurna range all along the way. The trail leads us through small settlements and past the Tore monastery for more breathtaking views of the Khangsar River and the grand ice barrier before reaching Kansgar. From Kangsar we head on towards Tilicho Lake Base Camp, crossing wide grassy fields and, after making a slight climb up a small hill, we witness glorious views of the entire valley laid out before us in all its majesty. After trudging down a steep incline we finally reach Tilicho Base Camp for our overnight stay.

Day 9
Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake then descends back to Shiri Kharka

We really want to catch Tilicho Lake for sunrise, we need to start the journey early this morning. The Himalayas stand out against the night sky, pure white in the distance, the snow glistening as a day against the starry sky. The path takes us uphill at first although the incline is gradual and even a small incline at this height feels too much. Passing some landslide areas on the way before climbing up the hill covered in switchbacks where Tilicho Lake is written at the top 35 minutes. From here, the ground goes out with any inclination. Moving on we pass some small ponds, calm in the morning. It is a very special day with some of the best views we will have on our journey around the Annapurna circuit. Tilicho Lake is heavenly, holy, sacred whatever, the journey along Annapurna, the glacial dome of Gangapurna, and the admirable Grandi Barrier on the way make the day. After spending about 30 minutes to an hour appreciating nature’s gift to the world, we move on and return to Tilicho base camp, where we have lunch. After lunch it is an easy walk along the river bank, across a steep landslide area and to our overnight stop at Sri Khark.

Day 10
Shri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4420m) 6 hrs

Today we take a trail that takes us out on a slow climb for about an hour, the track gradually offering inspiring views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna, yaks, and mountain horses keeping us company in this barren windswept terrain with juniper thickets. Living vegetation around. We take a winding road, passing suspension bridges and shepherds’ stone huts, eventually reaching the small settlement of Yak-Khark.

Day 11
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) or high camp (4925m)

The next two days see us on our biggest challenge yet, today is another full day in the high Himalayas, where blue sheep and snow leopards also appear magically at times. From Yak Khark we have two options stay the night at Thorang Phedi or go to the high camp. By now we are suitably acclimatized so today’s goal is to stay at high camp for more stunning mountain views, making the next day’s Thorung La pass much easier. The road to Thorang Phedi is an easy one with only a short climb to negotiate as we are near the village. There follows a tough climb to high camp for about two hours, if you curse a little along the way, don’t think you’ll have to do it tomorrow.

Day 12
Trek to Muktinath (3710m) via Thorong Pass (5416m) 8/9 hrs

Today we face the biggest challenge of the trek. Our guide will keep a careful eye on the weather conditions and also check on each member of the trekking group. Thorang La Pass takes us to 5416 meters where each breath brings about half of the oxygen available at sea level. So today is going to be a long day for you so expect an early start. The trail crosses the valley wall to the Thorong La Pass which is actually probably the lowest crossing point in this part of the Himalayas. There are clear days and days when you can expect lots of ice and snow on the trail and at the top of the pass. Regardless, we tread carefully and take our time. The higher we get, the more spectacular the views of the mountains become. After several false dawns, the pass is finally upon us and it’s time to take in the magnificence of it all with sweeping panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks that stretch across Tibet and beyond. Looking back at where we’ve been, there are some beautiful views of Annapurna. A steep descent follows, the path is long and again we have to take things slowly, following a series of switchbacks we finally reach some grassy slopes. We pass a few more sheep herders before we reach our overnight stop at the holy town of Muktinath (3800m). The temple of Muktinath is surrounded by rugged mountain landscapes with unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), the seventh highest mountain in the world. It is a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Against a backdrop of incredible starkness, you can see the snow-capped Annapurna range to the south, or the Tibetan Plateau to the north.

Day 13
Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m) 5/6 hrs

Today we trek from Muktinath via Kagbeni on the last leg of the trek with beautiful views of the Himalayas and glimpses of the restricted and highly deserted region of Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is also sacred to Hindus, situated in a peaceful setting along the Kaligandaki River. The road follows the river to Jomsom, a large town that serves as the central administrative and transportation hub of the region. And overnight at the lodge in Jomsom.

Day 14
Jomsom to Pokhara flight 22 mins (drive to Pokhara 9hrs due to bad weather)

The journey from Jomsom to Pokhara is a long – if adventurous – journey, while the much shorter direct flight option is also an option. With enough time a side trip to a nearby hot spring and its natural hot springs is also available, and definitely worth considering for its restorative effects on tired limbs. But of course, it is different in Weather.

Day 15
Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6/7 hrs

Today we will return to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is two hundred kilometers away from Pokhara. Prithvi Highway connects Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel and rest for the day or explore the surrounding areas and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 16
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) on open/choice menu whilst on a trek with tea/coffee)
  • Accommodation at Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel
  • Accommodation at hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodge on the trek
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies/dry fruit) and seasonal fresh fruit every day
  • All required permits for the trek (ACAP & TIMS card)
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • International/Internal airport transfers as per flight time
  • All land transportation by Private Jeep & Tourist Bus
  • Extensive first aid kit with high altitude medicine
  • Staff wages, equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down Jacket (If necessary)

Cost Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance/Nepal Visa
  • Meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue')
  • Guide, porters tip/tips (expected)
Difficulty

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Trek:
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
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Trip Facts

  • 15N/16 Days
  • Challenging
  • 4,919m/16,138ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Private Jeep & Tourist Bus
  • Teahouse/Lodges
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