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Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

17 Days

“Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake-Mesmerizing diversified adventurous trekking trail of Nepal” Explore

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Trip highlights

  • Enjoy the world’s most popular classic trek
  • Trek to world’s highest lake, Lake Tilicho Explore
  • Discover the best of Hindu and Buddhist cultures
  • Cross the world’s biggest mountain pass, Thorong La

The Circuit trek is consistently one of the most famous treks in the world. It will be an easy walk to start before the road connects Kaligandaki with the Marsyangdi river valley. An incredible adventure at a height of 5416 meters is the highlight of the Thorung La Pass trek. Along the trek, we will see a variety of landscapes terrains that range from subtropical to alpine terrain. We will also encounter different ecosystems, different cultures and different landscapes, from lush rice fields and oak forests to rugged mountainous terrain. And finally, we get to trek Kaligandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world!

The Circuit trek offers extraordinary views of Annapurna (8,097m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu, and many other amazing peaks in the backdrop of Tukuche. The hike is extremely beautiful, with numerous orchid forests surrounding the trail, and rhododendrons covering the entire hillside in their distinctive red color in spring. Apart from this, one can observe various species of birds, butterflies and insects including snow leopard, Himalayan tiger, jackal, blue sheep, colorful impayan, kokla, blood pheasant. A total of 100 mammals, over 60 reptiles and amphibians, 450 species of birds and 9 species of rhododendron are indigenous to the region.

Similarly, Tilicho Lake, which is known as the highest lake in the world, is located in a picturesque place at an altitude of 4919 meters in the Annapurna region. While trekking through the picturesque Manang Valley, one can also see Thorung Peak and Annapurna. This uneven but beautiful trail allows you to observe the crystal-clear Tilicho Lake, lush expanses of wild flowers, and stunning views of the majestic Himalayan peaks. A unique combination of nature and culture makes the Annapurna Circuit one of the most famous trekking routes in the world along with the Tilicho Lake Trek.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 2 : From Kathmandu to Jagat via Bensisahar 7,8 hrs
Day 3 : Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 5/6 hrs
Day 4 : Dharapani to Chame (2,715m) 5/6 hrs
Day 5 : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,185m) 5/30 hrs
Day 6 : Pisang to Manang (3,350m) via Gyaru-Ngawal 6/7 hrs
Day 7 : Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m) and free day
Day 8 : Trek to Khangsar Village (3700 meters). 4 hours
Day 9 : Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4200meters) 5 hours
Day 10 : Trek to Tilicho Lake (5200 meters) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4200 meters) 6 hours
Day 11 : Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Khark (4,130m) 5 hrs
Day 12 : Yak Khark to Thorung Phedi (4,400m) 4/30 hrs
Day 13 : Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) after crossing Thorong-La Pass (5,416m)
Day 14 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2,743 m) 5 hrs
Day 15 : Drive to Pokhara (827m)
Day 16 : Drive 6 hours from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17 : Departure from Kathmandu

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Trip Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. You will be waited for outside the arrivals hall and taken to your booking hotel. Please see the placard with your name on it when exiting the arrival hall. And upon arrival at the hotel will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, will inform you about your trip.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Gangapurna 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.

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.

After having a rest for a day in Manang, today we make our way to the Tilicho Lake, located on the west of Manang all the way down to the river. After coming across the Khangsar Khola, we arrive at Khangsar and move to a traditional Tibetan village explore

We depart from Khangsar passing a Gompa and our path moves ahead towards a high ridge. One trail maintains the elevation, crossing the inclines to the narrow valley; the next one ascends towards the ridge. The first one is the older path, and is more challenging; the later is a new trail that offers a comparatively easy trek. Following the new path, we reach a high ridge, and move down to a side gorge of the major valley and on the other side, is the Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m)

Today in order to avoid the wind, we start early in the morning. From Tilicho Base camp to the Tilicho Lake, it takes around 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a freezing desolate place in the afternoon and recognized as highest lake of the earth. Then, we will go back to Tilicho Base Camp.

On this day, we move back to standard Annapurna Circuit trail again. We can spot the view of the Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and more during the trek. The track relaxingly winds up presenting views and passing through lands filled with juniper bushes, the only existing vegetation around this area, and then you will reach Yak-Kharka.

From Yak Kharka, we start our trek with slow pace to reach Phedi which means 'foot of the hill'. We still have same splendid view of peaks and landscapes.
After an hour's trek, we arrive at Ledar and go on to mount along the east shore of the Jorsang Khola, then descend and cross the river on a bridge. We stop for superb view and tea; we go across a narrow path, uneven incline before reaching to Thorung Phedi. Here; you can decide to either continue to High Camp or stay in Phedi depending on the conditions.

This is the best and most challenging day of the entire trip. We start our walk early in the morning. Today, our track turns out to be the steepest reach at high camp. We will be viewing sunrise and scenes of the mountains. We keep on walking towards the top taking 3 to 4 hrs to reach the peak of the Throng La (5416 meter). Here, we can see fascinating scenery and then move downwards to Mustang and then to the Kaligandaki valley. Finally, we arrive at Muktinath after a 7 to 8 hrs long walk.

Today we our plan visit Muktinath temple in the morning and move down to the Kaligandaki river valley. We follow a calm trail for two hours till we reach the large city of Jomsom and headquarter of the Mustang region with a small runway just over the Kaligandaki River.

We take a drive to Pokhara through deepest canyon of the world lying between two gigantic mountain range of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri with many snow-topped peaks.

Passing all the way through the striking countryside early in the morning and travelling for 6 hours we return back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel.

This is the last day of our trip. So we will transfer your departure flight homebound or to the airport for another destination. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure in Nepal. Namaste!

Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake: Inclusive Total Package Price: US$ 1,575 per person

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) include tea and coffee during the trek
  • Hot boiled water for drinking purposes
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Avalon house) It is conveniently located at Thamel, the main tourist hub of Kathmandu
  • Welcome and farewell dinner (all breakfasts in Kathmandu)
  • All ground transportation as per in the itinerary
  • 1 nights accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (Hotel Green Tara) It is conveniently located at Lakeside.
  • Comfortable teahouse/lodges during the trek
  • Trekking permits + Conservation & TIMs card fee
  • Experienced local trek guide and required porters
  • First aid kit with high-altitude medications
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • All arrival and departure in Kathmandu airport
  • Emergency Rescue Service

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare, Nepal Visa
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu or during the trek for any reason (early arrival or delay, early arrival from the trek for any reason)
  • All kind of beverages
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Helicopter rescue costs
  • Staff tips

Useful Info

  • As there are no ATMs in the trek, you should carry enough cash in the NPR for the trek.
  • Make sure, you have enough sleeping bags for high altitude.
  • Bring a universal travel adapter for power sockets, sometimes teahouses may not have an acceptor to charge your gadget.
  • It is advisable to carry a portable charger, power bank, extra batteries and memory cards on the trek.
  • Carry a DSLR camera or best gadget, to capture the best picture of the view of the mountains.
  • Ask the people before taking the photographer and take off the shoes and sandals before entering the home or temple.


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Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Trip Facts

  • 16 N/ 17 Days
  • Strenuous
  • 5,416m/17,769 ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 4WD Jeep &Tourist Bus
  • Teahouses/Lodge
  • 2 Mix 8


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