Annapurna circuit treks with tilicho lake

Destination

Nepal

Activity

Trekking in Nepal

Duration

16 days

Group size

Min 2

Max. altitude

5,416m

Difficulty

Difficult

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Accomodation

Three-star & teahouse lodge during the trek.

Meals

  • breakfast Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • three-time meals a day( breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.

Transportation

  • private vehicle, flight.
  • comfortable public transport.
  • Crossing the world’s widest pass – the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metre
  • The highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake (4,910m)
  • See blue sheep at Yak Kharka
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Visit Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and embrace the beauty of the place
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district
  • Tilicho Lake (4919m). Thorang La Pass (5416 meters) 
  • Best Travel Time:
  • February to Mid of June (Travelling in this month will be beneficial as you can get a clear view of the green forest and clear mountains)
  • September – November (Excellent time for the trek, as you will be blessed with 360 degrees’ closer view of snowcapped mountains)
  • Dec-January (Tilicho Lake is completely hard frozen with snowy surrounding) 
  • Equipment that needs to be brought or rented: 
  • Pack mostly thick and warm clothing and gear as you will face a temperature below 0 degree Celsius. Trekking bag of minimum 60 litres, binocular), headlamp, a pair of comfortable trekking shoe and warm socks, Sleeping bag. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek was opened to foreigners from 1977 A.D. Since then this route has been a popular and renowned destination for people around the world. In this entire trek, you will pass through charming villages with lush green valleys and around the snow-capped mountains. Starting from 1000 meter, you will reach the top point of around 5500 meters. The main attraction on the trek is Tilicho Lake (best known for Lake located at the highest point in the world), Thorong La Pass (highest Pass of the world), Muktinath Temple (holy temple for Hindus), a closer view Annapurna Range and Manaslu Range.
After conquering Tilicho Lake, you can trek via two routes firstly you can march via Mesokanta La Pass that ends to Jomsom. Secondly, you can get back to Yak Kharka and meet the same destination through Thorang La Pass. Trekking on these routes gives you an experience of trekking on semi-desert area to greenery vegetation. 
 

outline itinerary

  1. Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  2. Tour around Kathmandu valley
  3. Kathmandu to Besi Sahar to Chame
  4. Chame to Pisang trek
  5. Pisang to Manang
  6. Acclimatization day at Manang
  7. Manang to Khangsar village
  8. Khangsar Village to Tilicho base camp
  9. Trekking to Tilicho Lake from TBC and trek back to Srikharkha
  10. Sri Kharka to Yak Kharka
  11. Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi
  12. Thorang Phedi to Muktinath temple
  13. Muktinath temple to Jomsom
  14. Jomsom to Pokhara
  15. Pokhara to Kathmandu
  16. Final Departure day from Kathmandu

 

Trip note

  • Every departure day we have a pre-trip meeting
  • if our departure dates aren't suitable for you please contact us we can create new departure for your required dates with customizing the itinerary
  • corrections in this itinerary depend on your holidays time  ( short or long)
Day 1
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport

You will be welcomed at Tribhuwan international airport with beautiful Nepali greeting "Namaste."  Take rest you might have traveled on the flight for a long time, or you can visit the nightlife of Thamel or visit a local pub and get some chilled beer. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Tour around Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu valley is best known as "City of Temples" has several places to visit. Pashupatinath Temple, listed on UNESCO has immense importance among Hindu around the world. Along with Pashupatinath Temple, another center of attraction to visit around Kathmandu valley are Changu Narayan Temple, Bauddhanath and Swayambhunath temple. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Besi Sahar to Chame

This is the starting day of your tour, so get up early and have breakfast. Get a reserved vehicle or local bus or tourist bus, tourist bus might be easy and cheap for you as you have to travel around 6 hours on the bus. Have a delicious lunch at Besi Sahar, then hire a local jeep a ride of 4 hours will take you to Chame. On the way, you will capture the beautiful glimpse of Tal village and waterfalls. Stay overnight at Chame.

Day 4
Chame to Pisang trek

Starting day of trekking, on this whole trek you will be talking alongside Marsyandi River to Chame at the altitude of 3300 meters. Wake up early so that you don't miss first rays of the sun on Lamjung Himal which gives you the heavenly touch of sunset on the mountains.  After climbing Mani walls, you will be welcomed by a tiny village Telekhu. Before Pisang, you will be electrified with a beautiful view of waterfalls and a 360-degree view of snowcapped mountains. A walk of around 6 hours will let you to Pisang, overnight at hotel. 

Day 5
Pisang to Manang

Get up early pack your bag and have breakfast, it’s around 6 hours trek from Pisang to Manang. There is a viewpoint on Ngawal from the spot you can explore the marvelous view of Annapurna II and Annapurna III. You will go through grasslands and pine forest on this trek before stepping to Manang. Stay overnight at Manang. 

Day 6
Acclimatization day at Manang

Manang valley provides is famous for its rich flora and fauna, this semi-desert valley is surrounded by mountains including Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tarkekang, and Gangapurna. Milarepa Cave will be attracting destination for you as it has religious and historical importance. During the eleventh-century Jetsun Milarepa, Vajrayana Mahasiddha and other Tibetan Buddhist philosopher spent years in the Holy Cave. Kicho Tal or Ice Lake in Manang valley is believed to have a magical, according to locals in the lake people see things of their dreams or imaginations. Other exciting places you can explore are Gumbas, Gangapurna Glacier Lake and traditional stone buildings. 

Day 7
Manang to Khangsar village

Trek route descends from Manang, so stay hydrated to get rid of altitude sickness. On the way to Khangsar village, you will pass through Jharsing Khola (a junction of Marsyandi River and Glacier Dome) via a suspension bridge. After trekking few hours, you will approach Khangsar from there you will get a mind-blowing northern slope back yard view of Manang Valley. You will get to see Mani walls, the small monastery with colorful flags. Stay overnight at Khangsar.

Day 8
Khangsar Village to Tilicho base camp

Wakeup early have breakfast, it would be better for you to move early and cross Landslide area before noon. Afternoon the speed of wind might cause continuous falling of stones from the top of the mountain, which might cause you injury. You will pass through beautifully crafted Gumba and Chortens, along with bushes and juniper on both sides of the way.
After hours of ups and downs and the zigzag road, you will reach Tilicho Base Camp. IN TBC, there are only a few hotels, better to book the hotel before you are there. This is the best spot for viewing the 360-degree panoramic view of Tilicho Mountain, also at night, you can see a clear moon, star, and entire stardust. 

Day 9
Trekking to Tilicho Lake from TBC and trek back to Srikharkha

From TBC you have to elevate a height of around one thousand meters, so you are going to have a tough day with whole day trekking. Get up early leave hotel room as soon as possible, the best time would be before 5 am so that you can grab the opportunity to view the sunrise of the face of mountains. The remarkable peak you will walk side to be Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Tarkeghyang and Tilicho Peak. After four hours of trekking, you will reach Tilicho Lake which makes you erase all those pains and stress you faced to get there.
Have a cup of tea or coffee at small tea shop side of the lake, take memorable pictures and spend quality memorable time out there. A couple of hours at Lake, return as you have to trek a long way, get back to Tilicho Base Camp and have lunch there. After lunch return to Srikharka, ways are downhill so it will be easy for you to walk on the way while you are returning.  Stay overnight at Sri Kharkha hotel.

Day 10
Sri Kharka to Yak Kharka

You have to travel through northern valley steadily gaining an elevation of Marsyangdi Valley. The vegetation on these areas has alpine grasses and juniper scrubs. Follow way passing Old Khangsar which will lead you to the altitude of above 400 meters crossing a small river between Yak Kharka and Gunsang. From Yak Kharka, you will get an excellent and top to a down view of Annapurna III peak. Stay overnight at the hotel. 

Day 11
Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi

You will climb along the sideway of Jarsang Khola and later have to descend across a wooden bridge. A closer view of the Annapurna range will energize in every moment of the trek. Besides panoramic views, if you are lucky, you can get a glance of snow leopard. Blue sheep and crow like black choughs are seen commonly. Stay overnight at Throng Phedi.

Day 12
Thorang Phedi to Muktinath temple

The trail declines from Throng Phedi and has steep ways till Muktinath temple. From Thorang Phedi rocky ways ascends you to highest point on this trek, the Thorang La Pass which is a height of 5416 meters. The view from Thorang La Pass fascinates with long Great Barrier ridge, a glaciated peak of Khatung Kang, Gangapurna Peak as well as Annapurna Peak. The trail declines down to Muktinath Temple, it is one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. From Hindu mythology, it is believed this pilgrimage is a gateway for Heaven. Stay overnight at Muktinath. 

Day 13
Muktinath temple to Jomsom

Starting trek from Muktinath will take you to ancient village Kagbeni, which is a gateway for Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is rich in culture with numbers of a monastery, Gumpa, and Chortens. You will pass through Kaligandaki River, where you will get Shaligram a revered fossil. According to Hindu mythology, it is regarded as the incarnation of Lord Bishnu.  You will also get to see the ancient cave, Gumpa, monastery while roaming around Kagbeni. Have lunch at Kagbeni along with Marpha (local apple made brandy). Roaming around Kagbeni. Stay overnight at Jomsom. 

Day 14
Jomsom to Pokhara

Take early morning flight, a flight of around 30 minutes will land you in beautiful city Pokhara. Pokhara welcomes you with a smile of Macchapuchre Peak (Fishtail Peak), along with Macchapuchre you can have a gorgeous view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. You can explore Kali Gandaki gorge (world's deepest gorge), Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, David Falls Waterfall, and Peace Stupa. If you are an adventure lover, you can go for paragliding in Sarankot. If you can extend a day in Pokhara, you can hire a cycle or motorbike for a day ride at Sarankot or Pame.
Pokhara is the chill city with happening environment evergreen, you can find many local and foreign tourist at every season in this city. At evening visit a local pub, where you can have beautiful music with chill beer. Stay overnight at Pokhara

 

Day 15
Pokhara to Kathmandu

After a flight of 20 minutes, you can get back to Capital city Kathmandu. Make a roam around Basantapur Palace Square, this place held palaces of Malla and Shah Kings. Basantapur Square is best known for craftsmen over several centuries there you will find beautifully crafted temples and Hanuman Dhoka Palace. If you are able to manage time go for Patan Palace Square and Bhaktapur Palace Square. At evening go for Thakali Kitchen, there you will find typical Nepali dishes and cultural programs. After dinner, visits local disco or pub and grab the opportunity of nightlife at Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Thamel, Kathmandu. 

Day 16
Final Departure day from Kathmandu

Get a taxi or hire a private vehicle from the hotel to Tribhuwan International Airport as per your convenience. You will receive warm cultural Goodbye hoping to revisit Nepal. Namaste

The Trip Cost Includes

  • airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
  • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program.
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing with a city tour guide.
  • 3-night accommodation 3* hotel in Kathmandu&1 night accommodation in Pokhara breakfast/wifi included.
  • professional English speaking trekking guide with first aid kit.
  • Porter during the treks( 1 Porter between 2 people)
  • stuffs,accommodation,salary,insurance,equipment.
  • 3 times meals during the treks( breakfast, lunch dinner and 3 times  cup of tea.
  • public bus tickets /jeep Kathmandu to Besi Sahar(private vehicle)-Chame
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
  •  permit Annapurna conservation region
  • tea house accommodation during the treks
  • tourists bus ticket  Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • tourists service charge, vat

 

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • international airfare &Nepali visa fee.
  • lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu&pokhara.
  • Personal insurance &personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower and trekking person equipment).
  • private jeep, car tourists bus, Pokhara to Kathmandu flight tickets, trek start point to trek endpoint, if your request.
  • tips for stuff ( it is expected).

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