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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Trip code ACTLT-14
Package name Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
Duration 15 Days
Max. elevation 5416 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private vehicles, Touristic buses, and flight tickets
Accomodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara; and teahouse lodges during the trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Besi Sahar-Chame-Pisang-Manang-Khangsar village-Tilicho Lake-Yak Kharka-Throng Phedi-Throng la pass-Multipath-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,186 per person

Highlights

Overview

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek was opened to foreigners in 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 meters, you will reach the top point of around 5500 meters. The main attraction on the trek is Tilicho Lake (best known as the Lake located at the highest point in the world), Thorong La Pass (the highest Pass in the world), Multipath Temple (holy temple for Hindus), a closer view of Annapurna Range and Manaslu Range.

After conquering Tilicho Lake, you can trek via two routes firstly you can march via Mesokanta La Pass which ends at Jomsom. Secondly, you can get back to Yak Kharka and meet the same destination through Thorang La Pass. Trekking on these routes gives you the experience of trekking in a semi-desert area to greenery vegetation. The trail ascends from Manang Village to the Thorung La Pass (5416m), the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the pass, trekkers enjoy spectacular views of Mustang Peak, the snow-covered giant Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), and the amazing lands of Upper Mustang, a restricted area.

After crossing Throng La Pass (5416m) the trail descends to the Hindu Temple of Muktinath, a celebrated Hindu pilgrimage with 108 spring water taps and mysterious natural gas fires. The trail then descends along the edge of the Kali Gandaki River Valley to Jomsom, a major center for the Mustang District.

Tilicho Lake stands at 4970 m above sea level. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is getting a famous trekking destination in Nepal. After building the driving road Manang trekkers like to combine the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Kathmandu by private jeep, the public bus then treks to Throng la Pass via Manang, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka would be an amazing experience in the Annapurna region. Cross the Throng la pass and the long descent down to Multipath then trek to Jomsom (headquarter of Mustang district) then flying to Pokhara from Jomsom would be another unforgettable experience on this trek. finally, you arrive at Pokhara relaxed flight to Pokhara, and then to Kathmandu.

Difficulty walking Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake:

The trek to Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake is very difficult. Therefore, proper preparation should be done for about 3-4 months before going on this trek. You will only trek for 11 days on this trek. However, you will have to climb vertically in a few days. The trekking to Tilicho Lake and Thorang La Pass is especially in demand. You will have to climb mountains on other days as well even though they do not demand as described above. The trekking experience will be really useful during this trek. We advise you to complete an easy or moderate trek before coming to this trek so that it is easy for you to complete this trek.

Compatibility Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake:

The Annapurna  Lake Tilicho trek includes a day's Acclimatization in Manang to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be prevented but can be fatal if you ignore the symptoms. We have designed our itinerary for slow and steady climbing so that your body can adapt to new heights. All of our trekking leaders (guides) have extensive first aid training, and we urge you to inform your guide at the first sign of symptoms. Our team carries oximeters to monitor your oxygen level to detect early signs of illness at altitude. Your trek leader or guide may also suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water every day. The only cure for acute altitude sickness is to fall down immediately.

Equipment & Packing List for Annapurna Circuit With Tilicho Lake Trek:

This list outlines the required things to bring during the Annapurna Circuit With Tilicho Lake Trek The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.ftr5cwszxtrfw

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you on trekking

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport , 1340M:

You will be welcomed at Tribhuwan international airport with a beautiful Nepali greeting "Namaste." Take a rest you might have traveled on the flight for a long time, or you can visit the nightlife A warm and authentic Nepali meal will be offered to you at dinner, and later you can enjoy some folk cultural music and dance. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : Tour around Kathmandu valley:

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

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, 823 M to Chame 2630 M, 10 hours:

This is the starting day of your trekking, 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, and then hire a local jeep a ride of 4 hours will take you to Chame. On the way, you will capture a beautiful glimpse of Tal village and waterfalls. Stay overnight at Chame.

Day 4 : Chame to Pisang trek, 3300 M, 6 hours:

On starting day of trekking, on this whole trek, you will be talking alongside the Marsyandi River to Chame at an altitude of 3300 meters. Wake up early so that you don't miss the first rays of the sun on Lamjung Himal which gives you the heavenly touch of sunset on the mountains.

After climbing the 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 a hotel

Day 5 : Pisang to Manang , 3500m, 5 hours:

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 forests on this trek before stepping into 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, Marketing, and Gangapurna. Milarepa Cave will be an attractive destination for you as it has religious and historical importance.

During the eleventh century Jetsun Milarepa, Vajrayana Mahasiddha, and other Tibetan Buddhist philosophers spent years in the Holy Cave. Kicho Tal or Ice Lake in Manang valley is believed to have magic, 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 Tilicho base camp 4140M, 7 hours:

The 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 a few hours, you will approach Khangsar from there you will get a mind-blowing northern slope backyard view of Manang Valley. You will get to see Mani walls, the small monastery with colorful flags. it would be better for you to move early and cross the 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. Stay overnight at Tilicho Base Camp hotel.

Day 8 : Trekking to Tilicho Lake from TBC, 4949 m and trek back to Srikharkha 4060m, 8 hours:

From TBC you have to elevate a height of around one thousand meters, so you are going to have a tough day with a whole day of trekking. Get up early and leave the 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 on the face of the 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 a 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 9 : Sri Kharka to Yak Kharka, 4040M, 6 Hours:

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

Day 10 : Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi, 4600m, 5 hours:

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 every moment of the trek. Besides panoramic views, if you are lucky, you can get a glance at the snow leopard. Blue sheep and crow-like black choughs are seen commonly. Stay overnight at Throng Phedi.

Day 11 : Thorang Phedi, 5416m to Multipath temple 3710M, 7 hours:

The trail declines from Throng Phedi and has steep ways to Multipath temple. From Thorang Phedi rocky ways ascends you to the highest point on this trek, the Thorang La Pass which is a height of 5416 meters.

The view from Thorang La Pass fascinates the long Great Barrier ridge, a glaciated peak of Khatung Kang, Gangapurna Peak as well as Annapurna Peak. The trail declines down to Multipath Temple, which is one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. From Hindu mythology, it is believed this pilgrimage is a gateway to Heaven. Stay overnight at Multipath.

Day 12 : Multipath temple to Jomsom 2743M, 5 hours:

Starting the trek from Multipath will take you to the ancient village Kagbeni, which is a gateway to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is rich in culture with numbers of a monastery, Gumpa, and Chortens. You will pass through the 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, and monastery while roaming around Kagbeni. Have lunch at Kagbeni along with Marpha (local apple-made brandy). Roaming around Kagbeni. Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 13 : Jomsom to Pokhara822m, 30min :

Take an early morning flight, a flight of around 30 minutes will land you in the beautiful city of Pokhara. Pokhara welcomes you with a smile of Macchapuchre Peak (Fishtail Peak), along with Macchapuchre you can have a gorgeous view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.

You can explore Kali Gandaki gorge (the world's deepest gorge), Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, David Falls Waterfall, and Peace Stupa. If you are an adventure lover, you can go 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 a chill city with a happening environment evergreen; you can find many local and foreign tourists every season in this city. In the evening visit a local pub, where you can have beautiful music with chill beer. Stay overnight at Pokhara.

Day 14 : fly or drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara, 6-7 hrs:

After a flight of 20 minutes, you can get back to the Capital city of 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 to Patan Palace Square and Bhaktapur Palace Square. In the evening go to Thakali Kitchen, where you will find typical Nepali dishes and cultural programs. After dinner, visit a local disco or pub and grab the opportunity of nightlife in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Thamel, Kathmandu.

Day 15 : Final Departure day from Kathmandu:

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

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