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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

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Price starting from

$1,845 USD 1,186

per person

Duration

15 days

Max. Elevation

5416m

Group size

2+Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private vehicles, Touristic buses, and flight tickets
Best Season
March-may, September-November
Accomodation
Three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara; and teahouse lodges during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara; and three meals such a day (breakfast+lunch+dinner and cup of tea) during the trekking
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

Highlights

  • Crossing the world’s widest pass the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • The highest lake in the world is 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 Multipath, 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 the Manang district.
  • Tilicho Lake (4919m). Thorang La Pass (5416 meters).
  • February to Mid 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 surroundings).
  • Pack mostly thick and warm clothing and gear as you will face a temperature below 0 degrees Celsius. Trekking bag of a minimum of 60 liters, binoculars), headlamp, a pair of comfortable trekking shoes and warm socks, and Sleeping bag. 

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

Important Note

  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, itinerary, or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
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
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
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

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
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

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

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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
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.

Inclusions

  • Airport picks up and drops services by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing with city tour guide by private vehicle.
  • Three-night Kathmandu and one night Pokhara three-star hotel with breakfast/wifi included (Twin sharing base).
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide with a first aid kit.
  • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 people).
  • Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch dinner, and cup of tea) during the trek.
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar comfortable public bus.
  • Besi Sharing to Chame sharing public jeep.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
  •  Permit Annapurna conservation region.
  • Tims permits (trekking information management system).
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • Deluxe tourist bus Kathmandu from Pokhara.
  • Tourists’ service charge, vat.
  • International airfare & Nepali visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu to Chame and back  Kathmandu from Pokhara.
  • Flight tickets Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, trekking person equipment, etc...)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara private jeep.
  • Tips for stuff (it is expected).

Complimentary

    • Welcome/ farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    • Sleeping bag during the trek, (to be returned after the trip completion).
    • Annapurna Trekking map.
    • Fresh fruit each during the trek (apple, orange)
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Certificate of achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

From Manang main village it is 2-3 days walk about 18 k.m distance, the high altitude makes the walk slow and tiring, having overnights at Khangsarand Tilicho Base Camp before few hour hike to Tilicho Lake.

The best time is from March to May in the spring season, as well in autumn/fall from September to November, are the time to visit Tilicho Lake and Manang valley.

Not on this trek as per the program chosen, the itinerary after Tilicho Lake leads to Thorang-La Pass. But we do have treks for interested people that include Mesokanto-La Pass on request. Where’s Thorang-La Pass is higher than Mesokanto-La Pass and a much accessible route.

For a very sick person either have rest or bring the client to a low-safe area, depending upon the symptom of sickness. For very sick person needs immediate medical attention, which requires emergency evacuation by the fastest means of transportation, either on a private vehicle to Kathmandu or by helicopter service.

The lodges depend upon from one village to another, most larger villages have nice and standard lodges with a comprehensive food menu. Standard and quality lodge with attached bath and toilets with large warm dining room.

Most lodges around higher areas after Chame have simple but nice rooms with a common bath, due to the cold climate and harsh terrain. However the food in every lodge serves a delightful food menu from continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan to Nepali meals, some lodges have fresh bakery products also to enjoy.

Yes, nearly all lodges throughout the trek, do have local hydropower running the electricity, around remote areas like Tilicho base camp and High Camp of Thorang-La, have solar power. Where one can charge electronic gadgets on paying for every item charged.

Tilicho Lake is gaining popularity over the last few decades, most trekking itinerary does not include Tilicho Lake, from Manang village straight to Thorang-La Pass unto Jomsom. Depending upon the itinerary chosen with Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Lake's surface area at 4,919 m high, which is 4 km long and about 1.2 km wide with 200 m depth.

The highest point of the trek after visiting Tilicho Lake is the climb on top Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 feet high. Which separates Manang and Mustang districts.

From Dharapani village onwards Manang and Mustang area, dominated by Buddhism religion of age-old cultures of ancient heritage and custom. On walks encountering many prayer symbols and monuments like prayer walls, spinning wheels.


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