Nepal

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

An exciting Trekking experience

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho lake is the best trekking trail in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit trek offers an extraordinary panorama of Annapurna (8,097 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Tukuche together with many other stunning peaks in the background. The main attraction of this trek is Tilicho Lake; the highest lake in Nepal. You will pass through the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters)- among the challenging passes in the Annapurna region. The attractive views of Annapurna ranges, Tilicho Himal, Nilgiri, and other Himalayan ranges will keep you accompanied along the trek.

Destination: Manang, Nepal
Trip Routes: Kathmandu - Beshisahar - Dharapani - Chame - Pisang - Manang - Siri Kharka - Tilicho Base Camp - Siri Kharka - Yak Kharka - Thorang Phedi - Muktinath; Thorang La Pass - Tatopani - Ghorepani - Pokhara; Poon Hill; Nayapul - Kathmandu
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: Spring and Autumn

Group Size
2 - 8
18 days
Thorong La Pass 5416 m
Challending
Trans Alps Adventure
The Journey Begins Here

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival-1300m
    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On arrival, we will meet you and transfer to your booked hotel.
  • Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar
    At 6:30 am, pick up from your hotel and drive you to Besi-Sahar by express bus. You will reach Besi-Sahar after 7 -8 hours.
  • Day 3 Drive from Besisahar to Dharapani (1960m) 4 hours drive
    After Breakfast, we leave Besisahar. Take the local jeep and drive till Dharapani via Chamje village.
  • Day 4 Dharapani to Chame (2713m) 6 hours trek
    Today you will start trek to Chame. climb up the Manang valley and small settlements with outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8163meter) and the peaks above Larkya La.
  • Day 5 Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours trek
    Today begin our day trekking through a forested steep and a narrow valley, then we cross a river on a long bridge at 2910m. From there, the trail climbs to Pisang.
  • Day 6 Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours trek
    We trek on the upper trail through upper Pisang via Geru; we choose this trail as it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak.
  • Day 7 Acclimatization at Manang
    We spend our time visiting a monastery side trip to Gangapurna Lake and doing some excursions with the wonderful views around the villages.
  • Day 8 Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m): 4-5 hours trek
    We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through a coniferous forest. After an hour more of walking, we reach Shiri Kharka. Throughout the trek, we will have a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu.
  • Day 9 Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours trek
    Today we walk an easy path that leads through the middle of the landslides area where we can view impressive rock formations, we trek up till Tilicho base camp where we can get a good view of Tilicho Peak.
  • Day 10 Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours trek
    We start the day early to avoid afternoon wind. After a steep consistent climb of 2-3 hours, we reach Tilicho lake; the highest lake in the world. After spending some time here, we take the same route back to Siri Kharka.
  • Day 11 Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours trek
    We descend to the Khangsar village, pass Tare gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery, then follow a rock wall out of Khangsar to descend a bridge in the Thorong Khola valley. We go across a river, hike up to a plateau to reach yak Kharka.
  • Day 12 Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours trek
    We walk uphill to Thorong Phedi.a small busy settlement with an amazing view of mountains and landscapes. On our way, we get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
  • Day 13 Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours trek
    Today's the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend to Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Day 14 Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 - 8 hours trek
    We visit Muktinath temple before continuing our journey to Tatopani by jeep. Tatopani is famous for a natural hot spring.
  • Day 15 Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours trek
    We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic Thakali people. we go through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. Then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia we stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village at a ridge top.
  • Day 16 Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1-hour drive
    We ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace A favorite spot among photographers After visiting Poonhill, we will trek back to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 17 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours drive
    After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu by bus. It takes around 5 - 6 hours.
  • Day 18 Departure
    We will drop you to the airport 3 hours before your flight.

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What's Included

  • Arrival and Departure transfer
  • ACAP Permit
  • TIMS
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Gude
  • Necessary Porters
  • Nepali staff insurance

What's Excluded

  • Hotel and food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Clients travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses

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Equipment List

Document List:

  • Valid passport
  • 2 extra passport size photos
  • Photocopies of passport and visa form
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • Toothpaste/brush set;
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium)
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • Cold medicine.
  • Antibiotics for stomach infection
  • Anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • Water purification tablets
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Frequently Asked Questions

What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.

What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

Can we take showers during the trek?

Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person.

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