Annapurna Circuit Trek (Via Tilicho Lake)

This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

Annapurna Circuit trek completely around the famed Annapurna Massif offers the most diversity of any trek in Nepal: fascinating ethnic groups each with their own language, incredible views of many of the Himalaya's most famous high peaks, and constantly changing panoramas - from lush, tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs. See more.

Starting from Basilar after about 9 Hrs driving from Kathmandu, we ascend along the Marshyangdi river valley. Annapurna Himal pass snow-capped Annapurna II, III and IV and a range of 6,000m/20,000ft peaks stretching north to Tibet. Crossing Thorong La pass (5418m/17,770ft) to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath. We then descend into the mighty Kali Gandaki Valley - the deepest river valley on the face of the earth - 7000m/23,000ft deep between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. At the end we trek through a wonderful rhododendron forest on the Ghorepani Ridge and the picturesque Gurung villages before finishing back in the Pokhara Valley.

This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
The highest point of the trek is Thorung la pass at the top of the valley at 5416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day. To top it all, the crossing of the Thorong La pass (5,416m) is a challenging ascent, surrounded by some of the most magnificent.

Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes us to the world’s highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal. The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna circuit. However, from Manang we go to the mail valley to the west and trek up to the Tilicho Lake. Our trail again joins the Annapurna circuit route and crosses the Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world. We also climb up to Poon Hill famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On our 20-day journey we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, experience the change in vegetation, all the while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas.

 

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Trip Fact: 20 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:5416m/17800ft
  • Destination:Mukhtinath, Jomsom
  • Fitness level: Strenous
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Included Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing accommodation in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge and home-stay during trek

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Views of Annapurna, Fishtail and Mardi Himal
  • Sunrise and sunset and Less Touristic area
  • Tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses cling to rocky cliffs.
  • Annapurna Himal pass snow-capped Annapurna II, III and IV and a range of 6,000 m peaks stretching north to Tibet
  • Inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups,
  • offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas
  • Forests, cross pristine meadows, experience the change in vegetation,

Trip Map

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 10 hours

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft)via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

Day 15: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 - 8 hours

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

Day 17: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 18: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Day 20: Final departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, you wil be attended by our representative who will escort to you hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 10 hrs
We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hrs
We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hrs
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hrs
From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hrs
From Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hrs
While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hrs
After the initial tough, steep, switch backed ascent, our trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was reffered to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake’. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan. We retrace our step and return to Siri Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hrs
We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand year old monastery which is very important to the local people. Upon reaching Khangsar Village we realize that it is un-inhabitated except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, walk furthermore until reaching Yak Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hrs
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hrs
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 - 8 hrs
In the morning we visit the Muktinath Temple which a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism, the temple is believed to be a sacred place called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksha". After a visit to the sacred place, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hrs
We leave the Kali Gandaki and headed up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking furthermore we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hrs
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Tadapani to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hrs trek and 1 hour drive
The trek from Tadapani until Ghandruk will be through a thick forest of rhododendron trees. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. From here, we enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We trek further to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hrs
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes 6hrs approximately (option of flying from Pokhara to Kathmandu, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route you experience the countryside which is lays with greenery, rivers, local villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon on arrival in Kathmandu you have an option of your own.
Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 20: Final departure

Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft, Kathmandu by local bus or private jeep
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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