Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake

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12 Days
Availability : All year
Pokhara
Kathmandu
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 50
Tour Details

The Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake is a popular choice among moderate-level trekkers, offering a mesmerizing journey through majestic mountains, sloping terrain, and delightful weather conditions. Renowned for its stunning landscapes, the Annapurna region boasts the magnificent Annapurna peak, contributing to the Himalayan panorama’s allure. Commencing with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani, the trek winds through picturesque villages including Chame, Pisang, Manang, Khangsar Village, Tilicho Base Camp, Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom, before culminating with a jeep ride to Pokhara. Along the route, trekkers are treated to the sight of Tilicho Lake and the majestic Thorung La pass while also encountering diverse flora and fauna at this revered Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site.

 

Highlights of 12-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake:
  • Views of Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung
  • Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna IV are breathtaking.
  • Thorong La Pass (at 5,416 meters).
  • Explore Manang District.
  • Tilicho Lake (4,949m) is one of the highest lakes in the world.
  • Visit Manang’s Largest Monastery—Barge Monastery
  • Visit Muktinath, a sacred site.
  • Spectacular views of mountains.
  • Observe fascinating Himalayan views.
  • Explore the culture, food, and people in Manang.
  • Taste authentic Nepalese cuisine.

 

This tour itinerary offers a diverse range of experiences that provide a deeper understanding of Nepalese culture, its people, and the country. Nepal is a paradise for adventure seekers and those seeking peaceful solitude. Asian Heritage Treks invites you to come and explore all that Nepal has to offer. If you have any specific requirements or preferences that you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are happy to tailor the itinerary to your needs.

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by sharing public transport.
  • 1-night accommodation in Hotel Crystal Palace or similar in Pokhara on breakfast basis.
  • 10 nights’ accommodation throughout the trek on local lodge on full board basis.
  • As mentioned the hotel accommodations are a twin-sharing basic.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder English speaking trek guide.
  • ACAP, TIMS & other permits.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Your personal expenses.
  • Food in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Drinks/ Beverage bills
  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flights.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Donation in temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Personal hiking gear, personal kits.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind.
  • Any other items not mentioned in include section.

OPTIONAL ADDONS

  • Porter service (Available during check-out) per day USD 25 per person.
  • Kathmandu to Dharapani by private Jeep USD 299 (can be occupied 4 clients and 1 guide).
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by private Jeep USD 199 (can be occupied 4 clients and 1 guide).
Itinerary

Day 1Drive to Dharapani (1,960m) (9-10-hour drive)

Early in the morning, you will leave for Dharapani by public sharing vehicle. It takes about nine hours to get to Dharapani through the serpentine roads on the hill. There are several small towns among the green hills and beautiful views of Mount Annapurna II, Mount Machhapuchhre, and Mount Lamjung.

Includes: lunch, dinner, local transport, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 2Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), (5-6-hour hike)

After having your breakfast, you will continue walking to reach your final destination of the day, Chame, which is seen as the headquarters of the Manang district. From Chame, you can witness the fine views of the breathtaking views of Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), and Annapurna IV (7,525 m). We also come across a small hot spring, which is a place to relax for a while.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 3Chame to Upper Pisang (3,200m), (6-7-hour hike)

Today, you will walk to Upper Pisang. The trek begins through the forest areas in a steep, narrow valley. You will cross the river, walk for some time, and then cross another bridge at 3040m. From here, you can see the towering Paungda Danda rock face. Afterwards, the trail leads upward to Upper Pisang, where you will stay for the night. The path then leads through the peaceful forest to the upper Manang Valley. Upon ascending further, we will reach Upper Pisang, a large and sprawling village. This village has many lodges that offer delicious meals that challenge your taste buds.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 4Upper Pisang to Manang (3,500m) (4-5-hour hike)

Today, you will walk through the upper part of the Manang district, which is the rain shadow area shaded by the Annapurna Range. The people of this region are dependent on animal husbandry and agricultural farming. Leaving the Upper Pisang, their alternate trails north and south of the Marsayangdi River meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by the Hongde airstrip (at 3,325 m) involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Braga (at 3,475 m) to nearby Manang.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 5Acclimatization and Rest Day in Manang

Today is your acclimatization day in Manang. You can visit the village and enjoy viewing the wonderful sights of the village. Make sure to give your body some rest and recharge for the upcoming trekking days. We can visit the monasteries that are dotted around the area. Or, we can simply enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayas in the surroundings. It is highly recommended that you pay attention to the advice of the Himalayan Rescue Association during your stay in Manang.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 6Manang to Khangsar Village (3,756 m) (4-hour hike)

After having breakfast, you will start walking to reach Khangsar. Khangsar is a village development committee in Manang District. Khangsar village is located in north-central Nepal at 3,756 m above sea level. If the weather is clear, you can see the wonderful views of the mountains located in the area.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

 

Day 7Khangsar Village to Tilicho Lake (4,919m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (7-8-hour hike)

Today, you will have your breakfast a bit earlier than other days and start walking for about 4 hours to Tilicho Lake, which is the world’s highest lake. The beautiful lake is located at an altitude of 4919 m above sea level. You can also enjoy your walking as you will see mountains like Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho, etc. from your trail. After spending some time around Tilicho Lake, you will return via the same route back to Tilicho Base Camp.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 8Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,000 m), (7-hour hike)

After having breakfast at the Base Camp, you will return following an unmarked trail that will lead you around and down to cross the river via an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. From the river, you will ascend to reach Yak Kharka, where you will spend the night.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 9Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (Base Camp) (4,450 m) or High Camp (4,833m) (5-hour hike)

After having your breakfast, you will start your day. There are two options for today’s trekking. You can either have a pretty short day and only walk as far as Thorong Phedi (4,450m) or head all the way up to the High Camp (4,880m). The issue isn’t the distance between the two—it’s only about 1.5 hours walking. You would be going above the recommended 500 meters a day elevation gain, and regardless of the option you choose, it will be the highest you will sleep on the Annapurna Circuit.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 10Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m) (8-hour hike)

After enjoying your breakfast, you’ll commence the ascent towards the Thorong La pass. Today marks a significant milestone as you attempt to cross the Thorang-La Pass at an impressive altitude of 5,416 meters, making it one of the world’s highest navigable passes. The journey to cross the Thorong La Pass typically takes around four hours, culminating in reaching the summit, where you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Following the pass crossing, a further five-hour trek will lead you to the revered town of Muktinath. Nestled in the Muktinath Valley, this sacred site holds deep significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Referred to as Mukti Kshetra by Hindus, meaning “place of salvation,” the main temple has origins in the Sri Vaishnava tradition and is revered by Buddhists as well. Upon arrival, explore the revered Shree Muktinath Temple and partake in the sacred ritual of bathing under the 108 water springs and two holy kundas.

Adjacent to the temple lies the Jwala Mai Temple, featuring a spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural underground gas—a captivating sight to behold.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 11Drive from Muktinath to Pokhara (8-hour drive)

After breakfast, you will leave for Pokhara by public sharing vehicle. It takes about nine and a half hours to get to Pokhara through the serpentine roads on the hill. On the way, you can see the greenery of Nepal. The route follows the Kali Gandaki River, which is also one of the fastest-flowing rivers in Nepal. On the way, you can see the greenery of Nepal. You will get the opportunity to have mind-blowing views of different places, such as Kagbeni, Jomsom, Marpha, Lete, Ghasa, Rupse waterfall, which is a 300-meter-high waterfall and the most popular place, and many more.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, sharing local transport, an English-speaking trekking guide, and an overnight stay in the Hotel Crystal Palace in Pokhara.

Day 12Drive Back To Kathmandu, Driving Duration: 6-7 Hours

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will catch the vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. The bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes quite a while and is dependent on weather and road conditions. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and shop for souvenirs for friends and family back home. Otherwise, you can rest at the hotel and pack your things.

Includes: breakfast, sharing local transport, and an English-speaking trekking guide.

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