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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Duration

16 Days

Location

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake

Max Altitude

5415m

Best time for trek

Spring & Autumn

Meals

All meals during the trek

Accmmodation

Guest House Accommodation

Trekking

Trekking

Trip Grading

Strenous

About the trip: Annapurna circuit trek is also known as the Throngla Pass trek. Throng La Pass is one of the world’s highest Passes, and crossing it is a huge accomplishment for any trekker. In the past, we could witness the magisterial beauty of nature, picturesque landscapes, scattered villages, and dazzling mountains. The Thorang La Pass is a more adventurous journey in this trek that needs proper knowledge in the time of morning and afternoon. Trekkers also are quite conscious of winter and summer seasons.  Annapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake trek is a better trek to explore the entire region. You can do this trek in any season. Circuit trek is also known as an alternative trek during Monsoon season. It is famous in the global community as a classic trek. So that those trekkers who have a long day to trek this trek are better.

Tilicho Lake trek is a journey to the world’s highest glacial lake Tilicho with an altitude of 4949 meters. Tlicho Lake is part of the Annapurna circuit trek and one of the best sight treks. Often trekkers do it when they are doing the Annapurna circuit trek and most of the trekkers cross Thorong la Pass after they do the Tilicho Lake trek. The magnificent lake is one of the major attractions in the Annapurna region. Lake Tilicho is surrounded by the High Himalayas and the highest one is the Tilicho peak 7,134 Meters. The 19-day trek takes you to explore the things that you have never explored before. With the spectacular landscapes and high mountains, the Tilicho Lake hike is the best activity that you should do when you trek to the Annapurna circuit trek. Trekking to Tilicho Lake is quite hard because of the frequent stone falling from the mountains.

What to see on the Tilicho Lake trek?

Visit to the world’s highest elevated glacial lake

The vivid experience of lowlands lifestyle and cultures to the Highland lifestyles and people cultures in the trek.

The diversified landscapes from the beginning to the end of the trek make you wonder where you are.

8000m peaks like Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt.Annapurna Ist (8,091m) Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m), and 7000m one like Mt.Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak,

Cross the highest pass 5416m Thorongla Pass

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival Day Kathmandu - 1400 meters

You will be welcomed on your arrival by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek briefing. In Kathmandu

After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes: Swoyambhunath- The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley and Patan city. Evening dinner at Local restaurant with Nepalese cultural dances.

Day 03 Kathmandu - Drive to Besisahar (760m) (5 hours drive), change of vehicle, drive to Chame (2710m) – 5/6 hours’ drive.

Early morning after breakfast we will be driving to Bensisahar on Private Coach. A 5 to 6 hour beautiful scenic drive. After Lunch a Local Jeep/bus to Chame – 5/6 hours drive. You are heading towards Chame, the headquarters of Manang, the district beyond the Himalayas, as it is famously known as in Nepal. You will, undoubtedly, enjoy your stay in the mountain town in the lap of Annapurna II - 7937 m / 26040 ft. 5 hour bumpy ride but offers you some breathtaking views. Check into a guest house in Chame and relax.

Day 04: Chame - Pisang (3190m ) Distance: 14.5 Km (Upper Pisang)/ 14 Km (Lower Pisang). Walking 6 hours

Hike from Chame to Pisang . Chame to Pisang trek distance is 14 km. Trail ascends gradually and takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Pisang by foot. The elevation of Lower Pisang village is 3200 meters & Upper Pisang 3300 meters above sea level Approx. walking hour is 6 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 05: Pisang - Manang (3520 m ) Distance: 19.5 Km (from Upper Pisang to Manang)/ 15 Km (from Upper Pisang to Manang) – 6 to 7 hours walk

An about five hours trek today takes you to the mountain village of Manang where you can see the prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture. The walk itself offers a magnificent view of the mountain peaks in the famous Annapurna range. Serene mountain atmosphere is an additional bonus for your walk. We will follow the route of Ghyaru and Ngwal to enjoy the best.

There are two routes to Manang. The lower, easier route follows the river to Mungji where it meets the upper route and continues to Braga and Manang. The more challenging upper route into the dry Nyesyang begins from Upper Pisang and offers some of the finest scenery of pine groves to reveal views of the small quoise lake of Mring Tso. Passing this way we reach to Ghyaru , this village is a fascinating cluster village with beautifully constructed stone houses surrounded by fields of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes and beans.
Then a long high travel passes with great scenery, up and down the valley, to Ngawal an interesting village with Gompa and ancient Juniper trees. We also see the white Chortan with water driven Mani and dragon. We walk alongside Lophelling Monastery and Shey Monastery above Ngawal, we reach at Julu from where we turn right to Braga Village walk on the cliff through the upstream of Marsyandi River to village Manang. The village is one of the largest villages of this region where we spend the two nights and acclimatization day. Overnight, stay at Manang.

Day 06: Manang Acclimatization Day - (3520 m ) Take a day break in Manang to acclimatize to the altitude.

Explore the local area of Gangapurna glacier and Gangapurna lake; be comfortable adjusting in the high altitude climate. Stay in Manang
Option I: Hike to Gangapurna Lake and back Manang (1 to 1:30 hours)
Option II: Hike to Gangapurna Lake & Chongkor Viewpoint and back to Manang (2:30 to 3 hours)
Option III: Hike to Praken Buddhist Gompa and back to Manang (2:30 to 3 hours).
Option IV: Visit Himalayan Rescue Association – learn about acute Mountain sickness

Day 07: Trek to Shree Kharka (4050m) Distance: 6 km (from Manang to Khangsar) + 3 km (Kangsar to Shri Kharka): Total 9 Km. Walking 3:30 to 4 hours

After breakfast, you and your rested muscles will begin a half-day's trek to Khangsar Village along the trail headed for Tilicho Lake. The path heads out of Manang through the western gates and then follows the path down to the river. You'll walk along the bank and through the valley of weathered rocks with views of Annapurna II. After lunch another 3 km takes you to Shree Kharka.

Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Base camp (4150m) - Distance: 6 km. Walking 3 hour

After breakfast, climb towards a high ridge where you will reach an intersection where the new trail and the old trail collide; take the new trail and ascend to another steep ridge before descending back down along switchbacks, after sometime you reach to Tilicho Base camp.

While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically difficult, 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. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Lake ( 4919m), return to Shree Kharka (4050m) Distance: 11 km + 6 km = 17 km. Walking 7 to 7:30 hours

After breakfast at base camp, you will visit Tilicho lake and then follow a gently winding trail back to Shree Kharka.

After the tough, steep, switch backed ascent, our trail continues to huge 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. We retrace our step and return to Shree Kharka.

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4050m) Distance: 10 km. Walking 3 to 3:30 hours

From shree Kharka follow an unmarked trail which leads you down to an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka, an area where yak herders bring their animals to graze. This is where you'll stop for the night.

After breakfast 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. when reaching Khangsar Village we realize that it is un inhabited except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We continuity our journey 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. Continue walk until reaching Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Trek to Thorang Phedi (4450m) Distance: 6 km. Walking 3 hours

After having breakfast in the morning, start your walk of the day to ThorongPhedi - the base of the Thorong-la Pass. A five hours slow paced walk takes you to the place where you are staying overnight today. Enjoy and relax in the cool mountain environment.

From Yak Kharkha, we ascend Steep up to landslide risk trail alongside Kone Khola; and then cross a suspension bridge before we reach at Ledar village. The trail then ascends uphill along Marsyangdi River crossing several streams and narrow path then eventually descends to Thorang La Phedi tracing landslide prone trail. Overnight, stay at Thorang La Phedi.

Day 12: Thorong Phedi - Thorong pass (5416 m) - Muktinath (3800 m) Distance: 16 km – Drive to Jomsom Distance: 18 km (1.5 hour drive)

Today is a long day of walk and the highlight of this trip. Wake up very early in the morning to start your adventure towards the highest pass - Thorong pass. A slow paced uphill walk takes you about 4-5 hours to reach the pass. When you are at the top, you feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. You have conquered the highlight of this trip. Now, you walk starts descending towards Muktinath for about another six hours.

We make the steep climb that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, a problem may occur due to the altitude and snow which can often make the crossing impossible if the pass is covered by snow. It takes about four hours to climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. Enjoying sometime at the Pass, we descend down towards one of the sacred Hindu-Buddhist Muktinath temple. Drive to Jomsom.

Day 13: Drive to Pokhara – 170 KM – 6 to 7 hours drive. Overnight in Pokhara.

The road from Jomsom via Marpha and Beni and then to Pokhara. Some the roads are bumpy but it is okay with 4WD you would be totally comfortable. We organize reserved jeep for you in this trip.

Day 14: Extra day at Pokhara. Relaxe and local sightseeing tour

Sightseeing includes visit of Fewa Lake and Davi's fall. Lake in the immediate vicinity of the city is Phewa Tal with an Island temple dedicated to Goddess Barahi in the middle. With its serene water reflecting the Annapurna range and a nicely preserved forest on the adjoining southern slope, this legendry second largest lake of the Kingdom remains a major source of attraction for the visiting tourists. It can be explored in canoes locally known as doongas which are available on rent at several points on the lake. This lake can also be enjoyed by swiming and fishing. Fishing rods can be taken on rent from the lake side shops. Visit to the Davi's Fall locally known as Patale Chhango in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley left of the Siddartha Highway is amazing. At this point the stream overflowing Phewa lake suddenly collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several path holes before taking a final plunge.

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu, in Kathmandu

After sometime at Pokhara, transfer to tourist bus park in Pokhara. Scenic drive to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Free time until departure, Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu

Free time until departure. You will be picked up and transfer to International airpot to fly your home. End of service.

Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price
2 - 3 $1,410.00
4 - 5 $1,300.00
6 - 9 $1,275.00
10 - 15 $1,250.00
16 - 20 $1,225.00

Included

  • 01. All Airport Transfers
  • 02. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast basis using nice centrally located 2 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
  • 03. Tea House Accommodation during the trek on sharing basis.
  • 04. All Meal during the trek
  • 05. Professional guide and porter for the trek with their meal (to carry luggage)
  • 06. Insurance and flight and Salary for Nepali Staff
  • 07. Annapurna Conservation area entrance permit, Tims permit and local Taxes
  • 08. Private Jeep to Chame from Kathmandu
  • 09. Local shared jeep / bus from Muktinath to Jomsom, reserved jeep from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • 10. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with tour guide, entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 11. Nepalese dinner with cultural show, First Aid Medical Kit , oximeter
  • 12. Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Excluded

  • 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag
  • 02. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 03. Personal accident and health insurance
  • 04. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
  • 05. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
  • 06. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned

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