ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT VIA TILICHO LAKE TREK

  • Days:19 Days
  • Difficulty:moderate to Strenuous
  • Country:Nepal
  • Activity:Trekking & Hiking
  • Max Altitude:5416 Meters/17769 ft
  • Accomodation:Tea House/Lodges
  • Best Season:Mar-May. Sep-Nov
  • Meals:B,L,D
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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT VIA TILICHO LAKE TREK-19 Days Day/s

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Trip Facts

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Duration

19 Days

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Trip Introduction

This 19-day hiking trip takes you through some of the Annapurna region of Nepal’s most breathtaking scenery. The tough climb through lovely towns, lush woods, and steep mountain terrain leads you to the spectacular Tilicho Lake at an elevation of 5,200 meters. The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Danagyu.

You travel through the lovely Manang Valley, where you may observe the distinctive culture and way of life of the locals. Before heading down to Tatopani for a soothing hot spring bath, you will also have the chance to tour the historic town of Kagbeni and pay a visit to Muktinath.

The strenuous ascent to Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), one of the world’s highest mountain passes, marks the trek’s conclusion. The pass offers amazing panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Before ending at Pokhara, the stunning lake city, the journey takes you via Ghorepani and Ghandruk, two of the most scenic settlements in the Annapurna range. Afterwards, after a brief journey, you’ll return to Kathmandu, where you may unwind and explore the exciting city before flying back home.

Ultimately, this expedition is the ideal fusion of adventure, culture, and environment, providing you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Tilicho Lake: The hike leads to the stunning Tilicho Lake, one of the world’s highest lakes. The lake gives a wonderful view as it is tucked away among the magnificent Himalayan peaks.

 

  • Thorong La Pass: The walk also leads to one of the world’s highest mountain passes, Thorong La Pass. It is a difficult but rewarding journey to cross the pass, which provides breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan peaks.

 

  • Culture and People: The trip passes through a number of charming villages, allowing you the chance to learn about the distinctive culture and way of life of the locals. Particularly in the Manang Valley, visitors can get a glimpse of the Tibetan-Buddhist community’s traditional way of life.

 

  • Hot Springs: Tatopani, a place renowned for its natural hot springs, is also visited as part of the walk. Following a long day of hiking, unwinding in the hot springs can be refreshing.

 

  • Natural Attractions: The Annapurna region is well-known for its breathtaking natural attractions, which include snow-capped peaks, chasm-deep canyons, and dense forests. Every step of the walk, which passes through some of the most beautiful scenery, is a visual delight.

 

19 Days of walking
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu. Company representative will be there showing a sign board to picks you up and transfer to your hotel. Meet the group and your trip leader The Hotel is 3 star standard base in the heart of Kathmandu. Enjoy your evening and prepare for trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

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Day 2

Today, you will have a day to prepare for your upcoming trek. You will have the opportunity to meet your trekking guide. You will also have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the trek. After the meeting, you can spend the day exploring Kathmandu further or doing some last-minute shopping for the trek. You may also want to visit the Thamel area again, where you can find a variety of shops selling trekking gear and equipment. In the evening, you will return to your hotel and have a final preparation for the trek. You will pack your backpack and make sure that you have all the necessary items for the trek. You may also want to have an early night to prepare for the start of the trek the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 3

Today we leave Kathmandu early and take a bus to Besisahar. The drive will be through a concrete & paved road till besisahar .After Besisahar, the real adventure starts we will enjoy dirt road drive with the view of Mount Annapurna II and III, and Mount Lamjung along with beautiful village, hills, rivers and waterfalls.  Overnight in Danagyu.

 

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Day 4

Trek to chame is a beautiful walk, we pass several village, pass dense forest and we encounter very beautiful Mountain View from Timang village. Most of the walk will be on a road and few will be on a trekking trail. After several hours of walk we reach chame. Chame is a big village and also the Headquarter of manang.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we continue our trek following Marsyangdi River to Pisang. On the way, we will walk through the beautiful dense forest, and pass some local village with the big apple farm (where you can have some fresh bakery or fresh apple juice). During this walk, we encounter some beautiful hills,mountains and huge rock hills like a bowl shape. After having lunch at dhukur pokhari, we have nice and gradual climb to Pisang. Overnight in Manang

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Day 6

We have a long day to manang, After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Manang . There is two trail which leads us to manang. The lower trail is short but it is for vehicle and the upper trail is for trekker’s where we witness huge Annapurna and other mountains and also old ghyaru village. The trail via Ngawal is long but more beautiful than the lower trail. After lunch we will continue our trek walking via Braka Gompa which is a big and old monastery. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, encounters some yaks and local people. After hours walking, we will reach Manang. Overnight in Manang.

 

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Day 7

Manang a beautiful village surrounded by huge mountains and hills. Today you don’t have to wake up early in the morning so take your time and have breakfast we will spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing sidewalks and sightseeing around the village and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake. We will return back to manang and rest of the day will be yours. You can hangout around the village. Overnight in Manang.

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Day 8

Acclimatize day somehow helps our body to get well acclimatize with the altitude, so today we continue our walk towards khangsar village. It is still very traditionally Tibetan and also known as the Last Village of Nepal. After hiking several hours we cross Khangsar Khola and we reach Khangsar and head towards the village region. Overnight at Khangsar village

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Day 9

We continue our walk from Khangsar to Tilicho base camp, passing a monastery along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on carved out through the slopes to the sides of the main valley. Overnight at Tilicho Base camp.

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Day 10

We will have early breakfast today and try to leave early to see the second highest lake in the world. Following the path to Tilicho Lake, we starts climbing up which takes 3-4 hours to reach the lake. If you want to spend more time in the lake we suggest you to carry enough warm layers because it gets windy and gets cold. After we spend some time around the Lake, we will return back  the same to  the Base Camp. Overnight at Tilicho base camp.

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Day 11

Today we have some gradual climb to thorong phedi where we gonna cross a big landslide area. We have a big day tomorrow so everyone should be drinking enough water & wearing warm layers. Overnight in Thorong –La High Camp

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Day 12

Today is an important day of our trek Today is going to be a long trek because of the altitude you may face shortness of breath, you may get tired quickly so our pace may decrease. To cross the pass early we will start before sunrise so we can cross the pass before 10am. Mostly after 10am the wind speed increases over the pass that is why it is not a good idea to stay behind. Depending on your pace it may take 3 hours to reach on the top of thorong – la from where you will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of steep downhill will take us to the huge town of Muktinath. Muktinathis also known as mukti chhetra. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Overnight in Muktinath.

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Day 13

The morning view of the mountains looks beautiful from muktinath. Today we drive down to tatopani and enjoy 4/5 hours jeep ride. On the way towards tatopani we will visit marpha village which is famous for apple farming. We will be continuing our jeep riding by the bank of Kali Gandaki River (the river where saligram stones are found). On the ride we will see beautiful valley view, big waterfall and traditional villages. After several hours of ride we will reach tatopani which means “Hot spring”. After the flood in 2020 the hot spring was washed away. So we better relax and enjoy the day. Overnight at Tatopani.

 

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Day 14

We have a big day today.  It will take about 8 hours to reach Ghorepani. After crossing the suspension bridge we start climbing up passing several magar village with beautiful valley and gorgeous mountains view. We see local people getting involved in agriculture working in their fields ans so on. After several hours of climbing we will reach Ghorepani hurray!! From Ghorepani we will be able to see Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. Overnight at Ghorepani.

 

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Day 15

Today we wake up at 5am to see one of the most beautiful sunrise view from poonhill. After 1 hour of steep stairs climbing we reach poonhill. Drinking hot coffee we will enjoy the view of mountains after spending 1 hour on the top we walk down to ghorepani have breakfast and leave for tadapani passing beautiful rhododendron forest. Overnight at Tadapani.

 

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Day 16

Today after Breakfast we will hike 3 hours down to Ghandruk village which is the settlement of gurung community. After Ghandruk we take a zeep to pokhara. Our hotel in pokhara is just 5/8 minutes’ drive from the airport. Pokhara is a beautiful city and second largest city of Nepal in population. You can do some side tour in pokhara, walk around the lake, and do some shopping in lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara

 

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Day 17

After breakfast we will fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. This is your last night in Nepal so you can enjoy your last day walking around thamel, do some shopping and buy gift for your loved ones and also do not forget to share your trip experience with us. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

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Day 18

That’s it the end of our trek. After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to airport and depart Kathmandu. We would love to accompany you on another trip through Nepal in the future

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NOTE:

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors,that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Pick-up and drop-off from the airport to the hotel.
  • Hotel Accommodation:Twin sharing room with bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu.
  • Permit: All necessary permits including National Park permits, TIMS permit, and conservation entry fees.
  • Insurance: Comprehensive insurance coverage for all Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Member Transportation: Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Pokhara – Kathmandu & Ground Transportation Kathmandu- Danaque, Muktinath-Tatopani, Ghandruk- Pokhara with Guide as per itinerary. Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all.
  • Member Luggage: Each member is allowed up to 15 kg of personal baggage during the trek, carried by porters.
  • Lodging and Food: Accessible accommodation in hotels and lodges with 3 meals a day (B/L/D) during the trek.
  • Guide and Porter: One English-speaking guide and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • Staff Salary and Allowance: Daily wages, salary, food, and accommodation for all Nepalese staff.
  • First Aid Kit:A well-stocked first aid kit will be available for emergencies

Excluded

  • Airfare and Visa: International flight fares to/from Kathmandu and Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Personal Transportation: Any personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Lunch & dinner in during the stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra Night in Kathmandu: Any extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrivals, late departures, or early returns from the trek.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required, including rescue, repatriation, medication, medical tests, and hospitalization costs.
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, internet, battery recharge, shower, laundry, alcoholic beverages, boiled water, beer, coke, and personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and staff.

Note: Any other services not mentioned in the included or excluded services list will not be covered and will be the responsibility of the trekker.

Route Map


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General Trekking Equipments

                  

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Quantity Type Remarks
1 Woolen Cap     1
2 Sunglasses     1  UV protected
3 Bob Scarf/buff Mask     1
4 Warm down Jacket     1
5 Thermal Inner Layer  2 pairs
6 Gloves  1 pair
7 Sleeping Bag    1 20 + Degrees
8 Trekking Trousers & Inner Vest As per necessity
9 Trekking Shoes  1 pair   Full Ankle
10 Woolen Socks 3/4 pairs
11 Trekking Poles  1 pair
12 Water Bottle    1    Thermos  1 L+
13 Waterproof Jacket    1
14 Slippers  1 pair
15 Sun Block    1     SPF 30
16 Personal First Aid Kit    1
17 Trekking Bag    1    Rucksack  50 L+
18 Area Map    1
19 Head Light with extra battery    1

General Trekking Info


  1. Trekking at high altitudes requires warm clothing to protect you from the cold. A down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m. You can rent a down jacket for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but please note that in case of loss or damage, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  2. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep during the trek. You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but again, if you lose or damage the sleeping bag, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  3. Before embarking on your trek, make sure to acclimatize to the altitude by spending a few days in Kathmandu. This will help your body adjust to the change in altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.


  4. It is essential to have proper trekking shoes that are comfortable and provide good traction. Make sure to break in your shoes before the trek to avoid blisters and discomfort.


  5. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so it is crucial to pack for different weather conditions. Layers of clothing, including a waterproof jacket and pants, are recommended.


  6. Trekking poles can be a lifesaver, especially when trekking uphill or downhill. They help reduce the pressure on your knees and provide extra stability.


  7. It is important to stay hydrated while trekking. Carry a water bottle or bladder with you and make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid drinking untreated water and carry water purification tablets or a water filter.


  8. Toiletries like wet wipes and hand sanitizer are essential, especially when there is no access to running water. It is also important to carry toilet paper and dispose of it properly.


  9. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically demanding, so it is essential to be in good physical shape. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can help prepare your body for the trek.


  10. Respect the local culture and traditions by learning a few words in the local language and dressing modestly. Avoid giving money or sweets to children, as it can encourage a culture of begging.


  11. Trekking in the Himalayas can be an unforgettable experience, so take the time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture. Take plenty of pictures, but remember to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.


 

FAQ

You can apply visa to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country also you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. If you prefer to use a visa service you will find many by searching on the internet, one in particular we have found reliable is CIBT: https://cibtvisas.com/

Yes, it is compulsory you should arrange your travel insurance and please insure your chosen policy also covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs.

In Kathmandu or in other cities we use 5-star hotels and in trekking or in remote areas we provide the highest quality available.

Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.

Nepal is Greenwich Mean Time plus five hours and 45 minutes. That means if it’s 8:00pm in Kathmandu, it’s 9:15am in New York and 6:15am in California.

Nepal is on the 220V system. Sockets are usually the three-pin variety, but they vary. If you are planning to use something like a hairdryer or electric shaver at the hotel, bring a converter and a selection of plug adapters.

There are varieties of Food item so menu will be provided to all the clients and they can order their food according to the menu.

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.

You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. You can also buy mineral water bottles or boiled water during the trek.

Yes, we will provide you a domestic sim card or a satellite phone from which you can make international calls. You can also buy a domestic sim card on your own in Kathmandu.

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