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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking

Trip Facts

Duration

Duration 13 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

With Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition’s Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek, you get to explore the marvelous beauty of the Annapurna region. Along with it, the warm hospitality and unique cultures of the local Gurung and Thakali communities make the trek more attractive.

Overview

The trek starts from Kathmandu as you drive to Chame via Bulbule. From Chame, you start your 13-day journey. The trekking route takes you through many rustic villages and settlement areas. As you gain altitude, you begin to notice the change in vegetation as the terrain gets barren.
Once you reach Manang, you acclimatize there for a whole day. The town is a famous acclimatization stop, and you can spend the day exploring the famous landmarks around Manang. The trail then takes you to Tilicho Lake via Khangsar. The views of Tilicho Lake and its surroundings are the main highlights of this trek.

After enjoying the views of the pristine lake, you challenge yourself to conquer the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world. The trail then takes you to the Muktinath temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, you head to Jomsom and then fly to Pokhara. The trek comes to an end as you head back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway.

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Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the beautiful Tilicho Lake at 4919 meters.
  • Conquer Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world.
  • Discover the natural and cultural beauty of the Annapurna region.
  • Trek through the magnificent gorges, waterfalls, and glaciers.
  • Witness the spectacular mountain views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, and Nilgiri.
  • Walk through the forests of rhododendrons, oaks, and highland pastures.
  • Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area and witness the diverse biodiversity.
  • Visit the sacred pilgrim site, the Muktinath temple.
  • Explore the unique cultures and traditions of the Gurung, Tamang, and Thakali ethnic communities.

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Besisahar

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Avg. 5 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Besisahar

Altitude

(840 m./2772ft.)

After an early breakfast, you hop onto the bus that will take you to Besisahar. You drive along the highway and enjoy the scenic views of the lush green hills. From Dumre, you head up to Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 2

Drive to Chame

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

55km Drive
(Avg. 4 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Chame

Altitude

(2,860m./9438ft.)

After an early breakfast, you drive towards Chame today. The ride will take around 4 hours in total, with brief rests in between. The vehicle will take you along the scenic hills. The road trip to Chame is rough and dusty as the roads are not well-made. Enjoying the views of the hills and valleys, you arrive at Chame. Overnight in Chame.

Day 3

Trek to Upper Pisang

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Avg. 6 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Upper Pisang

Altitude

(3,230m./10659ft.)

Today is the first day of the trek. After an early breakfast, you venture along the Marsyangdi River. The trail starts with a steep trail into the dense forest. As you walk deep into the forest, you come across a spectacular view of Paungda Danda rock. After that, the trail again ascends, and you head to Upper Pisang. The village of Upper Pisang has several homestays and teahouses. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 4

Trek to Manang

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Avg. 5 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Manang

Altitude

(3,450m./10350ft.)

After breakfast, you hit the trail that goes along the barren landscape towards Manang. The trail opens up to the beautiful views of Annapurna and Pisang. As you gain altitude, the vegetation starts to get scarce. The Barge monastery is on the way, and you can make a quick trip of the place. After trekking for about 5 hours, you arrive at Manang. Overnight in Manang.

Day 5

Acclimatization at Manang – Explore around

Since you’ll be going to higher elevations, it is necessary to acclimatize yourself to the surroundings. The beautiful village of Manang is the best place to acclimatize. After breakfast, you head to the Himalayan Rescue Center and attend a session on how does rescue operations work. Then, you head to observe the majestic Gangapurna Lake and the glacier. In the afternoon, you can explore the village.

Day 6

Trek to Tilicho base camp

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Avg. 7 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Tilicho base camp

Altitude

(4,150m./13695ft.)

The trek resumes after a hearty breakfast. From Manang, you head west towards Khangsar Khola. The trail gets steeper as you start gaining altitude. Once you cross the river, you reach Khangsar. Then, you ascend again to reach Shree Kharka. En route, you get to see the fantastic views of mountains like Annapurna and Gangapurna. From here onwards, the trail is easy, and you arrive at Tilicho Base Camp . Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 7

Walk to Shree Kharka

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

6km Uphill hike
(Avg. 3 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Shree Kharka

Altitude

(4,060m./13398ft.)

You wake up to the picturesque views of Tilicho Peak and have your breakfast. You ascend to a steep slope and head to explore the Tilicho Lake. The trail continues along the pastureland, where you can see yaks and deer. After crossing the pastureland, you arrive at the breathtaking Tilicho lake with the Tilicho Peak in the backdrop. You return to the base camp after exploring the lake area and then descend to Shree Kharka . Overnight in Shree Kharka.

Day 8

Trek to Yak Kharka

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill hike
(Avg. 5 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Yak Kharka

Altitude

(4,020m./13266ft.)

After cleaning up and having breakfast, you descend back through the trail you took to ascend. As you descend, you arrive at Tare Gumba, an ancient monastery. You can do a quick tour of the place if you want. Then, you head towards Khangsar village, and from there, you head towards Thorong Khola Valley. You ascend to a plateau after crossing Thorong Khola, which then leads you to Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kahrka.

Day 9

Trek to Phedi

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Avg. 4 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Phedi

Altitude

(4,400m./14520ft.)

After cleaning up and having breakfast, you start the trek towards Thorang Phedi at the altitude of 4600 meters. Leaving behind Yak Kharka, you descend and continue to trek along the river and cross it. Then, the trail steeply ascends. Enjoying the mountain and valley views, you arrive at Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Phedi.

Day 10

Trek to Muktinath

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Uphill hike
(Avg. 9 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Muktinath

Altitude

(3,760m./12408ft.)

Today will be the longest day of the whole trek. You have an early breakfast and hit the trail that steeply ascends to the majestic Thorong La Pass, which is the highest point of this trek. From this pass, you can see the panoramic views of several mountain ranges like Annapurna as well as the alluring landscape. Then, you descend into the valley, enjoying the views arrives Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 11

Trek to Marpha

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Avg. 6 hours)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Marpha

Altitude

(2,650m./8745ft.)

You wake up early today and head to Muktinath Temple to pray. It is a sacred temple to both Hindus and Buddhists. After praying, you have your breakfast and hit the trail that goes along the austere landscape. The route leads you to Kagbeni, a village in the Kali Gandaki Valley full of beautiful sceneries. Enjoying the views, you then descend to Mustang district as you follow the Kali Gandaki River. Following the route along the flat terrain, you arrive at Marpha for the overnight stay.

Day 12

Drive to Pokhara

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Avg. 6 hours)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Pokhara

Altitude

( 820m./2706ft.)

This is your last day in the lap of the mountains. You have breakfast in the early morning and jump on jeep/bus ride to Pokhara. You will enjoy an adventurous and exciting drive through World’s deepest Kaligandaki Gorge, Rupse water fall and natural hot spring – Tatopani along the road. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 13

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 13 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Avg. 6 hours)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Kathmandu

Altitude

( 1295m./4273ft.)

Finally, the trek has come to an end, and you say goodbye to the majestic Annapurna range. After breakfast, you board on tourist bus that will take you back to Kathmandu. The drive through the Prithivi Highway is pleasant as you enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the hills and rivers. By late afternoon, you arrive at your hotel.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport Transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Lodge ( Twin share basis) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along the trek.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English speaking, local language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and necessary permits ( TIMS).
  • A trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up every day, Trekking completion certificate and company T-shirt etc.
  • Government tax and service charge etc.
  • Assistance for Emergency Rescue Evacuation.
  • Public Liability Insurance .

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, desert, battery charge, hot shower, laundry, phone bill and bar bill.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters. ( Highly suggested).

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Traveler Reviews

We just finished 12 days of Annapurna Circuit with Nepal Alternative Treks and Expeditions. This was a great experience. Our tour guide Brayan was amazing. He made sure we were safe & helped us each step of the way. He kept us entertained also. I appreciate Mr. Tej personally coming to see us off on our first day. He was involved and easy to get hold of when we had questions. Overall amazing experience & would recommend it to everyone looking to trek in Nepal

5.0

Monita Rai

USA
Nov 2022 • Friends We just finished 12 days of Annapurna Circuit with Nepal Alternative Treks and Expeditions. This was a great experience. Our tour guide Brayan was amazing. He made sure we were safe & helped us each step of the way. He kept us entertained also. I appreciate Mr. Tej personally coming to see us off on our first day. He was involved and easy to get hold of when we had questions. Overall amazing experience & would recommend it to everyone looking to trek in Nepal

5.0

Monita Rai

USA

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

The best time to do Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking is during the spring and autumn season. During this time of the year the climate, temperature, and weather are stable and suitable in Nepal. Besides, if you travel here during this time of the year you will fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Therefore, if you travel here during this time then it can double your fun and experience. However, this trek also can be done during the monsoon season.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Difficulty

The difficulty level of this trek is moderate. However, it’s a 13-day long trek so it can be done by a rookie or new trekker. If you are a new trekker, then you might face the difficulty of altitude sickness. Therefore, an experienced guide is highly recommended. Similarly, you will have to hike through rugged and rocky terrains on your trek. So, make sure you are prepared for the difficulty. This trek tests your stamina so be prepared for that as well. In addition, you should be mentally tough. The remote route, unpredictable weather, and limited facilities and connectivity can mentally stress the trekkers. So you need to have mental resilience. It is recommended that you do exercises to build your physical stamina and endurance. Trekking research can help you to mentally prepare for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking difficulty.

Acclimatization Day During the Trek

Acclimatization is crucial for minimizing the risk of altitude sickness. It is the process of letting your body adjust to the high elevation and its surroundings. During the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, trekkers will need to acclimatize. The highest point of the trek is 4,919 meters at the Tilicho Lake. Hence, many trekkers will experience altitude sickness due to the high elevations.

Nepal Alternative Treks’ Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking itinerary has an acclimatization day at Manang. Manang is sitiuated at an elevation of 3,450 meters and serves as an important stop during our trek. During acclimatization, it is necessary to stay active. So, we will spend a day exploring around Manang and letting our body adjust to the surroundings. We will visit the Himalayan Rescue Center and attend a session. Likewise, we will observe the Gagapurna Lake, and glacier, and explore the village.

During the trek, trekkers should keep themselves hydrated. They should avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol intake. Excessive smoking is also not recommended. If trekkers experience altitude sickness symptoms despite acclimatization, they can take medications. But if the symptoms persist, immediate descent to a lower elevation is necessary.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide the Lodge with twin share basis accommodation during the trekking. Similarly, all meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during trekking. Likewise, we also provide Western and Nepali foods which are very healthy. In addition, the lodges we provide are very secure and comfortable too. But we don’t provide any kinds of soft and hard drinks. Also, trekkers have to bear the expenses for hot showers, laundry, phones, and bar bills by themselves. Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu are also not included in our package.

Last Minute Booking For Annapurna Circuit With Tilicho Lake

If you missed booking in advance and looking for a last-minute booking for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, Nepal Alternative Treks is here for you. We provide last-minute bookings with no additional or hidden charges. You can book the trek 24 hours before the scheduled departure and leave everything to us.We will make sure to comply with your needs and preferences and help to arrange a memorable trekking experience.

We have 24/7 customer service so you can contact us anytime. Also, we provide an online briefing before your departure and our departure dates are 100% guaranteed. You can contact us via phone (+977-9851130491) or email address (info@nepalalternativetreks.com) for further information or queries.

Documents and Paperwork Needed For ACT WIth Tilicho Lake Trek

Trekkers will need to obtain certain documents and paperwork for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek. It includes the following:

Visa

Without a visa, foreigners cannot enter Nepal. So, foreigners need a Nepal visa to travel across Nepal. The visa can be obtained before arriving in Nepal via the Nepal Embassy situated in the respective country. Another option is to obtain the visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. The costs for a visa are as follows:

  • 15 days single entry: USD 30
  • 30 days single entry: USD 50
  • 90 days single entry: USD 120

TIMS Card

Every trekkers need to obtain the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card for trekking in Nepal. The card takes the information of the trekkers including their name, nationality, itineraries, emergency contact, etc. This information helps to ensure the safety and security of the trekkers during emergencies or at times of natural disasters. The card can be obtained through a government-registered trekking agency in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

  • TIMS card: NPR. 2000 for foreigners and NPR. 1000 for SAARC nationals

ACAP

Another document and paperwork trekkers need for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Entry Permit (ACAP). The trekking routes access the conservation area. Similarly, the project supports the preservation of the region’s nature and cultural heritage. Hence, trekkers have to get a permit. It is available in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara. You can also obtain the permit at the checkpoints but it can cost additional fees.

  • ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR. 1000 for SAARC nationals
  • Note: Children below 10 years are free

Travel insurance

You need travel insurance for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek. The travel insurance should cover the medical expenses along with emergency helicopter rescue and treatment at higher elevations. Since the trekking route lies in remote and high elevations, there is a risk of altitude sickness. The travel insurance helps to cover the medical expenses that can potentially occur.
Similarly, travel insurance can also cover incidents like baggage loss, trip cancellation, or postponement. Ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions of the travel insurance before you buy one. Make sure it has everything that covers the potential risks, expenses, and emergencies.

Fitness and experience requirements

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking is 13 days. So, you need to be both physically and mentally fit. In addition, you should have experience climbing small peaks because if you try to climb this peak then it will be difficult for you to complete this trek. So, we recommend you first climb small peaks and then come after to climb this peak. In addition, if you decide to do this trek despite your lack of experience then we highly recommend hiring an experienced guide. Furthermore, you should not have any heart and blood-related diseases. Most importantly, you should be very passionate about the trek.

Climate and weather

The temperature of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking is mostly stable and moderate. It is normally 15°C-20°C throughout the year. So, it is suitable throughout the year. Annually, a lot of trekkers trek here. But, the best time you could get to visit here is during the spring and autumn seasons. During this time of the year, you will experience the best climate and weather.

Safety and security

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking is a moderate-level trek, but it can get a little difficult for new trekkers. Therefore, the safety and security of the trekkers are important factors for our company. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly operates monitoring every area of our travel. So, you should not worry about your belongings when you are traveling with us. Likewise, the accommodation facility we provide is also very safe for your stay. So, you can fully enjoy yourself.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. During the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking, trekkers will go from lowland to highland regions and then descend on lowland. Thus, the weather and temperature can vary depending on the elevation. As you move to higher elevations, the weather starts to change rapidly and become unpredictable. Therefore, you should prepare proper gear to make your trekking experience more comfortable.

Trekkers need to prepare proper clothing items to suit the varying temperatures. It can be warm in lower regions but can get cold as you move to the higher regions. So, carry long-sleeved shirts, lightweight pants, down jackets, windproof/waterproof jackets, insulating layers, moisture-wicking thermal inner wears, socks, and gaiters. Similarly, carry hats, scarves, sweaters, and gloves to keep yourself warm in higher elevations.
A lightweight and sturdy boot helps you to hike on uneven terrains more comfortably. It should also have good ankle support to prevent any injury. Trekkers will also need a good backpack of 40-50 liters with an adjustable strap. As you will have to carry all the equipment and supplies, it needs to be comfortable to carry. The other great list includes an adjustable trekking pole, sleeping bag, raincoat, thermal/water bottle, headlamp, charging devices, and adapters.

Trekkers can also carry power banks, extra batteries, toiletries, and personal hygiene products. The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek lies in remote areas so there are limited facilities and amenities. Proper gear preparation can help to make the challenging trek a little more comfortable. Similarly, it can also aid in the safe trekking journey.

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