Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho & Ghorepani Poon Hill

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    ACTWTAG
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Duration: 22 Days

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Group Size: 2 to 10

Accomodation: 2.5 stars Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Tea House during the trekking

Transportation: Private Vehicle and Tourist/public Bus

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during the trek

Altitude Max: 5416M

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Trip Highlight

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill Trek passes through lowland Brahmin and Chhetri villages to the remote village of Manang and descends the Kali Gandaki Gorge (officially the deepest gorge in the world).

  • Tilicho Lake is highest lake in the world which is main attraction of this trek.
  • Thorung La Pass (5416m) in the trek is one of the highest passes in the world which trekkers can summit without climbing a mountain.
  • Sunrise view from Poon Hill is another main attraction of this trek

With a wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups, diverse terrain that ranges from subtropical jungle to high and dry landscape, the trek also includes spiritual hub Muktinath and Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint for panoramic mountain views.

At a glance

Tilicho Lake stands at 4970 m above the sea level; it is highest lake in the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is getting famous trekking destination in Nepal.

After built the driving road till Manang trekkers like to combine Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill. Drive to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu by public bus then trek to Throngla Pass via Manang, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka would be amaze experience in Annapurna region.

Cross the Thorong la pass and long descend down to Muktinath then trek to Jomsom (headquarter of Mustang district) then fly to Pokhara from Jomsom would another unforgettable experience on this trek. Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill will offer you amazing views of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range and manaslu Himalaya.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill is an adventurous trekking in Nepal. The trail passes through country inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, and offers spectacular mountain scenery from the far northern Himalayas to the Tibetan Plateau. Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers a 5416m high pass, Thorung La, and the magical scenery of the White Mountains.

The trail ascends from Manang Village to the Thorung La Pass (5416m), the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill. From the pass trekkers enjoy spectacular views of Mustang Peak, the snow-covered giant Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), and the amazing lands of Upper Mustang, a restricted area. After crossing Thorung La Pass (5416m) the trail descends to the Hindus Temple of Muktinath, a celebrated Hindus pilgrimage with 108 spring water taps and mysterious natural gas fires. The trail then descends along the edge of the Kali Gandaki River Valley to Jomsom, a major center for the Mustang District.

A two day descent from Muktinath, Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs - perfect for relaxation and also believed to heal diseases. From here, the trek passes through Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and finally drive to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel

Day 02 :Kathmandu to Beshisahar (823m) Bhulbhule (840 m)

Day 03 :Bhulbhule to Chamje (1430m.) 7/8 hours

Day 04 :Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).

Day 05 :Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).

Day 06 :Chame to Pisang (3300m).

Day 07 :Pisang to Manang (3500m).

Day 08 :Manang Rest Acclimatization Day.

Day 09 :Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m): 4-5 hours

Day 10 :Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hours

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

Day 12 :Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m):4-5 hours

Day 13 :Yak Kharka to Phedi or High camp (4600m).

Day 14 :Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m).

Day 15 :Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2600m)

Day 16 :Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa (2100m)

Day 17 :Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1200m)

Day 18 :Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)

Day 19 :Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)

Day 20 :Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Day 21 :Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 22 :Drop to Kathmandu international airport or onward for next program

Cost Include

  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  • 2 night's accommodation with breakfast at Standard Hotel (2.5 stars hotel) in Kathmandu
  • 1 night's accommodation with breakfast at Standard Hotel (2.5 stars hotel) in Pokhara
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation during the trek (Best Available Tea House)
  • Bus ticket to Besishar and tourist bus ticket to Kathmandu from Pokhara
  • Annapurna conservation permits and TIMS Permits
  • One professional trekking guide as well his insurance, well paid salary, equipments, foods & Hotel
  • One porter between two person as well his insurance, well paid salary, equipments, foods & Hotel
  • Private car to Pokhara from Nayapul (Trek end point)
  • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuffs
  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket (refundable)
  • One map of Annapurna Trek for the group
  • Purified drinking water
  • Pre-Trip meeting
  • Farewell dinner before your departure 

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa Fee (You may easily issue Nepal visa on your travel).
  • Nepal Travel insurance
  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, Tips
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc  

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to HotelOur Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02 :Kathmandu to Beshisahar (823m) Bhulbhule (840 m)Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar. It takes seven to eight hours to reach Bhulbhule by bus. Overnight at lodge in Bhulbhule.

Day 03 :Bhulbhule to Chamje (1430m.) 7/8 hoursAfter breakfast at Bhulbhule, we begin our trek to Chamje. Lunch will be served half way to Chamje. En route, we would trek along the steep and slippery trail running through paddy fields; trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 04 :Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).The day begins with a rocky trail following the Marsyandi River progressively uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. The trail crosses an extensive, flat valley, then ascends a stone staircase to 1860m. The journey continues to Dharapani at 1890m where we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m where we can view the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetan design. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 05 :Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).The often rough and rocky trail climbs to Timang at 2360m, then continues through forest near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. Approaching Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna and two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 06 :Chame to Pisang (3300m).We begin our day trekking through a forested steep and narrow valley, then we cross a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, where a view of the towering Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. From there, the trail climbs to Pisang, 3200m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 07 :Pisang to Manang (3500m).Today we continue through the upper part of the Manang district, which is cut off from the monsoon rains by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights granted to them in 1784. Leaving Pisang, there are alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by the Hongde airstrip at 3325m 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 Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 08 :Manang Rest Acclimatization Day.Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. We spend the day sightseeing and viewing the wonderful sights around the village, hiking high and sleeping low as we return to our accommodation and enjoy a night's rest. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 09 :Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m): 4-5 hoursFrom 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. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

Day 10 :Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hoursWhile 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. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 11 :Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hoursAfter 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 referred 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. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

Day 12 :Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m):4-5 hoursWe 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. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 13 :Yak Kharka to Phedi or High camp (4600m). The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, then ascends to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp (elevation 4600m) some good guesthouses have been built. Your overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 14 :Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m). The journey from Phedi "foot of the hill" at the foot of the 5416m Thorung La pass, starts the day. 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. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 15 :Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2600m)Walking past Ranipauwa and Jharkot along the stoney and sandy paths, we reach Kagbeni, a typical Tibetan village. From here, we move to Jomsom. The walk further continues through wide roads along flat land with views of Tilicho and Nilgiri North Peaks until we reach Tukuche, the centre of Thakali people.

Day 16 :Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa (2100m)Leaving Tukuche, we head towards Lete, where we get a wonderful view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From here, we follow the Kaligandaki river and walk till Ghasa. Overnight stay at Ghasa.

Day 17 :Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1200m)Subtropical vegetation starts to get prominent as the trek drops to lower elevations. Passing through Rupse Chahara (waterfall) and continuing along the east bank from Kopchepani, we get to Narchyang Besi, with its powerhouse that supplies electricity to the locals. Villages pass more frequently. Tatopani, our stop for the day, with hot springs for a refreshing bath.

Day 18 :Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)Leaving the motorway, we walk through villages such as Ghara and Sikha with terraces and inclined farmlands. The village lifestyle can be observed throughout the walk. A steep ascent mostly through stone paved paths leads to Ghorepani. Different colorful vegetations pass en route and as we ascent, the view of mountain peaks multiply their magnificence, yet more awaits at Poon Hill the next morning. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Day 19 :Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)Poon Hill, at an elevation of 3210m gives the most magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayas. With the early morning sunrise, the golden peaks come into life. After an hour of the spectacular view, we return to Ghorepani for a hot meal and then start the day's trek. Walking along ridges and rhododendron forests, we pass Ulleri, a large Magar village to finally reach Tikhedhunga, our destination for the day.

Day 20 :Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to PokharaA light trekking from Tikhedhunga gets us to Nayapul from where Pokhara is just an hour's drive away. Pokhara is a wonderful valley with mountain views and beautiful lakes. Overnight stay at a hotel

Day 21 :Drive back to Kathmandu Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus - about 6-7 hours scenic drive. Transfer to your Hotel.

Day 22 :Drop to Kathmandu international airport or onward for next program A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another program with us and elongate your stay.

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