Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    ACTWT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $1615 USD

Duration: 16 Days

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Group Size: 2 to 10

Accomodation: 2.5 stars hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara/Tea House during the trekking

Transportation: Private Vehicle, Flight & Tourist Bus

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

Trip Highlight

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek Lake 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. 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. Drive to Chame from Kathmandu by 4*4 wheels JEEP 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 will offer you amazing views of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range and manaslu Himalaya.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake 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. 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. From Jomsom, a 20 minute scenic flight takes you to another picturesque town, Pokhara, which offers many tourist sites.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 :Kathmandu to Beshisahar (823m) to Bhulbhule (840 m) to Chamje (1430m)

Day 3 :Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).

Day 4 :Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).

Day 5 :Chame to Pisang (3300m).

Day 6 :Pisang to Manang (3500m).

Day 7 :Manang Rest Acclimatization Day

Day 8 :Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m): 4-5 hours

Day 9 :Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hours

Day 10 :Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

Day 11 :Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m):4-5 hours

Day 12 :Yak Kharka to Phedi or High camp (4600m).

Day 13 :Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m).

Day 14 :Trek to Jomsom (2713m.).

Day 15 :Fly back to Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 16 :Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Include

  1. Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  2. 2 night's accommodation with breakfast at 2.5 stars hotel in Kathmandu
  3. Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee during the trek
  4. Accommodation during the trek (Best Available Tea House)
  5. Private JEEP to Chamje
  6. Flight ticket to Pokhara to Kathmandu
  7. Annapurna conservation permits and TIMS Permits
  8. First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals’ guide
  9. One porter between two person
  10. Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  11. One map of Annapurna Trek for the group
  12. Farewell dinner at Nepali restaurant
  13. Purified drinking water
  14. Pre-trip meeting 

Cost Exclude

  1. International airfare, Nepal Visa Fee & Nepal Travel insurance
  2. Food in Kathmandu
  3. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, Tips
  4. Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in KathmanduOur airport representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport then drop to the Hotel by a private tourist vehicle. Then we can check equipments for trekking also you could explore around Thamel your own. At evening we will provide dinner at Nepali resturent with culture dance program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 :Kathmandu to Beshisahar (823m) to Bhulbhule (840 m) to Chamje (1430m) Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Chamje via Besisahar & Bhulbhule. It takes nine to ten hours to reach Chamje by Private four while JEEP. Overnight at lodge in Chamje.

Day 3 :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 4 :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 5 :Chame to Pisang (3300m). Today 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 6 :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 7 :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 8 :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 9 :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 10 :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 11 :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 12 :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 13 :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 14 :Trek to Jomsom (2713m.).Visit Muktinath temple early in the morning. There is second biggest Hindu temple as well as a Buddhist temple. Many Hindu pilgrims come to visit Muktinath temple. There are 108 water taps and two small pounds. The Hindu people believe that if you take bath 108 taps (108 is a sacred number in Tibetan Buddhism), cast in the shape of cows’ heads, which pour forth sacred water. You will be the free from the sin which you committed in your past life. A short walk past a collection of chortens is the Dhola mebar Gompa, or Jwalamai (goddess of fire) temple, where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above the spring. After visit Muktinath Temple we come back to the lodge for breakfast then start trek to Jomsom via Jharkot village, Kagbeni, Ekle Bhatti which is the headquarters of Mustang district. It is one of the windiest valleys in Nepal. Every afternoon is guaranteed to be windy in the season. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15 :Fly back to Pokhara to KathmanduToday early morning we will go to airport to fly Pokhara. It will take about 30 minutes to Pokhara. During the flight we may see many mountains as well as the trail down to Tatopani /Ghorepani. Then fly to Kathmandu direct from Pokhara domestic airport. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16 :Departure from KathmanduA drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle

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