Important Information

Region
Annapurna Region Treks
Duration
16 Days
Max Altitude 5416 meters
Best Season Spring/Summer/Autumn
Activity Per Day
5-6 hours
Grade
Level 3
Group Size
2 - 12 people
Transportation Bus/Jeep

“Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is an incredible trekking route which is inevitable. If you are doing the Annapurna circuit excluding Tilicho Lake is like a pizza without cheese. So, why not trek Tilicho Lake?” 

Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is the most diverse trekking route in Nepal where it connects with four different districts and two different zones. It was opened for foreigners in 1980 for tourism purposes. In this trek, you will have a stunning glimpse of Annapurna massif along with Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Langtang Himal, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Thorang La pass is a popular Pass in the Annapurna region which is located at the height of 5,416 meters marking a border between the Manang and Mustang district.  Unlike other trekking routes, it is not only for those giant mountains but also the best in terms of the diversity in climate, altitude, landscape, trail, multi-religion, pristine little settlements, and culturally prosperous tribal groups; their culture, tradition, festival, food, dance, and dialect.

An Annapurna circuit enables you via some of the most beautiful landscapes that Nepal has. The trail passing through the lush green forest, field, barren, yak pasture, moraine, alpine forests, and arid cliffs which leads toward Thorang la Pass.

Tilicho Lake is the highest altitude lake in the world situated at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) in the Manang district of Nepal. It is one of the most dramatic trekking destinations of the Annapurna Circuit trek. For this trek, it takes 3–4 days more to finish with the circuit trek.  In the past, trekkers do camping but nowadays there are lodges available between Manang and the lake. Tilicho basecamp is the last teahouse place to approach Tilicho Lake. Lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks like Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar, and Muktinath which reflect in the cold and clear turquoise waters that make it more beautiful.

Himalayan Wander Walkers had prepared shorter itineraries for the Annapurna circuit trek because road construction has changed the nature of this trek over the years (pushing as far north as Muktinath in the west and Manang in the east), but it still remains a beautiful trek that can be done in many different ways according to availability of your time spend in Nepal.

Furthermore, if you are interested, please check our packages around Annapurna. which we had made according to availability of time and let us know if you want to amend any itineraries because we also provide tailor itineraries also. 

If you are looking for different itinerary than the itinerary here please Customize Your Trip 

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit with tilicho lake trek

  • Explore two rivers (Gandaki & Marshyangdi),
  • Challenging  Thorung La pass at 5,400m,
  • Visit Hindu and Buddhist holy site (Muktinath Temple where you will see amazing fire-flame produced by natural gas from soil, water, and rock)
  • Vistas of Annapurna massif along with Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Langtang Himal, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak.
  • Visit Buddhist one of the oldest monasteries in the Annapurna region (Braga).
  • Explore the lifestyle and culture of Manang and Mustang people.
  • Walking through lush green forest.
  • Experience travelling in Himalayan belt.
  • Hiking to one of the world highest lake Tilicho.

Outline Itinerary ( 16 Days )

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by a representative of the Himalayan Wander Walkers. You will be checked into your hotel. You will meet our trekking operator for a briefing about the entire trek on this day. If your arrival is in the morning time then you can either rest or hang out around a famous tourist area in Kathmandu, Thamel.
[Included meals: Nil ] 
Overnight at hotel.

Day 2

Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft): 8-9 hours

We drive to Chamje via Besisahar. Following the Prithvi Highway that leads to Mugling Bazaar and Dumre Bazaar. A short drive brings us to Besi Sahar. From here we follow the east bank of the Marsyangdi River to our destination. The trip offers us the first experience of a Gurung village and some good views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli.  
[Included meals: Bed and Breakfast] 
Overnight at Teahouse  

 

Day 3

Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5 - 6 hours

It takes you through Marshyangdi river valley enjoying a variety of climates, scenery, culture, and lifestyle of locals. Following the Annapurna circuit trail, the eye-popping panorama of unique Trans Himalayan plateaus, flourishing valleys, dramatic rock cliffs, serene lakes, striking snowcapped mountains, and swift rivers unfolds to soothe all the weariness and apathy involved.
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

 

Day 4

Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

We continue along the riverbed to Siraltaland, cross the Marsyangdi, and then reach Kodo(1850m). From here the trail passes over varying terrain until we reach Chame(2710m).
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

Day 5

Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

We trek past Mani Walls, memorial sites, typical picturesque villages, and alpine type forest trails. Our journey offers us great views of Annapurna, Pisang Peak, Himalchuli, and Ngadi Chuli. Gradually we reach Dhukur Pokhara. A further short walk brings us to Pisang. It is a fabulous spot to explore typical village life, monasteries and it offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

 

Day 6

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours

The tour offers us views of the entire Annapurna range. We also have the chance to observe sacred objects of Tibetan Buddhists – Chorten, Mani walls and in Braga we will visit the 500 years old fascinating gompa. Finally, a short walk brings us to the dramatic setting of Manang.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

Day 7

Trek from Manang to Khangsar (3745m/12286ft): 2-3 hours

From Manang, we will head out through the northwest gates and follow the path down to the river. Crossing the bridge of Jarsang River and climb steeply on to a ridge and reach an old ruin fort from where you will have a view of Pisang and Manang on the back route. After continue walking on its southern side through the coniferous forest will reach Kangsar Village. Khangsar village is a collection of traditional stoned houses.
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

Day 8

Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 8-9 hours

Today is a bit harder than yesterday where we will ascent 400 meters up. The trail ascent by passing a small Chorten, junipers, Thare Gompa and we will visit inside of the monastery if there is someone around. After a couple of minutes, we will reach Shree Kharka and we will take a lower route to Tilicho base camp because the higher route is the most dangerous section of the Tilicho lake trial. Descending through the wood and climbing a bit will take you to the Tilicho Base Camp.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse.

Day 9

Trek to Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours

After the initial tough ascent, our trail continues to pester along the side of the mountain in a gradual steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way, we can enjoy yaks and deers grazing along our trail. On the other side, Tilicho Lake is a large spectacular lake nestled at the foot of the north face of the 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 is featured in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, "The Ramayana." After spending some time at the lake, we will retrace our step and return back to Base Camp.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

 

Day 10

Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m/13,020ft): 4 and half hours

We continue along the trail towards Marsyangdi valley and turn northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. After reaching Yak Kharka, we hike the surrounding hills for a chance to see some famous blue sheep.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

Day 11

Trek from Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours

We start our trek at a slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have the same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour's walk reaches Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for a wonderful view and tea breaks; we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. Phedi, which means 'foot of the hill', is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb.  
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

Day 12

Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today is the longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches high camp. Walk at your own pace viewing with sunrise and a glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng-La top and with a great feeling of victory take a short break for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made it to Muktinath, one of the famous pilgrimage sites in Nepal, after a 7-8 hrs long walk.
[Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

 

Day 13

Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2,804m/9199.475ft): 4-5 hours

After your breakfast, we will hike to Kagbeni via Jhong and Purang village which will alternative trails to avoid the busy road. From the trail, we will see the beautifully paved road and Nilgiri Mountains on the left side. We will reach Kagbeni for lunch. After lunch, we will visit monasteries and old buildings bypassing the spectacular allays.
Included: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse 

 

Day 14

Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 1.5hrs and Drive to Pokhara (810m/2657.48ft) 6-7hrs

After the breakfast we will trek to Jomsom around one and half hour. The most beautiful is the view back to the oasis of Kagbeni and to the massive top of Nilgiri (7 061 m asl). Around in the middle of the walk, there is a small village Ekle Bhatti ideal for a break with tea or lunch. Our Jeep will be waiting for us in Jomsom and drive to Pokhara. The Lunch will be on the way.
[Included meals: Breakfast & lunch ] 
Overnight at hotel.  Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is optional.

 

Day 15

Drive Pokhara-Kathmandu, 7-8 hours

Drive back to Kathmandu on this day. The evening is free time.
[Included meals: Breakfast ] 
Overnight at hotel. 

Day 16

Departure

We are saying goodbye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Wander walkers will take you to the airport for an outbound flight back to your home country. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
[Included meals: Breakfast ]

 

Include

All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu
National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
First aid kit
Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
Trekking route maps
All necessary government taxes and service charges
Porter (For two person)

Exclude

Your Nepal visa fees and 2 passport size photos
All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu
All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
Food and accommodations in case of early arrivals from the trek or late departures from airport
Your extra personal expenses during trek such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter etc)
Tips for the trekking crew
Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
The given price is for the minimum of two pax. For single trekker, 20 % supplementary charge will be applied.

Important Information

CHECKLISTS

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Nepal. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Nepal.)

Guiding, Food, and Lodging
In Nepal, all trekking supplies - Teahouse trekking means staying and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We eat at teahouses and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potatoes, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. It is normal to meet your porter in the teahouse where you will stay overnight. So, pack your necessary things in your own day pack.

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING MONASTERIES, AND TEMPLES IN NEPAL

  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Note regarding itineraries
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Himalayan Wander Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.

Frequently Asked Question

Although trekking gear is available in Nepal you are advised to bring your own gear.

Trekking or running shoes, Camp shoes or thongs, Socks (polypropylene),

Down or fiber-filled jacket, Jumper or piled jacket, Hiking shorts, Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella Hiking pants, T-shirts or blouses, Underwear, Sun hat

Rucksack, Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional), Water bottle, Torch, batteries, and bulbs