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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

18 Nights 19 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5416 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • The beautiful mountain peaks like Mount Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and many others accompany you throughout the trek.
  • Traverse through the villages of Manang and Mustang region and explore the local culture.
  • Cross the high pass of Thorong La (5,416m).
  • Heavenly blessed mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Explore the famous Tilicho lake, situated at the highest altitude in the world at 4,919m/16,138ft.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is one of the most famous trekking routes among the various trekking routes around the region. This is because of the famous Tilicho lake in Manang, situated at the highest altitude in the world at 4,919m/16,138ft. This world famous lake has become the trekking destination for many national and international tourists. This trek to Tilicho lake has been specially designed so that you could enjoy the thrill of being near the lake and also trek around the Annapurna region enjoying its beauty and magnificence.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake offers you a wide range of experiences, including observing the magnetic beauty of Himalayan range, exploring the natural beauty and landscapes, experience the walk through the wild terrain and observing the traditional and cultural lifestyle of rural people in Nepal.

The major places we will be visiting during the trek are Manang valley, the high pass of Thorong La (5,416m), Tilicho Lake, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Pokhara. Manang has a historical significance as being the important place for yak and salt trade between Nepal and Tibet. Similarly, Muktinath (God of Salvation) is one of the religious places in Nepal. The 108 water sprouts and abundant fossils found in this area make it very special for the tourists and religious people.  Moreover, the beautiful mountain peaks like Mount Annapurna, Mount Manaslu, Pisang peak, Tilicho peak, Mount Gangapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri and many others accompany you throughout the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, adding beauty and pleasure to the trek.

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you a short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing, we head back to the hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipment ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

In the early morning, we catch a bus to Besisahar, our destination for the day. The bus heads towards west from Kathmandu. We enjoy the bus ride watching the green scenery around. The bus heads ahead towards Dumre and from there, towards Besisahar. Upon reaching Besisahar we take rest and prepare for our night stay at a lodge.

Accommodation
Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public Bus / Van

Today we will start our trek from Besisahar. We take a walk through secondary road with Marsyangdi river flowing down below on our right. We cross the checkpoint and move ahead. We then reach a junction where several roads meet. Leaving the trail to Ghalegaon on our left we catch the trail to our right that will take us to Bhulbhule. There are hotels, lodges, temples, telephone facility and has somewhat dense population than other areas. We again cross a checkpoint and head towards Nadi Bazar. On our way, we get to enjoy the beauty of the huge waterfall. We follow the Annapurna route towards Dovan Chaur. There is Nandi Khola on the way and the trail leads us to Lampata which has the Gurung and Tamang settlement area. After a short walk from Lampata, we finally reach Bahundanda. The place has hotels, lodges, a checkpoint, temple, school and also a view tower. We will spend the night at Bahundanda. During the journey, we can enjoy the view of peaks like Manaslu and Himchuli which add beauty to our trek.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek walking through Annapurna route towards Badalbisauna. From there the walk ahead will take us to Khorikhet which has human settlement area. The trail takes the downhill turn and we descend toward Syange passing through Ghermu and Niuri. The beautiful landscapes and terraced fields make the area more charming and enticing. Moving ahead from Syange we reach the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river. We cross the bridge and take the trail towards Jagat. We pass through school and temple on our way. We then take the steep uphill trail passing through Tallo Cipla and Mathillo Chipla on our way. The uphill walk will then take us to Ghatte Kholagaon and Purano Jagat. These places have fewer human settlements. On the way, we get to enjoy the beauty of the magnificent waterfall. Finally, we reach Chamje. We will spend the night at Chamje.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek early in the morning taking the steep uphill climb towards Sattale. The trail here is stone paved and is somewhat difficult than other areas. There is Marsyangdi river flowing on our left. We continue our walk and then reach Tal. The area has hotels, lodges and schools. There are also temples and viewpoint. We can also visit ACAP office there. The village area looks beautiful with thatched houses around. Leaving Tal behind we follow the uphill trail alongside the Marsyangdi river. From there we shortly reach Dharapani. This place has more facilities. There are temples and monasteries. We get to view the Buddhist cultural practices and monasteries and Chhortens being decorated with prayer flags. We will stay overnight at Dharapani.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our journey early in the morning leaving Dharapani behind and walking towards Danakyu. We pass through Bagarchhap on our way. We also get to view Danakyu river on our way. Passing Timag river, we reach Chaurikharka. We keep walking enjoying the landscapes around and reach Latamro then Thankchowk shortly. There are a school and temple in the area. There is huge Marsyangdi river flowing down below on the right. We walk until reaching Chame. Chame is the headquarter of Manang district and there is also a unique large white gate. We stay for the night at Chame.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek starts early from Chame towards Talekhu. We continue following the Annapurna route and walk ahead. We then reach Bharatang. After a short walk ahead we reach Chemyau Kharka where there is a memorial to Japanese mountaineer Akira Ochiai. We continue our walk and shortly reach Swargadwari bridge. Crossing the bridge and walking for some time will take us to Dhikur Pokhari. We enjoy the beautiful lush green forests around. The area is rich in natural beauty. We then keep walking until reaching Pisang and spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we leave Pisang and head for Manag. We will be doing many uphill and downhill walk today. Our first stop will be Ghyaru. The village has the sparse population and has a monastery. From there we head towards Humde passing through Mani walls on our way. We pass through many temples and Gompas on our way. The trail then takes us to Bhraka. We then cross the bridge over the Ghatte Khola and finally reach Manang. There is a beautiful village and the place is famous for the beautiful landscape and natural beauty. The night will be spent at Manang.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Manag, we leave the trail leading to Tanki Manag and head left towards Kangsar. We get to view Thorong Khola, Gangapurna Tal and Gangapurna Khola. The place is rich with natural beauty. We explore the area and spend our night at Khangsar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Leaving Kangsar behind we head towards Tilicho Base Camp. On the way, we pass through Thare Gompa. We walk through the trail alongside the huge Marsyangdi river. After many uphill and downhill walk, we finally reach Tilicho Base Camp. The place is dry and is surrounded by rocky mountains with snowy tips. The view is spellbinding. We will spend the night at the base camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From the Tilicho Base Camp, we will hike to Tilicho lake today. We hike until reaching the lake. Tilicho lake is situated at the highest altitude in the world at 4,919m/16,138ft. The lake is formed by the glacial melt from Mount Tilicho peak and Thorong peak. The place is cold, dry and barren. We also see prayer flags hanging around the area. We enjoy the thrill and take pictures together. We then head back to the base camp for our night stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From the base camp, we walk through the trail that takes us back to Kangsar. From there we head uphill towards Upper Khangsar and then downhill towards Thorong river. After we cross the bridge over the Thorong river, We move ahead towards Ghyanchang river. We cross the bridge and walk until reaching Yak Kharka and prepare for our night stay there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Yak Kharka we walk ahead uphill towards Ledar. We then reach the ledar and walk ahead towards Kone Khola. Enjoy the views of the stunning snow-capped peaks around on our way and crossing the suspension bridge over the river. From there, walk towards the local tea house. We then reach tea house. There is a landslide area on our way to Thorong Phedi and we have to be extra careful in this area. From there, we walk for a while and reach Thorong Phedi and we will be spending the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our walk leaving Thorong Base Camp behind and walk uphill towards Thorong La pass. It is the world’s widest pass. From there the trail takes us steep downhill through Thorong Khola and passing Champarbuk. Further ahead we reach a barren and hilly area. From there the trail takes us to Muktinath. It is the place with huge religious significance both for Hindus and Buddhists. There are many other temples around the area. People take bath in the 108 water sprouts with a belief that it will clean away the sins and consider the water holy. We explore the area and spend the night at Muktinath.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be heading towards Jomsom. We will pass through many villages on our way to Jomsom. We take a walk downhill and then along the bank of Kaligandaki river. We might have to face the strong wind on our way to Jomsom. We pass through Jhong and Putak on our way. We also get to enjoy the beauty of Jhong Khola. We then leave the trail to upper Mustang and catch the trail to Kagbeni. From there we head downhill towards Ekle Bhatti and finally to Jomsom. Upon reaching Jomsom we will take rest and prepare for our night stay at the lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We spend the day exploring the lake city and other religious, historical and tourist places around. We will be spending the night in a lodge at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Flight

Today we head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take good rest and soothe our aching muscles. We also muse over the exciting trek we had. At Kathmandu, we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate the successful completion of the trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist Bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).

Staffs & Crew

  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar drive in a public bus.
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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