Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit- 19 Days

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Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit- 19 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 2380
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    5416 m

Highlight

 

  • Trek around some of the world’s highest mountain peaks in Annapurna Massif.
  • Ascend along the enthralling Marshyangdi River valley.
  • Synchronize with nature as we enter the alluring Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Gurung community.
  • Enticing views of Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu, and Annapurna I.
  • Turquoise Tilicho Lake
  • Trek through Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Visit Muktinath.
  • Sightseeing in Pokhara

Overview

Traverse through the iconic foothills of the Annapurna range, famous for its diverse landscapes, adverse climatic conditions, and culturally enriching villages. The Annapurna Himalayan Range represents the central core of the great Himalayan arc and is among the world's most sought-after trekking routes. 

 

Tilicho Lake situated at 4,919 meters is one the World’s highest lakes. The shimmering crystal clear turquoise water of Tilicho is a sight to behold. To visit Tilicho Lake, we trek into the Khangsar Region towards the west from Manang village, instead of heading North to Yak Kharka like the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Tilicho Lake we take an alternate route to Yak Kharka as we rejoin the Circuit trail.

 

Beginning at an altitude of 822 meters in Pokhara, this journey allows for comprehensive exploration of the Himalayas. The mountains are vast, snow-covered and jagged in all directions. The sky is a sharp, mesmerizing blue. The air is pure with subtle scents of juniper and rhododendron  This remarkable Annapurna Trek guides travelers through picturesque villages, inhabited by a rich tapestry of ethnic communities, and unveils awe-inspiring panoramas of the majestic Himalayan range. The scenery transitions seamlessly from the northern face of the primary Himalayan peaks to the elevated and arid expanse of the Tibetan Plateau.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 8 to 9 hours
Max Altitude : 1140 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your scenic drive towards Syange, the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Arrive in Besisahar mid-day, a bustling town and the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek, but we go further as we embark on the adventurous dirt road drive towards Syange.
  • Get your camera ready as we drive through the beautiful landscapes, rivers, and waterfalls dotting the route
  • Overnight in Syange.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 1720 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your trekking adventure gradually following the scenic Marsyangdi River. Take in the stunning surroundings as you walk along the riverbank, with lush vegetation and towering cliffs lining the trail.
  • Arrive in Tal, a charming village nestled amidst the Annapurna mountains. Explore the surroundings of Tal village, visit nearby attractions such as Tal Waterfall or interact with locals and learn about their way of life.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2220 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Prepare your daypack with essentials and ensure your camera is ready to capture the stunning scenery.
  • Begin your trekking adventure, bidding farewell to the Marsyangdi River as we ascend further into the Annapurna region.
  • Majestic views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak greets us along the trail.
  • Spend the evening unwinding and enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Danakyu.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 2670 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Enjoy a relaxed journey today as you trek towards Chame, savoring the tranquil atmosphere and gentle terrain.
  • Arrive in Chame late afternoon, the headquarters of the Manang district, after 4 to 5 hours of walking.
  • Take some time to explore Chame, visit local shops and markets to browse for souvenirs or pick up any necessary supplies for the trek ahead.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3223 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your trek towards Upper Pisang, as we traverse through dense forests, following the Marsyangdi River as it winds its way through the valley.
  • We get to see the first view of the impressive west rock face of Paungda Danda, 
  • Upon arrival in Pisang, explore the surroundings of the village, admiring the majestic Annapurna II towering to the south, and capture the scenic beauty of Upper Pisang

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3519 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your day early in Upper Pisang to make the most of daylight hours for trekking.
  • Take in the outstanding views of the north face of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak as you ascend along the trail.
  • Arrive in Manang Village, known for its catering to tourists and offering essential amenities for trekkers.
  • Take some time to explore Manang Bazaar, wandering through its streets and soaking in the unique blend of tradition and modernity.

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 3519 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

During our acclimatization day in Manang, we'll explore the village with leisurely walks and sightseeing. We visit Barge monastery,the largest monastery in Manang, and learn about the religious significance of the area. Adding to that, we embark on a leisurely stroll to Gangapurna Glacier Lake. As the day winds down, we'll head back to our accommodation in Manang Village for a well-deserved night's rest.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 4080 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We start our day with a healthy breakfast in Manang and prepare for the trek to Shree Kharka.
  • Descend from Manang towards the river and cross the Khangsar Khola, continuing towards the village of Shree Kharka.
  • Reach Shree Kharka after a short day of trek and take some time to rest.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 4150 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin the trek towards Tilicho Base Camp, take time to appreciate the impressive rock formations and stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Tilicho Peak.
  • Press onward towards Tilicho Base Camp, where we will be staying today.
  • Upon arrival in Tilicho Base Camp, explore the surroundings, taking pictures and admiring the beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 4919 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Start today’s trek early in the morning to avoid strong winds and make the most of daylight hours
  • We arrive at Tilicho Lake after a 3-4 hour trek from the base camp. Take time to explore the shores of Tilicho Lake and its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding mountains.
  • Spend some time around Tilicho Lake, soaking in the silence of the remote wilderness and capturing photographs of the stunning scenery.
  • We retrace our steps along the same trail we followed earlier to Tilicho Base Camp.
  • Rest, relax and reflect on the beauty and remoteness of the lake, appreciating the unique experience it offered.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 4018 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your trek from Tilicho Base Camp towards Yak Kharka, following a trail that leads out of the Marshyangdi valley.
  • Cross a stream and ascend to Tenki village, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you climb.
  • Explore the surrounding meadows and take in the breathtaking mountain views from various vantage points in Yak Kharka
  • Spend the evening stargazing in the clear mountain sky, marveling at the beauty of the cosmos above Yak Kharka.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 4550 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your ascent from Yak Kharka, climbing up to a ridge that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Take in the otherworldly beauty of the uninhabited arid landscape, contrasting starkly with the lush lowlands we passed getting here.
  • Follow a narrow trail across the rugged terrain, ascending gradually towards Thorong Phedi.
  • Arrive in Thorong Phedi, the foot of the Thorong La pass, take some time to rest and relax after the strenuous trekking we underwent today.  Hydrate and refuel with snacks to prepare for the ascent to Thorong La pass and ultimately to Muktinath tomorrow.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 5416 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin the day's trek before sunrise, aiming to reach Thorong La Pass by 9 to 10 AM to avoid potential weather complications.
  • Take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery from Thorong La Pass and capture some memorable photos of the snow-capped mountains and vast expanse below.
  • Begin the descent from Thorong La Pass towards the holy village of Muktinath, known as the place of nirvana.
  • Explore Muktinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, featuring 108 waterspouts believed to cleanse sins. We then visit the Jwala Mai Temple with its eternal flame, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Take time to soak in the spiritual atmosphere of Muktinath, finding solace amidst the sacred surroundings.
  • Rest well and rejuvenate your body and spirit, knowing that you've completed an arduous yet rewarding trek through the Himalayas and experienced the spiritual sanctuary of Muktinath.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 3772 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We trek from Muktinath, traversing through the dry, desert-like terrain characteristic of the Mustang region.
  • Descend gradually along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, passing by stupas and old traditional houses that dot the landscape. Cross the Lubra Pass with the towering peaks of the Himalayas in the distance.
  • Reach Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang district, after several hours of trekking. Check-in at your accommodation and take some time to rest and refresh after the journey.
  • Explore the quaint town of Jomsom. You can take a stroll around the market area or relax at your hotel.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We drive our way back to Pokhara from Jomsom. En route, we make a stop in Marpha, famous for its apple orchards and local apple products.
  • Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : Sightseeing
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Have breakfast at the hotel and start your day exploring Pokhara.
  • Visit David’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev, World Peace Pagoda. 
  • From World Peace Pagoda we’ll ride a boat in Phewa Lake, offer prayers in Tal Barahi Temple and return to Lakeside.
  • Enjoy leisure time in Lakeside Pokhara. You can explore the local markets, dine at a lakeside restaurant, or simply relax by the lake.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : Flight - 25 mins
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : NA
Max Altitude : NA
NA
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Annapurna region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 19-day trek to Tilicho Lake and across Annapurna Circuit. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 14-night trek in the Annapurna Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Annapurna Circuit trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Annapurna Circuit are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (-3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Annapurna Circuit Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 15 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Pokhara
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Syange the towards Manang with an altitude exceeding 3,500m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 500-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

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Equipments

For the Tilicho Lake trek with Annapurna Circuit, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 3 of Annapurna. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Annapurna region.

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake trek is a trekking activity done around the Annapurna Massif, where we visit one of the highest lakes in the world. This trek takes us through some of the most lush Himalayan vegetation as well as the most barren and arid landscapes Nepal has to offer.

The most common way to start the Annapurna Circuit Trek is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then driving to Syange from there you can trek through the Annapurna Region. The trek typically takes around 12 days.

The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: ACAP Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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