Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek

Duration: 17 DAYS

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Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT2033

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Trip Grade: Strenuous

  • Max Elevation: 5416 Meters

  • Total Duration: 17 days

  • Best Time: March to May & Sept - Nov

  • Group Size: Min. 2 Pax

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake takes you through the lowland villages occupied by Brahmin and Chhetri ethnic people to far-off settlements of Manang. Descend into the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge on the planet and visit the mesmerizing sapphire lake of Tilicho- the highest located lake on Earth. Walk on the beautiful trail that leads to the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes present in the mountain. Encounter a wide range of culturally rich and ethnically diverse villages and settlements as you walk on beautiful trekking trails through the very heart of the Annapurna region. Experience the differences on the terrain that ranges from subtropical woodlands to dry arid landscapes as you move higher. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake also lets you visit the spiritual hub of the region- Muktinath and look at sights of amazing mountain peaks of Annapurna from one of the most famous vantage points in the country- Poon Hill.

Situated at an altitude of 4,970 meters, the Tilicho Lake is the highlight of the trek. Famous as one of the most winsome destinations for trekking in the country, the Tilicho Lake has a distinct emerald glow in its waters. After the construction of a road up to Manang, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake presents one of the most alluring trekking journeys in the entire region. Drive to the village of Chame from Kathmandu and the trek to the Thorong La pass via Manang. Hike up to the cerulean waters of the Tilicho Lake for a sight that is sure to forever be engraved into your minds. Experiencing the best elements of the region, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is sure to leave you with beguiling natural presentations of the region’s wonders.

Cross the Thorong La Pass and descend down to Muktinath. Sacred to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people, Muktinath is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Mountain Pass. Known as the place of liberation, Muktinath adds a spiritual sense to the journey. Trek to Jomsom and then fly back to Pokhara. The trekking trails are filled with lush vegetations and sights of the distant mountain peaks augment the feel of surrealism to the trekking journey. The whole experience of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is unforgettable and brimming with the natural, cultural and Himalayan elegance of one of the most exquisite regions in the country. You can see views of the Annapurna range, the Dhaulagiri range and the Manaslu Himalayas as you walk on paths that reach the far northern peaks all the way to the Tibetan plateaus.

Join Nepal Hiking Team for an amazing journey where you would be presented with the most beautiful aspects, sights and Himalayan sceneries. Accompanied by professionals, you would be subjected to hiking to the cyan Tilicho Lake and look at the mesmerizing wonder of nature in all its glory. There simply isn’t anything like it anywhere else on the planet. So come join us in this wonderful adventure of celestial mountain lakes, ivory peaks and isolated villages in the crevasses of the Annapurna massif!

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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

Your arrival at the airport marks the first day of the journey. You will be greeted by one of Neal Hiking Team’s representatives who will proceed to explain the program further to you. Transferred to your hotel with no further planned activities for the day, you may relax for the remainder of the time. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 - Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours

We will drive to Beshisahar by private car then we take a jeep from Beshisahar to Jagat. This drive gives you some insight of the rural people – their lifestyle and their culture. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 03 - Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) Duration: 6-7 hours

The day today begins with a walk on the rocky trail following the Marshyangdi River and progressively travelling uphill to Tal that lies at 1675 meters. This is the first village in the Manang district. The trail crosses an extensive flat valley, then ascends along a stone staircase at 1860 meters. Continuing the journey, you would be trekking to Dharapani at 1890 meters where you can find stone chortens- a typical character pertaining to religious beliefs of the Tibetan villages from here northwards. We will then visit the village of Bagarchhap at 2160 meters where we can view the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetan design. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 04 - Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) Duration: 6-7 hours

Today, we will be moving along beautiful trails to the village of Chame. The often rough and rocky trail climbs to Timang first, at 2360 meters and continues through lush forests near the river to Kopar that lies at an elevation of 2590 meters. Approaching Chame- the headquarters of the Manang district, we will be rewarded by amazing views of Annapurna and two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 05 - Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 6 hours

Today, we will begin our day trekking through a forested steep and narrow valley. Crossing a river on a long bridge at 2910 meters, we can look at the view of the towering Paungda Danda rock face beginning to appear. From there, the trail climbs to Pisang. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 06 - Pisang to Manang (3500m) Duration: 6-7 hours

We will continue through the upper part of the Manang district. The terrain of this part resembles a dry and heaving landscape as it is cut off from the monsoon rains by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for certain parts 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 Marshyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by the Hongde airstrip at 3325 meters 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 3475 meters to nearby Manang at 3500 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 07 - Manang- Acclimatization Day

Today, we will spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. We can spend the day sightseeing and viewing the wonderful sights around the village and hiking along the landscape as we return to our accommodation and enjoy a night’s rest. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 08 - Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m), Duration: 4-5 hours

From Manang, we will head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. Crossing the river, we will continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forests. After reaching the Kangsar Village, we will walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have the Gungang Himal and Mount Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 09 - Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m), Duration: 5-6 hours

While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we will have to walk on narrow paths in a loose scree and landslide-prone area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area where we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Overnight stay at the Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 10 - Visit the Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka, Duration: 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 deer grazing along our trail. On the other side is the Tilicho Lake, 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 Siri Kharka. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

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

We will leave Siri Kharka and descend towards the Khangsar Village today. On the way, we will pass Tare Gumba- a thousand year old monastery which is very important to the local people there. Upon reaching the Khangsar Village, we can see that it is unhabituated except for occasional herders during festival times. Following a rock wall out of Khangsar, we will walk further until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we will ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, we will be walking until we reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 12 - Yak Kharka to Phedi or High Camp (4600m) Duration: 6-7 hours

Today, the trail descends to cross the river at 4310 meters, then ascends to Phedi at 4420 meters. At High Camp (elevation- 4600 meters), some good guesthouses have been built. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 13 - Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m), Duration: 4 -6 hours

Phedi’s literal translation is “foot of the hill”. The journey from Phedi to the Thorong La Pass starts today. We will make a steep climb along a trail that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, problems 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 chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded by the magnificent view of the entire terrain from the top. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 14 - Trek to Jomsom (2713m) Duration: 6 hours

You will have a visit to the Muktinath temple early in the morning. The temple of Muktinath is the second biggest Hindu temple that is sacred to the Buddhist people as well. Many Hindu pilgrims come to visit the Muktinath temple. There are 108 water taps constructed in the shape of a cow’s head and two small pounds. The Hindu people believe that if you take a bath under all 108 taps (108 is a sacred number in Tibetan Buddhism), you will free yourself from the sin which you committed in your past life. A short walk past a collection of chortens is the Dhola Mebar Gompa, or the Jwalamai (goddess of fire) temple, where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above the spring at all times. After visiting Muktinath, we will come back to the guesthouse for breakfast, then start trekking to Jomsom via the Jharkot village. It is one of the windiest valleys in Nepal. Every afternoon, you can be sure of strong winds sweeping across the terrain at all seasons. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 15 - Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (920m) Duration: 20 Minutes

We shall fly to Pokhara then transfer to hotel, breakfast included.

Day 16 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 17 - Farewell

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport from where you will depart.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
  • Airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including departure tax
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • WiFi internet during the trek
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver

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