Name of Trail: Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho lake
Duration: 17 days
Maximum altitude: 5,416 m
Per Day walking:Approx. 4/5 hours
Trek Style: Tea house
Transportation:Flight/ Private Vehicle
Accommodation:Standard accommodation in cities, tea house/ lodge during the trek
Activities:Trekking in Himalaya
Best Month:March - June & Sept - Dec
Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek offers some of world’s excellent views, diversity of culture, deep valleys and lofty mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The region is highly blessed with extensive range of people and terrain: ranging from sub-topical to alpine to snowy barren landscapes. Tilicho Lake trek is a fascinating extension to standard Annapurna circuit trek and assist with acclimatization for the high Thorong La route to the Kali Gandaki Valley.
Annapurna with Tilicho Lake trip meanders through the exotic village inhabited by diverse people from different ethnic groups; offering the best view of snowy mountain vistas. Annapurna with Tilicho Lake trekking route traverse many hours of exposed scree slopes and should not be tackled by anyone afraid of height.
Annapurna regions were very little affected by the earthquake. The trail and recently built dirt road follow an anti-clockwise route behind the 50km Annapurna massif. As we gain elevation, the lowland Hindu communities gradually changes into Tibetan community, the agriculture and architecture changes accordingly.
Notable landmarks we visit includes: the Upper Pisang to Braga route which exhibits the outstanding view of Annapurna II & IV and fascinating architecture. Manang, the largest village, commands the picture perfect view of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. This village also panders the traveler’s tastes. The Manang to Tilicho Lake trail follows the Marshyangdi valley and gradually rises to the heart of the Annapurna – Nilgiri – Muktinath Himal with the close view of these ice-giants. Few hours hike from Tilicho Base Camp leads to the Tilicho Tal. Retrace your step back to Khangsar and take route to Thorong La Pass via Yak Kharka. Beyond the Thorong La Pass (5,416m) is Muktinath, revered temple for both Hindus and Buddhists. An early morning flight from Jomsom takes us to Pokhara, a city of Lake.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Drive to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft): 6-7 hours
Day 03: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 07: Manang to Khangsar (3745m/12286ft): 2-3 hours
Day 08: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
Day 9: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours
Day 10: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m/13,020ft): 4-5 hours
Day 11: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
Day 12: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 30mins
Day 15: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 30mins
Day 16: Final departure
Welcome to Nepal. Our team member will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our team member will welcome you and transfer you to a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). You can relax for a while after checking into the hotel. We will meet you at our office and introduce you to your guides and brief you on the trek. The meeting will be followed by a warm welcome meal at one of Kathmandu's best traditional Nepali restaurants. Along with the meal you will get to experience ethnic dancing and cultural music of Nepal.
After breakfast, we will be heading to Chamje, which is about 6-7 hours of time from Kathmandu. Chamje village is the starting point of the trek, which is located in the Annapurna region, at an altitude of 1410 m. The village hosts a beautiful waterfall, and the all-around greenery is sure to make you find it amazing.
After breakfast, We will trek on a beautiful rugged trail along the Marsyangdi River, gradually ascending to Tal at an altitude of 1,675 meters. It is the first village in the Manang region. Here, the landscape levels out for a moment and the raging river slows down to the lake scene. After Tal, the trail crosses the river again and continues for 4 km to the village of Dharapani. Where there is the entrance of a typical Tibetan-influenced village. Arriving at Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 ft), we will be able to see the typical flat-roofed stone houses of the local Tibetans and a village surrounded by apple orchards and corn fields.
We will trek through the evocative Buddhist settlements of Bagarchap. We will climb through the pine and oak forest. The valley turns west as stunning views of the Himalayas including Ramjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525/ 24,688 ft). We can see Manaslu in the background and occasionally Annapurna to the south. Also our trek forces us to follow new road. We will be driving through the woodlands, stopping to visit some small settlements on the way to our accommodation in Chamje. It is also the administrative center of the state with shops, banks, and views of Annapurna.
After breakfast, we will walk through a steep and narrow valley to catch the views of Paungda Danda rock face (a curved rock face) rising 1500 m from Marshyandi river. We will be able to see clear views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang peak in the northeast. After viewing the Paungda Danda rock face. We will descend to the Manang valley floor, eventually reaching Pisang.
After breakfast, we will leave Pisang behind and trek on the upper trials of the Pisang via Geru. This path offers outstanding north face views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak. Since we will be ascending, we will feel the air turned cold, dry, harsh. Even in the harsh environment, we will be able to to find Tibetan style settlements and we will visit the Barge monastery(the largest monastery in Manang).
After breakfast, we will trek up to the village of Khangsar. As we will walk ahead, the trail cuts down through a gorge and the Tilicho Peak can be spotted shrouded in clouds far above. We will get to appreciate the natural beauty of the Annapurna range all along the way. We will also pass through small scenic settlements and the Tore monastery and get to enjoy the breathtaking Khangsar River and the grand barrier before reaching Khangsar.
As we will begin the trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, we will come across wide grassy fields.After making a slight climb up a small hill, we will witness the glorious views of the entire valley. After trudging down a steep inclination, we can now enter the Tilicho Base camp.
Following the difficult ascent, our trail will traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the mountainside. The spectacular views of the Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar, and Muktinath peaks, on the other hand, are always nearby to cheer us up. We will get to admire Tilicho Lake( one of the highest lakes in the world). Sometimes the turquoise waters reflect the surrounding peaks, but other times the lake is frozen. We will take a break beside the calm waters to take in the breathtaking views before returning to the base camp.
While returning from Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley, with an abrupt change in scenery as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. Our path continues through the ruins of the old Khangsar village until we will reach a log bridge across the river that connects Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is a typical Himalayan village, lives up to its name, with numerous yaks grazing and standing around. We will also get stunning views of Annapurna III from here.
Thorang Phedi is a steep ascent. We will arrive in Ledar village after a short walk across a suspension bridge. We will continue to ascend and pass through towering cliffs before arriving at Thorang Phedi, the last village before the Thorong La pass. We will bemrewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan on this trip.
Our goal will be to cross one of the highest passes in the world (Thorong La pass). We will cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath), which is the most direct and safe route. We will walk up to the mountain. When we will finally reach the summit, we will realize that our journey was worthwhile. We will head to Muktinath Valley, which is located at the foot of the Thorong La pass.
Muktinath is a beautiful place that is a must-see for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Before beginning our journey, we will stop at the Muktinath Temple. There are water spouts where fresh water flows from streams above the temple. As the trail progresses, we will enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. We will continue through the meadows, crossing streams and hills to Kagbeni, a village dotted with chortens (memorial stupas) and a small monastery.
Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to hotel and take a rest day off. Enjoy boating in Phewa Lake, visiting the different caves, temples, world peace pagoda waterfalls. Visit the lake in the evening to admire the serenity of Lake and city.
Early morning, enjoy a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Seize the last minute to enjoy the vibes of Kathmandu and grab the last chance to capture memorable moments in Nepal. Enjoy farewell dinner and rest overnight at hotel.
We will serve you breakfast in the morning. If your flight is planned for the morning. In accordance with your travel plans, Our team member will go to drop you at the Airport(In a private vehicle). If your flight is in the evening, you may go for shopping and pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones, or you can just hang around the Kathmandu city. Additionally, if you wish to stay in Nepal for a few extra days, we can set up some of the best adventure activities there.
Nepal visas can be easily obtained from the Government of Nepal, Nepalese Embassy or Consulate office located in your country. You can get a visa from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on your arrival or from any other entry point in Nepal. Make sure to bring a few sets of your passport size photos. Visa fees are inexpensive.
You can also apply for a visa in a near embassy or either you can travel to Nepal and get a visa on arrival. We will assist you to settle your visa work too.
We offer you a star rated hotels with comfort and cozy. You will be amused with the facility and warmth we offer you including facility like (attached bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot and cold shower). We will stay at Mt. Lodge and local tea houses during trek. But we do our best for providing the best available lodges on a twin- sharing basis, some tea house are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are prefer a single room in Kathmandu and trek you may indicate your preference on request and pay a single supplement cost. Contact us
We provide you only Bb facility in city as preferred in itinerary. Full board meals are included (breakfast, Lunch and dinner with cup of tea or coffee) throughout the trek. We provide you food from the local tea house Mt. Lodge en route chosen from a menu. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea house we would overnight but lunch would be route in between. You can enjoy the Nepalese style cuisine or any other continental food as per required. You are to be giver from pizza to snacks. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetable. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast.
Health is the most important part of traveling or trekking. One must possess good physical condition before and while commencing Himalaya’s tour. If you don’t have any trekking experiences better grab one or be physically prepare for the trek. Before commencing adventurous trek you can commence a short hike, cycling or a short walking tour, this may help you a lot throughout the trek.
The highest height you will reach on this trip is 5545m from the sea level. The walk may be ups and down passing various villages, high land, wilderness and much more difficult and rough trail.
We strongly advise travelers to consult with your medical doctor before travelling and do the regular check up of your health and report us while booking a trip with us.
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Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are responsibility with us. As you know that we are very honest with the porter issues and their condition while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with international porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.
It is our company’s management system; the maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG so be sure that your trekking bag is not loads more 20 KG.
One of the most important factors of trekking is the travel insurance. To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialized travel insurance for participation in risky activities.
Your travel insurance policy must be covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, medical treatment and expenses, theft, liability is recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing including others trip.
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