Tilicho Lake & Annapurna Circuit Trek- 15 Days



Trip overview
Primary Activity: Heritage tour, tourist bus drive following white river and walking in village trail
Duration : 15 Days Trip Code : HNACT015
Trip Grade : Moderate to Fairly Challenging Max-Altitude : 5416 m/17764ft
Meals : MAP in City/ Full Board during Trek Accomodation : Hotel/Mt. Lodge
Group Size : Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Private Car/Flight/ Public Bus/ Tourist Bus
Trip Start : Kathmandu Trip End : Kathmandu
Route : Kathmandu-Besisahar-Manang-Thorang-la Pass- Muktinath-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Departure Dates
Best Season : Spring (March/April/May/early June) and Autumn(September-October-November-early December)
Trip Notes / Guideline on Itinerary: Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.

Description


Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek is the classic, most diverse and stunning trek in the Himalayas witnessing the fascinating ethnic groups and incredible scenario of mountains, crystalline Tilicho Lake and the zenith of Annapurna massif- Thorang-la Pass.

The trek highlights exceedingly beautiful valleys like Marshayngdi & Kali Gandaki. The cultural encounters in numerous ethnically inhabited villages are the wonders of Nepal’s cultural diversity seen during the trek. The floral and faunal biodiversity of Annapurna Conservation Area Project are great sights. The rawness of nature that include pure cascading waterfalls, Rocky Mountains and deep gorges are mesmerizing.

The most important climaxes of the trek is the Himalayan vista from the top of Thorung La Pass. Similarly, the most exciting scene appears when you reach at the beautiful- Tilicho Lake. This Tilicho Lake is one of the heighest altitude lake in the world laying at an altitude 4949m above the sea level. The incredibly adventurous walk to the top of Thorung- La Pass and down to Muktinath is beautifully challenging. The shifting views of Annapurna and its neighboring peaks are always the prime highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Last but not the least Jomsom the last stopover point of the trek is simply an icing on the cake.             

In addition, if you wish to enjoy natural beauties, enhance cultural experiences of Annapurna Region, you could join our Round Annapurna Trek-19 Days. Meantime, the best alternative of this trek is Manang Valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek-15 Days.

If you are not satisfied with this itinerary or if you want to customize this package in your timeline or budget, then you could contact us, or email to info@hikingnepal.com

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to Hotel (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)
  • Day 02 Drive to Besisahar (Altitude: 760 m/ 2510 ft. Drive: 8-9 hrs. – bus/ 6 hrs. – Jeep Meal: BLD)
  • Day 03 Jeep drive to Chame (Stopover for acclimatization) (Altitude: 2670 m/8810 ft. Drive: 7/8 hrs. - local bus Meal: BLD)
  • Day 04 Trek Chame to Pisang (Altitude: 3200 m/10524 ft. Trek: 5- 6 hours Meal: BLD)
  • Day 05 Trek Pisang to Manang, Overnight at local lodge (Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. Trek: 5 to 6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization (Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 07 Short Trek to Khansar Village (Altitude: 3734 m/12322 ft. Treks: 2 to 3 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 08 Excursion to Tilicho Lake, back to Tilicho Base Camp/Khangsar village (Altitude: 5200m/17056ft, Trek: 6 to 7 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 09 Trek Khansar Village to Yak Kharka (Altitude: 4010m/13153ft, Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 10 Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (Altitude: 4,600m/15,092ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 11 Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs (Altitude: Thorung-la Pass: 5416 m/ 17873 ft. Muktinath: 3800 m/12540 ft. Trek: 7-8 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 12 Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (Altitude: 2720 m/ 8976 ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 13: Fly to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel (Altitude: 820 m/2705 ft. Flight: 20 minutes)
  • Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: B/D)
  • Day 15: Depart Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)

Trip Photos and Videos


Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to Hotel (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)

On your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, one of our office representative will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day trip. In the evening, we, the Hiking Nepal, will offer you a welcome dinner introducing Nepalese cuisine and culture.


Day 02 Drive to Besisahar (Altitude: 760 m/ 2510 ft. Drive: 8-9 hrs. – bus/ 6 hrs. – Jeep Meal: BLD)

After having breakfast, our guide will meet you at hotel to drive to Besisahar. Recheck your luggage and be ready for a drive. Following River Marshyangdi, you will reach at Besisahar. On the way, you can explore the Green Mountain, scattered village and refreshing landscape. Stay overnight at local lodge.


Day 03 Jeep drive to Chame (Stopover for acclimatization) (Altitude: 2670 m/8810 ft. Drive: 7/8 hrs. - local bus Meal: BLD)

From Besisahar, catching a local bus, you will starts to drive in a bumpy road towards Chame. It is a small village of the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 1430 m. You can enjoy waterfall that attracts both the local and tourists. Stay overnight at local lodge.


Day 04 Trek Chame to Pisang (Altitude: 3200 m/10524 ft. Trek: 5- 6 hours Meal: BLD)

Today, you will have a steep walk through dense forest into a narrowed valley. Crossing the raging Himalayan River at two points 2,910m & 3,040m are absolute highlights of the trek. Just crossing a suspension bridge at 3040m, the stunning view of Rocky Hill Paungda Danda feasts catch by the eyes. Beyond here, the course connects towards Pisang on a steep trail. Pisang, nestles between 3,200m and 3,300meters. Stay overnight at local lodge.


Day 05 Trek Pisang to Manang, Overnight at local lodge (Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. Trek: 5 to 6 hrs. Meal: BLD)

After breakfast, you will walk through the arid & higher region of Manang.  As you trek higher, the region affected being at the rain shadow of Annapurna comes into sight. Natives of this county flock yaks most of the times of the year and cultivate crops for a very short period of the year. As you leave Pisang, you will tread along the northern via Ghyaru for the better views of the Himalayan peaks throughout the trail that chases along the northern bank of the river. Now, you will arrive to Munchi. Beyond Munchi, the trail passes the charming and the authentic village of Braga 3475m. The last push brings to Manang.


Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization (Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. Meal: BLD)

Starts a day with morning tea and explore the surrounding. Today, you will take a rest day. Hence, it is your time to use as you like. You can hike for a while to get familiarize with altitude. You can go nearby Gangapurna glacier or visit the Manang village, Gompas and cave exploring native people and culture. Spend overnight at Lodge.


Day 07 Short Trek to Khansar Village (Altitude: 3734 m/12322 ft. Treks: 2 to 3 hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today, you will have a short climbing up to the Khangsar village. Walking ahead for a while, the trail cuts down through a gorge. From here, you can click the picturesque view of Tilicho Peak along with the beautiful Annapurna range. On the way, you will cross a small settlements and monastery and pass along the Khangsar river and a wall taking you to Khangsar. Stay overnight at local lodge.


Day 08 Excursion to Tilicho Lake, back to Tilicho Base Camp/Khangsar village (Altitude: 5200m/17056ft, Trek: 6 to 7 hrs. Meal: BLD)

One of the highlight of this trek is your visit to Tilicho Lake, a beautiful lake at an altitude 4920 m forming highest lake in the world. Today, you will starts trek through a grassy field and slightly climb up to a hill from where you can view the entire valley. Then, slowly slopping down in a steep inclination, you will reach at Tilicho Base Camp. Resting for a while, walk in steep uphill onto a moraine, along the side of the mountain. You will never missed to grasp the closest views of spectacular peaks- Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar as well as Muktinath Peak. Reaching Tilicho Lake, you will get eye-popping view of tranquil lake and surrounding. Enjoy the surrounding for a while, then make your journey to Tilicho Base Camp.


Day 09 Trek Khansar Village to Yak Kharka (Altitude: 4010m/13153ft, Trek: 4-5 hrs. Meal: BLD)

While returning from the Tilicho Base Camp, you will follow the trail to the alpine vegetation. Walk along the ruins of the old Khangsar village, you will cross a wooden suspension bridge leading you towards the Yak Kharka. It is a place where Yaks are left for grazing. From here, you can have outstanding views of Annapurna III. Stay overnight at local lodge.