Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake Trek

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  • Duration:16 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude5,416 m
  • ActivityTrek, Sightseeing & Hiking
  • Group Size1-15
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The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that showcases the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Combining the renowned Annapurna Circuit with the exploration of Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world, this trek is an adventure through stunning landscapes and cultural treasures.

One of the major highlights of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is the opportunity to visit Tilicho Lake (4,910m), nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Annapurna Range. Departing from the traditional Annapurna Circuit route at Manang, the trail winds through the Shree Kharka Village before ascending to the tranquil shores of Tilicho Lake. Continuing onwards to Yak Kharka, the trek culminates in the exhilarating crossing of Thorong La Pass (5,416m), the widest pass in the world.

Throughout the journey, you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, including the majestic Annapurna Massif, while immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. From the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath temple to the ethereal sunset at Pokhara, each day unfolds with new wonders waiting to be discovered.

However, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek presents its share of challenges. You must possess good physical endurance and mental fortitude to navigate rugged terrain for an average of 7-8 hours a day over two weeks or more. Acclimatization to the high altitude conditions is very important, as is maintaining proper hydration and pacing yourself to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

The trail presents a variety of obstacles, including steep ascents and descents, crossing glacial streams, and traversing rocky paths. While technical climbing skills are not required, a good level of physical fitness and prior hiking experience are necessary. Adequate preparation, including cardiovascular training and strength exercises, is essential to ensure a comfortable and successful journey.

Despite the challenges, the rewards of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek are immeasurable. From the warmth of Nepalese hospitality to the sense of achievement upon reaching Thorong La Pass, each step of the journey is infused with adventure and discovery. Ultimately, this trek offers not only a physical challenge but also a profound connection to the natural and cultural wonders of the Annapurna region, making it an unforgettable experience for those who embark upon it.

The hospitality of the Nepali people is legendary, as you will be warmly welcomed into teahouses and guesthouses along the route, where they can savor hearty meals of dal bhat (lentils and rice), momo (dumplings), and other local delicacies, providing taste of authentic Nepali cuisine.

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a journey of a lifetime, offering adventurers the opportunity to experience the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas. From the soaring peaks of the Annapurna range to the tranquil shores of Tilicho Lake, every step of the trek is filled with wonder and discovery, leaving indelible memories that will last a lifetime. For those seeking adventure, spiritual renewal, and cultural enrichment, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is an experience not to be missed.

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek is best experienced during either the spring season, (March to May), or the autumn season, (September to November). Both peak seasons offer favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and stunning mountain views, making them ideal for trekking in the Annapurna region. In spring, trekkers can witness the vibrant blooms of rhododendrons along the trail, adding to the picturesque scenery. Conversely, autumn boasts stable weather, mild temperatures, and crisp mountain air, creating perfect trekking conditions. Whether surrounded by colorful blossoms or golden foliage, both seasons provide unforgettable opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake.

Major Attractions of Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake (4,919 meters)

One of the major highlights of the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is the ascent to Tilicho Lake, situated at an altitude of over 4,900 meters (16,000 feet), making it one of the highest lakes in the world. The trail to Tilicho Lake presents a formidable challenge, requiring trekkers to navigate steep terrain and unpredictable weather conditions. Nestled among the towering peaks of the Himalayas, including the formidable Annapurna and Tilicho ranges, the lake offers a scene of unparalleled serenity and majesty. However, the reward for reaching this pristine alpine oasis is truly spectacular, with the shimmering turquoise waters of the lake reflecting the surrounding snow-capped peaks in a mesmerizing display of natural beauty.

Muktinath Temple (3,710 meters)

Muktinath Temple, nestled high in the Himalayas of Nepal, holds deep religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Hindus believe it to be a place of salvation, while Buddhists revere it for its association with Guru Rinpoche. The temple complex, adorned with 108 water spouts, attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, who brave challenging treks through rugged terrain to reach its sacred grounds. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and adorned with ancient architecture, Muktinath Temple stands as a symbol of peace, spirituality, and natural beauty in the heart of the Himalayas.

Gangapurna Lake (3,540 meters)

As you embark on your acclimatization day at Manang along the Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Trek, Gangapurna Lake emerges as a captivating highlight. Nestled near the village of Manang, this serene lake, at an altitude of 3,540 meters, offers a tranquil oasis amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape. Encircled by towering peaks, including the majestic Gangapurna Mountain, the lake's pristine waters mirror the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding terrain. Take this opportunity to explore the area around Gangapurna Lake, soaking in the panoramic views and immersing yourself in the serene ambiance. Not only does this day allow you to adjust to the altitude, but it also provides a memorable encounter with nature's splendor, enriching your journey along the Annapurna Circuit.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursions in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square,
  • Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes, traversing through diverse terrain from forests to alpine meadows,
  • Trekking through the yak pastures, grazing lands, and farmlands in Manang Valley,
  • Conquer the formidable Thorong La Pass, the highest mountain pass in the world, standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet),
  • Witness stunning sunrise and sunset vistas over the Himalayan peaks, painting the sky with a myriad of colors,
  • Magnificent glacial lakes, natural waterfalls, deep Georges, and glacier rivers,
  • Stunning views of beautiful snow-capped mountains like Annapurna range, Thorong Peak, Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Machapuchhre, and many more,
  • Experience the bustling mountain town of Jomsom, a vibrant hub along the Annapurna Circuit,
  • Experience the hospitality of local teahouse owners along the trail, enjoying warm hospitality and authentic Nepali hospitality,
  • Explore the historic sacred Muktinath Temple which is equally important for the Hindu and Buddhist religions,
  • Experience the lavish and modern luxury hospitality in Pokhara city.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking Difficulty and Fitness Requirement

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking presents a moderate to challenging level of difficulty, requiring a reasonable level of fitness and physical endurance. While the trek offers awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural experiences, its terrain includes varied ascents and descents, rugged paths, and high altitudes. 

Trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking, typically ranging from 5 to 8 hours, with occasional steep sections and altitude gains. Adequate physical preparation through cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking practice beforehand can greatly enhance one's ability to tackle the trek comfortably. 

Additionally, acclimatization days strategically incorporated into the itinerary help mitigate the risks of altitude-related ailments. Despite its challenges, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek remains accessible to those with a moderate level of fitness and determination, rewarding adventurers with unparalleled vistas and unforgettable experiences in the Himalayan wilderness.

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Itinerary

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This is our regular itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek designed and prepared by our travel advisors. Footprint Adventure can organize the trip according to your needs and requirements as well. For the customization of trips, feel free to contact us

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be warmly greeted by our airport representative holding a sign that reads your name at the arrival of the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. A private vehicle will then whisk you away to the accommodation for the night. Get freshen up and you can stroll around the Thamel area for the rest of the day. Overnight at a three-star standard hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

After an early morning breakfast, your city guide will be at your hotel to pick you up for your Kathmandu City Tour. You'll explore the highlights of Kathmandu city by visiting famous landmarks like Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and many more local markets and ancient art and local culture. Explore the unique architecture and get to know more about the in-depth history of the Kathmandu Valley. 

After your whole day city tour, you will get to meet your guide during our welcome dinner and pre-briefing session at an authentic Nepali Restaurant with Cultural Dance performances. Overnight stay in the same hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Leaving Kathmandu behind, you embark on a picturesque drive to Chame, the starting point of your trek. As you wind your way through verdant valleys and terraced hillsides, the stunning landscapes of rural Nepal unfold before you, setting the stage for the adventure that lies ahead. It will be a long day drive from Kathmandu to Chame as you'll go to see the diverse landscapes and settlements. Overnight at Chame Village.

  • Accommodation Four Season Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time10 hours drive
  • Maximum Altitude2,710 m

With each step along the trail, you're immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region. As you trek to Pisang, you're treated to sweeping views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and traditional villages clinging to the mountainsides. With every ascent, you feel yourself drawing closer to the heart of the Himalayas, exhilarated by the challenge and the natural wonders that surround you.

  • Accommodation Hotel Mandala
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,300 m

The journey continues as you trek to the enchanting village of Manang. Surrounded by towering peaks, Manang provides a surreal backdrop to your acclimatization day. Taking in the stunning views, you explore the village's unique culture, a blend of Tibetan influences and traditional Nepalese customs. The day serves as a crucial pause, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude before venturing further into the high-altitude landscapes.

  • Accommodation Himalayan Singi
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,540 m

Amidst the majestic backdrop of Manang, you embrace a day of acclimatization, a crucial pause in your Himalayan Adventure. Setting out from the village, you embark on a hike to Gangapurna Lake, a shimmering jewel nestled amidst the rugged terrain. As you ascend the winding trails, the crisp mountain air invigorates your senses, and the panoramic vistas of the Annapurna range leave you breathless with awe. At Gangapurna Lake's tranquil shores, you find solace in the serene beauty of the surroundings, while the towering peaks provide a majestic reminder of the natural forces at play. Returning to Manang, you spend the remainder of the day exploring the village's unique culture, visiting ancient monasteries, and immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Himalayan life. This acclimatization day not only prepares your body for the challenges ahead but also offers a profound connection to the mountains and a deeper appreciation for the journey you're undertaking.

  • Accommodation Himalayan Singi
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,540 m

Continuing your journey, the trail leads you to Shreekharka. The landscapes evolve, offering a mix of alpine meadows, rugged terrains, and panoramic vistas. This leg of the trek introduces you to the diverse environments that characterize the Annapurna Circuit. Shreekharka, a quaint settlement along the route, provides a tranquil overnight stop as you prepare for the ascent to higher altitudes.

  • Accommodation Local Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,060 m

The trek progresses towards Tilicho Base Camp, nestled at the foot of Tilicho Peak. The landscapes become more rugged, and the air thinner as you approach the base camp. The anticipation builds as you catch glimpses of the towering peaks that surround Tilicho Lake, heightening the excitement for the next day's adventure.

  • Accommodation Local Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time3-4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,150 m

An early morning start takes you on a challenging yet rewarding hike to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. As you ascend to the shimmering turquoise waters cradled by majestic peaks, you're left breathless by the sheer beauty of the scene. After soaking in the awe-inspiring views, you retrace your steps back to Shree Kharka, where you're greeted by the comforts of your lodge amid the serene mountain setting.

  • Accommodation Local Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time9-10 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,920 m

Continuing your descent, the trail leads you to Yak Kharka, a picturesque grazing pasture dotted with yak herds. The tranquil ambiance and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains provide a welcome respite as you journey onward. Embracing the simplicity of mountain life, you find solace in the rhythm of the trek and the natural wonders that unfold with each step.

  • Accommodation Hotel Gangapurna
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,060 m

The trail ascends once again as you make your way to Thorong Phedi, the base camp for the challenging ascent to Thorong La Pass. As the air grows thinner and the terrain more rugged, you're propelled forward by a sense of determination and anticipation. Arriving at Thorong Phedi, you prepare for the ultimate test of endurance and perseverance that awaits you at the pass.

  • Accommodation Thorong High Camp Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,525 m

With the first light of dawn, you embark on the strenuous ascent to Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek. Battling fatigue and altitude, you push yourself to reach the summit, where you're rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Himalayan giants stretching as far as the eye can see. Descending from the pass, you make your way to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Here, amidst the spiritual ambiance and ancient monasteries, you reflect on the profound journey you've undertaken and the personal triumphs achieved along the way.

  • Accommodation Hotel Town House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time10 hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,416 m

Descending further into the Kali Gandaki Valley, you trek towards Jomsom, a windswept town nestled amidst the stark beauty of the Mustang region. The trail offers panoramic views of the world's deepest gorge, with the towering peaks of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri looming in the distance. Arriving in Jomsom, you're greeted by the comforting embrace of civilization after days spent immersed in the raw grandeur of the mountains.

  • Accommodation OMS Home
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,743 m

From Jomsom, you embark on a scenic drive back to Pokhara, a tranquil lakeside city renowned for its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. The journey takes you through rugged landscapes and charming villages, providing a final opportunity to savor the rugged beauty of the Annapurna region. Arriving in Pokhara, you're welcomed by the serene waters of Phewa Lake and the majestic backdrop of the Annapurna range, offering a fitting conclusion to your Himalayan adventure.

  • Accommodation Aabas Pokhara
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Time8-9 Hours drive
  • Maximum Altitude820 m

The next day, you bid farewell to Pokhara and board a short flight back to Kathmandu, where your journey began. As you soar above the towering peaks and verdant valleys of Nepal, you reflect on the incredible experiences and memories forged during your trek. Touching down in Kathmandu, you're filled with a sense of gratitude for the breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, and personal growth that have defined your Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time25 min flight
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Finally, your 16 days of Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek come to an end. With cherished memories and newfound friendships, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight, carrying with you the indelible spirit of adventure and discovery that defines the Himalayan experience.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle during international arrivals and departures
  • 3x nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast (Kantipur Village Hotel)
  • 1x night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (Aabas Pokhara)
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing in private vehicles with an experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Welcome dinner in a Nepali Restaurant with a traditional cultural performance
  • Best available local guest house and tea house accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), 3x tea/coffee, and 1x soup per day during the trekking
  • Kathmandu to Chame transfer in private 4WD Scorpio
  • Jomsom to Pokhara transfer in private 4WD Scorpio
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer in flight (Buddha Air)
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trekking guide during the entire trekking
  • Humble, kind, and strong assistant crew (porter) for the entire trekking (one porter for two trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their daily salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Trip achievement certificate, trip map, and t-shirt from the company side 
  • A duffel bag for the porters to carry your stuff (to be returned at the end of the trek)
  • Daily health assessment during the entire trekking
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS Card)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government taxes and company service charges
  • Nepalese visa fee, learn more about the Nepal Visa
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • 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
  • City tour entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • High altitude travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, tour guide and drivers 
  • Anything which is not specifically mentioned in the inclusive section

Additional Info

  • Acclimatization : Follow the itinerary acclimatization days and pace yourself to minimize the risk of altitude sickness,
  • Best time to trek: The best season for trekking in the Annapurna circuit is the spring ( March-May) and during the autumn ( September- November),
  • Major attractions: Tilicho Lake, Gangapurna Lake, and Muktinath are some major highlights of the trek,
  • Difficulty and fitness: As this trek is a moderate to challenging trek it requires good fitness and preparation. 

FAQs

Q1. How long does the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek take?

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek typically takes around 14 to 17 days to complete, including acclimatization days and rest stops along the route. Please mind that the itinerary can always be customized according to your preferences.

The best time for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable, and the skies are clear, offering optimal trekking conditions.

The trek is rated as moderate to challenging, requiring a reasonable level of fitness and endurance. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking, steep ascents and descents, and high altitudes.

 

Yes, you must hire a guide or a porter for this trek . Hiring a guide and/or porter is recommended for safety, navigation, and to enhance the overall experience. Local guides are knowledgeable about the terrain, culture, and can provide valuable insights along the way.

Trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card before starting the trek. These permits are included in the package, so you need not have to worry about it

Accommodation along the trekking route ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges with varying amenities. Meals are typically provided at the teahouses and include a variety of local and international dishes.

Adequate physical preparation, including cardiovascular exercises and strength training, is essential. Additionally, gradual acclimatization and staying hydrated are crucial to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, layered clothing for varying weather conditions, a good quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and a refillable water bottle. A detailed packing list can be accessed here.

Yes, there are emergency evacuation services available in case of any medical emergencies or altitude sickness. It's important to have travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation in such situations.

Yes, the itinerary can be customized based on your preferences, time constraints, and fitness level. You can call us anytime, here for any inconveniences or customizations about the itinerary.

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