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Tilicho lake with around Annapurna

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trekking description

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trekking known as Annapurna Circuit trek combine with Tilicho lake excursion trekking with Thorong Pass is one of the famous trekking tours in Nepal, 1980s opened for the trekkers, since then the around Annapurna was possible for the adventure travelers.
The region no doubt is rich in scenery apart from the diverse culture and flora and faunas. Around Annapurna combine with tilicho lake trekking is the most popular trekking because of its panoramic scenery of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna south (7,219 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041 m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchre (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986 m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho peak (7,134 m). Furthermore, there are the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetan Sherpa, Thakali, Magar, Tamang, and Gurung.
Subsequently, it is the trail which is rich in wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. Around Annapurna inclusive Tilicho lake is one of the classic treks in the world. It takes you around the Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two river valley such as Marsyandi in the east and Kali Gandaki in the west. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. The flora, geography, and culture also change dramatically around the Annapurna circuit trek.

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek highlights

Classic trekking on ancient trade routes using NATT Trail just to avoid roads – Ascending the Marshyangdi valley – Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli – Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga – Explore beautiful Manag village – Crossing the Thorong – La (Widest pass in the world about 5416 m) – The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhaulagiri Icefall, – The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley – Natural Hot spring at Tatopani – Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek grading

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek is appropriate for any trekkers who are looking for little bit of adventure. The maximum height of this trek is Thorong la pass 5416 m. It is not necessary for any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, it would be more good to do daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you leave your country. Our program has been prepared including the rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On the trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for rest. This is a part of Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) trek in Nepal.

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek covers

Kathmandu – Besishar – Manang – Tilicho lakes, Throung La pass – Muktinath – Tatopani (natural hotspring) – Ghorepani Poonhill – Ghaundrung village – Pokhara.

Best time to explore this trek routes

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek outline Itinerary

Day 01: Meeting and greetings at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 03: Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3,597 ft), estimated 9 hours. Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,409 ft), 7 hours Day 05: Trek to Chame Bazaar (2630m), 6 hours Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours Day 07: Trek to Manang (3500m)(Lower Route 5 hours) or 8 hours (Higher Route) Day 08: Trek to Acclimatization ! Or discovering Manang Day 09: Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/15,238 ft), 5 hours Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours! Day 11: Tilicho Base camp to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,440 ft), 6 hours Day 12: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m/14,453 ft) 4 hours Day 13: Trek over Thorong la (5416m/17,710 ft), descend to Muktinath (3800m/12,226 ft) 7 hours Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2665m/8,714 ft) 7 to 8 hours Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m/6,582 ft) 6 hrs Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190m/3,891 ft) 7 hrs Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m/9,329 ft) 8 hrs Day 18: Poonhill sunrise ! Trek to Nayapool & drive to Pokhara city. Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu or Drive Back to Kathmandu Day 20: Final departure to the international airport

Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek itinerary in details

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request, we go to a short walk around the old city area.

Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Trek preparation!

Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which is World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO. The rest of the time, you can prepare your trekking gears.

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3,597 ft), estimated 9 hours.

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. During the journey, we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the beautiful Himalayas. And overnight at the Guesthouse.

Day 04 : Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,409 ft), 7 hours

We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 05 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame Bazaar (2630m), 6 hours

During our hiking today, we pass Bagarchhap village which is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind. Then trek goes over the rough hill with quite a bit of up and down, crossing the river several times on good bridges. Reaching the town of Chame, one of the larger settlements of the area will allow us to have a hot shower. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang area and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture.

Day 06 : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m), 5 hours

Today, we will have a shorter hiking day ahead of us. The landscape between Chame and Pisang changes notably, and soon we will be walking through subalpine terrain which is an Alpine interface. The early part of today’s walk will take us through large forests and past the massive, 1500-meter rock face called Paungda Danda. Pisang proper is a cluster of homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields.

Day 07 : Trek to Manang (3500m)(Lower Route 5 hours) or 8 hours (Higher Route)

There are two trekking trail to reach Manang. We choose the higher route through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. But it depends upon your fitness because walking over higher routes takes roughly about 9 hours to reach Manang while the lower route rates only 8 hours. As you are getting closer to Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery of Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.

Day 08 : Acclimatization ! Or discovering Manang

It is essential to spend time for acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours, you can try to climb as high as possible above the village. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village, or to a viewpoint above the lake opposite Manang Village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visits the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talked about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.

Day 09 : Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/15,238 ft), 5 hours

We exit Manang heading out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mount Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka guest house.

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

The trail from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is not very steep but physically strenuous. It could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Stay overnight in Tilicho Base Camp hotel.

Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake (4920m/16,088 ft). Descend to Tilicho Base Camp, 8 hours

Walk continue along the journey, leave the lake here and aim for a small saddle in the ridge above. The path is rather steep the first pass Reach and descends to a valley on the other side. Follow it upwards and step on to a flat dry glacier where has no crevasses. Follow its left side upwards, leave it where an obvious saddle westward is visible. Walk over through this watershed, where is a little lake. Continue ahead on a faint path, lose a little altitude, and then gain another saddle. On the other side, one descends into a small valley that turns south. Coming out of it you can reach the western shore of Tilicho Lake. We spend some time exploring the lake and we descend downhill to Tilicho Base Camp to stay overnight.

Day 12: Tilicho Base camp to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,440 ft), 6 hours

As we leave Tilicho Base Camp we trek downhill to Kangsar and continue towards Yak Kharka. The trail passes through ancient old Mani walls in a pleasant meadow. Crossing the small river over the wooden bridge, we ascend all the way to Yak Kharka. Yak kharka is a small spot where only 2 guest houses are located. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka guest house.

Day 13: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420 m) 4 hours

The trail for today, relatively easy to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. Today our journey continues to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4420m/14,453 ft. Along the journey, you can see Blue sheep and even snow leopards (Only if you are lucky enough). Or if you are sure for, we can continue our trek even further to the High camp another an hour after lunch.

Day 14 : Trek form Thorong Phedi – Thorong la (5416m)- Muktinath (3800m) 7 hours

Our journey begins before sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5416 meters. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours. Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trek to Thorung pass summit. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the views of border Himalayas and Dhaulagiri family are simply amazing. Muktinath is a large village, a rambling settlement with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult day

Day 15 : Trek to Marpha (2665m) 7 to 8 hours

Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) begins through several villages and Kali Gandaki river bank, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach Rakshi.

Day 16 : Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m) 6 hrs

The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).

Day 17 : Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 7 hrs

After breakfast we will begin our trek to Tatopani and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is deepest gorge in the world and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Our trail takes us through the villages of Dana. Our evening’s accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).

Day 18 : Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani village (2853m), 8 hrs

We cross Kaligandaki river and cross again Gar Khola River and ascend left direction to Ghorepani. Scenery changes once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production. We will have lunch around midday in Chitre, than continue climbing with many stone steps until we reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere. This is a difficult day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them. If you are interested, hike about 50 meters up towards Punhill to explore sunset view.

Day 19 : Poon hill sunrise ! Descend downhill all way to Pokhara. 8 hrs roughly.

Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill to see the panoramic views of Himalayan range with the sunrise. This would be spectacular and crystallize mountains surrounded to you with including Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6915m) and many more. Return to the lodge to get hot breakfast then we descend downhill all the way to Nayapool passing several tiny villages. And from Nayapool we take a private car transfer to Pokhara about 90 minutes and your trekking crew will salute with your work and last night celebration with together and transfer to hotel.

Day 19 : Mystical flight from Pokhara city to Kathmandu, 25 minutes.

After breakfast, Fewa Lake boating a couple of hours, visit Tal Barahi Temple situated an island of Fewa Lake and after Lunch drop to Pokhara Airport for fly to Kathmandu. Then we transfer you back to your hotel.

Day 20 : Final departure to your port of destination.

The trip ends but we at Gokyo Treks and Expedition’s representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International airport for your final departure from Nepal to your port of destination.


How much does Tilicho lake around Annapurna trek cost?

We offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our homestay located near Thamel, Kathmandu, and tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara Fewa lakeside and of course the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Pokhara to Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2 star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Tilicho lake with Around Annapurna trek cost include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Trek ending point Nayapool to Fewa lake side transfer by private vehicle.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Around Annapurna with Tilicho lake trek cost excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare with airport departure tax.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available

Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights’ details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience for Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking ?

Answer: This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 – 6 hours in a day, with a lightweight rucksack somehow about 3000M above sea level.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always a better idea to own sleeping equipment.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trek?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or mobile batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be chances to charge your battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards work city area of Nepal only.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings. We prefer 20 % advance deposit of the total price of a trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: We provide porters they will carry your luggage.

Question: Is there any communication while we are on Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls for Tilicho lake around Annapurna Trekking?

Answer: We recommend to take that it will be the helpful to you.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.

Tilicho lake around Annapurna Notes:

The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Tilicho lake around Annapurna trip special ?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.

Tilicho lake around Annapurna fact

    1. Trip Duration: 20 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 5,416m / 17,710 ft
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-20 People
    6. Best Time: Oct -May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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