12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

12 days Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake

Annapurna Circuit Lake Trek with Tilicho Lake is a magnificent journey that offers spectacular views of the pristine landscapes of the Annapurna Region. The trek rewards you with stunning views of snowy peaks such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Nilgiri, and many others.

In addition, you will also trek to Tilicho Lake (4920 m), which is one of the highest-altitude lakes, that has drawn the attention of travel enthusiasts around the world because of its mesmerizing beauty. The serene lake is surrounded by majestic peaks, which present picturesque scenery, filling your heart with wonder and joy.

The 12-day Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a journey that is a perfect blend of scenic and thrilling adventure as it offers enchanting views of the lush hills and waterfalls, and also passes through the numerous exciting suspension bridges. The journey also provides a chance to get insights into the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle, which enhances your traveling experiences.

This incredible adventure starts with an invigorating drive from Kathmandu to Syange via Besisahar and takes you to beautiful places like Dharapani, Upper Pisang, Manang, Tilicho Base Camp, Shree Kharkha, Thorong Phedi, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom. The sightseeing of the beautiful Tilicho Lake nestled amidst the alluring mountains is one of the special attractions of this trek.

Highlights

  • Trek through the protected Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Explore the charming villages of Manang.
  • A chance to witness the pristine beauty of Tilicho Lake.
  • Cross the challenging Thorong La Pass.
  • Beautiful views of the snowy peaks, such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, and many other surrounding peaks.
  • Cross several suspension bridges along the trail.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple.
  • Explore the beautiful Jomsom.

Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and Besisahar to Syange

Kathmandu Elevation:(1,300 m/4,264 ft)

Besisahar Elevation:(823 m /2699 ft)

Syange Elevation :(1080 m/ 3543 ft)

Drive Duration: 7 to 8 hours

On the first day of the journey, we will receive you from the hotel, and you will enjoy an adventurous and scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The drive is engaging and scenic as it presents the most beautiful views of green hills, serene rivers, and vibrant highway settlements. The diverse landscapes and different kinds of houses along the way will make your tour even more interesting. After you arrive in Besisahar, you will again take another ride to Syange, and you will get immersed in the stunning views of the hills and rivers again with the amazing backdrop of pristine snow-capped peaks. After you arrive in Syange, you will head towards your teahouse and have a warm meal prepared by the hosts. Staying overnight in Syange will provide you much needed rest.

Day 02: Trek to Dharapani from Syange

Syange Elevation :(1080 m/ 3543 ft)

Dharapani Elevation: (1900 m /6233.5 ft)

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

On the second day, you will start the trek in the early morning after a wholesome breakfast in your teahouse. The trail passes through beautiful villages and terrace fields. Witnessing the cascading waterfall along the trail is truly refreshing. The sounds of the waterfall falling freely add a healing element to the journey. After walking through a section of wavy and gentle paths and crossing a beautiful bridge, you will reach Dharapani, where you will also stay overnight on the second day of this adventure.

Day 03: Trek to Chame from Dharapani

Dharapani Elevation:(1900 m /6233.5 ft)

Chame Elevation:(2650 m /8694 ft)

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

The destination for the 3rd day is Chame. You will start the trek in the early morning after breakfast at your teahouse in Dharapani. Trekking through the lush green forests, the peacefulness of nature can be felt, which makes the journey rejuvenating. The beautiful views of Annapurna II and Lamjung can be seen along the trail. You will then pass through the charming Rato Manang and Koto Village, and after trekking for half an hour, you will finally arrive in Chame. You will stay overnight at one of the best teahouses in Chame.

Day 04:Trek to Upper Pisang from Chame

Chame Elevation:(2650 m /8694 ft)

Upper Pisang Elevation: (3300/ 10,826.77 ft)

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

On the fourth day of the journey, you will head towards Upper Pisang from Chame. The trail follows through the scenic river and also crosses many bridges throughout the trail. The beautiful views of trees, hills, and small settlements are seen along the way. The clear views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II make the journey even more charming. As you continue the trek, you will see many traditional stone houses and teahouses. You will then climb up to Upper Pisang, with mesmerizing views of the Valley. When you arrive in Upper Pisang, you can see the beautiful monastery. Your overnight stay on the 4th day of your journey will be at a teahouse in Upper Pisang.

Day 05: Trek to Manang from Upper Pisang

Upper Pisang Elevation: (3300/ 10826.77 ft)

Manang Elevation: (3540 m/ 11,611 ft)

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

On this day, you will trek to Manang from Upper Pisang. The trek will start in the morning after breakfast. This day will be one of the most memorable as you will be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the rivers and cross the thrilling suspension bridge.

You will see many traditional houses and finally arrive at Gyaru. The most beautiful view of snowy peaks can be seen from Gyaru. You will then continue the trek, ascending and descending gradually, witnessing the stunning views of the valley. The trail then passes through charming villages like Ngawal and Mungji, and you will finally arrive in Manang. You will stay overnight in Manang and also spend the next day here to acclimatize.

Day 06: Acclimatization day in Manang village

On the sixth day of the journey, you will spend an acclimatization day in Manang. You can explore the beautiful scenic places on this day. You can hike to Gangapurna Lake and get a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. You will also get a chance to explore many villages along the way which will provide you insights about the way of life of people living in the mountain villages. You can take your time to stroll around and capture the beautiful aesthetic pictures of the surroundings. After a day of full sightseeing and cultural exploration, you will head back towards your teahouse and take a much-needed rest.

Day 07:Trek to Tilicho Base Camp from Manang

Manang Elevation: (3540 m/ 11,611 ft)

Tilicho Base Camp Elevation : (4140 m/ 13,579 ft)

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

On this day, you will trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp. The trek will start in the morning after breakfast. Soon afterwards, you will gradually climb up to Khangsar village from where beautiful views of the snowy peaks can be seen. You will also see beautiful settlements and also the way of life of people.

The trail becomes steep and you will walk through the rugged terrain and witness a beautiful bridge and also a serene waterfall. Advancing further, you will trek gradually through the ridge and witness many unique land formations. In a single frame, you can witness the tiny waterfalls falling freely from three different parts of the cliff, which is fascinating. The small streams are also seen along the trail. After walking through the narrow path you will finally arrive in Tilicho Base Camp. Upon arriving at the base camp, you will see some tea houses/ guest houses. You will stay in one of the best teahouses in Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 08: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake and Trek to Shree Kharka.

Tilicho Base Camp Elevation: (4140 m/ 13,579 ft)

Tilicho Lake Elevation: (4920 m / 12,874 ft )

Shree Kharka Elevation: (3,924 m / 13,251 ft)

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Day 8 of your journey is exciting as well as challenging as you will trek to Tilicho Lake. The trail is steep and passes through rocky terrain. You should trek gradually through the steep slopes, being careful about every step. Most of the section of the trail is rugged, but the clear views of the snow-capped peaks and the rewards that are on your way will keep you motivated.

As you arrive in Tilicho, your eyes will be blessed with spectacular views of the pristine lake, which is surrounded by alluring snow-capped peaks. You can take your time to soak in the beauty of nature and capture beautiful pictures of the awe-inspiring landscapes of Tilicho Lake.

After exploring Tilicho Lake, you will trek to Shree Kharka through the rugged terrains with amazing views of the snowy peaks. You should trek slowly as You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Shree Kharka.

Day 09:Trek from Shree Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Shree Kharka Elevation: (3,924 m / 13,251 ft)

Thorong Phedi Elevation: (4,525m / 14,525ft)

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

On the ninth day of the journey, you will trek from Shree Kharka Thorong Phedi. The special attraction of this day is the ethereal views that you get to see along the way. Most of the section of the trail is rugged, but the views are amazing, which will keep you engaged throughout the journey. You will traverse through the edge of the mountain and then cross the beautiful bridge and finally arrive in Thorong Phedi. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Thorong Phedi.

Day 10:Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Temple via Thorong La Pass And drive from Muktinath to Jomsom via Jharkot

Thorong Phedi Elevation:(4,525m / 14,525 ft)

Thorong La Pass Elevation: (5,416 m/17,756 ft)

Muktinath Elevation: (3800 m /12,464 ft)

Jomsom Elevation: (2740 m /8989 ft)

Trek Duration: 7 to 9 hours

Drive Duration: 1. 5 to 2 hours

Day 10 is going to be an adventurous one as you will cross the challenging Thorong La Pass. You will take a gradual ascent through the wavy terrain and continue walking through the narrow path. Trekking through the glacial pond, you will finally make it to the top of Thorong Phedi, from where the enchanting views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges can be seen. The destination of this day is Muktinath, so you will descend through the wavy path initially, which will change soon to a flat gravel path as you progress. You will notice a welcome sign as you approach towards Muktinath.

As you reach Muktinath, you will see many pilgrims climbing the stairs to visit Muktinath Temple. Similarly, there are many hotels and lodges and a local market in Muktinath. You can find many local goods in these vibrant local markets. The beautiful views of the Himalayas will be a treat for your eyes. After exploring the Muktinath and the surrounding area, you will enjoy the exciting drive to Jomsom via Jharkot. The beautiful vistas of the Annapurna Region can be seen along the way. Passing through the diverse terrains and witnessing the beautiful views of hills and mountains, you will finally arrive in Jomsom, where you will stay overnight.

Day 11: Drive or Take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Jomsom Elevation: (2740 m /8989 ft)

Pokhara Elevation: (820 m/ 2,690 ft )

Flight Duration: 15 minutes

Drive Duration: 6 to 7 hours

On the 11th day of your journey, you will take either a scenic flight or drive from Jomsom to Pokhara. If you take a flight, you will land in Pokhara in about 15 minutes. The beautiful views of the hills and traditional settlements can be seen during this invigorating flight initially, and gradually, the snow-capped peaks of mountains become visible, which is truly fascinating. If you decide to drive to Pokhara, then it takes 6 to 7 hours. The drive from Jomsom to Pokhara is adventurous and scenic. The beautiful views of the hills, traditional settlements, and occasional glimpses of the snow-capped mountains are seen along the way, making your journey engaging.

After you arrive in Pokhara, you can head towards your hotel and get refreshed. If you want to explore the beautiful streets of Pokhara, you can stroll around. The city is vibrant and beautiful at night. There are many restaurants, cafes, and stores around the lakeside. You can explore the area at your own pace. You will stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12: Drive From Pokhara to Kathmandu

Pokhara Elevation: (820 m/ 2,690 ft )

Kathmandu Elevation: (1,350 m/4,450 ft)

Drive Duration: 6 to 7 hours

The 12th day is the last day of your journey. You also have an option to explore the beautiful Lake Side area of Pokhara in the morning. The beautiful Phewa Lake, which is surrounded by hills and mountains, looks ethereal in the morning. After strolling around the lake side area, you will check out from the hotel and enjoy the comfortable drive in a tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive will captivate you as you will witness the beautiful views of lush hills, green trees, and highway settlements. There will be many stopover points for refreshments. The beautiful views of the flowing rivers will add charm to the journey. Passing through beautiful places like Tanahun, Damauli, and Naubise, you will finally arrive in Kathmandu. We will then drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu, which marks the completion of this enchanting 12-day journey.

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Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Nepal experiences four seasons: Summer/ Monsoon, Spring, Autumn, and Winter. However, for trekking, Spring and Autumn are considered ideal times. During the autumn season (September, October, and November), the skies are clear, and the weather is moderate, which creates a favorable walking environment, rewarding you with a pleasant experience. There is minimal chance of rainfall, and the paths are dry which makes traversing relatively easier. The air is crisp, and the atmosphere is delightful. The clear views of the snowy peaks and pristine landscapes of the Annapurna Region are seen during the trek, which makes this season the perfect time to embark on the journey.

Similarly, another season that is considered the best time to embark on the trek is the Spring season (March, April, and May). During the spring season, the weather is mild, and the forests are filled with vibrant blooming rhododendrons, which makes the journey enchanting. The favorable weather conditions, lush greenery, and beautiful views of the snow-covered make the spring season stand out as one of the most preferred times for trekking.

During the summer/monsoon season (June, July, and August) the trek can be challenging because the trails can get muddy and slippery because of the rains. So, you need to be extra cautious and take care of your every step. The presence of bugs and leeches, especially in the densely forested area, also adds to the challenge. However, there are also rewards of trekking in the summer/ monsoon season, especially the unique sceneries that can be seen along the trail. The beautiful scenery of unique cloud formations and mountains covered with mist can be seen.

On clear days, mesmerizing views of lush hills and snow-clad peaks add charm to the surroundings. As it is off-season and there aren’t many people on the trails compared to the peak season, it allows you to walk in a tranquil atmosphere, offering you a chance to connect deeply with nature. The trek is manageable with proper preparation and readiness to face the challenges.

During the winter season (December, January, and February), there are fewer trekkers on the trail, so you can trek in a serene environment. The mountains are covered with a dense layer of snow, which is phenomenal to witness. However, the snowfall, especially at higher altitudes, can make traversing challenging. You need to dress in layers and pack more warm clothes and also be able to handle the cold as the region is the coldest in the winter season.

Every season has its own charm, and when you select the ideal times then you can get to enjoy the maximum perks. So, the months of Autumn and Spring are highly recommended.

What Makes Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Special?

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Manang

Getting a chance to visit the beautiful Manang is one of the major highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. During this incredible adventure, you will spend an acclimatization day in Manang where you get to explore the beautiful nearby places. The sight of stunning villages that are surrounded by mountains looks beautiful and you can get an insight into the local lifestyle of the people living in the Himalayas.

Tilicho Lake

Tilicho is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4920 meters. The beauty of this turquoise-blue water lake is inexplicable in words. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains that are absolutely breathtaking. The serene atmosphere around the lake and mesmerizing views of the surroundings elevate your sightseeing experience. The trek is special because of the mesmerizing scenery of Tilicho Lake and the unique landscapes that you witness along the way.

Thorong La Pass

You will cross the challenging Thorong La Pass during the Annapurna Circuit Trek to reach Muktinath temple, and it is one of the most adventurous parts of the journey. From the Thorong La pass the enchanting views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges can be seen. A good level of preparation and caution is needed to cross this pass safely, and crossing the pass is one of the most memorable part of the journey as it is daunting as well as rewarding.

Meals and Accommodation

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking destinations. There are many teahouses along the trail that offer a variety of dishes. The most common dish that is a favorite of lots of trekkers, as well as locals, is Dal Bhat. (Rice, Lentil Soup, Vegetables, and Pickle). Similarly, many other food items, such as Noodles, Soup, Roti, Thukpa, Toast, Tibetan Bread, Fried Rice, Spaghetti, Potato Fry, etc.

You will stay in teahouses/ lodges during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The teahouses provide a simple bedroom with warm blankets and pillows. The teahouses also offer hot shower facilities at an extra cost. The facilities can be basic, especially in the higher zones, but you will have a comfortable and enjoyable stay as the owners are very hospitable and they make the best arrangements as much as they can.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is very important when venturing for high-altitude treks. There are various types of risks that come along It is important to select insurance that provides coverage against the risk, like medical expenses because of any accidents or illness during the journey, lost or stolen baggage, trip interruption because of any natural calamities, trip delays, or cancellation. Similarly, there may arise a situation of urgency that requires evacuation by helicopter, so it is highly recommended to select a plan that provides coverage against such risk.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is one of the main concerns when you are embarking on high-altitude treks. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, you will be traversing the different high-altitude places and even cross the challenging Thorong La Pass. So, you must be aware of how your body is reacting in different altitudes and be well informed about the symptoms. The symptoms of Altitude Sickness are:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Having difficulties sleeping
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Fatigue

Some measures that you can follow to minimize the risk of altitude sickness are:

  • Maintain proper hydration and nutrition.
  • Incorporate acclimatization days during the trek to get accustomed to the changing environment
  • Trek gradually.
  • Do not over-exhaust yourself.
  • Carry medications that help to prevent the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Packing List

Clothes and Footwear:

  • Down Jackets
  • Rain Jackets
  • Waterproof Jackets
  • Warm Thermals
  • Trekking Pants
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking Sandals
  • A pair of Slippers
  • Warm Gloves
  • Sun Hats
  • Warm Caps

Hydration and Refreshment

  • High Energy Snacks and Bar
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Water Purification Tablets

Trekking Gears and Equipment

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • Flash Lights
  • Head Lamps

Other Essential Items

  • First Aid Kit
  • Small Mirror
  • Tissues and Wet Wipes
  • Medicines (Paracetamol and Painkillers)
  • Map
  • Towel
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Portable Charger

Permits

There are two permits essential for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. Permits are important for keeping the record of trekkers and ensuring their safety. The revenue collected through the permit is used for the conservation of natural resources of the region and also for the development of infrastructure. The required permits are:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
  • Trekkers Information Management Permit (TIMS Card)

How to Prepare for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be in the varied wavy terrains of the Annapurna Region, covering long distances by foot. The trek is considered moderately challenging. So, you need to be physically fit and have enough strength to navigate the steep paths. Ascending and Descending through the rugged sections requires a lot of energy, so training yourself by incorporating physical exercises (Strength and Cardiovascular) into your routine some weeks before embarking on the journey is highly recommended. The exercises help in mobility, maintaining balance, and also developing the stamina that is very crucial for trekking. Some forms of strength exercises that you can include in your routine are:

  • Strength Training Exercises: Push Ups, Pull-Ups, Deadlift, Plank, Squats, Lunge etc.
  • Cardiovascular Exercises: Jogging, Running, Summing, Jumping Ropes, Stair Climbing etc.
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Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  • Maintain Proper Hydration and Nutrition.
  • Be familiar with the routes.
  • Pack all essentials.
  • Be well informed about acclimatization and know how your body is reacting to the altitude changes.
  • Be Flexible with your itinerary.
  • Make sure to have Travel Insurance
  • If you feel any discomfort during any moment, inform the guide immediately.

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