Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek by The Great Adventure Treks is a wonderful journey into the beauty and diversity of the Annapurna region. It takes you through the mountains of this region, the beautiful lake of Tilicho and the holy temple of Muktinath.
One of the biggest attractions of this trek is a visit to Tilicho Lake. Tilicho is often referred to as the highest lake for its size. The lake has an astounding altitude of 4920 meters set amidst some towering mountains like Khangsar, Muktinath peak, Nilgiri, and Tilicho.
The highest point along the trek is Thorong La pass. It lies at an altitude of 5416 meters. This is an amazing vantage point for viewing amazing mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
There are plenty of other places during this trek from where you can catch some stunning views of the mountains. These places include Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom. Other beautiful peaks you can see during this trek are Manaslu, Gangapurna, Pisang, and Chulu.
The splendid journey of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek itinerary takes you through rural farm villages, terraced farm fields and traditional villages from the subtropics, and along the arctic landscape.
The quaint villages along the way like Pisang, Chame, Yak Kharka amongst others give you a chance to appreciate the rich Buddhist culture of this region.
You will also get some taste of the Hindu culture as you trek to Muktinath Temple. Hindus consider Muktinath temple to be a source of the cosmic energy.
Much like the Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Tilicho Lake trek is in an anticlockwise direction. The anticlockwise trek facilitates slower altitude gain making the trek more restful and easier than it would otherwise have been.
All in all, Annapurna Tilicho Lake trek by The Great Adventure Treks makes you appreciate the Annapurna region in all its alluring beauty.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
- Sightseeing Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
- Enjoy the turquoise blue waters of Tilicho lake and the panoramic mountains there.
- Learn the Hindu and Buddhist culture in Muktinath Temple
- Go to picturesque valleys like Jomsom, Muktinath, Manang etc.
- Cross Thorong La pass, which is located at an altitude of 5416 meters.
- Visit Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the world’s deepest gorge
- Enjoy a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Best Time for Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
You can complete the Annapurna Tilicho Lake trek any time of the year. But most visitors tend to come to this trek in the seasons of Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May).
These two seasons have perfect trekking weather. Mild sunshine, low chances of rainfall, cleat views of mountains, and the chance to interact with many fellow travelers make this trek popular in autumn and spring.
You can also complete this trek in the winters (December, January, and February). This season is the best time to view the mountains. However, as the temperature in higher parts of the trek like Tilicho Lake and Thorong Phedi might be cold in the winters, proper gear is all the more necessary.
In a similar way, as long as you prepare for the occasional monsoon rain, you can also complete this trek in the summer season (June, July, and August).
Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty
Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake trek is quite strenuous. So you need to have proper preparation for about 3-4 months before embarking upon this trek.
You will trek for only 11 days during this trek. However, you will have to climb steeply during some days. The trek to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La pass is especially demanding.
You will also have to climb up hills on other days although they won’t be as demanding as the ones described above.
Trekking experience will come in really handy during this trek. We advise you to complete one of the easier or moderate hikes before coming to this trek so that it is easier for you to complete this trek.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Syange (1100m) via Beshishar 823m. 6 - 7 hrs journey.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) Approx 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2720m) Approx. 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3200m) Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang. (3540m) Approx. 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang.
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar (3735m) 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp( 4140m) 3 - 4 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4920m) 4 - 5 hrs and and Yak Kharka (4040m) 7- 8 hours
Day 12: Trek to Thorang Phedi: (4450m) 3-4 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m) 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 5-6 hours.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) 15 mins.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu: 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Final Departure
Kathmandu World Heritage Sites Tour - 1 Day
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour - 1 Day
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour - 1 Day
Day Tour In Pokhara - 1 Day