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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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 in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1100m via Beshishar (823m) (7 - 8 hrs) journey.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) Approx (5 - 6 hrs)

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2720m) (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: Manang to Yak Kharka (4130m) (4 - 5 hrs)

Day 10: Trek to Thorung High Camp (4925m) Approx (5-6 hrs)

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3800m.via Thorang-la (5415m) (7 - 8 hrs)

Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2670m) (4-5 hrs)

Day 13: Trek to Lete (2480m) (5-6hrs)

Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1100m) (5-6 hrs)

Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) (6 - 7hrs)

Day 16: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1520m) (4- 5 hrs)

Day 17: Trek to Nayapul 11070m and drive to Pokhara 820m approx (5-6 hrs including drive ) (2 hrs) drive.

Day 18: Free and leisure day in Pokhara

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

We welcome you to Nepal today. The Great Adventure Treks will send its representatives to greet you in the airport. You can see the representatives with the display board which writes “The Great Adventure Treks”. Once you meet them, you will head out to your hotel. There, you can freshen up and relax. You can also have chat about the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho lake with them.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Kathmandu is one of the best places in Nepal for a sightseeing tour. This is because Kathmandu has many religious temples lie at different parts of the capital city of Nepal. There are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites here. These include Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Inside some of these religious sites, you will also get to the museums which are reflections of the past of Nepal.

Day 03: Drive to Syange (1100m) via Beshishar (823m) (6 – 7 hrs) journey

Today morning, you should prepare for a rather long bus drive as you head towards Syange (1100 meters). The drive initially leaves Kathmandu as you head towards Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will drive north. After 6-7 hours of the bus ride, you will reach Syange. You will also encounter the village called Besisahar as you divert towards Syange from Pokhara. Syange is a nice place to spend your night.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) (6- 7 hrs)

You will get to see gorges, beautiful hills, terraced fields, waterfalls, and mountains as you head out to Dharapani. After trekking past the first half an hour of a strong ascent, you will reach Chamje village. Next, you will get to Tal, which lies at the fringes of Marsyangdi river. As you leave Tal. the trek gets easier as there is a gentle path to a large bridge. After trekking for 6-7 hours from Syange, you will reach Dharapani(1860 meters). The latter half of of the trek is quite pleasant.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2720m) (5 – 6 hrs)

After having breakfast, you will start your trek to Chame. Bagarchhap is the first settlement along the trekking trail today. As you leave this Tibetan village, you will reach Dhanaqi. You will also trek past forests along the way. Wonderful landscape views will keep a smile on your face. Ratamanang and Koto are other settlements that you will get to as you walk past the forests along the way. After a trek of 5-6 hours, you will reach Chame(2720 meters).

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3200m) (5-6 hrs)

Pisang (3200 meters), which is the final destination after today’s trek, is 5-6 hours away from Chame. The first settlement after trekking past Pisang is Bratang. Along the way, you will also be getting past streams and forests of the ACAP region.

The other maker you will reach as you walk past Bratang is a bridge that helps you cross the current of stream down below. As you cross the bridge and gain a bit of altitude, you will get to a knoll which lies atop the Pisang village. Pisang peak and Chulu peak are visible from this vantage point. As you trek down as you lose quite a bit of altitude, you will reach Pisang.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m) Approx (4 – 5 hrs)

Manag, which lies at an altitude of 3450 meters, is 4-5 hours of trekking away from Pisang. As wonderful peaks are in the backdrop of the trail from Pisang, you will find the trail to Manang quite a pleasant one. You will trek and reach a knoll at the end of the first half an hour of trek. You will get to see Hongdre village, its airport, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, Chuli, and Pisang peak from this beautiful hill.

As you trek to Hongdre from this hill, you will lose a small bit of altitude. From there, you will get to Braga and Manang- two splendid villages that are wonderful places to stay. Braga Monastery is the most famous place in the village of Braga. After trekking for an hour from Braga, you will reach Manang. This village is also your overnight stay.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang.

As Manang lies at an altitude of more than 3000 meters, you will spend this day getting used to the low air pressure today. 500 flat-roofed homes makes the Manang district quite a quaint place to live in. You will also get to see many mountains and snow-capped peaks like Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 meters], Gangapurna [7,454 meters], Tilicho [7,132 meters], Chulu West [6,583 meters] and Chulu East [6,059 meters].

Day 09: Trek to Khangsar (3735m) (4 – 5 hrs)

From Manang, you will walk along the main trail of Annapurna circuit for a while. As you trek further, you will reach the last village of Manang. From there, you will leave the main trail towards Tilicho. Walking along the south-west route for four hours will take you to Khangsar (3735 meters) in 4-5 hours’ time. You will stay here overnight. Khangsar is the last village before Thinegaon and Jomsom.

Day 10: Trek to Tilicho base camp (4140m) (3 – 4 hrs)

As you begin your trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, you will come across wide grassy fields initially. After that, you will make a slight ascent to a small hill. You can witness the glorious views of the entire Manang valley from this hill. After trudging down a steep inclination from this hill, you will get to Tilicho Base Camp (4140 meters). Camping is the only option as there are not many lodges in the Tilicho Base Camp Area. Today’s trek from Khangsar to is merely 3-4 hours long.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho lake (4920m) (3 – 4 hrs) and Yak Kharka (4040m) (7- 8 hours)

Today’s initial ascent will be tough. After the initial hike, the trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain before reaching Tilicho Lake (4920 meters). The spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks will always be by your side. You can admire the beauty of the turquoise blue waters of Tilicho Lake and its splendid setting.

Depending upon the season, you can catch see in its bluish form with the reflection upon the mountains on it. Or you may see it in a frozen form. After spending some time here, you will head out to Yak Kharka (4040 meters). The trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley. You can notice an abrupt change in surroundings you leave behind the trees and alpine vegetation greets you.

The trail continues through the ruins of the old Khangsar village before you cross a log bridge over a river that lies between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. After trekking a total of 7-8 hours today, you will reach Yak Kharka. The Himalayan village of Yak Kharka has its name so because you can see a lot of yaks grazing and standing around. From here we also get breathtaking views of Annapurna III.

Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) (3-4 hours)

The trail from Yak Kharka leads to a slow climb up to reach the last settlement of Ledar. The trail then winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilache and the close-up view of Chuli peaks. Then you will ascend as you trek along the barren windswept terrain before reaching Thorong Phedi.

The trail from Thorung Phedi(4450 meters) then depends upon your fitness. If you are willing to and the time permits, you will continue along a zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp. There are a few tea houses and lodges here. If you can make it to Upper Phedi or High Camp, it makes the walk easier start for the next day. It also shortens the number of trekking hours as you head towards the pass.

The trail from Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4925 meters) is about 5-6 hours long.

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m) (7 – 8 hours)

You will be starting your trek early after breakfast so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts to blow. The trek can be quite strenuous in the beginning as you trek along a steep zig-zag path for an hour. After reaching the first ridge, the hike continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till yu reach a small glacial pond. Around it is a small teahouse. From here, another hour and a half trek leads to the top of the pass.

Finally, you will reach an altitude of 5,416 meters at Thorong-La. You can catch the best views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains from Thorong La. Despite the rough, steep descent from Thorong la, you can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. The descent will lead you to the sacred village of Muktinath (3800 meters). This will be the longest day in terms of trekking. You will trek 7-8 hours this day.

After reaching the bottom, there are about two or three teahouses for refreshment. After a break here, you will continue for another hour before reaching Muktinath, which is the holiest of all holy places. During Hindu & Buddhist festivals, this place is full and busy with pilgrims from all over Nepal and India.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m) (4-5 hours)

Muktinath temple is the ultimate destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The temple is home to waterspouts where fresh water pours out channeled from the streams above the temple. After spending time at Muktinath temple, you will embark upon the trek to Jomsom. As you trek, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

We move ahead among meadows, cross streams and hills over to Kagbeni. You will have your lunch here. Kagbeni is a village that has many memorial stupas and a small monastery. After a lunch break at Kagbeni, you will trek to Jomsom(2720 meters). The trail to Jomsom from Kagbeni cuts through windy areas on the Kali Gandaki Valley. The trekking trail from Muktinath to Jomsom is 4-5 hours long.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) (15 min)

Today, you will head out to Jomsom.The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom is simply 15 minutes long. But in this short flight, you can see the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You will also fly directly over the deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki. Jomsom is quite a windy place. So once you reach Pokhara, you will get cozy in the warmth of this place.

As the flight is short, you will have plenty of time to spend in Pokhara(820 meters). If the flight is an early morning one (this depends upon the weather), you can have an entire day of exploration in Pokhara valley. The most awesome adventures you can be a part of this day are paragliding, boating, and visiting the caves.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara (6-7 hrs)

A 6-7 hour drive today will take you to Kathmandu as the bus wiggles around the majestic hills that surround these valleys. Along the way, you will also see some streams and rivers. The sources of these rivers are the snow-capped mountains that are in plenty in this country. You will also spend time in some of the most popular markets around Kathmandu valley.

Day 17: Final departure

Today might be a sour day today as you will have to leave this picturesque country. You can reminisce back on the wonderful trekking to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake. After you have kept your travel documents and air-ticket, you will head out to Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representatives will take you there on a private transport. They will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to the flight.

  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star level hotel.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by car.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar by regular bus.
  • Besisahar to Syange by sharing jeep.
  • An Professional trekking guide with government license.
  • A porter who will carry your baggage (2 guest 1 porter: 25 kg max )
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House)
  • Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit ( ACAP )
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card.
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • First aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition
  • Emergency Rescue  Help ( covered by your travel insurance)
  • Nayapul to Pokhara by car.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Drop to airport.
  • Airport departure to your sweet home
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • All program as per Itinerary

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Kathmandu monuments fees
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Any other special accommodation.

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Trip Facts

  • Thorung High Camp 4, 925m
  • Moderate
  • Flight and Private Transports
  • Available
  • October - December and March - May
  • Lodges and Tea Houses

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