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Annapurna Circuit And Tilicho Lake Trek: Unveiling Himalayan Gems in 2 weeks

(45 Reviews)
  • 14 Days
  • Max People : 18
  • Wifi Available
  • 365 Days Departure
  • Age : Its just a Number
  • Pickup: Airpot

Annapurna Circuit And Tilicho Lake Trek Details

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is one of the most iconic and diverse trekking routes in the world, offering adventurers an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Incorporating a detour to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake of its size in the world, this variation of the classic circuit trek adds an extra layer of adventure and scenic beauty to an already spectacular route.

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is one of the most renowned trekking routes in Nepal and is often considered one of the best long-distance hikes in the world but now no more, as motor roads built over the trekking trail and trekking days are getting shorter. Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek offers a diverse range of landscapes, cultures, and natural beauty, taking you through lush subtropical forests, alpine meadows and high mountain passes. Ascending to elevations of 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped Mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu, 8000 meters peaks.  

The Tilicho Lake Variation of the Annapurna Circuit Trek adds an extra dimension to the journey by taking trekkers on a detour to Tilicho Lake, a stunning turquoise gem nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Annapurna range. This detour typically starts from Manang, one of the largest villages in the region, and follows a challenging but rewarding route that offers breathtaking views and a chance to experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas up close.

The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek adventure begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu, where trekkers gather to prepare for their journey into the heart of the Himalayas. After a scenic drive to the starting point of the trek, typically in the town of Besisahar or Chame, the trekking odyssey officially commences. Following ancient footpaths and traversing remote mountain villages, trekkers gradually ascend into the pristine wilderness of the Annapurna region. The trail leads through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming hamlets inhabited by diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Manangis, and Thakalis, each with their own unique cultures and traditions.

As the trek progresses, the landscape evolves, revealing dramatic changes in terrain and elevation. One of the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is the detour to Tilicho Lake itself, a sacred body of water nestled amidst towering peaks at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The journey continues takes trekkers off the beaten path, ascending steep trails and crossing high mountain passes, including the challenging Thorang la Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Despite the arduous ascent, the reward is unparalleled as trekkers are greeted by the breathtaking sight of the surrounding snow-capped peaks in all their glory.

Whether it’s routing steep ascents, crossing suspension bridges over roaring rivers, or relishing the warmth of tea house hospitality, the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek promises an unforgettable adventure, engaging trekkers in the raw beauty and cultural richness of the Himalayas.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu 

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Twin sharing accommodation throughout
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • All Transportation, Trekking Permits, sleeping Bag, duffle bag
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking and climbing with a cup of tea or coffee

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
Itinerary
This itinerary provides a comprehensive overview of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek, including travel from Kathmandu to Besisahar, the trekking route, and the drive from Muktinath to Pokhara. Make sure to check weather conditions and permits required before embarking on the journey, and consider hiring a local guide for a safer and more enriching experience.

Day 1Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350m)

Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you’ll be greeted by our team and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day resting and preparing for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Kathmandu to Besisahar by Drive (760m)

Start your journey early in the morning from Kathmandu and head towards Besisahar, the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. The drive takes approximately 6-7 hours covering a distance of around 175 kilometers. Besisahar sits at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level.

Day 3Besisahar to Chame by Drive (2670m)

The drive from Besishahr to Chame is a thrilling journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Covering approximately 65 kilometers, this route takes you from the subtropical climate of Besishahr (760 meters / 2,493 feet) to the cooler, alpine environment of Chame (2,670 meters / 8,760 feet). The road, which can be rugged and narrow at times, winds through lush green valleys, terraced fields, and traditional villages, offering glimpses of local life and stunning views of the surrounding peaks. The drive usually takes around 5-6 hours, depending on road conditions and weather, and is often undertaken in a 4×4 vehicle due to the challenging terrain.

Day 4Chame to Pisang (3200m)

The trek from Chame to Pisang is a captivating segment of the Annapurna Circuit, offering trekkers a blend of natural beauty and cultural encounters. Starting from Chame (2,670 meters / 8,760 feet), the trail follows the Marsyangdi River, winding through dense pine forests and alongside towering cliffs. As you ascend, you’ll pass through picturesque villages and cross several suspension bridges, with the majestic Annapurna and Lamjung peaks providing a stunning backdrop. The trek typically takes around 5-6 hours, depending on your pace and the specific route taken, culminating in the village of Pisang (3,200 meters / 10,499 feet). Pisang is split into Lower and Upper Pisang, with Upper Pisang offering more traditional architecture and a serene monastery, along with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 5Pisang to Manang (3540m)

Starting from Pisang (3,200 meters / 10,498 feet), the trail ascends through a landscape of pine forests, alpine meadows, and traditional villages, with the majestic Annapurna range as a constant backdrop. Opting for the upper route offers panoramic views of Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna, as well as a visit to the picturesque village of Ghyaru. The lower route, while less strenuous, still provides stunning scenery along the Marsyangdi River. As you approach Manang (3,540 meters / 11,614 feet), the environment becomes more arid, resembling a high-altitude desert, and you are welcomed by the charming, bustling town of Manang, where trekkers acclimatize and prepare for the challenging ascent to Thorong La Pass. The trek usually takes 6-8 hours, covering a distance of approximately 15-20 kilometers depending on whether you take the lower or upper route, and is both physically demanding and immensely rewarding, offering an unforgettable experience of Nepal’s diverse landscapes.

Day 6Acclimatization Day In Manang (3540m)

An acclimatization day in Manang (3,540 meters / 11,614 feet) is essential for preparing trekkers for the higher altitudes of the Annapurna Circuit. Manang offers various activities to keep you engaged while acclimatizing. A popular hike is to the Gangapurna Lake or the viewpoint above it, which provides breathtaking views of Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Alternatively, you can visit the ancient Braga Monastery or explore the local culture in the village. Rest, hydrate well, and enjoy the serene beauty of the surrounding Himalayas to ensure you’re ready for the higher altitudes to come.

Day 7Manang To Shreekharka (3900m)

A journey from Manang to Shrikharka, traversing through the rugged landscapes and serene villages of the Annapurna region.  Enjoy the tranquility of the high-altitude terrain as you ascend gradually towards Shrikharka via Khangsar Village, where you’ll be greeted by panoramic vistas and a warm welcome from the hospitable locals. Spend the night in Shrikharka, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. The distance covered is approximately 10 kilometers, and it takes about 5-6 hours.

Day 8Shrikharka to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and overnight at Tilicho base camp (4200m)

An awe-inspiring trek from Shreikharka to Tilicho Base Camp, followed by an excursion to the mesmerizing Tilicho Lake, nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region. Departing from Shreikharka, a quaint village surrounded by panoramic mountain vistas, the trek leads you through rugged terrain and pristine alpine landscapes. Ascend steadily towards Tilicho Base Camp, encountering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. As you approach the base camp, the anticipation of reaching the legendary Tilicho Lake grows stronger. After the Lunch set out on an unforgettable journey to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake of its size in the world, located at an altitude of 4,919 meters. Trekking along rocky trails and crossing high mountain passes, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of Tilicho Lake reflecting the towering peaks that surround it. Take a moment to soak in the serenity and grandeur of this natural wonder, before retracing your steps back to Tilicho Base Camp. The distance covered is approximately 15 kilometer, and it takes about 7 hours.

Day 9Tilicho Base Camp to Yakharka (4200)

From Tilicho Base Camp, the trek to Yak Kharka takes you through diverse terrain and stunning mountain scenery. Departing from the base camp, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glacial valleys. Trekking through rocky trails and alpine meadows, you’ll gradually descend to lower elevations. Along the way, encounter yak herders and their grazing pastures, adding to the picturesque charm of the landscape. As you continue your journey, the terrain transitions, with lush vegetation and cascading streams becoming more prominent. Arriving at Yak Kharka, a high-altitude grazing pasture, you’ll be greeted by rustic stone huts and panoramic views of the Annapurna range. Spend the night at Yak Kharka, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness, before continuing your trek towards your next destination. The distance covered is approximately 14 kilometers, and it takes about 6-7 hours.

Day 10Yak Kharka To Thorong High Camp (4600M)

Trekking from Yak Kharka to High Camp offers a thrilling ascent through rugged terrain and breathtaking mountain vistas. Departing from Yak Kharka, set out on the trail that gradually ascends towards High Camp, the next stop on your journey. The path winds its way through rocky slopes and alpine meadows, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. As you gain altitude, the air becomes thinner, and the landscape transforms, with sparse vegetation giving way to barren terrain. Along the way, you may encounter fellow trekkers and local shepherds, adding to the sense of friendship and adventure. Arriving at High Camp, located at a higher elevation, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Annapurna range and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Spend the night at High Camp, preparing for the final push towards your ultimate destination Thorangla 5416m, as you embark on the next phase of your trekking adventure in the Himalayas. The distance covered is approximately 7 kilometers, and it takes about 5-6 hours.

Day 11Thorong High camp To Muktinath (3800M) Via Thorong La Pass (5416M)

 This is the most challenging day of the trek as you cross the Thorong La Pass, standing at an altitude of 5,416 meters. Start early in the morning to avoid the strong winds that usually pick up later in the day. After crossing the pass, descend to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The total distance covered today is around 15 kilometers, and it can take anywhere from 8 to 10 hours to reach Muktinath, situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters.

Day 12 Muktinath To Pokhara (Drive)

After exploring Muktinath, you’ll drive back to Pokhara. The drive takes around 7-8 hours, covering a distance of approximately 160 kilometers. Enjoy the scenic views along the way as you descend from the high mountains to the picturesque city of Pokhara. Pokhara is located at an altitude of around 820 meters.

Day 13Pokhara To Kathmandu

 Traveling from Pokhara to Kathmandu, everyone has the option of either taking a scenic but long bumpy drive or a short flight, both offering unique perspectives of Nepal’s diverse landscapes.

Day 14Departure Or Extent Your Stay

 Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, taking with you memories of the stunning landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality of Nepal.

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Annapurna circuit and Tilicho lake trek

What to Expect

The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is a classic trek in the Himalayas of Nepal, renowned for its diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and cultural experiences. Trekking through lush forests, terraced fields, charming villages, and high alpine meadows, you’ll encounter dramatic scenery and towering peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

  • Diverse Landscapes: Prepare to negotiate a wide variety of terrains, from lush subtropical forests and terraced fields to barren high-altitude deserts. The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek encompasses everything from fertile valleys to barren landscapes, providing an ever-changing backdrop of stunning scenery.
  • Cultural Experiences: Along the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek, you'll encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, each with their own unique traditions and lifestyles. Explore traditional villages, visit ancient monasteries, and engage with locals to gain insight into their rich cultural heritage.
  • Challenging Terrain: The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is renowned for its physical challenges, including steep ascents, rocky paths, and high mountain passes. The highlight is crossing Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of over 5,416 meters. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential to tackle the demanding terrain and altitude issue.
  • Food & Accommodation: En route of Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek, basic Accommodation and food varieties is available throughout the trek, these cozy Teahouse offer an opportunity to interact with fellow trekkers on every overnight places.
  • Variable Weather: Weather conditions along the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from hot and humid in the lower regions to cold and windy at higher altitudes. Be prepared for changes in weather, including rain, snow, and strong winds, especially during the shoulder seasons.
  • Sense of Achievement: Completing the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is a rewarding accomplishment that leaves trekkers with lasting memories and a deep sense of achievement. Whether you're drawn to the challenge of conquering high mountain passes or the allure of exploring remote Himalayan villages, the Annapurna Circuit promises an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty and cultural discovery.
  • Best Time to Trek: The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent mountain views.
  • Scenic Highlights: Some of the scenic highlights of the Annapurna circuit and tilicho lake trek include the views of Annapurna Massif, crossing the Thorong La Pass, exploring the ancient village of Manang, and visiting the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath.
  • Scenic Highlights: Some of the scenic highlights of the Annapurna circuit and tilicho lake trek includes the views of Annapurna Massif, Tilicho lake, crossing the Thorong La Pass, exploring the ancient village of Manang, and visiting the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath.
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FAQ

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitudes. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

The best time for the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake trek is more commercial now food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake without a guide or porter?

While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a guide or porter for added support, safety, and convenience. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek?

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,000 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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Faizal B

Group Traveller

My first trek in Nepal Annapurna circuit

My first trek in Nepal, Annapurna circuit Tilicho Lake Thorang la pass with my friend organige by Sali trek. Sali and his team were perfect, helpful, well taken care, thanks to suresh and Milano . And trek was aweaome, clear weather sunny days and stunning mountain views highly recomended to all to do annapurna trek and go with sali and his team 10stars.

May 27, 2023

rizal s

Group Traveller

Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake
This is my second trip with Sali and his team . I did Mardi himal first trek and this time Annapurna circuit, everything well managed and guide and porter were so helpfull. We completed the trip without any issues. Thanks sali suresh and Milano. See you guys again for another trip. Namaste

May 26, 2023

Tharun

Solo Traveller

Annapurna Circuit Via Tilicho Trek

Had a really pleasant experience trekking up to Thorong La Pass, with Ishwor as our guide. He is really knowledgable about the area and shared many interesting stories with us. More than a guide, we felt like we left having made a really good friend. Special thanks to our porters, Ram, Saurabh and Duwadi for helping us with the bags. I would definitely look for this team when I return to Nepal for any future treks.

December 21, 2022

Zie

Group Traveller

30 people 1 destination with Team Sali Trekking

I, my husband, and the other 28 in the group just completed the Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho trek and went back to Malaysia. As it was my first trek to Nepal, I find it a bit tough due to all these stone stairs & cold weather, but trekking was beautiful through the local villages, forest, and walking over the tree lines. It was magical, surrounded by the Himalayas, and I don’t have words to describe. Mr Sali was leading the trip and took care of all the group members throughout the trip. Thanks to all guides and porters for great hospitality. Naturally, Nepal once is not enough. We will come back again Sali and team. Namaste!

December 20, 2022

syed s

Group Traveller

Annapurna Circuit Via Tilicho Lake-The Dream Comes True

The best experience was Trekking from Kathmandu to Thorong La Pass. Of course not forgetting photos at Signboard with beautiful background view of all mountains of Annapurna..South,I,II and III and Tilicho lake. 👍👍🌹

December 20, 2022
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