Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek - 16 Days

Tilicho-Lake-Trek

Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake is a beautiful combination of trekking in the Annapurna region. The Tilicho Lake is located at 5200m from the sea level, which is claimed to be the lake located at the highest altitude in the world. The circuit trek around the Annapurna with Tilicho Lake is one of the most popular treks in Nepal with dramatic deep gorges, desolate high mountain passes, relaxing hot spring, Buddhist and Hindu temples, delightful farming villages and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna summits.

This is a rewarding trek where you will be able to view  panoramic sceneries of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m).

We get an opportunity to learn about the Tibetan way of life that strongly runs in Mustang valleys. The circuit takes you through a number of climatic zones you will pass rice paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, rural farmland and glacial zones. There is a small chance of seeing a snow leopard in Yak Kharka along with blue sheep We witness the beauty of the blue icy lake of Tilicho. Formed by the glacier melting from Annapurna the lake Tilicho reflects the surrounding mountains which are a truly unique and beautiful sight to see. We will also make a stop at Tatopani where, after days of trekking we can relax in their famous hot springs.

Tilicho lake trekking starts after an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syange and follows the trail to Chame, Pisang and Manang. An acclimatisation day is taken here to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass, we continue  on 3 days hiking to Tilicho lake.,We stay overnight at Siri Kharka a town near  Manang, we continue the trail and head to  Yak Kharka. The next day we hike up to Thorong Phedi.

And from  Thorong Phedi to  Thorong La Pass 5416 m. After passing the Thorong La pass we head down to Muktinath, which is the sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists From Muktinath we drive to Tatopani and spend the night. Next day we head up to Ghorepani, Poon Hill to Tadapani, Nayapul then we drive to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Overview

  • Crossing the world’s widest pass – the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metre
  • Highest lake in the world , Tilicho Lake (4,910m)
  • See blue sheeps at Yak Kharka
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west and Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Relax at hot springs in Tatopani
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Visit Muktinath ,a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and embrace the beauty of the place
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district
Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar(760 m/ 2492 ft) - (6-7 Hours) Towards Chamche (1430 m/4692 ft): 8 - 10 hours

Early morning we drive from Kathmandu for about 6-7 hours (190 Km) to the Besishar. In the way, we can see many beautiful villages, farms, flowing rivers and a glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges which definitely a perfect feast to eyes. As we’ll be taking a local bus we might face some unplanned traffic or anything while changing local bus from Besishar that won’t let us step further ahead towards Chamche, To avoid that scenario, if you want to book a private car/Jeep (excluded from the package – luxury private drive from Kathmandu itself) we can manage that or we can just stay a night there and Continue our drive tomorrow morning towards Chamche to Dharapani height by Local buses available with comfort. With delving sun, our 1st day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successfully spent.

Day 2
Trek from Chamche to Dharapani (1,860m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours

After breakfast we begin the 2nd day of our trek, we cross a suspension bridge and after a steep climb we enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named tal, here we see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow trail through barley, rice and potato fields. and pass through the village of Kodo which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. We cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani. In this way, our 2nd day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 3
Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

Today we follow the trail through forest with pine , fir, oak and maple trees by a river to reach Chame, district headquarter of Manang district. Well be surrounded by the green forest around us and over us we’ll see remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We’ll also stop by a small hot springs where we can relax for a while. With all the fun around the snow, our 3rd day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful. With all the fun around the snow, our 3rd day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 4
Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also see clear views of Annapurna 2 at the south and Pisang Peak at the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor. With delving sun and calmness of manag valley floor, our 4th day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 5
Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours

We trek on the upper trail through upper pisang via Geru, we choose this trail as it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak .as we ascend well feel the air turn cold, dry and harsher.The trail goes through Tibetan settlement and and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture in a short visit to Barge Monastery, largest in Manang. With delving sun, our 5th day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 6
Manang: Acclimatization day

For our body to acclimatize we spend this day exploring Manang , early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks, roam around Manang Village and Monasteries.during the afternoon we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village where we will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms and preventions. By adapting the environment on Acclimatization, our 6th day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 7
Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours

Today’s trek will be a little easier. we take the upper route which follows a path down down to a river. We cross the river walk through coniferous forests , after -3 hours walking we arrive the Tibetan settlement Khangsar.After an hour more of walking we reach Shiri Kharka. Throughout the trek we will have a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu. With the amazing view of Gungang Himal & Mt. Chulu, our 7th day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 8
Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Today we walk an easy path that leads through the middle of the landslides area where we can view impressive rock formations, we trek up till Tilicho base camp where we can get a good view of Tilicho Peak and other snow Cover Mountains – With a mesmerising view of Tlilicho peak, our 8th day of Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake will be successful.

Day 9
Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

We start the day early to avoid afternoon wind. After a steeps consistent climb of 2-3 hours we reach Tilicho lake, The highest lake in the world also referred as the “the great ice lake” by the leader of the French expedition team .this is a large sparkling lake that lies at the foot of the north face of tilicho peak, after spending some time here we take the same route back to siri kharka.

Day 10
Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours

We descend to the uninhabited Khangsar village ,pass Tare gumba,a thousand year old monastery then follow a rock wall out of Khangsar to descend a bridge in the Thorong Khola valley.We go across a river ,hike up to a plateau to reach yak kharka . from her you can see Annapurna mountains range, other peaks, blue sheep (bharal) and if you are lucky you might spot a snow leopard.

Day 11
Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours

We walk uphill to Thorong Phedi a small busy settlement with an amazing view of mountains and landscapes. On our way we get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.

Day 12
Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today’s the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek.we have to wake up early morning at 3 to complete this challenge . we have to push ourselves through the icy air , and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet,at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”.

Day 13
Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 - 8 hours

We visit Muktinath temple before continuing our journey in a car ride to Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring; it is place where we can soak in the hot springs.

Day 14
Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic thakali people.we go through a terraced farmland with mountains all around.then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia we stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top.

Day 15
Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

We ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna , Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) , Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace. A favourite spot among photographers After visiting Poonhill, we will trek back to nayapul then drive to pokhara.

Day 16
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus. You may also choose to return by a 25 minute flight (not included in package).Our trek package completes at Kathmandu

We wish you have a memorable journey trekking Annapurna Circuit to Tilicho Lake.

Cost Include

  • Public transportation from Kathmandu to Chamche and Muktinath to Tatopani
  • Private transportation service From Nayapul to Pokhara (trek end point)
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • One night "Hotel Panorama" Pokhara with Breakfast (Twin Sharing).
  • Six nights room with attached bathroom at Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Muktinath, Tatopani and Ghorepani, eight nights standard room at Chamche, Manang, Siri Kharka, Tilicho Base Camp, Siri Kharka, Yak kharka, and Thorang Phedi during the trek (Twin Sharing Basis)- 14 Nights
  • All Standard Meals (15 Lunches, 14 Dinners and 16 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (14 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner.

Cost Exclude

  • International flight airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Lunch and Dinner in pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

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Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle
  • 2 +
  • 5,416 m
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Strenuous
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek.