Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

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Duration

13 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

About this tour

The Himalayas have long captivated the hearts and minds of adventurers and trekkers worldwide, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake stands as one of the most coveted and breathtaking journeys in this majestic mountain range.

This iconic Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake not only showcases the grandeur of the Annapurna massif but also offers the unique opportunity to explore the serene and remote Tilicho Lake, making it a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience.

Trail and Geography of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake:

Winding through paths trodden for centuries, the Annapurna Circuit is not just a trek but a journey through history. Additionally, the trail takes you through the heart of the Annapurna range, offering a kaleidoscope of landscapes—from lush subtropical forests and paddy fields to high-altitude deserts and the deepest gorge in the world.

Moreover, the region is a biodiversity hotspot, home to exotic flora like rhododendrons and orchids, and fauna including snow leopards and Himalayan tahr.

Each step on this Annapurna Circuit trail is a discovery, revealing the extraordinary diversity of Nepal’s geography and the resilience of its people.

Challenges:

The trek has challenges, including steep uphill climbs and the daunting Thorong La Pass at a maximum elevation of 5,416 meters.

Trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit will face cold winds and the thinning air of high altitudes, making physical fitness and acclimatization key to enjoying this journey.

However, despite these hurdles, the sense of accomplishment upon conquering these obstacles is unparalleled.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary:

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a comprehensive and captivating journey that typically takes between 12-21 days to complete.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake itinerary includes the stunning Manang Valley, the awe-inspiring Thorong La Pass, and the serene and remote Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world at 4,919 meters.

Furthermore, this extended Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake itinerary allows trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscape and culture of the region.

Food and Accommodation:

Along the Annapurna Circuit, cozy tea houses await, offering a warm welcome with twin-sharing accommodations and the comforting warmth of hot water (note: hot water costs may be higher, especially if using gas geysers)

Additionally, the culinary journey on the Annapurna Circuit is as diverse as the trail, with menus featuring local delicacies like Dal Bhat, Champa, Thenduk, Momo, and international favorites like pizza, burgers, and spaghetti. It’s a chance to savor the flavors of the world, nestled in the Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Highlights:

– Witness the majestic Annapurna massif, including the iconic Annapurna I (8,091 meters)
– Explore the picturesque Manang Valley, known for its unique Tibetan-influenced culture
– Conquer the challenging Thorong La Pass, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks
– Discover the stunning Tilicho Lake, a hidden gem nestled high in the Himalayas
– Immerse yourself in the region’s rich cultural heritage, engaging with local communities and their traditions.

Weather on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Treks:

Weather in the Annapurna region is predominantly dry, providing clear views of the awe-inspiring landscape. Additionally, snow may occasionally blanket the high passes, adding a magical element to the Annapurna Circuit trek but also presenting additional challenges.

Furthermore, the Monsoon season can make reaching the starting point more difficult, so planning is essential.

Why Choose the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake offers trekkers an unparalleled adventure in the Nepali Himalayas. Moreover, this extended trek not only showcases the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna range but also provides the opportunity to explore the serene and remote Tilicho Lake.

Furthermore, the journey through diverse ecosystems, from lush valleys to alpine meadows, and the chance to interact with local Tibetan-influenced communities make this Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

Tips for Safety and Precaution:

Safety comes first on the Annapurna Circuit. It’s essential to stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, dress warmly, and take regular breaks.

Additionally, our team offers 24/7 support and regular updates to ensure your Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is safe and enjoyable.

Furthermore, remember that the mountain demands respect, and being prepared is the key to a successful trek.

Gears and Packing:

Before starting your journey on this Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake adventure, we conduct a comprehensive gear check. Additionally, we offer assistance in organizing necessary equipment.

Our curated gear list for hiking in the Himalayas ensures you’re prepared for every aspect of the trek. From proper footwear to warm layers and essential gadgets, we’ve got you covered.

Electricity and Internet:

Electricity is available up to Manang, powered mainly by solar energy; beyond that, it’s less reliable. While most places offer internet and battery charging on the Annapurna Circuit, these services may come at an additional cost.

Embrace this opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself fully in the natural beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas.

Additional Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Highlights:

Annapurna Circuit Trek:

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a renowned trekking route that takes adventurers on a journey through the heart of the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal.

The Trek covers a diverse range of landscapes, from lush, forested valleys to high-altitude, snow-capped passes, offering trekkers a truly comprehensive Himalayan experience. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a must-do for any avid trekker exploring the Nepali Himalayas.

Manang/Annapurna Circuit:

Manang is a captivating village located along the Annapurna Circuit Trek, known for its unique Tibetan-influenced culture and stunning natural surroundings.

Furthermore, trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit often spend time exploring Manang, immersing themselves in the local way of life and acclimatizing to the high-altitude environment. The Manang/Annapurna Circuit offers a truly immersive cultural experience for adventurers.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek:

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a popular alternative route that intersects with the Annapurna Circuit, offering trekkers the opportunity to visit the sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site of Muktinath.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, including the arid, almost lunar-like terrain of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. This trek provides a unique cultural and spiritual dimension to the Annapurna trekking experience.

Thorong La Pass Trek:

The Thorong La Pass, standing at an impressive 5,416 meters, is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Trekking over this challenging Thorong La Pass is a true highlight of the journey, rewarding adventurers with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

The Thorong La Pass Trek is a testament to the incredible endurance and determination of trekkers exploring the Annapurna region.

Conclusion:

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a truly remarkable and unforgettable adventure, offering trekkers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the raw, untamed beauty of the Nepali Himalayas.

Whether you’re seeking a challenging high-altitude trek, a cultural immersion, or the chance to discover a hidden gem like Tilicho Lake, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake has something to captivate and inspire every outdoor enthusiast.

Start planning your Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake adventure today, and prepare to be awed by the majesty of this extraordinary region.

Highlights

  • Crossing Thorong La Pass: At an elevation of 5,416 meters, it's one of the highest and most challenging passes in the world, offering spectacular panoramic views.
  • Tilicho Lake: Known as the highest lake for its size in the world, Tilicho Lake's stunning turquoise waters are set against the backdrop of majestic mountain peaks.
  • Diverse Landscapes: From lush subtropical forests and terraced rice paddies to arid high-altitude deserts and deep gorges, the trek showcases the geographical diversity of Nepal.
  • Rich Flora and Fauna: The route is home to exotic plants, including rhododendrons and orchids, and wildlife such as snow leopards and Himalayan tahrs.
  • Cultural Experience: The trek passes through ancient villages where trekkers can experience the rich culture, traditions, and hospitality of the Nepali people, including the Gurung, Manangi, and Thakali communities.
  • Spiritual Sites: Visit sacred sites like Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, adding a spiritual dimension to the trek.
  • Hot Springs at Chame: An opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in natural hot springs amidst the serene mountain landscape.
  • Manang and Mustang Valleys: Explore these unique high-altitude valleys known for their stunning landscapes and distinctive Tibetan culture.
  • Incredible Biodiversity: The Annapurna Conservation Area is a protected region that offers trekkers the chance to witness diverse ecosystems and conservation efforts firsthand.
  • Panoramic Mountain Views: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and many other peaks.
  • Authentic Local Cuisine: Savor local dishes like dal bhat, momo, and thenduk, along with international cuisines available at teahouses along the trail.
  • Sustainable Trekking Experience: Opportunities for responsible trekking and supporting local communities through eco-friendly practices and cultural respect.

Included/Excluded

  • Kathmandu - Besisahar delux bus, besisahar to chame, private 4 wheel drive (sharing).
  • Kagbeni to Pokhara to Kathmandu shared jeep/4 wheel drive/van/bus.
  • 2 Night twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel or similar standard for two nights in Kathmandu, including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost), 1 nights tourist standard Twin-sharing hotel in Pokhara with breakfast, (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost).
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Twin-sharing teahouse accommodation during the treks
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including one hot drink and seasonal fruits.
  • One duffle bag, Sleeping bag, down jacket to be returned after the trek.
  • Filtered water in the trails.
  • Strong porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every two clients ie: 10kg each )
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Travel Makers South Asia's trekking guide.
  • Insurance for food and accommodation for staff.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, with a car/van with a certified tour guide.
  • An executive farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Trek completion certificate and map.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and kathmandu.
  • Entrance fee for 2 sightseeing points in kathmandu.
  • Any beverages inc. water.
  • Insurance and international flights.
  • Tips for your staff.
  • Gas showers, wifi and charging at high places

Itinerary

Time: As per your ticket

Distance: N/A

Altitude: 1,400 meters

Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal, nestled at an altitude of 1,400 meters amidst the towering Himalayas. Your adventure begins in a city that's a living museum of ancient architecture and bustling streets, where the sacred and the commercial coexist. From the moment you arrive, our warm and experienced guides will be there to welcome you, ensuring your transition to Kathmandu is as smooth as the serene waters of the Bagmati River. Spend your day unwinding and soaking in the energy of this historic city, preparing yourself for the journey of a lifetime.

 

Time: 8-9 hours

Distance: Approximately 250 km

Altitude: 2,670 meters

Embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chame, the starting point of our trek. As we leave the city behind, witness the landscape transform from urban sprawl to lush countryside and then to the rugged terrains of the Himalayas. This journey, lasting about 8-9 hours, covers around 250 kilometers, offering glimpses of rural life, terraced farms, and distant snow-capped peaks. Arriving in Chame, you'll feel the crisp mountain air, a prelude to the wonders that await. Overnight in Chame, where peace and nature's embrace prepare you for the adventures ahead.

Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 14 km

Altitude: 3,300 meters

As dawn breaks, we set out for Pisang, our spirits high with anticipation. The trek, covering 14 kilometers in 5-6 hours, unveils the raw beauty of the Annapurna Circuit. With each step, ascend through dense forests, alongside roaring rivers, and under the watchful gaze of towering peaks. Pisang stands at 3,300 meters, a serene village that offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. Overnight in Pisang, where the stars seem close enough to touch, a reminder of the vastness of our journey.

Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 15 km

Altitude: 3,540 meters

Today's trek to Manang is a journey through changing landscapes and cultures. Over 4-5 hours and 15 kilometers, watch the environment transition from lush forests to arid high-altitude deserts, a testament to nature's diversity. Manang, a gem at 3,540 meters, offers a mix of rich culture and stunning vistas. This day is not just a trek but a voyage into the heart of Himalayan life. Overnight in Manang, amidst the silent mountains, your soul connects deeper with the journey.

Time: Variable

Distance: Variable

Altitude: 4,600 meters (Ice Lake)

Spend your day acclimatizing in Manang, a crucial step to ensure your body adjusts to the higher altitudes. Embrace this opportunity to explore the enchanting Ice Lake, sitting at 4,600 meters. The hike is both a physical and spiritual uplift, revealing panoramic views that etch into your memory. As you stand by the lake, surrounded by peaks that touch the heavens, the magnitude of your journey sinks in. Overnight in Manang, where every breath of the crisp air fills you with a sense of achievement and anticipation.

Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: Approximately 10 km

Altitude: 4,150 meters

The trek to Tilicho Base Camp is a highlight of our journey, leading us to one of the highest lakes in the world. This 5-6 hour trek covers roughly 10 kilometers, crossing landscapes that seem otherworldly. The base camp, at 4,150 meters, is where dreams and reality converge, under the watchful eyes of the Himalayas. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp, where the silence of the mountains speaks volumes, and the stars guide your dreams.

Time: 6-7 hours

Distance: 12 km (round trip)

Altitude: 4,919 meters (Tilicho Lake)

Today’s journey to Tilicho Lake is a testament to the human spirit's endurance and nature's grandeur. The trek, a 6-7 hour round trip covering 12 kilometers, takes you to Tilicho Lake at 4,919 meters. Here, amidst the silence, the lake's azure waters reflect the sheer beauty of the Himalayas. The return to Shree Kharka, approximately 4,000 meters, is a journey back from the heavens, carrying memories that will last a lifetime. Overnight in Shree Kharka, where the heart rests and the soul reminisces.

Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 9 km

Altitude: 4,110 meters

Ascending further, our path leads to Yak Kharka, a serene hamlet nestled at 4,110 meters. This 3-4 hour trek over 9 kilometers is a gentle reminder of the harmony between nature and the nomadic lifestyles that thrive here. Overnight in Yak Kharka, where the quiet is only broken by the distant sounds of grazing yaks, a lullaby for the adventurer's soul.

Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 7.5 km

Altitude: 4,600 meters

Our ascent to Thorong Phedi, at 4,600 meters, is a journey towards the sky. The 3-4 hour trek covers 7.5 kilometers, each step a climb towards one of the highest passes in the world. Thorong Phedi, a base for those crossing the Thorong La pass, is a place of rest and reflection. Overnight here, where you stand on the edge of tomorrow, ready to cross into new horizons.

Time: 7-8 hours

Distance: 15 km

Altitude: 5,416 meters (Thorong La pass); 3,760 meters (Muktinath)

Crossing the Thorong La pass at 5,416 meters is a pivotal moment of our trek. This 7-8 hour journey over 15 kilometers is a rite of passage, a challenge met with determination. Reaching Muktinath, at 3,760 meters, symbolizes not just a change in altitude but a transformation within. Overnight in Muktinath, a sacred place that blesses our journey, offering solace and strength.

Time: 6-7 hours

Distance: Approximately 175 km

Altitude: 827 meters

The journey from Muktinath to Pokhara by road is a transition from the ethereal to the serene. Over 6-7 hours and approximately 175 kilometers, descend into the lush valleys, leaving the stark highlands behind. Pokhara, a tranquil haven at 827 meters, welcomes you with its serene lakes and gentle mountains. Overnight in Pokhara, where the reflections in the lake mirror the depth of your experiences.

Time: 6-7 hours

Distance: Approximately 200 km

Altitude: 1,400 meters

Our return to Kathmandu, over 6-7 hours and 200 kilometers, is a journey full circle. As the landscape shifts back to the bustling streets and ancient temples, so does our perspective, enriched by the journey. Today is also a night where we party and have a farewell dinner. Overnight in the comforting luxury of your Hotel.

 

Time: As per your flight schedule

Distance: N/A

Altitude: N/A

As you prepare for departure, the journey may end, but the memories and transformations remain. Kathmandu bids you farewell, not as a visitor, but as a friend who has shared in the spirit of adventure and discovery. Until we meet again, carry the spirit of the Himalayas with you, wherever you go.

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Languages

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