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Annapurna Circuit Trek With Tilicho Lake

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5416 m, Thorong La Pass
Activities

3 Days drive

8 Days Trek

1 Rest day

Best Season

March, April, May

September, October, November

Meals

12 Breakfast

12 Lunch

10 Dinner

Accommodation

10 Nights at Lodge

1 Night at Hotel

Transportation

Bus, Jeep

PRICE STARTS FROM

USD 825 799

Per Person

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We Offer Group discount

No of PAX Price / PP
10-30 699
5-9 749
2-4 799

Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake entails two of the major treks of Annapurna region: Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tilicho Lake trek into one single adventure. Navigate through the foot trails in the semi arid landscape of Manang valley before ascending to one of the highest lakes in the world: Tilicho Lake(4919m). Followingly, trek to the high mountain pass that every adventure enthusiast savors: Thorang La Pass(5416m) and descend to the picturesque and sacred Mustang region with this wonderful trip crafted by Himalaya Trip.

Annapurna Circuit Trek With Tilicho Lake Details

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in Nepal is renowned for offering some of the world's finest treks, making it a veritable paradise for trekkers. Among these, the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek stands out, combining two distinct Himalayan routes and offering an abundance of adventure for thrill-seekers. Like many high-altitude expeditions in Nepal, this trek promises breathtaking mountain vistas, encounters with ethnic villages, traverses through forests, and thrilling trails, among other delights. However, what sets the Annapurna Tilicho Lake trek apart are its unique features and novel experiences.

Venturing on the Annapurna circuit with a detour to Tilicho Lake allows trekkers to behold the world's highest lake, Tilicho Lake, the majestic Annapurna massif, the sacred site of Muktinath revered by Hindus and Buddhists, and the exploration of the picturesque Manang Valley. Additionally, trekkers will have the opportunity to encounter Himalayan flora and fauna, traverse stunning landscapes, witness cascading waterfalls, experience diverse climate zones, cross the challenging Thorung La Pass, immerse themselves in Tibetan settlements, and even bathe in hot springs, all while enjoying countless panoramic mountain views.

There are 4 major highlights of this trek: Muktinath temple, Thorang La Pass, Manang Village and Tilicho Lake. 

Muktinath Temple:

Located at an elevation of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Nepal's Mustang district, Muktinath Temple holds profound significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Revered by Hindus as Mukti Kshetra, translating to the "place of salvation," it stands as one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Nepal, embodying the Vaishnava tradition. Among the revered sites, it is counted among the Svayam Vyakta Ksetras, alongside Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar, and Badrinath. Additionally, it's recognized as one of the 108 Divya Desam, holy abodes of Lord Vishnu, and one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites.

Despite its modest size, Muktinath Temple houses a golden statue of Vishnu as Shri Mukti Narayana, alongside bronze depictions of Bhoodevi, Saraswati, Janaki (Sita), Garuda, Lava-Kusa, and the Sapta Rishis. Buddhist nuns conduct worship in the presence of an aged Buddhist monk, reflecting the temple's unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

Thorong La Pass:

Standing proudly at an impressive elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), Thorong La Pass is more than just a passage through mountains; it's a portal to awe-inspiring landscapes, rugged trails, and cultural immersion. Trekking to Thorong La Pass is an invigorating and transformative journey that allows you to fully engage with the beauty of nature while experiencing the rich local culture. The trail to Thorang La Pass leads adventurers through snow-capped peaks, diverse terrains, quaint villages, verdant forests, and high-altitude regions steeped in the traditions of indigenous communities.

Also recognized as Thorung La, this high mountain pass is nestled within the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. It marks a significant point along the celebrated Annapurna Circuit, a trekking route renowned for its breathtaking panoramas and cultural interactions. Serving as a vital link between the Manang and Mustang districts of Nepal, Thorong La Pass offers trekkers an entryway to explore the marvels of the Himalayas.

Manang Village:

Perched at an elevation of 3,540 meters, Manang is a picturesque village nestled on the precipitous cliffs of the northern region of the Annapurna Range. Its arid landscapes evoke the ambiance of a desert, yet the culture and lifestyle of the local Manangi people brim with vibrancy and vitality. Renowned for its short trekking options in Nepal, Manang Valley emerges as a veritable paradise for trekkers and tourists alike. The Manang trek unveils a tapestry of natural splendor, rich cultural experiences, and breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna ranges.

Often hailed as the "crown jewel" of the esteemed Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manang offers unparalleled views of majestic snow-capped peaks such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), among others. The sight of the distinctive Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), highest mountain in western of Nepal adds to the allure of this scenic destination.

Tilicho Lake:

Tilicho Lake, nestled within Nepal's Annapurna range in the Himalayas, stands as one of the world's highest lakes. Revered as a sacred body of water by locals and coveted as a dream travel destination by adventurers and trekkers worldwide, it sits majestically at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet), imbuing it with a sense of seclusion and allure.

Enveloped by the magnificent backdrop of towering mountains and crystal-clear waters, Tilicho Lake beckons travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Trekking to this serene oasis is a journey revered for unveiling the untamed beauty and pristine nature of the region. Situated in the Manang district of Nepal, Tilicho Lake is just one among many natural wonders this area proudly boasts.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Route

The western Himalayan range boasts a collection of towering peaks, including the Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges. Flowing amidst these majestic mountains is the powerful Marsyangdhi River, which carves out flat valleys along its course. Nestled between the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges, the Marsyangdhi river basin provides access to the Manang district. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake follows a circular route, commencing from Dharapani and concluding in Pokhara, forming a semi-circle circuit trek.

Embarking on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake begins from Dharapani and Chame, a quaint town in the Manang region, the journey progresses northward along the riverbank pathway, passing through villages such as Pisang, Manang, Shree Kharka and Tilicho Base Camp before reaching the sublime Tilicho Lake at 4920 meters. The next leg of adventure requires you to descend down from Tilicho lake to Shree Kharka heading east towards Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, your ascent towards the mighty Thorang Pass begins. Spanning elevations from 2,670 meters to 5,416 meters, the trek offers varied terrain and altitude.

Upon reaching the summit of Thorang Pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Mustang district, traversing isolated and secluded areas before arriving at Muktinath. From Muktinath, travelers will transfer to a vehicle that will transport them to Pokhara, concluding the trek. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is meticulously organized by Himalaya Trip to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.

Difficulty of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

The difficulty level of any trek is subjective and depends on various factors such as terrain, altitude, remoteness, climate, and individual physical and mental endurance. The Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is widely regarded as challenging by many due to its demanding nature. The section from the Manang region to Tilicho Lake and to the summit of Thorang La pass is particularly strenuous, involving steady walking in barren and semi-arid terrain at altitudes exceeding 5000 meters. The high altitude also brings cold temperatures, which can affect digestion and sleep patterns for most trekkers.

The 12-day Annapurna Round with Tilicho Lake Itinerary crafted by Himalaya Trip entails daily walks of 6-7 hours, which may pose challenges for novice trekkers. Additionally, the uppermost sections of Manang are among the most remote areas in the district, with no road access and limited emergency services available on call.

Despite these challenges, Himalaya Trip has successfully operated the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Package for over a decade. Clients of varying ages, including those over 60 and under 10, have completed the trek with our assistance. With a steady pace, proper hydration, nutrition, and adequate rest, even beginners can complete this trek. Our professional guides and porters accompany trekkers throughout the journey, offering assistance whenever needed. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake in Nepal, please feel free to reach out to us.

Duration of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

There are various itineraries available for the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake, each with its own duration. The standard length is typically 12 days, encompassing ground transportation to Dharapani and return to Kathmandu. Proper acclimatization is crucial in such high-altitude treks, necessitating a steady pace and sufficient breaks to allow the body to adjust to the increasing elevation. Himalaya Trip offers a short version of the trek with traverses just the Annapurna circuit, which can be adjusted for those preferring a more leisurely pace.

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek

The Annapurna trekking season is highly favored during spring, which spans from March to May, and autumn, typically from late September to mid-December. Winter, occurring between December and February, also provides favorable trekking conditions in Nepal, though the peak winter months can present challenging weather.

Conversely, the summer months from June to August bring the monsoon season, characterized by heavy rainfall. While trekking during this time can be challenging due to slippery trails and obstructed views, it's still feasible. Much of the Annapurna Circuit Trail lies in a rain-shadow area, receiving minimal rainfall even in peak summer, making trekking possible with proper preparation.

The optimal trekking seasons for the Annapurna circuit are autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May). Winter trekking is feasible but requires adequate warm gear and a sleeping bag due to the cold temperatures. Despite the chilly weather, winter offers a unique trekking experience with excellent conditions.

Permits Required for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Permits are required for trekking in the Annapurna region, including the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek, as it falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This project aims to preserve the diverse flora and fauna of the area.

The costs for ACAP permits are as follows:

  • For foreigners: NPR 3000 (approximately $25)
  • For SAARC Nationals: NPR 1000 (approximately $8)

In addition to the ACAP permit, trekkers must also obtain a TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System) for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This card is essential for tracking trekkers' identities and whereabouts for security purposes. Both permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and your trekking agent can assist you in obtaining them.

Accommodation during the Trek

The Annapurna region is inhabited by traditional hill communities such as Gurungs, Ghales, and Manangi Gurung. Along the Annapurna circuit trekking trail, you'll encounter numerous ethnic villages. The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek is primarily a teahouse trek, where travelers move from one village to another for accommodation.

Accommodation on this trek consists of staying in teahouses, which are akin to mountain lodges found in the European Alps. These modest wooden structures offer basic lodging facilities for trekkers. Typically, a teahouse provides twin beds with foam mattresses, along with pillows and quilts. Heating is usually provided by a Bukhara stove in the dining area. While some teahouses offer hot water shower facilities for an additional fee, others provide Wi-Fi access for a supplementary charge.

Meals during the trek

The all-inclusive package for the trek to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake includes three meals: breakfast at the hotel before the trek, lunch at a designated stop during the day, and dinner upon reaching the night's stopover. Meals on the Annapurna trek offer a diverse array of cuisines. One of the most popular dishes is Dal Bhat, a traditional Nepali meal consisting of rice, lentils, soup, vegetable curry, and pickle.

Moreover, teahouses along the route offer a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, and others. Options like noodles, mashed potatoes, French fries, pies, pasta, and cutlets are commonly available. Please inform us of your meal preferences in advance.

Outline

Day 01: Kathmandu – Besishahar – Dharapani 1860m, 221 km drive

Day 02: Dharapani – Chame 2670m, 15 km walk.

Day 03: Chame – Upper Pisang 3200m, 13.7 km walk.

Day 04: Upper Pisang – Ghyaru – Ngawal – Manang 3540m, 20 km walk.

Day 05: Rest day in Manang

Day 06: Manang – Tilicho Base Camp 4150m, 14 km walk.

Day 07: Visit Tilicho Lake and back to Shri Kharka 4050m, 17 km walk.

Day 08: Shree Kharka – Churi Lattar 4200m, 12 km walk.

Day 09: Chauri Ledar – Thorong High Camp 4925m, 6.2 km walk.

Day 10: Thorong High Camp – Thorong La Pass - Muktinath 3760m, 13 km walk.

Day 11: Muktinath – Pokhara 830m, 175 km drive.

Day 12: Pokhara. - Kathmandu 1340m, 200 km drive.

Travel Map
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Daily Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • Trekking permit.
  • one English speaking government certificate holder trekking guide and Trekkers 2:1 porters.
  • Kathmandu - Besishahar by bus and Besishahar- Dharapani by public Jeep.
  • Muktinath - Pokhara by public bus.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • All the meals (12 Breakfast, 12 Lunch, 10 Dinner ) with 10 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Guide and porters: all the meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, flight ticket etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Duffel Bag.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use everyday to check your oxygen level and blood pressure in your body to minimize high risk ).
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • Local fresh fruit like pomegranates and apple etc.
  • 1 Night Hotel in Pokhara on BB Plan.
  • All the official charges and 13% Government VAT.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your trekking gears.
  • All the drinks such as: tea, coffee, coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning solo or alone for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho, we organize for you with a porter guide. The porter guide will carry your backpack and lead this trek at same price as group joining.


Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.

Tipping

Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.

Safety

When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Small group private trek
  • Safety is top priority
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Tailor made itinerary
  • Seasonal package
  • 200 plus  trekkers take service every year
  • 30-40% repeated customer

 

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