Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek

Embark on the long tedious trek of Annapurna circuit through trans-Himalayan region of the Manang and Mustang that boasts the most incredible and breathtaking mountain scenery on Earth, along with moment to conquer the Highest pass Thorong la pass nestled on the elevation of 5416 meters soaking on the rich cultural and historical legacy of the Tibetan culture, festival, religion on pristine form as well as nearer to nomadic life which arid region tames.

Annapurna circuit trek with side walk along the narrow and slippery alley carpeted with snow to the Tilicho Lake; Highest lake in the World at altitude of 4919 meters and enveloped by the grandeur peaks furnishing the magnetic reflections of sparkling silvery snowy peaks is reward of the trek where trekkers and nature lovers will come close with the amazing naturally blessed beauty as a bliss to soothe the eyes always searching for captivating natural wonders to quench the thirst for the nature’s gift on rustic form. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After your refreshment, you will be picked up from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your trekking guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you to ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask to bring your passport, extra passport photographs and a copy of your travel insurance so that we can organize permits required for your trek in the Annapurna region.

Day 2. Pre-trek Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu and Final Trek Preparations (1,300m)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast check-out at the hotel and drive to Swoyambhunath; world heritage site nestled on the top of the hill. Swoyambhunath famed as a monkey temple is constructed on stupa style. We spent almost 1 hour at the top of the hill where Swoyambhu temple is located that offers the breathtaking vision of the complete Kathmandu valley then descend from temple stepping on 365 stone steps.

Then drive you to another World heritage site Kathmandu durbar square named Basantpur durbar square; a hub of culture, tradition, religion is a historical site that embraces palaces and courtyards of old Malla and Shah Kings dates back from 14 to 15 centuries onwards. And we will have our lunch at the restaurant nestled at the premises of the durbar square.

After spending almost 1 and half hour drive for almost 1 hour to reach another world heritage site Pashupatinath nestled at the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Pashupatinath; dedicated to Shiva is golden colored two-storey pagoda temple along with silver-plated doors and wood carving is on the bank of the Bagmati river.

Then finally drive to another destination Boudhanath famed as little Tibet taking almost 35 minutes. The biggest stupa of Nepal built during the fourteenth century is the hub for meditation and pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and other visitors also.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 3. Drive to Chame from Kathmandu. (8 hrs) (800m)

After breakfast, drive to Chame from Kathmandu crossing Besisahar which is the first destination of Annapurna circuit trek. Kathmandu to Chame distance is approximately 245 km and it is around 8-9 hours’ drive including the bumpy and good road.

Day 4. Chame to Pisang, overnight in trekking lodge (3,220m)

After breakfast, we leave Chame crossing the suspension bridge and taking a gradual uphill trail leading to village Talekhu. Then we will trek on the flat trail till we reach Brathang. And we walk through pine and fir forests to reach Pisang for the overnight. During the 5-6 hours trek, we gain 450 meters altitude.

Day 5. Pisang to Manang, overnight in trekking lodge (3,540m) 6-7 hrs (3,540m)

The initial part of the trek will be on the ascending trail for 1 hour till we reach Geru then follow the flat trail to reach Manang for the overnight. During 6-7 hours trek, we thrill at the spectacular vision of the Mt. Annapurna, Pisang peak and also explore Barge monastery gaining 200 meters altitude.

Day 6. We enjoy a rest day and explore Manang and its local environment. Overnight in trekking lodge (3,540m)Continue higher up the valley from Pisang to Manang (3,440m)

Today we let the heart, lungs, and muscles recover and give our boots a quick clean too. Each day we have been gaining altitude, but we must do this in carefully measured stages to ensure proper acclimatization for the higher altitudes and high passes ahead. So today we just do some short walks to explore the region around Manang. Options include a visit to the Buddhist Bhojo Gompa or a short walk across the valley floor to Gangapurna Lake which sits at the foot of a steep valley cut into the southern valley wall. But most importantly today we must continue to acclimatize for the challenging days ahead.

Day 7. : Manang to Shree Chowr, overnight in trekking lodge. (3900 m) (3,900m)

After breakfast, we take offbeat route leaving the main route of the Annapurna circuit to reach Shree chowr for the overnight. During the 5-6 hours, we follow a gradual uphill trail to reach Shree chowr. Overnight in the Shree Chowr.

Day 8. Shree Chowr to Tilicho Base Camp, overnight in trekking lodge. (4,150m)

After breakfast, we trek on the ascending trail to reach the base camp of the world's highest altitude lake Tilicho. We take 2 hours to reach the Tilicho base camp located at the height of 4150 meters, for the overnight.

Day 9. Ascend to Tilicho Lake (4919 m.) and return to Tilicho base camp for the overnight. (4,919m)

Ascend the steep trail leading to the Tilicho Lake; world highest altitude lake, then enjoy the scenic beauty of the glaciated lake encircled by the spectacular snowy peaks along with the amazing reflections then descend to Tilicho base camp for the overnight.

Day 10. Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka for the overnight in trekking lodge. (4,045m)

After breakfast, we trek to Yak Kharka retracing the trail from Tilicho base camp for the overnight.

Day 11. Ascend from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi. , overnight in trekking lodge (4,450m) (4,450m)

We trek on an uphill trail to reach Thorong la Phedi passing another village Ledtar. During the 3-4 hours trek, we will be rewarded with excellent views of the Mt. Gundang. Mt. Syange, Thorong peak gaining 300 meters altitude.

Day 12. Thorong Phedi (4450m) to Muktinath (3810m) crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m). Overnight in trekking lodge. (3,810m

Today we cross the highest pass of the Annapurna circuit trek which Thorong la pass at the height of 5416 meters. After taking snaps on the signature pose at Thorong la we descend to Muktinath for the overnight.

Day 13. Trek to Jomsom from Muktinath and flight to Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel.

Early morning explore Muktinath temple soaking on the religious vibe and feeling the cool breeze of the Mustang region and have breakfast and trek to Jomsom for 5-6 hours for the overnight.

Day 14. Pokhara- Kathmandu drive (1,300m)

Drive to Kathmandu from the Pokhara taking almost 6 hours.

Day 15. International Departure (1,300m)

We will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight home.

What's Included

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off transportation by private vehicle
    • Twin/Double sharing accommodation at Kathmandu & Pokhara in 2-3 stars hotel with breakfast & all taxes
    • Kathmandu / Bulbule private transportation
    • Accommodation in Normal tea house during trek
    • Meals ( Breakfast with 2 cup of Tea & coffe), lunch, dinner – during trek
    • Sleeping bag
    • Annapurna trekking map for group
    • All necessary paper work & permits
    • Annapurna conservation permit fee & TIMS
    • A First Aid and Eco trained & government licensed English speaking guide
    • One porter between each two members during trek
    • Jomsom Pokhara flight fare for member & guide
    • Pokhara Kathmandu Tourist Bus Transportation
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
    • First Aid Kit
    • Travel & rescue arrangement
    • All government taxes
    • Farewell dinner

What's Not Included

    • International airfare
    • Nepal Entry Visa fee (US$ 50 per person for 30 days)
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
    • Tea coffee in Lunch & Dinner time during trek
    • Drinking water during trek
    • Hot Shower & Electricity Bills during trek
    • Tips for guide & Porter & Driver
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    • Personal gear & clothing – these may be available for hire
    • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client’s insurance
    • Soft/hard drinks
    • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
    • Anything not specified in the Cost Include section

Equipment Check List

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket

Footwear

Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.

Clothing

Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

Other equipment

Sleeping bag (5 seasons),  lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.

Other Items

Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.

Important Note

Itinerary and Dates: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. Your guide, and their Sherpa assistants, will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Our aim is to return you safely to Kathmandu in time for your departure flight booking.

Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours each day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally, the trail is a good quality, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.

Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a teahouse each night, unless the itinerary stipulates tent camping is necessary on some nights. Teahouses are simple, locally-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food at the lodges.

What about our luggage: One porter will be shared between two trekking clients. Porters will carry a maximum of 12kgs per client. If you wish to, you may keep excess clothing and items in a storage room at your Kathmandu hotel.

What will the temperature be like: The weather obviously varies considerably by season and may also change drastically within a single day, particularly at high altitude. If your itinerary takes you above 3,000m need to be prepared for conditions that may range from -10 to 25 degrees on any day. Some useful weather data is available here: https://bit.ly/3vi7rHX You will also need good protections from sun and wind exposure. Contact us for a suggested trek packing list to suit your itinerary.

How much money should we bring: You will need to carry Nepali Rupee to pay for things not covered by your itinerary package. This may include bottled water; evening hot showers; additional food treats; additional hot drinks; equipment replacement or repairs; battery charging and gifts and tips. Shopping can also be done on your last day in Thamel. Talk with us in our office before departing on your trek and we can provide more advice and currency exchange.

What about Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS): AMS is essentially impossible to predict. Some people are affected, and other not. Only a very small percentage of people suffer serious effects. Effects may become apparent at any altitude, not just at the extremes of your itinerary.

Signs of AMS includes:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drowsiness
  • Flatulence
  • Peripheral Edema (Swelling of extremities)
  • Fluctuation in body temperature

Prevention of AMS:

  • Adequate rest prior to the trek.
  • Adequate hydration maintained throughout the trek.
  • Adequate salt and sugar in your bloodstream. So, eat plenty and don’t skip meals.
  • Adequate warmth. Use clothing layers to maintain warmth without sweating excessively. Controlled and regular breathing. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm to use all your lung capacity. Try and walk to a pace that maintains controlled and steady breathing. Breathe through your nose to protect you throat from drying. Consider wearing a muff over your mouth and nose at high altitudes.
  • Managed exertion. Trekking is not a race to the next pass or teahouse. Go at a constant, manageable pace, do not chase after the person in front. Keep a slow steady pace rather than pushing too hard and needing to stop frequently. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

Trip facts

  • Region
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Duration
    17 Days
  • Grade
    Demanding
  • Max. Altitude
    5,416m
  • Group Size
    Min 2 pax
  • Transportation
    Private vehicle / Tourist bus / Flight

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