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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho lake is the  best trekking trail in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit trek offers an extraordinary panorama of Annapurna (8,097 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Tukuche together with many other stunning peaks in the background.  The main attraction of this trek is Tilicho Lake; the highest lake in Nepal.  You will pass through the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters)- among the challenging passes in Annapurna region. The attractive views of Annapurna ranges, Tilicho Himal, Nilgiri, and other Himalayan ranges will keep you accompanied along the trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival-1300m

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar 

Day 03: Drive from  Besisahar to Dharapani (1960m) 4 hours drive 

Day 04: Dharapani  to Chame (2713m) 6 hours trek

Day 05 :  Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours trek

Day  06: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours trek

Day 07: Acclimatization at Manang 

Day 08: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m): 4-5 hours trek

Day 09:  Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours trek

Day 10 : Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours trek

Day 11 : Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours trek

Day 12 : Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours trek

Day 13 : Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours;

Day 14 : Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 - 8 hours trek

Day 15 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours trek

Day 16 : Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

Day 17 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours trek

Day 18: Departure
 

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival-1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On arrival we will meet you and transfer to your booked  hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar 
At  6:30 am , pickup from your hotel and drive you to Besi-sahar by express bus. You will reach Besi-sahar after 7 -8 hours. 

Day 03: Drive from  Besisahar to Dharapani (1960m) 4 hours drive 
After Breakfast we leave Beshisahar. Take the local jeep and drive till Dharapani via Chamje village. 

Day 04: Dharapani  to Chame (2713m) 6 hours trek
Today you will start trek to Chame. climb up the Manang valley and small settlements with outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8163meter) and the peaks above Larkya La.

Day 05 :  Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours trek
Today begin our day trekking through a forested steep and a narrow valley, then we cross a river on a long bridge at 2910m. From there, the trail climbs to Pisang.

Day  06: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours trek
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.

Day 07: Acclimatization at Manang 
We spend our time visiting a monastery, side trip to Gangapurna Lake and doing some excursions with the wonderful views around the villages. 

Day 08: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m): 4-5 hours trek
We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. 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.

Day 09:  Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours trek
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 .

Day 10 : Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours trek
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. after spending some time here we take the same route back to siri kharka. 

Day 11 : Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours trek
We descend to the 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 .

Day 12 : Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours trek
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 13 : Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours trek
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 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.

Day 14 : Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 - 8 hours trek
We visit Muktinath temple before continuing our journey to Tatopani by jeep. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring.

Day 15 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours trek
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 16 : 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 17 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours drive
After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu by  bus. It takes around 5 - 6 hours.

Day 18: Departure
We will drop you to the airport 3 hours before your flight.

Equipment List

 

Document List:

  • Valid passport
  • 2 extra passport size photos
  •  Photocopies of passport and visa form 
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel                 

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket 

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • toothpaste/brush set;
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) 
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • cold medicine.
  •  antibiotics for stomach infection
  • anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • water purification tablets

Useful Info

This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com.

FAQ

1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

2. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

3. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. 

4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

 

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From USD750pp

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Duration 18 days
Transportation Flight and Drive
Group Size 2-8
Difficulty Challenging
Max Elevation Thorong La Pass 5416 m
Accomodation TeaHouse/Lodge
Route Map
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