Annapurna Circuit - Tilicho Lake Trek

Published Date: May 26, 2015

Annapurna Circuit - Tilicho Lake Trek

If you are thinking of doing the  Annapurna Circuit Trek its worthwhile considering a side trip to Tilicho Lake, 5200m. 

Tilicho, nestled below the northern slopes of Mt. Annapurna, is said to be the highest lake in the world.  The icy blue waters of Tilicho Lake are glacial melt from the massive glacier on the north side of Annapurna.    The surrounding snowy peaks reflect  in the still, clear water is spectacular.

The Annapurna Circuit - Tilicho Lake - Thorung La Pass  is the ultimate trek.

The package includes flight  from Jomson - Pokhara –  flight which have more amazing Himalayan scenery. 

The Annapurna Circuit - Tilicho Lake Trek begins in the unique low land of Marshyandi Valley at Besisahar. The trail leads north to the remote Manang. When we reach Manang, instead of taking the traditional Annapurna Circuit Trail which follows the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, we follow the wide valley to the west, passing through Khangsar Village. From Khangsar, we hike another two days up the valley to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, 4900m. We start early in the morning on the day we hike up to Tilicho Lake, 5200m, so that we can enjoy the view for a few hours before decending to Base Camp for a second night.

Returning to the main trail, we head toward the next big challenge, the snow covered Thorong-La, 5416 m.  From there it is all downhill toward our final stop, Muktinanth, a famous piligrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. This magnificent Annapurna Cuircuit -Tilicho Lake trek leads you through traditional villages inhabited many different ethnic groups.

 

 

From Muktinath the walk can be dusty because these days many people travel to the sacred Muktinath by vehicle. We recommend avoiding most of the dust by flying to Pokhara from Jomsom by a thirty-five minute flight.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek provides excellent views of Annapurna massif. One of the most beautiful regions in terms of bio-diversity, nature lovers will get the chance to see exotic birds such as white capped river chat, brown dipper, white-breasted kingfisher, butterflies, barking deer, rhododendron forest and orchid flowers.

Great Opportunity !!!

Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake -Thorung La Pass 5416m Trek Guaranteed Departure starting 29th September 2015:

My Dear Guests!!! We have 4 Australian trekkers  who are ready to do this exciting trek. We would like to make a group of 8-10 people. If you are interested in joining this group please contact us as soon as possible. A group of 6-08 is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too.

We are providing a special package price of USD $1081 per person which includes 1 night Bed and Breakfast in a standard hotel in Pokhara 

 

Day to Day Detailed Itinerary

September 29, 2015: Day 01 Drive to Besisahar, 800m and Trek 2hrs to Bhulbule

Today we will start early to drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The road winds westward along the Trisuli River, then branches off the Pokhara highway, going north alongside the Marshyangdi River. We arrive in Besisahar by late afternoon. We start trekking north following the Marsyangdi Valley.  Mt. Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominate the horizon in front of us. Overnight stay in lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)
 

September 30, 2015: Day 02: Trek 5-6 hrs to Jagat 1136m

A long suspension bridge spans the deep river gorge to the other bank of the Marsyangdi. The trail from Ngadi leads up the east bank of the river to a beautiful waterfall, where we cross another suspension bridge and begin a steady climb through scrub forest, finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. Next, a steep ascent takes us to Bahundanda,1311m, a village a  perched on a  ridge. After a short and steep descent  through terraced rice paddies we come to Syange. The trail to Jagat winds high above the river as the gorge closes in.  The village of Jagat sits atop a ridge, high above the gorge Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)


 
Ocotber 01, 2015: Day 03: Trek 6-7 hrs to Dharapani, 1946m

An undulating trail leads to Chyamje, where we cross a suspension bridge to the forest on the other side. We lose view of the river, but can see many interesting rugged, rocky hills. The trail leads through the oak forest  up to a ridge and then decends into a level valley where the next village, Tal, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall, 1700m. After crossing the river and follow the trail over a hill to the village of Dharapani, 1946m. Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)
 

October 02, 2015: Day 04: Trek 5-6 hrs to Chame, 2800m

From Dharapani the trail passes a school and climbs over a hill before descending to Bagarchhap. You will immediately recognize the Tibetan atmosphere of this special village. At the entrance there is a monument called a Chorten, a monastery or Gompa, with prayer wheels around it, and buildings typical of the Buddhist culture. The path leaving Bagarchhap enters a narrow forested gorge; looking back we have a magnificent view of Manaslu. The trail continues through quaint villages: Timang, Charku and Thangla. As we continue on to Burdhan, the view of the Annapurna range grows increasingly spectacular; in particular Annapurna II.  Chame is the administrative headquarters of Manang district. Overnight at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 03, 2015: Day 05: Trek 5-6hrs to Pisang 3200m

As we follow the East bank of the Marshyangdi through forest and orchards to Brathang, Annapurna II is looming to the South of us, and Pisang Peak to the Northeast. The valley opens out, with the dramatic Paugu Danda rock face rising more than 1500m from the river.  At Pisang the flat roofed houses cling to the crumbling hillside. Our lodge is in the forest a little beyond Pisang, sheltered from the cold wind, which often blows up the valley. Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 04, 2015: Day 06: Trek 5-6hrs to Manang 3540m

There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang Valley.  We take the one which follows the left bank of the valley floor. We are now in the dry, arid region of Manang which falls in a rain shadow of the Himalayas.It seldom rains in the summer months though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The local people are mostly farmers and traders.  Today we will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna III, IV, Gangapurna and the Tilicho peaks. At Hungde, we cross the river and walk along a fairly broad trail through the buckwheat and potato fields to the village of Braga, famous for it's monastery which is more than 500 years old. Then after a slight climb we arrive at the village of Manang. Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)
 

October 05, 2015: Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m

Manang is an ideal place to stop for a day. We need to acclimatize to the altitude and to conserve our energy to succeed in our Mini Annapurna Trek endeavor and Manang is a rustic village in a natural amphitheatre where you get one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country.  Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. The sunset and sunrise views are superb.  Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 06, 2015: Day 08: Trek 3 hrs to Khangsar, 3730m

Today is a short trek to the village of Khangsar, 3730m. On the way, we can make a detour to a small lake at the Gangapurna glacier. There about 70 houses in Khangsar as well as a monastery named Tore Gompa. From the village, there are superb views up the Khangsar Khola to Tilicho Peak and the Grand Barrier. Overnight stay at guest house.

Meal included: (B, L, D)
 

 

October 07, 2015: Day 09: Trek 4 hrs to Tilicho Base Camp, 4800m

In between Tore Gompa and Tilicho Lake, there is a big, grassy field where blue sheep are often seen. About one kilometer from the field, we reach a hill,4800m from where we get a view of the entire valley. A steep descent will bring us to Tilicho Base Camp.  Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 08, 2015: Day 10: Today we get up early for our day trip to Tilicho Lake, 5200m. It takes 3-4 hours to reach Tilicho Lake, 5200m.  The lake is 4 km long and 2.5 km wide. It is the main water source for the Marsyangdi River. We’ll have a picnic lunch before returning to the lodge at Base Camp. Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 09 2015: Day 11: Trek 5-6 hrs to Yak Kharka, 4050m

Returning from Base Camp you can follow a ridge above Khangsar village which passes through the ruins of old Khangsar and leads onto an unmarked trail which descends to the river. There is an old log bridge to cross the river from Gumsang to Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at guest house.

 Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 10, 2015: Day 12 Trek 3-4 hrs to Phedi, 4545m

We continue through pastures to a settlement called Chuli Leder, from where we get an excellent view of Chulu West. From here the trail follows the bank of the Jarsang Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi, before branching off to climb the scree slopes high above the river, to Phedi. Overnight stay at lodge.

 Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 11, 2015: Day 13 Trek 7-9 hrs to Muktinath 3694m

Today is a long day.  We leave Phedi very early morning for the climb to Thorung La Pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach Thorung La itself at 5416m. Looking back, we get our last great view of the towering peaks of Annapurna, while below us is the 2500m deep chasm of the Kali Gandaki. In the distance are the snow-capped peaks of Tibet. The long descent from Thorung La starts gently but becomes steep and winding until it finally reaches the grassy slopes for a gentle descent to Muktinath and derive to Jomsom. Overnight stay at lodge.

Meal included: (B, L, D)

October 12, 2015: Day 14: Fly to Pokhara

The flights from Jomosom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to the high winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short flight to Pokhara takes us down the Kali Gandaki Valley with spectacular views of Niligiri and Dhaulagiri. You will have ample time to explore Pokhara for the rest of the day. You might want to hire a bike to cycle around to places of interest: Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Gupteshwar Cave. Overnight stay at hotel.

Meal included: (B)

 

October 13, 2015: Day 16: Drive or  Fly to Kathmandu

 If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.

Option: We have not included the airfare Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $114 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek. 


 

 

Trip Cost: USD 1081 Per Person - Above 06pax

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Service Included

  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Lake Star  or Hotel Meera
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/License Holder guide
  • Porters: One porter for 2 persons basis, from Pokhara – whole Trek (Load Limit 30 KG per porter)
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 13 night  (14 breakfasts, 13  lunches, 13 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & any required permits or Official Documentation
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant (if group size is more than 4)
  • Ground transfer Pokhara - Kathmandu Tourist Bus 
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • Private Jeep – Muktinath – Jomsom to drop 
  • Private Haice Kathmandu to Besisahar to drop
  •  Aifare Jomsom - Pokhara and local Local Airport Tax
  • Sleeping Bag and Kit Bag, at no extra charge)

 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Service Excluded

  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer )
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurant
  • Tips for driver and guide (mandatory)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services
  • International round-trip airfare

 

 

The Best Time to do the Annapurna Circuit - Tilicho Lake Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. However, if there is a lot of snow, the Thorung La pass may be impassable.

This is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Drinking Water

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policyThe Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Circuit Tilicho LakeTrek


The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. However, if there is a lot of snow, the Thorung La pass may be impassable.

This is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Drinking Water

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.

 

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy

 


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