Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Duration: 17 Days

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, one of the best side trips in the Annapurna region. Situated at an altitude of 4,920m, Tilicho is one of the world’s highest lakes.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal. You will be able to witness the panoramic views of Himalaya including Mt. Annapurna (9 8,091m), Mt. Annapurna II ( 7,937m), Mt. Annapurna III ( 7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Fishtail or Mt. Machhapuchre ( 6,993m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. LamjungHimal ( 6,986m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. LamjungHimal (6,986m), Tilicho peak (7134m) and Tukuche peak (6,920m) among others.

Another major highlight of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek is the Tilicho Lake at an altitude of 4,920m. It collects the glacial melt from the northern slopes of the Annapurna and Thorong Peak. Even though many claim this frozen lake to the world’s highest lake, it is not. However, it is the highest lake in the world for its size!

We start the trek from Besisahar, a bustling town at a distance of 8 hours from Kathmandu. We walk keeping Marshyangdi River by our side most days of the trek, the villages we come across while are diverse in culture but all offer majestic views of the Himalaya, warm hospitality, and glistening smiles.

We pass through villages of Chame, Upper Pisang, Ngwal, Bhraka, Manang and Khangshar before scaling the Tilicho Lake. Instead of taking the usual route of the Annapurna Circuit that goes north from Manang to Yak Kharka, we take west and pass through Khangshar village which leads us to Lake Tilicho. Then, we move past Yak Kharka and cross the Thorong La (high mountain pass at) which is a great feat as the pass can be tricky due to weather conditions.

Once we cross the pass, our route goes downhill to reach the holy land of Muktinath followed by a trek to Jomsom. A scenic flight from Jomson takes us to the lake city of Nepal, Pokhara were you can enjoy relaxed and guided sightseeing.

For trekkers who wish to stay true to the Annapurna Circuit trail and not deviate to Tilicho Lake, Annapurna Circuit Trek- 21 Days is the right option.

And, if you would love to trek the long routes, but you don’t have as many days to spend? Adventure Club Trek has other similar shorter treks- Annapurna Base Camp short Trek - 12 Days, Annapurna Base Camp Trek-14, and Annapurna Circuit Short Trek- 14 Days.  Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-9days is an even shorter trek in the Annapurna region, but with excellent and up-close views of the Himalaya including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif.

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley-visiting many UNESCO World Heritage sites like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath temple and Durbar Squares.
  • Views of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from Upper Pisang
  • Culture, costumes and the traditions of the ethnic groups in Ngawal, Bhraka, Upper Pisang and Khangsar village.
  • Trek to Tilicho lake, highest in the world for its size at 5,200m
  • Crossing the Thorong La ( a high mountain pass) at 5,416m
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara with views of the Himalaya

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for trekking
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m): 9 -10 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m): 5- 6 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5- 6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5- 6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500m): 6- 7 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Manang to Khangsar (3,745m): 2- 3 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140m): 5- 6 hours
  • Day 10: Explore to Tilicho Lake (4,949m) and return to base camp: 5- 6 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,040m): 4- 5 hours
  • Day 12: Trek Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4,420m): 3- 4 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La passes (5,416m): 7 -8 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720 m) – 5 hours.
  • Day 15: Morning Flight to Pokhara.
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 -7 hours
  • Day 17: Farewell, flights home

Flight delays in Jomsom

Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.

In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.

  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Challenging- average physical fitness will suffice, a good stamina makes the trek easier
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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