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. 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 days , 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
  • Ascending the Marshyangdi River valley
  • The pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  • 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 ( 1,350m/4,428ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for trekking
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamj (1,410m) : 8-9 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 and return to base camp (4,949m) : 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 (4420m): 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 (885m)
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 -7 hours
  • Day 17: Farewell, flights home
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1,350m/4,428ft)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.
    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for trekking

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight into Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and buildings were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamj (1,410m) : 8-9 hours

    It’s a long drive today. Right after the breakfast, we begin to drive, first through the bank of the Trishuli River, then through the Marshyangdi River valley. We reach to the Besisahar, the district center of Lamjung district. Then we drive further to Chamje via Bhulbhule, Nadi, Syange, and Jagat.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Chamje.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 04: Trek Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/) : 5- 6 hours

    On the first day of the foothill excursion, we pass Tal, Karte and reach to Dharapani. This is also comparatively a long walk, but the fascinations of the way make us feel exciting and we forget the tiredness. Various waterfalls on the way entice us to head further with such breathtaking panoramas. At Tal, we check-in to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) counter.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Dharapani.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) : 5- 6 hours

    We begin the trek from Dharapani today with a destination of Chame. Here is a stone entrance chhorten, which is culturally touched with the Tibetan Buddhists. Then we reach to Bagarchhap, which is surrounded by the apple orchid and crop fields. Ascending to Tyanja, we walk enjoying the views of the waterfalls and pine forest that leads us to Kyupar and finally to Chame, the district center of Manang. The view of Annapurna II is spectacular. You will find the difference in daily lifestyle between the mixed communities and the community here in Chame.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Chame.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5- 6 hours

    We begin the trek through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and cross a suspension bridge. Again, we need to cross another bridge over 3000 meters, at the bottom of Paungda hill that appears in front of us. Climbing through the steep trail, we reach to Pisang.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Pisang.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500m): 6- 7 hours

    As we begin the trek today, we walk through the dry part of the Manang district. As you walk further, there are two routes and they meet in Mugje. The southern route goes through the Humde airstrip and has less climbing up and down. In comparison to the south, the northern route via Ghyaru with superb scenes. But it is quite a challenging trail. Exploring the hidden valley known as Braka, we reach to Manang, which is a Tibetan influenced village.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Manang.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 08: Trek Manang to Khangsar (3,745m): 2- 3 hours

    After an acclimatizing day at Manang, we head towards the route of Tilicho Lake, splitting from the main trail that leads us to the Thorung Pass. Through the western gate, we descend to the stream and reach to Khangsar after crossing it. It is an ancient village of Tibetan Buddhists and renowned as the last Tibetan village.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Khansar.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 09: Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140m) : 5- 6 hours

    Heading through the newly built trail, we pass a colorful monastery. There are clearly two different trails, but we recommend you to take the downward trail. The upward trail goes through a comparatively steep and technical route via Kharka and Top of the Col (4970m) and descends to the base camp. The trail we recommend is a newly developed trail that continues to a high crest and finally, we reach the Tilicho base camp.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Tilicho Base Camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 10: Explore to Tilicho Lake and return to base camp (4,949m) : 5- 6 hours

    We get up early in the morning and begin our excursion. We ascend to Tilicho Lake, which is one of the highest Lakes in the world. We walk around the lake and explore its breathtaking fascinations. This glacial lake and it's blue water range appeal you to stay there and enjoy the leisure. Taking sufficient snaps, we retrace to the base camp and continue trekking down to base camp.
    Overnight at guesthouse in base camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 11: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,040m) :4- 5 hours

    We descend from Tilicho Base Camp to Manang from where the trail ascends to Yak kharka. As we make the climb to Yak Kharka through Tenki Manang, we leave the Marsyangdi Valley behind instead of taking the trail along the Jarsang Khola Valley. Vegetations and herds of yaks are thinner compared to that of Manang. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Yak Kharka.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 12: Trek Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi (4420m): 3- 4 hours

    A two-hour-long ascent from Yak Kharka sees the trail descend to a bridge over the river at 4,310m which we cross. The trail then goes up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m. Overnight stay in Thorong Phedi.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Thorang Phedi.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 13: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La passes (5,416m) :7 - 8 hours

    Strenuous day of trekking ahead! We start the morning in the pre-dawn darkness at 4 am, so we can reach the pass by 9-10 am. After 10 am, strong winds dominate the trail significantly affecting the journey to Thorong La and stop at the pass. Other than altitude and snow, the route is not tough, but it does require four hours of climbing. At 5,416m Thorong La is a pass that surpasses in altitude the Everest Base Camp which is at 5,380 m. Enjoy views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks among other mountains from the top. Another four hours of the downhill climb will bring us to Muktinath (translation: a place of nirvana). It is home to the sacred Muktinath Temple, several monasteries, natural hot spring and an ‘eternal flame’ fueled innately by natural gas.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Muktinath.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 14: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720 m): 5 hours.

    Breathe easier from today! The trail descends to the Ekle Bhatti (translation: lone pub) and becomes flat as we follow the Kaligandaki River till Jomsom. Jomsom is a hustling town compared to what we have seen so far in the trek; it is the headquarter of Manang district. Jomsom has some modern facilities including an airport (sort of).
    Overnight at guesthouse in Jomsom.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 15: Morning Flight to Pokhara (885m)

    We take a 30-minute-long scenic flight to Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal and an essentially touristic tinsel town. We drive to our hotel from the airport. It is a crucial rest day today!
    Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
    Included Meals : N/A.

  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 -7 hours

    The 6 -hour-long ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu on the Prithvi Highway is quite pleasant. Trishuli River stays by the side almost all the time, local villages and rice fields come into the scene as well, and the hills and forests only make the ride more scenically dramatic. Transfer back to the hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. Farewell dinner from the company.
    Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, and Farewell Dinner.

  • Day 17: Farewell, flights home

    Our journey together has come to an end. Adventure Club Trek’s representative will transport you to the airport for your departure. If you wish to continue your stay in Nepal and embark upon more adventure, we are more than willing to assist you.
    Included Meals: Breakfast r.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • One night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Surface transfer from Pokhara and Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Beshisahar by private vehicle and from Beshisahar to Chamje by local jeep
  • Jomsom - Pokhara airfare including departure tax
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and Trekking map
  • Duffel bag for Trekking 
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

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 canceled 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.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. A pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have better preparation for the trekking.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is per person but don't include international flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
Start Date End Date Availability Price
January 21, 2020 February 06, 2020 Available US$ 1239
January 25, 2020 February 10, 2020 Available US$ 1239
January 30, 2020 February 15, 2020 Available US$ 1239
PRICE FROM US$ 1239 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1239

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-10
  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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