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
  • 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.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for trekking
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje
  • Day 04: Trek Chamje to Dharapani.
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame.
  • Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang.
  • Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang.
  • Day 08: Trek Manang to Khangsar.
  • Day 09: Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp.
  • Day 10: Explore to Tilicho Lake and return to base camp.
  • Day 11: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka.
  • Day 12: Trek Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi.
  • Day 13: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La passes.
  • Day 14: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom.
  • Day 15: Morning Flight to Pokhara.
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 -7 hours
  • Day 17: Farewell, flights home

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.\
  • A 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 car 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, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • 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 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.

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. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are 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.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
December 25, 2019
January 10, 2020
Available US$ 1239
PRICE FROM US$ 1239 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1239
  • 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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