Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

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Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake, Nepal
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Duration

15 Days 14 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a renowned and adventurous trekking route situated in the stunning Annapurna region of Nepal. It is considered one of the most diverse and picturesque treks in the world, attracting thousands of hikers and adventure enthusiasts each year.

The trek takes you through a captivating mix of landscapes, ranging from lush green valleys and terraced farmlands to arid high-altitude deserts and snow-capped peaks. The route circumnavigates the majestic Annapurna Massif, the tenth-highest mountain in the world, and offers breathtaking views of Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), and other awe-inspiring peaks.

A significant highlight of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Tilicho Lake, situated at an elevation of approximately 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, and its mesmerizing turquoise waters against the backdrop of the surrounding snow-covered peaks make it a sight to behold. The journey to Tilicho Lake involves a side trek off the main circuit, leading trekkers through challenging terrain and high-altitude landscapes, rewarding them with a unique and unforgettable experience.

Aside from its natural beauty, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake also offers an opportunity to immerse in the local culture and traditions of the diverse ethnic communities living in the region. The trail passes through quaint villages, monasteries, and terraced fields, allowing trekkers to interact with friendly locals and learn about their way of life.

Due to its diverse terrain and varying altitudes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake demands a moderate to high level of fitness and stamina. Trekkers should be well-prepared for the challenges of high-altitude trekking, including acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness.

With its unparalleled natural beauty, cultural richness, and physical challenges, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake promises to be an unforgettable journey, making it a must-do for trekking enthusiasts seeking a remarkable adventure in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake involves long days of walking and ascending to high altitudes. Prioritize physical fitness and endurance training to prepare for the demands of the trek.
  • Only carry the essential items in your backpack. Hire a porter to carry the bulk of your load, which will make the trek more comfortable and enjoyable.
  • Invest in high-quality trekking gear, including a sturdy pair of trekking boots, trekking poles, a warm sleeping bag, and layers of clothing suitable for different weather conditions.
  • Obtain all necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card, before starting the trek. Keep your identification and travel documents secure and accessible.
  • The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the skies are clear.
  • The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Be ready for sudden changes in weather conditions, and pack accordingly.
  • The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake offers stunning views. Bring a good camera and extra batteries to capture the breathtaking landscapes.
  • Follow the principles of “Leave No Trace” trekking. Dispose of waste properly, avoid using single-use plastic, and respect the local environment.
  • Carry enough cash for your expenses, as ATM availability is limited along the trekking route.
  • Take your time to appreciate the natural beauty and cultural experiences during the trek. The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake offers unforgettable moments that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Safety Considerations

  • Ensure you are in good physical condition and undertake appropriate training before the trek. Cardiovascular exercises and strength training will help prepare your body for the demanding trek.
  • Acclimatize properly at higher elevations to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Take rest days at places like Manang to allow your body to adjust to the thinner air.
  • Obtain all necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card, before starting the trek. Keep your identification and travel documents safe and easily accessible.
  • Consider hiring a licensed and experienced guide who is familiar with the route, terrain, and weather conditions. A guide can enhance safety and provide valuable insights into the local culture and environment.
  • Carry essential items such as proper trekking gear, first aid supplies, water purification tablets, extra clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, and a reliable map or GPS device.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and loss of appetite. Descend to lower altitudes if symptoms worsen and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before using Diamox (acetazolamide) or any medication for altitude sickness prevention. It should not be considered a substitute for proper acclimatization.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains. Carry suitable clothing for both warm and cold conditions, including a waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to stay hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate the effects of altitude sickness.
  • Listen to your guide’s advice and adhere to the rules and regulations set by local authorities. They have valuable experience and knowledge of the area.
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation procedures in case of any serious health issues or accidents. Make sure your travel insurance covers helicopter evacuation if needed.
  • Trek with a group or at least one other person. Solo trekking increases the risk of getting lost or encountering difficulties without immediate assistance.
  • Practice responsible trekking by disposing of waste properly, avoiding single-use plastic, and respecting the local environment and wildlife.
  • Inform someone back home or at your hotel about your trekking itinerary and expected return date. This way, they can raise an alarm if needed.
  • Respect the local customs, traditions, and beliefs of the communities you encounter. Ask for permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites.

Highlights

  • The trek provides awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna I (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,163m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134m).
  • The trek takes you to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world at an altitude of 4,919 meters. Its turquoise waters surrounded by towering peaks create a stunning and serene setting.
  • The challenging Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters is a thrilling achievement and a highlight of the trek. Crossing this pass offers breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Experience diverse landscapes, from lush green forests and terraced fields in lower regions to arid and rugged terrains at higher altitudes.
  • Encounter the rich culture and hospitality of various ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Tibetans, as you pass through traditional villages.
  • Soak in the natural hot springs at Tatopani to relax and rejuvenate after days of trekking.
  • Visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, a revered place for both Hindus and Buddhists, located at the foot of Thorong La Pass.
  • Witness the deep Kali Gandaki Gorge, considered one of the deepest gorges in the world, with its stunning landscapes and unique rock formations.
  • Pass through charming apple orchards in places like Marpha, known for its apple products, such as apple brandy and dried apples.
  • Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, a protected region rich in biodiversity, featuring diverse flora and fauna.
  • Savor the local Nepalese cuisine and traditional dishes offered at the tea houses and lodges along the trail.
  • Experience a variety of plant and animal species, including rare wildlife like the snow leopard and the blue sheep.
  • Capture stunning photographs of the mesmerizing landscapes, cultural encounters, and the majestic Himalayan vistas.
  • Stay at cozy and welcoming tea houses and lodges, providing a glimpse into the local way of life and an opportunity to interact with fellow trekkers.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the Prithvi Highway.
  • Overnight stay in Besisahar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the journey by driving from Besisahar to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang.
  • Witness the changing scenery as you ascend further into the Himalayas.
  • Overnight stay in Chame.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start the trek from Chame, passing through lush forests and charming villages.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Annapurna II and other surrounding peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Pisang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Embark on a short hike to Ngawal, a beautiful village offering magnificent mountain views.
  • Experience the unique culture and hospitality of the local people.
  • Overnight stay in Ngawal.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Manang, a major settlement in the region known for its Tibetan-influenced culture.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the village and acclimatizing to the altitude.
  • Overnight stay in Manang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a rest day in Manang to acclimate to the higher altitude.
  • Explore the village and nearby monasteries, enjoying breathtaking views of the Annapurna range.
  • Overnight stay in Manang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin the trek towards Tilicho Base Camp, passing through picturesque landscapes and glacial valleys.
  • Enjoy the pristine beauty of the region.
  • Overnight stay at Tilicho Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early to hike to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, surrounded by majestic mountains.
  • After spending some time at the lake, return to the base camp and trek to Sri Kharka.
  • Overnight stay in Sri Kharka.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Ledar, a small settlement with stunning views of the Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the serene mountain ambiance and relax at the lodge.
  • Overnight stay in Ledar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the ascent to High Camp, closer to the Thorong La Pass.
  • Prepare for the challenging pass crossing the next day.
  • Overnight stay in High Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early in the morning to cross the challenging Thorong La Pass.
  • Reach the pass and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Descend to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Overnight stay in Muktinath.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani, a famous hot spring destination.
  • Relax and unwind in the natural hot springs, soothing tired muscles after the challenging pass crossing.
  • Overnight stay in Tatopani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek and head towards Ghorepani.
  • Pass through charming villages and dense rhododendron forests.
  • Overnight stay in Ghorepani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill for a stunning sunrise view over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to Ulleri.
  • Trek down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
  • You can stay on your own at Pokhara and relax also Possible.

  • Bid farewell to Pokhara and embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Take in the last views of the Himalayas and the picturesque countryside.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

15 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The duration of the trek varies depending on the specific itinerary and side trips taken. Typically, it takes around 15-18 days to complete the full circuit, including the visit to Tilicho Lake.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a popular trekking route in Nepal that combines the classic Annapurna Circuit with a side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.

The best time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and excellent mountain views.

The trek is considered challenging due to its high altitudes and steep ascents, particularly when crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters). A good level of physical fitness and acclimatization is necessary.

Yes, you will need several permits for this trek, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. If you plan to visit Tilicho Lake, you may also need a special permit.

Yes, you can do the trek solo, but it is recommended to trek with a guide or in the company of other trekkers, especially in remote and high-altitude areas for safety and support.

Hiring a guide and porter is not mandatory, but it is recommended, especially for those with limited trekking experience. A guide can help with navigation, provide valuable insights, and ensure safety. A porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to enjoy the trek more comfortably.

Yes, there are various side trip options during the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. The most popular side trip is to Tilicho Lake itself, but other side trips include visiting the sacred site of Muktinath and exploring the charming village of Manang.

Accommodation along the trekking route consists of basic tea houses and lodges. These lodgings offer simple but comfortable facilities, including shared rooms and communal dining areas.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern, especially when crossing the Thorong La Pass and visiting Tilicho Lake. Proper acclimatization and slow ascent are essential to minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
Tony
12/19/2023

An Unforgettable Journey Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

I recently had the incredible opportunity to hike on the Annapurna Circuit trek with an added bonus the stunning Tilicho Lake. This journey exceeded all expectations and left me with memories that will last a lifetime. From the moment we set foot on the trail, the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region captivated my senses. I would highly recommend this trek to anyone seeking a transformative and enriching experience. The combination of awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural immersion, and the unique addition of Tilicho Lake
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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
Mardy
08/25/2023

Annapurna circuit with world highest lake Tilicho

Trekking at world famous trail at annapurna circuit trail one of the best movement amazing view at the hight of 5416m thorangla pass every things goes well first little headache then nothing happen. Agency was also good and take care well our guide sudip was a nice guy. All nepali are nice here at nepal. Love you all from german

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