Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, 17 Days
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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, 17 Days

Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a surreal journey that takes you to the picturesque villages, pristine lakes, and glorious mountain views of the beautiful Annapurna Region. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking features the highest lake in the world—Tilicho (4920m), the highest pass in Nepal—Thorong La Pass (5416m), and the holy temple of salvation—Muktinath (3800m). As you walk on the snowy trails, a mesmerizing panorama of the Annapurna Massif, the Dhaulagiri Massif, Nilgiri (7061m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m) among others, fill you with excitement and joy. Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal is also an opportunity to explore the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and food of the Thakali people.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary is 20 days journey where you will be able to encounter the extraordinary mountain ranges and breathtaking landscapes. We start the trip from Kathmandu, drive to Jagat, and follow Marshyangdi river valley for the initial part. We then cross the picturesque landscape of several villages of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang. We take a side trip out of Annapurna Circuit trekking trail to the spectacular lake of Tilicho, reaching which can be tough and equally satisfying. We then cross Kali Gandaki River for the latter part till we reach Thorong Phedi. We can see Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges from up close as we trek. We cross Thorong La Pass adorned with prayer flags, and visit Muktinath temple, the God of Salvation. People come here to wash their sins as they take bath in 108 taps.  Furthermore, we reach the windy Jomsom which appears picturesque with its bare hills and sand dunes. Annapurna Circuit Trek allows us to experience the lifestyle and culture of the local people. The trip will end as we move back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

With our services, which are considered to be the best in the country, the treks are safe and fun. We provide you with experienced guides who are also knowledgeable about the trail. It is our responsibility to make your trip hassle-free and memorable.

Highlights of the Trek: 

  • Nepal's classic trek with a wide range of spectacular mountain scenery to cross highest Thorong La Pass, 
  • Visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries, passing several Buddhist monuments and their traditional stone-walled villages,
  • Crossing over high suspension bridges, 
  • Smooth gradual walking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley, 
  • Scenic mountain flight out of Jomsom and Pokhara, 
  • Meeting local people and their cultural mix takes in Gurung, Manangis and Thakali communities, 
  • A worthwhile side trip to Milarepa's Cave from Braga, 
  • A popular excursion trip to Praken Gompa and Chongar View Point from Manang, 
  • Acclimatizing in style on spectacular side trip to Ice Lake outside, 
  • High glacial Gangapurna Lake and Tilicho Lake, 
  • The temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath and its 108 brass waterspouts, Dhola Mebar Gompa (an ancient Buddhist monastery where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above a spring). 

Facts of the Trek

Trek Region
Annapurna Region
Type of Trek
17 Days
Highest Elevation
5,416 m (17,769 ft)
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Lodge during the trek
Best Season
Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by
Domestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m

Once you arrived in Kathmandu International Airport, our representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival section. You will be greeted and be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van
We start a guided tour to different ancient and divine attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these milestones are enlisted as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO including the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the well-known Monkey Temple--Swayambhunath, and the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath. In the evening, there will be a pre-trip meet-up where you will be introduced to your team members who will brief you about the trek. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat 1300m/8-9 hours by private vehicle
Early in the morning, we drive 170km westwards to the starting point of our trekking in Jagat. The road is curvy and passes through the hills that connect us to countryside villages and farming lands. The drive moves along and crosses several main rivers flowing from the glacial mountains to the north; including the Trishuli River, a popular rafting point. At Dumre, we turn north towards Marshyangdi River to reach Besi Sahar. The drive follows Marshyangdi River towards Syange (with a high waterfall), and we drive on to Jagat (a previous toll place on the ancient salt-trade way to Tibet). Overnight at a lodge in Jagat. 

Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m/5-6 hours
Moving along the east bank of Marshyangdi River, the track ascends slowly, before the valley opens into a large highland at Tal (1511m), the first village of Manang district. After crossing the broad flat gorge and the barley and potato fields, the trail climbs sharply on a stone stairway high above the stream. There are some sudden ups and downs on this section passing through jungles of blue pine to Dharapani (1946m). Overnight at a lodge in Dharapani.

Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m/5-6 hours
From Dharapani, the track passes a school, ascends, and again descends gently to Bagarchhap. Bagarchhap is a small village with distinctive Tibetan houses and peaceful vibes of Buddhist culture. The trail ascends to the mule track through pine and fir forests and then follows the stream for some time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. We pass through dispersed small villages before arriving in Chame (2670m). Overnight at a lodge in Chame.

Day 6: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m/5-6 hours
We follow the trails of Marshyangdi to Brathang from where we get a spectacular close-up view of Annapurna II (7937m). We continue the trek via the forest with the amazing Paungda Danda rock face escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend for some time and then walk downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we walk across dry grazing land dwelling at Dhukur Pokhari. After walking for around half an hour from Dhukur Pokhari, we reach Pisang (3,190m). There are good views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak (6091m) seen from the village of Pisang. Overnight at a lodge in Pisang. 

Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3540m/6-7 hours via upper trail 
We trek on a difficult road onto the dry Nyesyang region that starts from Upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. Ghyaru is a captivating cluster-village with attractively built stone houses enclosed by meadows of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans. Then, along high cross with great landscape, up and down the valley, to Ngawal--an exciting village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail now slowly descends to Mungji from where we head to reach the renowned Thakali village of Manang. You will be enjoying with the best view of Annapurna range. Overnight at a lodge in Manang. 

Day 8: Acclimatization Day: Hike to Chhunker viewpoint - Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we hike to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Manang.

Day 9: Trek from Manang to Tilicho BC 4150m/6-7 hours
We walk towards Khangsar village for about 2 hours and visit the monastery here. Crossing several suspension bridges over Khangsar Khola, we continue moving uphill on an unclear path until we reach Thare Gompa. From Thare Gompa, we can have a 360-degree view of the mountains of Annapurna region. Following Khangsar Khola upstream, we continue climbing through an unclear trail. We cross a big landslide zone and make our way through a narrow path to arrive at Tilicho Base Camp. We will be rewarded with a close-up view of Tilicho Peak (7134m) along with other peaks of the region. Overnight at a lodge in Tilicho BC. 

Day 10: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m/3-4 hours) and back to Tilicho BC 4150m
Early in the morning, the vertical track ascends for about 3 hours until we reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world for its size. It is a breathtaking spectacle when the surrounding hills and mountains reflect upon the pristine lake. We spend some time around the lake, letting the tranquility of the environment sink in. Later, we hike back to our lodge in Tilicho Base Camp for the overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Tilicho BC.

Day 11: Trek from Tilicho BC to Yak Kharka 4018m/6-7 hours
Leaving Tilicho Base Camp with fond memories of Tilicho Lake and the surrounding mountains, we retrace our way across the big landslide zone to arrive in Thare Gompa. We are still accompanied by the surrounding mountains, throughout the trek. From Thare Gompa, we ascend alongside Thorung Khola and join the main Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. The trail ascends steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, around Thorung La. We walk a little further and then slowly outline the meadows to Yak Kharka (3900m). Overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m/4-5 hours
It is a difficult trek to Thorang Phedi. After walking further, we pass a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi.  On this trip, we are able to witness one of the finest views of peaks like Gundang (5312m), Syagang (6026m), Thorung (644m), and Khatungkang (6484). The word Phedi in Nepalese denotes the foot of a mountain. Overnight at a lodge in Thorong Phedi. 

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath 3800m/7-8 hours via Thorong-La Pass 5416m 
We start early from Phedi as we walk up a tough trail today. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at a lodge in Muktinath.

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m via Lupra Village 2790m/5-6 hours
From Muktinath, we commence our return journey gradually walking along the ridge with unparalleled sights of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri Peak (7061m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Annapurna I (8091m), and so on. Descending along the bare hills on a sandy path, we reach Lupra Village, which is one of the oldest settlements of this region. In Lupra village, we visit the 11th-century Lupra Monastery, where we can see the paintings of the various deities of Tibetan Buddhism. From Lupra, we descend alongside Panda River until we reach a suspension bridge below Ekle Bhatti. Then an easy walk along the Kali Gandaki River takes us back to the windy town of Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minutes 
Early in the morning, we take a flight back to Pokhara enjoying the scenic landscape. You can spend the day in the Lake City either sightseeing or take part in adventure sports. The town offers splendid views of Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Manaslu (8156m). In the evening, you can stroll around the lakeside area. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Pokhara. 

Day 16: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu 25 minutes
Late afternoon, we take a 25 minutes flight from Pokhara and fly over the mountains one last time before landing in Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time exploring the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you at the airport few hours before the scheduled time of your flight. Farewell, and we hope to see you again!

Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Tour)
All inclusive Trek Price for individual/solo trekker; USD 2565
All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 1995 per person 
All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 1910 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis; USD 1740 per person 

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Price Adult Status *
USD 1,995
EUR 1.860
SFr 1.846
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private vehicle.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House or Dalai-La Boutique Resort in Kathmandu.
* 1 night deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 4* Hotel Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All the ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Domestic flight from Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* Government taxes.

Our Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                       Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, 17 Days


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