Tilicho Lake With Annapurna Circuit Trek

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destination Annapurna
duration 16 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,416m
group size 2-15
meal All inclusive
activity 6-7 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Autumn/Spring

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No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,490
Pax 2 USD 1,450
Pax 3 USD 1,390
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,350
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,290
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,250
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,190
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Tilicho Lake With Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tilicho Lake With Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you to the captivating emerald green Tilicho Lake and through Thorong La Pass (5416m) and offers some fantastic views of the Annapurna Massif making 16-day trek one that is full of adventure - and will provide lasting memories. 

This trek includes Tilicho Lake (the world’s highest lake) and takes you to the culturally rich Buddhist village of Manang. The trail heads through the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge on earth) and through one of the highest altitude passes in Nepal – Thorong La Pass. This trek is within the Annapurna Conservation Area. You will visit the spiritually significant Muktinath Temple (3710m), sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, situated near the base of Thorong La Pass. On the trail you will trek through sub-tropical forests and as you climb higher will pass through rhododendron and cyprus forests. The highlight and camera enthusiasts dream are the remarkable views of the Annapurna Ranges and Tilicho Lake.

The 16 day trek begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. We will then drive to Syange and then start trekking towards Dharapani until we will reach Manang. From Manang, we leave for Khangsar and then trek towards Tilicho Base Camp where we will stay the night. Early the next morning we trek for around 9 hours before reaching Yak Kharka. The next day we trek to Jomsom.

Sherpa Teams is confident that your journey into this region will leave you with many treasured memories. We have over 40 years (Est. 1977) in this business and will take care of every detail, including permits, meals and accommodation on this trek.

ITINERARY

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On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by a Sherpa Teams representative and taken to your hotel near Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed on what to expect on your trek to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

This morning we will drive for about 5 to 6 hours before arriving at Besisahar - about 190 kilometers from Kathmandu. From Besisahar we will go by jeep to Syange where you will have some breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Mt. Manaslu (8156m), and Mt Lamjung (6983m).

This morning we follow the trail through a gorge with incredible waterfalls cascading down into it and with a number of awesome views of snow-capped peaks along the trail. The winding trail leads us from Syange and via Jagat village (1410m) before coming to Chamje Village. After crossing the bridge there is a steep ascent before we reach the village of Tal (1700m) situated beside the Marsyangdi River. From Tal we continue on before reaching today’s destination, Dharapani village where we will stay the night.

Today we trek from Dharapani slowly climbing higher and with a noticeable change and cooler conditions. You will also notice a change in the terrain at this higher elevation as the trail passes through forests before reaching the Tibetan village of the Bagarchhap with its typical Tibetan architecture. Heading higher we come to the apple-growing region with farms along the way, pine forests and views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks. We then follow the Marsyangdi River upstream and pass the villages of Manang and Koto before arriving at Chame. It is an easy walk from Koto to Chame where we will spend the night. Chame is the district headquarters of the Manang region.

Leaving Chame we pass through Telekhu Village and along the trail have some wonderful views of Annapurna and Pisang (6091m). We then have to re-cross the river on a suspension bridge to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River. We then head higher passing a pine-forest as we trek through the upper reaches of the Manang valley to Pisang. Tonight we stay at Pisang.

The town of Pisang is the beginning of our trek in the upper Manang area. Today we follow the trail to Braga; a Tibetan village with its unique architecture and houses constructed one upon the other. One of Manang’s main attractions is its Gompa (Buddhist fortification), the largest in the Manang region. Manang is a popular destination with trekkers and is also a place to acclimatize before trekking to higher altitudes.

Medical professionals strongly recommend that before heading to higher elevations trekkers spend some time acclimatizing. They also suggest you stay active during this time. From Manang you will have some truly spectacular views of Annapurna II; Annapurna III (7555m); Gangapurna (7454 m); and to the south to Tilicho (7132 m); and the Grand Barrier (a 7000m ridge) to the west; Chulu West (6583m) and Chulu East (6059m) in the north. Today, to better acclimatize to these higher altitudes we will climb up to Khangsar (3756m). Tonight we stay at Manang.

This morning we leave Manang and trek for 4 to 5 hours before coming to Kangsar Village (3756m). The trail then heads uphill to Siri Kharka. The trail is physically demanding, but once we reach higher altitudes the views will make up for it. You will have some astonishing views of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu. We have to be careful on this section of the trail to avoid slips on the rough stony path and the possibility of avalanches. Tonight we will stay at Tilicho Base Camp.

At around 4:30 am we get up and head to Tilicho Lake and then head back via Tilicho Base Camp where we will stop for lunch. We then head to Shree Kharka for the night.

We begin the day with a steady climb as pass the last village near Manang. As we climb higher we are rewarded with great views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and close up views of Chuli Peak. As we head higher the vegetation thins and is more barren with only juniper bushes along the trail. We then arrive at the small settlement of Yak Kharka where we will stay overnight. You will arrive in time to wander around the village.

This morning we continue to head higher and will reach Thorong Phedi where we will stay the night. If we arrive early enough we may decide to climb the zigzag trail Upper Phedi or High Camp where there are several teahouses and a lodge. If we decide on this trek higher it means we have less distance to cover on the trail tomorrow to the pass.

Another early start means we can reach the pass early enough to avoid the common strong winds later in the day. From the pass, we have views of Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti, and the Dhaulagiri range. Crossing the pass is relatively easy, but due to the high altitude and possible snow, it can be physically draining. The descent is steep and rough going, but on the way down you have exceptional views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m). We eventually arrive at the holy village of Muktinath that attracts pilgrims from Nepal and India during significant holy days of the Hindu and Buddhist calendar.

From Muktinath we descend around 1,200 meter to the Kaligandaki River with a short stop at Ekle Bhatti at one of its teahouses. Following the trail through the valley the weather can be quite windy. Continuing on we arrive at Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang region and with its airport just above the Kaligandaki River. Tonight we will stay at the quaint village of Marpha with its whitewashed houses, paved streets and several well maintained lodges. Tonight you may wish to sample the well known apple products, such as apple cider, brandy and juice.

You have an option An early morning 30-minute scenic flight takes us to Pokhara. from Jomsom. If you want to take a flight the trip price will be an extra USD 142 per person. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be taken to your hotel near Phewa Tal (lake). This afternoon you will be taken on a tour to the close by Devi’s Falls, the museum, the nearby Tibetan refugee camp, and to the Gupteshwor Cave. In the evening you may wish to unwind at one of the many bars and restaurants along Lakeside.

Today we head back on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Kathmandu with many warm memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. We may decide to fly back to Kathmandu on the 30-minute flight. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotels near Thamel where you can catch up on some last-minute shopping or hang-out at a café or bar.

A representative from Sherpa Teams will take you to the airport at least three hours prior to your departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic adventure will be firmly embedded in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us to this amazing mountainous region.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • Free airport  transfer on arrival and departures  by private vehicles
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
  • Sherpa Teams’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
  • 2 night standard accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathamndu in a twin-sharing basis including 2 breakfasts.
  • 1 night standard accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara in a twin-sharing basis including 1 breakfasts.
  • All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • All necessary papers including Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) 
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek
  • Assistant guide for the group 8 or above
  • Transportation from Kathmandu – Besishar- Syange, and Jomsom - Tatopani - Pokhara  - Kathmandu by local bus/ Tourist / Shared Jeep 
  • Seasonal fresh fruits are every evening after dinner.
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
  • Sherpa Team’s complimentary free T-shirt
  • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of the high altitude sickness.
  • Compressive first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees (You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra accommodations and meals before and after the Anapurna base camp trek
  • International airfare 
  • Lunch And Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohols, snacks, tea, coffee, hot water, minerals water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, fee
  • Travel insurance - make sure to cover an emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuations from the high altitude up to 600 m 
  • Personal clothing or gears 
  • Additional cost, the itinerary modifications or delay caused by out of management control due to the weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
  • Gratitudes to the guides and staffs (Recommended by local culture )
  • And any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price "inclusive section" of this program

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that combines the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek with a side trip to Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters. This trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range, diverse landscapes, and an opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the local communities.

The complete Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek usually takes around 9-20 days. However, the duration can be customized according to your preferences and time availability. The trekking itinerary includes acclimatization days to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. The trail involves steep ascents, descents, and long walking days. It is important to have a good level of fitness and prior trekking experience. Acclimatization days are included in the itinerary to help your body adjust to the high altitude.

The best time to do the Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, considering the weather conditions and your preferences.

For the Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

Accommodation during the trek is in teahouses or guesthouses along the trail. These provide basic facilities such as a bed, blankets, and shared bathrooms. It is advisable to bring a sleeping bag for extra comfort and warmth. The teahouses also serve meals and snacks, offering a variety of local and international dishes.

Yes, it is possible to do the trek independently. However, hiring a guide and/or a porter is highly recommended for a more enjoyable and safe experience. They can provide valuable assistance, navigation, and insights into the local culture. Additionally, they can help carry your backpack, allowing you to focus on the trek itself.

The Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek offers several highlights, including breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), exploring the unique culture and traditions of the local communities, and the opportunity to visit the stunning Tilicho Lake.

Altitude sickness can be a concern during the Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek, as you reach high altitudes. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. The trekking itinerary includes gradual ascents and acclimatization days to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. It is advisable to consult with a doctor and prepare accordingly.

Yes, it is possible to combine the Tilicho Lake with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This extended trek offers a more comprehensive experience of the Annapurna region, including the iconic Annapurna Base Camp. It requires additional time and physical fitness, but it rewards you with stunning views and a diverse range of landscapes.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,490
Pax 2 USD 1,450
Pax 3 USD 1,390
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,350
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,290
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,250
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,190
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  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

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USD 1,350

Per Person

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