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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

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Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Public, Bus/Jeep

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 5416m

  • Group size

    Group size: Min-2

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Spring & Autumn

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake-16 Days

Want to witness and enjoy the magnificence of the Himalayan range as you trek around the massif? Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal is the trip for you. It takes you around the spectacular Annapurna range of the Himalayas.

This is a high-altitude adventure that takes you through the wilderness of mountains. You will love this trip as you walk through the river valley to the gigantic mountain region and experience Tilicho Lake which is popular for its location at the highest altitude in Nepal, probably in the world i.e. at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 ft). The feeling at the highest altitude lake is awesome and boundless. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is designed for 16 days which might seem a long, tiring trek but it really worth it.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  • Breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu
  • Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world at 4,919 meters
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters, a challenging and rewarding part of the trek
  • Witnessing the local culture and lifestyle of Nepali villages, and visiting ancient monasteries and temples
  • Relaxing in natural hot springs in Tatopani
  • A variety of accommodation options from basic teahouses to luxurious lodges

What is Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake like?

Famous as Annapurna Circuit Trek, people also call this adventure Around Annapurna Trek, and has also got the nickname the Apple Pie Trek.

Although the trek takes you to the high-altitude wilderness of the mountains, it is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. You will have enough comfortable tea houses along the trail to spend overnights.

The adventure starts at a river valley formed by the Budhi Gandaki River and finishes at Jomsom in Kali Gandaki River Valley. You will witness and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and the surroundings. Kali Gandaki River is famous for Shali grams, which are black stones and are considered to be the most sacred stones. These stones are worshiped in devotion to Lord Vishnu. 

You will also get to explore and enjoy beautiful villages along the trail.

The highest altitude you reach during the adventure is 5,416 meters above sea level at Thorong La.

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

This trekking adventure is for people who like to go on a longer trekking trip to higher elevations. Check the following points and think if this trip is for you.

You can go on this trip if you –

  • Love to spend more time in the mountain wilderness.

  • Want to enjoy walking around the glorious mountain range?

  • Love to explore villages and the lifestyle in the mountains.

  • Can trek in the high altitude.

  • Want to witness and enjoy varying landscapes from riverbeds to high mountains?


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (4,593ft/1,400m)

You will land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be then taken to the hotel after customs clearance and claiming luggage. The representative of Step on Himalaya will accompany you to the hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Welcome dinner by Step on Himalaya in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar: 7/8 hours

Besisahar is approximately 175 km from Kathmandu which takes around 7/8 hours’ drive depending upon the traffic situation. It will be either a tourist bus or jeep or car depending upon the size and budget of the group. Besisahar is the gateway of Annapurna Circuit Trekking. You will enjoy the road trip to Besisahar enjoying the beautiful greenery with scenic mountains, waterfalls, terraced farmlands, and stunning landscapes.  Once you arrive at Besisahar, you will be taken to the designated hotel/tea house. Overnight stay at Besisahar.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Drive from Besisahar to Chame (8,891ft/2,710m): 4/5 hours

The distance between Besisahar to Chame Manang is about 65 Km. It takes around 4/5 hours in a 4-wheeler jeep. The road is quite rough and bouncy. On the way to Chame, you can stop by for lunch as well as click some pictures of the beautiful Himalayas, villages, and waterfalls. It is always recommended to take a jeep drive from Besisahar to Chame as you will start walking the next day and it will let you be prepared. After arriving at Cham, you will go to the tea house and then rest for the day. Overnight stay at Chame.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang (10824ft/3,300m): 5/6 hours

You will pass through a dense forest walking on a steep and narrow road. You will ascend the vertical rock. Possibly this is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley. After crossing this last part of the rocky trail, you will arrive in the open land of the Marshyangdi valley surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas. The Paungda Danda is another slope that escalates towards 1500m. /5,000 ft. You will then reach Lower Pisang to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang (11545ft/3519m): 6/7 hours

You will continue your journey towards Manang from Lower Pisang after having breakfast. You will follow the trail leading towards Upper Pisang via Geru. En route, you will see the picturesque views of the gorgeous snow-capped peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Pisang, etc. The unique landscape and the lush vegetation are superb with a little harsh environment. The Barge Monastery here in Manang is the largest monastery in Manang District. You can take short breaks to maintain your pace as you are walking to a higher altitude. Lunch midway. After walking for about 6/7 hours, you will finally reach the destination i.e. Manang village. Overnight stay at Manang.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Manang (11545ft/3519m)

Acclimatization day is a leisure day to let your body relax. This day is for relaxing your muscles and getting prepared to go to higher elevations and adjust accordingly. You can still opt for a short hike to Gangapurna Lake or Bhojo Gumpa. Let yourself enjoy the cool environment of the Annapurna Himalayas. You can also visit Braga Village if you have leisure time. But make sure, you will be fully prepared for the next day's walk. The choice is yours: hike or rest. There is the Himalayan Rescue Association where you will get some information about the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This is helpful and very supportive to go further in the trek. Overnight stay at Manang.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 7: Trek from Manang to Siri kharka (13,325 ft/4050 m): 5/6 hours

After breakfast, the trek will commence with ascent crossing the Manang village and then descend to the riverside until we will cross a suspension bridge. You will then pass through the dense forests of pines and reach the Khangsar village which is predominantly dwelled by the Tibetan community. Lunch break here and then continue walking until today’s destination, Siri kharka. Overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Siri khraka to Tilicho base camp (13583 ft /4140 m): 4/5 hour

Breakfast is the start of the day. You will start the trek walking through the landslide area. As you walk on, you will be stunned by the impressive unique rock formations at the Tilicho base camp. After reaching the camp, you can have mesmerizing views of Tilicho Peak and adjoining snowy peaks. Rest for the day and enjoy the panoramic views of the chilling alpine climate. Overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek from Tilicho base camp to Tilicho Lake then back to Siri kharka (16,120 ft /4,950 m): 5/6 hours

Tilicho Lake is considered to be the lake at the highest elevation in the world i.e. at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 ft). You will be climbing up gradually until you reach Tilicho Lake. An early day hike is exhausting but worthy enough to have the beautiful morning view of Tilicho Lake. The panoramic view is so impressive that you will want to stay there for a longer time. After visiting Tilicho Lake and spending some time there, you will walk down to Siri kharka and rest for the day. The whole trekking might take around 5/6 hours depending upon your pace. Overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Siri kharka to Yak kharka (13020 ft/ 4040 m): 5/6 hours

We follow the rugged pathways down to Khangsar village. You can see many beautiful monasteries and ancient gumbas on the way. You will hike up for a few hours until you reach the height of Yak kharka. This is one of the best viewpoints for the mighty Annapurna and Gangapurna Himalayan ranges. Rest for the day and then overnight stay at Yak kharka.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Yak kharka to Thorong phedi (14050 ft/4420 m): 3/ 4 hours

Yak Kharka is the vantage point for the enchanting views of the mighty Himalayas. The alpine climate is chilling and crispy but enjoyable as you will be ascending further to Thorong Phedi. You will be continuing the trail crossing through the dense forests and bubbling rivers until Thorong Phedi. Phedi means the base. So by this meaning, the Thorong Phedi is the base of Thorong La pass which is another highest point to be attained during this Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (12467 ft/3800 m) via Thorong La pass (17764 ft/ 5416 m): 7/8 hours

Today is quite a long walk which will surely be tiring but also interesting as you will reach the highest point of this Annapurna Circuit Trek. After having breakfast, from Thorong Phedi, you will head towards Muktinath today. The Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world situated at an elevation of 5416m. You will cross from East to West i.e. Manang to Muktinath. You will wake up around 3 a.m. and then start walking up so that you will reach Muktinath before dusk. Stop by the midway for Lunch. When you reach the top of the mountain, you will realize your achievement is worth it. Happiness is unmeasurable. After spending some time at Thorong La pass, you will descend towards the Muktinath Valley at the base of Thorong La pass. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (8,760ft/2,670m): 5/6 hours

You can opt to visit the Muktinath temple early in the morning. This is an optional visit. Muktinath temple is a pilgrimage that many pilgrims visit yearly as there is the belief that visiting this temple and bathing in the water of this temple lets you wash out your sins. Anyone can visit this temple. There are no restrictions but mainly Hindu pilgrims visit for their religious beliefs. Then after having breakfast, the drive will begin from Muktinath to Tatopani in a local jeep or bus. The road is rough and follows the Trail of Kali Gandaki River which is famous for Shali grams. You will enjoy the road trip as the scenarios of the Himalayas and landscapes are overwhelming. After reaching Tatopani, you will head to the Tea house for an overnight stay. It will take around 5/6 hours to reach Tatopani from Muktinath. As per the name Tatopani meaning hot water, there are hot springs where you can enjoy a hot water bath. Overnight stay at Tatopani.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (9,350ft/2,850m): 6/7 hours

The driving distance between Tatopani and Pokhara is about 317 km. It takes approximately 6/7 hours to drive from Tatopani to Pokhara in a local bus or jeep. This is still a mountainous road trip so it will still be jumpy and jagged but as you approach Pokhara, the road will be leveled and coal-tarred. After arriving at Pokhara, you will head to the hotel. Rest for the day. Evening walk or cycling if you want. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6/7 hours by tourist coach

Today after having breakfast, you will head back to Kathmandu in a well-air-conditioned tourist coach enjoying the greenery, aspiring Himalayan views, waterfalls, juggling rivers, and the terraced farmlands. It will take around 6/7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. Lunch at the highway restaurant. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest and overnight stay in Kathmandu. Preparing for the next destination or home country the following day.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 16: Final departure from Kathmandu, Nepal as per your flight schedule

The final day in Nepal if you don’t have any other trips. After having breakfast, you will head to the Tribhuwan International Airport in a private comfy vehicle depending upon the schedule of your flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Is the proposed itinerary suitable for you?
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Cost Details

What is included?

  • International transfer on arrival and departure in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local transportation (Kathmandu to Besisahar to Chame, Muktinath to Tatopani, Tatopani to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu to hotel) - Bus or local Jeep
  • Full-board meals are included during the entire trekking
  • Accommodation in Tea houses throughout the trekking
  • An experienced English-speaking Government Licensed Guide, 1 assistant trek guide for (more than 8 trekkers) including their food, lodging, transportation, salary, and Insurance
  • Entrance fees, TIMS, other permits to Conservation areas, etc.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Supplementary snacks like cookies, biscuits, or energy bars
  • Seasonal fresh fruits 
  • Trekking equipment as sleeping bag, down jacket (on a return basis, on rent)
  • Certificate of Appreciation after successful completion of the trek
  • Souvenir from Step on Himalaya (SOH): Trekking route map and printed SOH company T-shirt
  • Farewell Dinner (traditional Nepalese food items) 
  • Emergency Evacuation Rescues if any adverse health conditions happen (must be covered by Travel and Medical insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes, VAT, and official charges

What is not included?

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Air Fare
  • Charges for extra luggage/baggage
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extended stay
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditures like bar bills, beverages, phone bills, laundry, hot showers, etc.
  • Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Tips to the staff
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the ”What is Included” section