Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho
Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts from the town of Besisahar. We ascend steadily towards Manang past the cultural communities of Bhulbhule, Jagat, Dharapani, Chame and Pisang. The dry yet captivating terrain of Manang welcomes the trekkers, where they acclimatize for further ascend. Wide blue Tilicho lake stands ready to provide a lifetime memory to the climbers. We climb to the snowy and stunning Thorung La Pass and further trek down the snowy-dry terrain of the Holy Muktinath Temple surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty. It is equally sacred for the Hindu and Buddhist followers and hence Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries coexist harmoniously. This presents us with an ocean full of opportunities to explore and wander through the mystical land of Annapurna region. We continue ahead to the stunning Jomsom valley and reach out to the relaxing natural hot spring at Tatopani. After the splendid sunrise view at Poonhill, we trek back to the courtyard of Machapuchare, the serene Pokhara Valley. Rest at the Lake City of Pokhara marks the end of this journey. The cultural legacy of Ghorepani, landscapes varying from sub-tropical to alpine forests to snowy barren, immaculate meadows, warm hospitality of locals, beautiful waterfalls and lakes are all captivating.
Trek to Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake or simply Tilicho Lake trekking is of vigorous nature requiring resilience and mental as well as physical determination to complete the trek.
Day 01: Kathmandu City Tour.
The first day of our trip is set aside for exploration of historical heritages of Kathmandu, we shall begin it with our visit to our office after breakfast. We shall interact with the trekking leader and guides, tour guide and director of operations, and have interaction about the necessary preparations for the trek, equipments needed and its management and other queries from the side of trekkers regarding the trek. Exploring the ancient heritages listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site List such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and other monuments with excellent architecture are the highlights of this sightseeing.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Beshisahar (900m) 5hrs by Local Bus or Private Car/Jeep then trek to Bhulbhule. 840m (2/3 hrs).
After Breakfast, our guide escorts you from Kathmandu; take you to Beshisahar after almost 7-8 hours’ drive. You drive from Kathmandu (1300m) down the hill through the high way. A long chain of green hill in both sides and beautiful river on right side follow throughout your drive. You pass through Marshyangdi river valley and finally reached the Beshisahar. Upon reaching Besishar we shall head onward to our next & final destination of the day Bhulbhule.
Stay overnight at Bhulbhule.
Day 03: Trek from Bhulbhule to Jagat. 1300m (5/6 hrs).
Today, we cross the Marshyangdi River and continue along its right fork. We pass some tropical trees and terraced fields and soon we glimpse the first sights of one of the 8000 m peaks, Mount Manaslu (8161m), as well as Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. From Ngadi, our path climbs steadily to Bhaudanda-a small Hindu village (1300m) with shops and tea houses. From Bhaundanda our trail abruptly dips to Syange (1080m). We’ll cross the Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge and continue trek along the peaceful river and climb to the stone village of Jagat (1330m).
Stay overnight at Jagat.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani. 1995m (5/6 hrs).
From Jagat our trail descends, crossing Ghatte Khola stream and climbs again through forest- From here onwards our path crosses to the east fork of Marshyangdi River. Soon we climb steep stone steps past the village of Sattale (1680m), past fields and rhododendrons along the river bank and later climb to the open plateau of Tal (1700m). We continue gradually uphill, passing the villages of Khorte and Karte to finally reach at Dharapani (1960m).
Stay overnight at Dharapani.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame. 2670m (5/6 hrs).
Today, we pass a village school and also you can see the way coming down from Larkya Pass (Manaslu trekking) and continue gradually up through a forest to the typical Tibetan-style village of Bagarchhap (2160). Walking along the left bank of the river, we gradually climb to Danak (2210m). After Danak we shall cross a suspension bridge and climb up to Timang village (2600m) to continue our trek to Koto (2640m). After Koto it is an easy walk to Chame (2670m) the largest village and the Headquarter of Manang District.
Stay overnight at Chame.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang. 3300m (5/6 hrs).
Today, our trek heads west after crossing a bridge but if you wish to see the small hot spring you can walk 2 minutes to the east side of the bridge. After following the west trail from the bridge we shall now continue trekking along the river banks through Telekhu (2840m) to Bharatang which is surrounded by apple orchards. Continuing on the trail for about 30 minutes take us through the banks of the Marshyangdi River, we cross another bridge and proceed with the gradual ascent about 30 minutes to reach at Dhukure Pokhari (3200m). The trail now gradually turns planar and you would reach Pisang in about an hour. Pisang offers magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak.
Stay overnight at Pisang.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang. 3540m (5/6 hrs)
It takes about five and half hours to reach our final destination today. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which provides good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7134m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hongde (3420m), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga (3500m) with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us.
Stay overnight at Manang.
Day 08: Manang Rest. (Sightseeing at Manang village, Gangapurna glacier & Lake)
Today is our a rest day for acclimatization as we are trekking at higher elevations so today you can make short visit to Gangapurna Lake, monastery and Manang village but if you wish to do some hiking trip then you can visit Milarepa cave but if you decide to hike around Ice Lake then you need to extend your rest day in Manang because Ice Lake is hard so a full day trip from Manang is needed. You need some rest at Manang for acclimatization so it’s better to not over do it while acclimatizing.
Stay overnight at Manang.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp. 4150m (5/6 hrs)
Continuing from Manang on a large path, passing a Gompa (monastery), the route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point there is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continuing along the new path, we reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4,200m.
Stay overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 10: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920 m early morning and trek to Siru Kharka. (7/8 hrs)
Today we shall hike up to the highest Lake in the world which is waiting to meet us to see the incredible view of Tilicho Lake, Tilicho peak, Mount Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu West and many. After that we shall trek down to little low altitude Siru Kharka (3,930 m) which shall be the last and final destination for the day.
Stay overnight at Siru Kharka.
Day 11: Trek from Siru Kharka to Thorung Phedi. 4450m (4/5 hrs)
Today we start our trail from Siru Kharka to Thorung Phedi by crossing the graze of horses and yak which might take us 5 hours. After crossing wooden bridge and by walking up hill we shall reach our final destination of the day which is Thorung Phedi. And for your knowledge, Thorung Phedi is the last village on the route before Thorung La pass.
Stay overnight at Thorung Phedi.
Day 12: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) Via Thorung La Pass (5416m)
We wake up early in the morning to go across Thorung La Pass at 5416m. The trail becomes steep instantly after leaving Thorung Phedi but easy to follow. About 4-6 hours of ascent leads us to the top of the Pass, which is fully decorated with prayer flags, a Chorten and stone cairn built by trekkers. At the top of Thorung La there is one tea shop but runs only in trekking season where you can have hot tea / coffee. The views from the trail and from the pass are grandiose. You shall see Thorung peak, Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang and Kali Gandaki valley etc. After Thorung La the trail descends steeply proceeding towards Chabarbu (4290m), with availability of tiny seasonable teahouse. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great reverence by both the Hindus and Buddhists.
Stay overnight at Muktinath.
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom. 2720m (6/7 hrs)
We start to ascend as our trekking takes us through Ranipawuwa, Gharkot and other small villages to all the way down to Jomsom. On the way we can get beautiful view of the landscape, diverse cultural variation and kind hospitality of local community. And as we reach Jomsom we can explore around it and get local brandy product made from apple which is a very famous brandy in this region.
Stay overnight at Jomsom.
Day 14: Trek from Jomsom to Kobang. 2560m (5/6 hrs)
Now onwards we shall start descending downwards and today we shall head on towards Kobang. We shall walk past stonewalled orchards until we come across the stone gate which is the entrance to the village of Marpha, famous for monasteries, life style, apples and brandy made of apples. Then, after few hours of walk we shall again witness the narrow stone paved alleys and enclosed houses which are built to protect the settlement from the strong wind in the kali Gandaki area to reach our last destination for the day which Kobang.
Stay overnight at Kobang.
Day 15: Trek from Kobang to Ghasa. 2010m (5/6 hrs)
We shall start walking towards Larjung today. We come across many forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki after walking for a sometime. We shall walk for 4 hours to reach Larjung which is a small town where the major attractions are the houses built in traditional Tibetan style, narrow alleys and tunnels. And after walking for couple of hours you will find yourself in the Thakali village of Ghasa where you can see the flat-roofed Tibetan style houses.
Stay overnight at Ghasa.
Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani. (Natural Hot Spring) 1190m (5/6 hrs)
The trekking trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. And there lies the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains, Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) which are facing each other near Rupse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani (1190m) through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases.
Stay overnight at Tatopani.
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani. 2780m (7/8 hrs)
The trekking trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now the path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. While on our trek today we shall see the best panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Ghara (1780m), Shikha (1950m), Phalate (2390m), Chitre (2420m) and so on. You pass through many rhododendron forests and come across wildlife such as monkeys and birds of various species. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) is a small pass known as Ghorepani Deurali (2855m) so more tourists stay here than downhill situated Ghorepani for better views.
Stay overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 18: Hiking an hour to Poonhill for sunrise (3210m) and trek to Nayapool. 1100m (6/7 hrs) then drive to Pokhara by private Jeep.
We do an early morning hike up to Poonhill (3210m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Bahra Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After enjoying the view in Poonhill we now descend towards Nayapool which might take us about 7 hours to reach and upon reaching there we shall take a drive back to Pokhara.
Stay overnight at Nayapool.
Day 19: Pokhara Rest
Today, you have a full leisure day to relax or do some shopping around Pokhara so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with our guide to arrange some extra activities. And later in the evening you can enjoy walking along the banks of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake waters.
Stay overnight at Pokhara.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus/Car/Air.
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu; you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. And from Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. The alternative here is that you can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu arrival and transfer to hotel.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara return by AC bus or flight
- All necessary permits, TIMS and Conservation fees
- All ground transportations
- Guide and staffs wages and insurance
- Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- All meal during the trek (lunch, dinner and breakfast)
- All trekking equipment (tents, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, etc.)
- Bar bills, laundry and tips
- Rescue, insurance and souvenir shopping
- Items of personal expenses
- Personal rescue if needed
- Nepal entry visa fees
#Note above day to day itinerary. May be change depending on weather and flight.