ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT WITH TILICHO LAKE TREK 10 DAYS

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destination Tilicho Thorong La Pass
duration 10 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,416 m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 6-7 Hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

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No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,090
Pax 2 USD 1,050
Pax 3 USD 990
Pax 4 to 6 USD 950
Pax 7 to 12 USD 890
Pax 13 to 18 USD 850
Pax 19 to 24 USD 790
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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT WITH TILICHO LAKE TREK 10 DAYS

10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake – Mesmerizing diversified adventurous Hiking trail of Nepal - Annapurna Himalayas

The Annapurna Circuit Trek With Tilicho Lake (4920m) Trek consistently ranks among the world's most popular treks. We will have an easy hike to begin with before the trail connects to the clean Marsyangdi River valley. The incredibly adventurous hike up to Thorung La pass, located at a height of 5416 m, and the World's highest Lake Tilicho Lake 4920 meters is a special highlight of the Annapurna Circuit trek.

During the Annapurna Circuit With Tilicho Lake trek we will see a variety of sceneries and zones that range from subtropical to alpine terrains. In this trek, we will also encounter diverse ecosystems, different Gurung, Magar, thakuri cultures, and varying landscapes ranging from lush paddy fields and oak forests to rough mountain terrain. And finally, After crossing the high pass we get to trek the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in earth!

This short 10 Days trek offers an extraordinary panorama of Mount Annapurna (8,097 m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mount Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Tukuche together with many other stunning peaks in the background. Annapurna trek is extremely beautiful, with numerous orchid forests surrounding the trail, and rhododendrons covering entire hills in their typical red hue in the spring (march April And May).

On this trek, we get to observe a variety of wildlife including Himalaya Thar, Blue sheep, snow leopards, mountain thar, jackal, different species of birds including colored Impeyan, kokla, blood pheasant, and several species of butterflies and insects. In total, 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, 450 species of birds, and 9 types of rhododendrons are indigenous to the Annapurna region.

The Tilicho Lake, recognized as the highest lake in the earth, is located at an eye-catching spot in this region at an elevation of 4920 m. While trekking to the scenic Pisang and Manang valley, the Thorung Peak and Annapurna can also be witnessed.

Its uneven but beautiful Annapurna trail will let you observe the crystal-clear Tilicho Lake (4920m), a lush spread of wildflowers, and stunning views of great Himalayan peaks. The unique combination of nature and Buddhist culture is what makes the Annapurna Circuit with the side trip of Tilicho Lake trek one of the most popular trekking routes in Earth.

ITINERARY

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Today we head by bus to Besisahar 6-7 hours and jeep to Jagat and then to the bustling town of Dharapani (1860m). We then continue on to Chame that sits on the banks of the Marsyangdi River. There are some fantastic views of Annapurna II (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,932m), Manaslu (8,154m), and Peak 29 (7,833m).

After leaving Chame we head to the village of Telekhu and on the trail have some magnificent views of the Annapurna Ranges and Mt. Pisang (6091m). Further along the trail, we have to re-cross a suspension bridge to the south side of the Marsyangdi River and then ascend and pass through a pine forest and into the upper reaches of the Manang Valley before coming to Pisang.

Pisang is the beginning of our trek into the upper Manang area. Today we follow a 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 temple), being the biggest in the Manang region. Manang is also very popular with trekkers who stay here in order to acclimatize before heading higher.

Medical professionals recommend that before heading to higher elevations that trekkers spend some time acclimatizing. They also recommend staying active. Today we will climb up to Khangsar (3756m) as a way to further help us acclimatize. Overnight stay at Manang. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Leaving Manang we pass the village of Khangsar, an unusual village with its unique houses (stone) and culture. The trail follows the ridge before it reaches Khangsar (3734m). The village offers a rare view of the obscure Kang Guru Peak (6981m).

Today we climb higher toward Tilicho Lake, around 5 to 6-hour trek, located at the base of Tilicho Peak (7134m). Along the trail, you may see yaks and deer grazing. The changing light causes the color of the lake to change through many shades of blue. After some time admiring the lake and surrounding peaks and snapping some photos we will return to Sri Kharka. It covers an area of 4.8 sqkm. Guesthouse accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today we begin our trek descending to Khangsar Village today passing through Tare Gumba (3870m) known for its monastery. We follow the Thorong Khola Valley until we reach the abandoned village of Old Khangsar before reaching our destination Yak Kharka then after 3 hour walk to reach Thorong Phedi. Guesthouse accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today is most likely the toughest day of the trek, hiking for around 7-8 hours. The higher altitude contributes to the degree of difficulty, and sometimes strong winds in these upper regions. Along the trail we may pass sheep, yaks and merchants transporting their goods. Once we reach Thorong La Pass we will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). Leaving the pass we descend around 1600 metres and the brilliant Dhaulagiri (Dhavali giri, meaning “White Mountain”) is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nepal. The trail is more undulating and relatively easy before we reach Muktinath where we stay the night after a 10 hour trek. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

From Muktinath, we head to the town of Jomsom, Tatopani, and Beni Bazaar on our way to Pokhara. Pokhara is well known for its Phewa Tal (lake) where we will stay at a hotel overnight. You may choose to wander the shops along ‘lakeside’ and sit at the edge of the lake and watch the sunset over the Annapurna ranges.

On the road back to Kathmandu we pass the Marsyangdi River and afterward the Trishuli River before coming to Kathmandu. If you begin thinking about further adventures in Nepal, then we are here to assist you.

SERVICES

Cost Includes

  • Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar by Bus, to Chame by sharing Jeep, and from Jomsom to Pokhara by Local bus.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • One night accommodation in a selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Tea House/ Lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during trek.
  • Government License holder Sherpa Expedition and Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara- lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

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.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

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 Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a challenging and scenic trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It combines the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek with a side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and trekking agency. Typically, it takes around 9-12 days to complete the trek. This includes the trekking days and acclimatization/rest days.

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, with the exception of the monsoon season (June to August) when the trail can be muddy and prone to landslides.

Yes, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to do the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is considered to be a challenging trek. It involves long days of trekking, steep ascents and descents, and high altitude. A high level of fitness and prior trekking experience are recommended.

The maximum altitude reached during the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Tilicho Lake itself is located at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet).

Accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is usually in basic teahouses or lodges along the trail. These provide simple rooms with shared facilities. As for food, you can expect to find a variety of Nepali and international dishes, including dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), momo (dumplings), and noodles.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, it is highly recommended, especially if you are not familiar with the area or have limited trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable insights, help with navigation, and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

Some essential items to pack for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, a good-quality backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

Yes, the duration of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek can be customized based on your preferences and fitness level. It is advisable to consult with a trekking agency or guide to plan the itinerary according to your needs.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,090
Pax 2 USD 1,050
Pax 3 USD 990
Pax 4 to 6 USD 950
Pax 7 to 12 USD 890
Pax 13 to 18 USD 850
Pax 19 to 24 USD 790
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  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

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USD 950

Per Person

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