Annapurna & Tilicho base camp trek is a wonderful package of trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manang, and Mustang, with the adventure of trekking through the Thorong La Pass and visiting the highest altitude lake in the world—the Tilicho Lake.
During this trek, you shall also get the chance to see a village constructed in the Tibetan-style and the opportunity to visit and explore temples and water spouts in Muktinath—the place equally religiously important to Buddhist and Hindus. You will experience the sudden change in the climate as you make your way to Manang with a more dry and cold climate. This is the perfect trekking package for all those trekkers who want to experience walking in a relatively underrated area and who are seeking adventure, pure culture, a refreshing new climate and vegetation, magnificent views of Annapurna range and the beauty of tranquil Tilicho Lake.
The 18-day itinerary starts after your arrival in Kathmandu. From there you will drive to Chamje and then start trekking towards Dharapani. Via Chame, Pisang and finally reaching Manang. From Manang, you will leave for Khangsar and then head towards the Tilicho Base Camp. Next, you will visit Tilicho Lake spending some time there before returning back to Tilicho Base Camp. The next day you will head towards Yak Kharka. After leaving Thorang Phedi you will cross the Thorong La Pass and reach Muktinath and then trek towards Jomsom where you will catch a flight to Pokhara, and via another flight the next day you shall reach Kathmandu.
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Highlights of the Tilicho Base Camp Trek
- Tilicho Base Camp Trek is one of the rewarding and challenging trips in your life.
- Climb to Tilicho Lake nestled at foot of the Annapurna range.
- This trek is situated 4,920m from the sea level and one of the highest lakes in the world.
- Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the Thorang-La Pass 5,416m.
- Encounter a wide Annapurnas range of landscape are Buddhist and Hindus sites.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking(P) Ltd.
Day 02: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Beshishar 823m. 7-8 hrs.
After early breakfast, a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just a few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it’s the district headquarter of Lamjung region.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,860m 3 – 4 hrs.
Trekking starts from Besisahar with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. The trail is quite steep for half an hour leading you to lush farm terraces fields. As you trek further, you will reach the top of a ridge, which gives you a magnificent view of waterfalls. As you walk along some local villages and terrace farms, you will get to Chamje village.
From Chamje, you will cross a bridge before another steep climb to Tal. This village lies by the side of the river Marsyangdi on a gorge-valley. As you leave Tal. the trek gets easier as there is a gentle path to a large bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will reach the village of Dharapani, where you will stay overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,715m. 5 – 6 hrs.
From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchhap and the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasantly cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, a half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame the district headquarters of Manang region.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3,200m. 6 hrs.
The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.
Day 06: Trek to Manang 3,540m. Approx. 4 – 5 hrs.
From Pisang onwards, the walks lead with the constant view of the high snow-capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdae village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdae, from Hongdae the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas, and religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang.
A necessary day to REST and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna-II, Annapurna-III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), to the South – Tilicho (7,132m), and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6,583m) and Chulu East (6,059m) to the North.
Day 08: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp 4,150m. 5-6 hrs.
Khangsar sees few trekkers, despite being quite accessible from Manang. The medieval village has retained its ancient houses and traditional culture. It has OK lodges but mattresses were thin. As more trekkers discover the attractions of Tilicho Lake, Khangsar should see an increase in trekkers and mattress thickness!
Below Manang, down on the northwest side, is a Kani, where a sigh for Tilicho is painted on the rock, indicating right. The trail basically climbs along a ridge and hillside to Khangsar (3734m). The village offers a rare view of the elusive peak of Kang Guru peak that dominates the Nar Phu trek.
Day 09: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m and back to base camp Trek to Shree Kharka 6 - 7 hrs.
Early in the morning wakeup 4:30 am and hike to Tilicho lake and get back to the Tilicho Base hotel take a lunch break and trek reward to Shreekharka it takes about 3 hours.
Day 10: Shreekharka to Yak Kharka 4,050m. 3 – 4 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Shreekharka the trail from here leads to a slow climb for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche and the close up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight with time for a short hike around.
Day 11: Trek to Thorung high camp 4,925m 3 – 4 hrs.
The trail from here leads to a slow climb up, after the last settlement of Lear, the track gently winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Touche and the close up view of Chuli peaks as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s, then slowly reaching at Thorang Phedi for the overnight. Depending upon your fitness if all is well here at lunchtime continue the climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp where there are few teahouses or lodge reaching here makes the walk easier start for the next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m via Thorang-la 5,416m. 6 – 8 hrs.
Starting early after breakfast, so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding gravel path, in the beginning, can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the first ridge walk continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till a small glacial pond is reached where there is a small teahouse. From here another hour and a half lead to the top of the pass. Though the crossing of the Pass is not technically difficult, one’s got to take it slowly in account the complications of altitude and possible snow, after 3-4 hours of struggle from the bottom, then finally reaching at the height of 5,416 meter at Thorang-la, an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery can be seen from the top of this pass. The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. Along descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching the bottom there are about two or three teahouses for refreshment, after a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,670m. 6 hrs.
After Muktinath, journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present, it’s a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy, and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.
Day 14: Drive or fly to Pokhara 7-8 hrs.
A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs.
As per the flight schedule a short drive it takes seven hours you to the Pokhara domestic airport, a short scenic sweeping flight of half-hour brings you back to the Kathmandu, at the Kathmandu terminal after clearing the baggage; our staff will receive you for the drive back to the Hotel.
Day 16: Transfer to Tribhuwan international airport.
Today as per your international flight time, our Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal the Land of High Himalaya.
1. Trekking equipment
The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:
- Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
2. Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)
3. Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.