Overview

Overview

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake combines two of the best trekking destinations of Nepal into one single package. On this trek, you will be standing at the shore of the world’s highest Lake — Tilicho Lake and navigating the world’s highest pass — Thorong La Pass.

You’ll come across the subtropical countryside, alpine forests, arid cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and icy moraines. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake integrates local Gurung and Thakali cultures, their rustic lifestyle, and warm hospitality.

Not only that, but this trek rewards you with the breathtaking sight of some of the highest massifs, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli.

On this trek, you will also get to stand at the shore of Tilicho Lake located at an elevation of 4,949 meters. This high altitude lake is formed by the glacial melt of the northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorong Peak. The turquoise blue lake of Tilicho is one of the most spectacular sights of the entire trek. From the bank of the lake, you’ll also get to witness snow-capped mountains, including Khangsar, Nilgiri, Muktinath Peak, and Tilicho Peak.

Besides, you will also get to visit the holiest temple at Muktinath Temple. At the elevation of 3,800 meters, this shrine is one of the most sacred sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. Other significant highlights of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake includes the exploration of Manang Valley and Braga Monastery.

Out of the 17-days in the itinerary, you will have to walk for 12 days in the rugged trail of Annapurna. The adventure begins with a 9-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syange. You’ll be traveling across several quaint villages and visiting the highest altitude lake in the world, before crossing the highest navigable pass in the world at Thorong La Pass.

The entire trail of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake oversees arid landscapes, traditional villages, ancient monasteries, high Himalayas pass, colorful chortens, and mani walls.

The 17-day Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is an ideal choice for avid trekkers willing to take the challenge of walking at the high elevation and rough trails. Although this trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas of Nepal, the beauty and experience of this region are simply unmatchable.

Why You’ll Love This Trek

  • Travel across Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters — the highest pass in the world
  • Stand at the bank of the world’s highest altitude lake at Tilicho Lake
  • Encounter rare and unique blue sheep at Yak Kharka
  • Marvel at the breathtaking sight of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Thorong Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, Chulu East, Lamjung Himal, and Tukuche Peak
  • Visit Muktinath Temple — one of the holiest sites for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Explore the hidden valley of Manang
  • Traverse through the magnificent lakes, water, gorges, and glaciers
  • Visit Braga Monastery — the largest monastery in Manang

Is Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Right For You?

  • Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is a challenging trek in the heart of the Annapurna region. On this trek, you’ll be walking along some of the most demanding routes in the Himalayas. You’ll also be navigating Thorong La Pass — the world’s highest pass at 5,416 meters and visiting Tilicho Lake — the world’s highest lake at 4,949 meters. Hence, the trek demands both physical fitness and mental preparedness.

Moreover, it is suitable for avid trekkers who have prior trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. If you’re trekking to the Himalayas for the first time, we recommend you go for relatively less demanding treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek or Mardi Himal Trek.

  • On this trek, you’ll have to walk along the rugged trail for around four to six hours on average regularly. If you think you can walk for such a long hour regularly, you will be able to pull this through. Note that, unlike moderate treks, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake will seriously test your endurance every day. So, it is advisable to put proper training and preparation before you pack your bags and head to the Himalayas.

The most effective way to train for such a high altitude trek is by engaging in as many cardio workouts, including running, jogging, swimming, and cycling, at least a month prior to the trek. If possible, we also advise you to go for short hikes in the nearby destinations around your city.

  • When it comes to high altitude treks like this, it is always better to prepare for the worst. Remember, the weather in the mountains is unpredictable, especially at the upper reaches of the trek. It is hard to anticipate when you might have to encounter terrible weather while crossing over the world’s highest pass.

You might come across extreme cold weather, heavy rainfalls, or even snowy conditions in the worst case. Be aware of such circumstances and make the necessary preparations to tackle them. Even if you’re trekking during autumn or spring, wear enough layers to keep yourself warm and carry weather protection gear to keep you protected from the harsh conditions.

  • On Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake, you will be gaining about 300 to 900 meters elevation every day. Starting the trek at an altitude of 1,100 at Syange, you’ll be traveling up to 5,416 meters at Thorong La Pass. This massive altitudinal variation possesses a higher risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) on this trek.

Before heading to the Himalayas, make sure your body and mind can cope with such a large altitude gain. We highly recommend you to stay cautious and take all the necessary precautions to reduce the possibilities of high altitude sickness during the trek. Make sure to drink as much water to keep yourself hydrated and walk at the most comfortable pace.

  • Bear in mind, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is not a luxurious holiday package! During the entire trip, you’ll be staying in three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara only. While you trek in the mountains, the accommodation facilities will not be as comfortable as it is in the city area.

Since this is a teahouse trek, you’ll be accommodating in comfortable teahouses throughout the trek. They provide basic amenities, such as rooms on a twin-share basis, a warm blanket, delicious food, hot shower, and charging facilities. So, if you are one of those travelers who can adapt to such basic accommodation facilities, this trek will suit you fairly well.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake – Outline Itinerary

DayDescriptionAltitude (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel1350-
2Drive from Kathmandu to Syange11009 hours
3Trek from Syange to Dharapani19607 hours
4Trek from Dharapani to Chame27106 hours
5Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang33006 hours
6Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang35007 hours
7Acclimatization Day at Manang3500-
8Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka40605 hours
9Trek from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp41406 hours
10Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) and Return Back to Siri Kharka41406 hours
11Trek from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka40405 hours
12Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi44204 hours
13Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5,416m)38008 hours
14Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom27205 hours
15Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara82720 minutes
16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu13506 hours
17International Departure--

Important Notes

  • Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. Some part of the trekking trail is extremely challenging along the way with a few landslide prone sections. Therefore, it is mandatory to have proper travel insurance for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake.

Make sure that you buy a policy that covers all the necessary expenses above 6000m, including helicopter evacuation, medical charges, accident, theft, and trip cancelation.

  • Note that your trekking guide will be the in-charge of the trek during the emergencies. The guide will be fully liable to make changes in the itinerary, and day-to-day plans whenever required. The trekking guide will make necessary alterations or delays to the itinerary to ensure your safety if there are any unforeseeable circumstances or medical complications.
  • You should always be cautious about altitude while trekking to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake. Remember, you’ll be hiking to Tilicho Lake, the world’s highest lake at 4,949 meters and crossing Thorong La Pass, the world’s highest navigable pass at 5,416 meters.

Walking at such a high elevation possesses a serious threat of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Not only that but on the upper reaches of the trek, there are also a few extremely challenging sections. So, this trek demands both mental as well as physical fitness. So, we highly advise you to engage in cardio-related exercises, such as swimming, running, biking, and jogging, at least a month prior to the trek.

  • Carry enough cash! It is advisable you carry enough money to cover all your additional expenses for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake before heading to the Himalayas. There are a ton of ATM lounges and credit card services around the city of Kathmandu.

Once you start the trek, you are not likely to find any ATMs or credit card services. Even if you find a few at Jomsom, they are not reliable, given the geographical condition. So, make sure to dispense enough cash in Kathmandu while trekking to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake.

  • Bear in mind, the lodges and teahouses in the upper reaches of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake do not have access to hydroelectricity. Most teahouses in these areas use solar energy to generate electricity. Therefore, in the upper reaches of the trek, power may not be reliable all the time.

We highly suggest you carry a portable charger or solar charger as an alternative energy source to charge all your electronic appliances when the power supply is not sufficient.

  • Make sure to carry a universal travel adapter to charge your camera, mobile phone, or any other electronic devices while trekking in the Himalayas. Generally, the lodges and teahouses in the Himalayas use type C plug for charging socket. The charging socket may not be compatible with the adapter of your chargers. In such conditions, you won’t be able to charge your devices throughout the trek.

Required Permit for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

To trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake, you’ll need to obtain two trekking permits. They are:

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Where to obtain:

  •  Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu
  •  Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside

How much does it cost:

  • US$30 for international travelers
  • US$2 for SAARC travelers

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Where to obtain:

  • Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu
  • Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside
  • TAAN Lakeside Office in Shanti Patan, Pokhara

How much does it cost:

  • US$20 for individual trekkers
  • US$10 for group trekkers
  • For SAARC, US$6 individual trekkers
  • For SAARC, US$3 group trekkers

Things required to acquire TIMS Card:

  • Permit fees
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Passport size photographs

Itinerary

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Itinerary (17 Days)

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Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft). Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up at the arrival gate and transfer you to the hotel once your flight lands at the Tribhuvan International Airport. At the hotel, he will help you through the check-in procedures and hand you the room keys. After that, you’ll have the entire day in Kathmandu for yourself. So, get as much rest as possible and get rid of the jet lag.

Later in the evening, you’ll be joining the rest of the group members for a short meeting. In this session, your trekking guide will provide you all the necessary details about the trek. After the meeting, you will have an introductory welcome dinner with all the group members and your trekking guide.

Highlights

  • Arrival at Kathmandu — pick up and greet at the airport
  • Airport to hotel transfer via a private transport
  • Meet and greet with rest of the group
  • Short briefing with your trekking guide
  • Welcome dinner with the trekking guide and rest of the group members

Special Note

It is our humble request to you to attend the briefing session mandatorily! Your trekking guide will provide you all the necessary information regarding the trek in brief, including day-to-day itinerary, trek difficulty, transportation, accommodation, food, cultures, mountains, etc.

Note that we want the meeting to be as interactive as possible. Therefore, ask as many questions to your trekking guide to clear any concerns regarding the trek. During the meeting, we will also conduct a meet and greet session. So, try to bond with the rest of the members of the group during the session and at the dinner.

It is advisable that you pack your bags before you go to sleep to avoid the rush in the morning. If there’s anything you want to leave at the hotel, keep it separate from your trekking bags.

Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars
Day 02:
Drive from Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft) to Syange (1,100m/3,609ft)

You will begin your adventure early with a drive from Kathmandu to Syange via private transport. In the first half of the day, you’ll drive along the famous Prithvi Highway, the road that connects to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Alongside Trishuli River, you will drive past several small villages, rural towns, terraced farms, diverse landscapes, and grassy hills. If the weather’s clear, you’ll also get to witness the distant sight of snow-capped mountains right outside the window of your vehicle.

You’ll follow the main highway for around two hours until you reach Dumre. From here, you’ll turn right, leave the main highway, and head towards the small village of Syange. If you reach the village at daylight, you’ll be taking a walk towards the Syange waterfall. You might also encounter the hives of the Himalayan Giant Honey Bee on your way to the waterfall.

Highlights

  • Drive along the popular Prithvi Highway
  • Enjoy the glimpses of small villages, rural towns, terraced farms, diverse landscapes, and occasional mountains
  • Take a walk to Syange waterfall
  • Encounter the hives of the Himalayan Giant Honey Bee

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 03:
Trek from Syange (1,100m/3609ft) to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft)

After breakfast, you’ll hit the ground running once again and walk on a relatively narrow road towards Tal. You’ll come across a series of epic switchbacks on your way to the village. The trail that winds directly above Marshyangdi Khola has several stunning waterfalls en-route to the village of Tal. Stay cautious! This route is a landslide-prone area. So, you might have to walk through a few strenuous and dangerous paths.

After walking past several popular villages, including Jagat and Chamje, you’ll make an entrance to Manang district at Tal. Furthermore, the walk continues along with the terraced fields and some more waterfalls towards the village of Dharapani. At an elevation of 1,960 meters, Dharapani is one of the biggest settlements in the entire Manang valley. It is marked by a sacred stone shrine, also known as chorten (a Buddhist stupa).

Highlights

  • Traverse through several stunning waterfalls along the trail
  • Walk past a few popular villages, including Jagat and Chamje
  • Overnight at one of the largest settlement of Manang valley

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 04:
Trek from Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft)

On this day, you’ll wind through the shades of pine, oak, fir, and maple trees to the village of Chame, the district headquarter of Manang. You begin the walk along the landslide-prone area to Bagarchhap, where the trail climbs steeply towards Timang.

Furthermore, the walk continues along the dense forest and across the village of Koto. You’ll also get to enjoy the marvelous glimpse of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. Before reaching Chame village, you’ll come across a small man-made hot spring on the way. You can relax in the hot spring for a while and head to the village of Chame. Right at the entrance of Chame, you’ll walk past a large mani wall decorated with prayer wheels and prayer flags.

Highlights

  • Walk under the shades of pine, oak, fir, and maple trees
  • Relish the sight of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal
  • Relax at the hot spring before reaching Chame

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 05:
Trek from Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft)

After a hearty breakfast, you depart from Chame alongside the river towards Bhratang village. This small settlement is home to an apple farm and is well-known for fresh apple juice. As you walk past the village, you’ll arrive at a narrow trail on the cliffside of the Marshyangdi River. From here, you’ll get to savor the sight of Paungda Danda, Annapurna II, and Pisang Peak.

Eventually, you’ll cross a bridge over the river and climb a steep path through the pine forest. The route is relatively steep and forested until you reach the village of Dukur Pokhari. The trail is considerably gradual and comfortable until you reach the overnight destination at Upper Pisang.

Highlights

  • Traverse through the popular apple farm at Bhratang village
  • Get a glimpse of Paungda Danda, Annapurna II, and Pisang Peak
  • Cross the suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River
  • Take a walk around the quaint village of Upper Pisang

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 06:
Trek from Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft) to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)

Since this is one of the longest and toughest days in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, you’ll start the day pretty early in the morning. The route is steep uphill from Upper Pisang to the village of Ghyaru. From the village, you’ll get to relish a close-up view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak.

You continue the walk from Ghyaru village towards Ngawal. Although the trail is not so challenging, you’ll notice the climate becoming dry and cold as you climb higher on the trek. Instead of heading downhill straight to Manang, you’ll be heading upwards from Ngawal towards Braga Monastery. This ancient monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in the entire Manang district. After visiting the monastery, you’ll gradually descend towards Manang for the overnight stay.

Highlights

  • Walk past several beautiful villages, including Ghyaru and Ngawal
  • Enjoy the marvelous sight of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak
  • Visit Manang’s largest monastery at Braga

Special Note

Since you’ll be spending a night at 3,500 meters on this day, you are most likely to feel the increasing elevation. Stay cautious! We highly recommend you to keep yourself warm and drink plenty of fluid. Staying hydrated is one of the most effective ways to reduce the possibilities of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 07:
Acclimatization Day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)

This day will serve as a much-need acclimatization day at Manang. Having an acclimatization day is a great way to adjust your body with the increasing elevation and minimize the possibilities of altitude sickness. Instead of lazing around at the teahouse, you’ll go for a short hike to the Kicho Tal (Ice Lake) located at an elevation of 4,620 meters.

The hike begins on a slightly zig-zag but relatively gradual trail upwards to the ridgeline. Once you reach the top of the ridgeline, you’ll get to relish the marvelous view of the Annapurna range. You’ll continue the walk northwards from the ridgeline towards the first of two lakes — the Lower Ice Lake.

You’ll continue the walk for another 10 to 15 minutes to reach the Upper Ice Lake, marked by a Buddhist stupa adorned with colorful prayer flags. Soak in the thin air of Kicho Tal and enjoy the marvelous view of the surrounding before heading back to Manang for the overnight stay.

Highlights

  • Short hike to Kicho Tal (Ice Lake)
  • Marvel at the close glimpse of Annapurna range
  • Soak in the thin air at 4,620 meters and acclimatize your body for the rest of the trek

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08:
Trek from Manang (3,500m/11,482ft) to Siri Kharka (4,060m/13,320ft)

After a well-deserved acclimatization day at Manang, you’ll continue the journey towards Siri Kharka. After breakfast, you’ll head towards the western gate of the village and make your way towards the Khangsar Khola. Here, you’ll cross a small suspension bridge and walk through a dense coniferous forest southwards to the village of Khangsar. This small village is one of the oldest settlements in the Manang district.

Upon reaching Khangsar, you’ll walk past an ancient monastery, and trek towards Siri Kharka. The route from Khangsar to Siri Kharka is mostly uphill along the rough and muddy roads. You’ll get to rejoice at the sight of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu at the backdrop. Upon reaching Siri Kharka, you stroll around the village to encounter some Himalayan blue sheep.

Highlights

  • Cross a suspension bridge over Khangsar Khola
  • Walk past Khangsar village — one of the oldest villages in Manang
  • Enjoy the view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu at the backdrop
  • Encounter Himalaya blue sheep at Siri Kharka

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 09:
Trek from Siri Kharka (4,060m/13,320ft) to Tilicho Base Camp (4,420m/14,501ft)

After breakfast, you hit the trail again and head to Tilicho Base Camp. You begin the trek in a newly constructed route. Although the route on this day is not steep or strenuous, it can get a bit exhausting as you’ll be walking through a landslide area and loose scree. As you walk along the exhausting path, you’ll come across an intersection that separates the old route and the new route.

The older route leads to steep ascend towards the ridgeline while the newer route maintains the altitude. It passes along the slope towards the narrow valley. The older trail is much strenuous as it is continually steep and rough. Therefore, you’ll take the newer route, reach a high crest, and head downhill towards Tilicho Base Camp.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas
  • Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 10:
Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,236ft) and Trek to Siri Kharka (4,060m/13,320ft)

You’ll wake up early at dawn and hike to the majestic Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world. It is important to start as early as possible to avoid the wind. The trail is steep and strenuous with vertical ascents alongside the mountain. Along the way, you’ll encounter grazing deers and yaks below the trekking trail. It takes about 3 to 4 hours from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake.

This serene lake sits at the base of the northern face of Tilicho Peak. This high altitude lake also carries significant importance for the Hindus as this lake was featured in Ramayana’s text. After spending a brief moment at the world’s highest lake and soaking at the spectacular scenery, you’ll retrace the route down to Siri Kharka. The path to Siri Kharka is mostly downhill, with occasional switchbacks. From the village, you can relish the marvelous view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu.

Highlights

  • Hike to the world’s highest Lake — Tilicho Lake
  • Encounter grazing deers and yaks along the trail
  • Close-up view of the northern face of Tilicho Peak
  • Enjoy the view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu

6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 11:
Trek from Siri Kharka (4,060m/13,320ft) to Yak Kharka (4,040m/13,254ft)

You’ll begin the day with a gradual descent from Siri Kharka towards the village of Khangsar. On your way to the village, you’ll walk past a centuries-old monastery called Tare Gompa. You’ll continue the adventure on a fairly easy trail to Khangsar village. Here, you’ll follow a rock wall of the village and stick to the path until you arrive at a seasonal bridge in the Thorong Khola Valley.

Upon crossing the bridge, you’ll reach Tenki Manang. After walking for about an hour or so from Tenki, you’ll reach the village of Gunsa. From here, you’ll get to relish the panoramic view of Annapurna range and Tilicho Peak. After enjoying the Himalayas’ view, the trail gradually heads upwards through the dense bushes of juniper. You’ll cross a few suspension bridges and walk along a relatively pleasant trail to reach Yak Kharka.

Highlights

  • Walk past a centuries-old monastery at Tare Gompa
  • Cross a few suspension bridges along the trail
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna range and Tilicho Peak
  • Traverse through the dense bushes of juniper

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 12:
Trek from Yak Kharka (4,040m/13,254ft) to Thorong Phedi (4,420m/14,501ft)

This day is by far the shortest one in Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, but for all the right reasons. After breakfast, you set off from Yak Kharka and head gradually upwards towards Ledar. You’ll follow the narrow trail alongside the river, offering a stunning view of mountains. After a while, you’ll come across a long suspension bridge. Upon crossing the bridge, you’ll reach the village of Ledar.

From here, the trail continues upwards but rather steeply and strenuously than before. You’ll have to walk past a narrow trail on the cliffside. This small section is a highly landslide-prone area! So, make sure to stay cautious and watch upwards every once in a while to make sure the rocks aren’t falling off from the top.

As you navigate across the landslide area, you’ll reach Thorong Phedi, the last village before the mighty Thorong La Pass. On your way to Thorong Phedi, you’ll enjoy the marvelous view of Thorong Peak, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Khatungkan.

Since you’ll reach Thorong Phedi by early afternoon, you’ll drop your backpack at the teahouse and head to the High Camp for an acclimatization walk. Note that this section consists of a series of switchbacks with loads of loose rocks along the way.

Highlights

  • Cross a long suspension bridge
  • Overnight at Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Thorong Peak, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Khatungkan
  • Acclimatization walk to High Camp

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 13:
Trek from Thorong Phedi (4,420m/14,501ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft)

So, here it is! This day is the significant highlight of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek. You’ll begin the day early at dawn and begin the steep ascent towards the world’s highest navigable pass. Since you’ll be gaining a massive elevation from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass, it is important to walk at the most comfortable pace and keep your body hydrated.

You’ll first head towards the High Camp and then to the summit of Thorong La Pass. A small chorten and a bunch of colorful prayer flags mark the top of the pass. From the summit of the pass, you’ll witness the epic sunrise over the Himalayas. After spending a brief spell at the top of the pass, you’ll head down to Muktinath at 3,800 meters straight from whooping 5,416 meters.

Highlights

  • Travel across the world’s biggest pass — Thorong La Pass
  • Witness the most epic sunrise from the summit of Thorong La Pass
  • Descend to Muktinath for overnight stay

Special Note

Remember, you will be starting your trek towards Thorong La Pass early in the morning at dawn. So, we highly recommend carrying a torch or a headlamp on your way towards the summit to keep an eye on the route. It is also advisable to wear warm clothes in layers, gloves, a beanie, and a neck gaiter to keep yourself warm in the cold morning in the Himalayas. As the walk is strenuously uphill to the summit of the pass and vertically downhill towards Muktinath, carrying a trekking pole for extra support is also advisable.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 14:
Trek from Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft)

You’ll begin the day exploring the holy temple of Muktinath. Located directly at the foothills of Thorong La Pass, Muktinath Temple is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. This temple is also the world’s highest temple at the elevation of 3,800 meters above sea level.

The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom passes along the old settlement of Jharkot. You’ll then gradually descend towards Ekle Bhatti, where the trail joins the Kali Gandaki. After about an hour of walking from the village, you’ll reach Jomsom. While most of the trek on this day is along the jeep road, it does not get much traffic.

From Ekle Bhatti, you cross a long suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and head westwards to reach Jomsom. From the village of Jomsom, you’ll get to relish the breathtaking view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.

Highlights

  • Visit the holy temple of Muktinath
  • Walk past several old settlements, including Jharkot and Ekle Bhatti
  • Marvel at the breathtaking sight of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouse
Day 15:
Flight from Jomsom (2,720m/8923ft) to Pokhara (827m/2,713ft)

It’s time to leave the Himalayas behind as you’ll head to the small airstrip of Jomsom in the morning. Here, you will also bid farewell to the porters and all the local staff who have assisted you throughout the trek. You’ll then catch a flight from Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. It takes 20-minutes to land at Pokhara Airport from Jomsom.

Pokhara is often regarded as the tourism capital of Nepal. Stretched alongside the Phewa Lake, this beautiful valley integrates chilled vibes, good weather, colorful markets, restaurants, serene lakes, and mountain views. From the valley of Pokhara, you’ll get to marvel at the majestic view of Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre.

You’ll explore a few touristy destinations of Pokhara and sail on one of the colorful boats on Phewa Lake. In the evening, you’ll get to navigate around the ambient atmosphere of Lakeside and relax at the shore of Phewa Lake.

Highlights

  • Thrilling flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Explore the city of Pokhara
  • Marvel at Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre
  • Relax at the shore of Phewa Lake

20 minutes
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars
Day 16:
Drive from Pokhara (827m/2,713ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll pack all your belongings and catch your ride back to Kathmandu. You’ll be driving through the most popular travel route from Pokhara to Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. On your way to Kathmandu, you’ll be driving past several rustic villages, rural towns, scenic landscapes, terraced farms, and grassy hills. If the weather remains clear, you’ll also enjoy the spectacular view of the towering massifs from a distance. It takes about six hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will have the rest of the day for yourself. You can either get some rest back at the hotel or take a walk around the colorful streets of Thamel as per your wish. You can also stroll around the Thamel market and buy some souvenirs or gifts for family and friends back home. One of our representatives will pick you up at the hotel and take you for the farewell dinner in the evening.

Highlights:

  • A scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Get a glimpse of the traditional villages, terraced farms, diverse landscapes, and grassy hills
  • Take a walk across the vibrant streets of Thamel
  • Enjoy the farewell dinner in the evening

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel - 3 Stars
Day 17:
International Departure

Departure day! On this day, your adventure of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek will end. After breakfast, you’ll make the final preparation for the international departure. According to the schedule of your flight, one of the representatives of Nepal Social Treks will receive you at the hotel and drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the final departure. He will transfer you to the airport via private transport and help you figure out your check-in terminal.

Special Note

Make sure you check and recheck the entire room before leaving the hotel to ensure that you have not left anything behind. Also, instead of rushing to pack in the last hour, we advise you to pack your bags and keep them ready a day before the final departure.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Cost

Cost Include(s)

  • Arrival and departure transfer for international flights
  • Accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Private transport from om Kathmandu to Syange
  • Annapurna region trekking map
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals (B/L/D) per day during the trek
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid Kit)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trekking guide with necessary staffs and porters
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all our staff
  • Insurance and required transportation for support staff
  • All government taxes

Cost Exclude(s)

  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment
  • Tips for trekking guide, porters, and local staff
  • Travel and medical insurance in case of emergency
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses such as battery charging, laundry, alcoholic beverage, cold drink, hot showers at teahouses, etc.
  • Unforeseeable costs incurred due to accidents, strikes, natural calamities, political unrest, etc.

Why Nepal Social Treks for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake?

Better Experience

Nepal Social Treks has been providing reliable trekking services since 2006 in the Himalayas of Nepal. Even after a decade in the industry, we still work continually to improve our service quality and methods to satisfy your needs.

We are clear about your expectation and the quality of our service to help make your Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake a major success. We have handpicked and trained all our staff members, including trek leaders, guides, sherpas, and porters, to deliver nothing short of brilliance.

Impressive Success Rates

For years, Nepal Social Treks has consistently managed to serve the clients with a higher success rate. With hundreds of glowing reviews for our service on our website, our service quality speaks for themselves. Our highly professional trekking guides and field staff deserve much of the credit for our consistent performance. Our experienced staff members have always used their tactical awareness to deal with any adversity on the trek.

In addition to that, all the trekking guides of Nepal Social Treks are first-aid responders trained to assist you in any health-related issues on the trek. So far, we, as a company, have consistently delivered 300+ treks every year with a staggering success rate of 99 percent.

Professional and Well Qualified Teams

With Nepal Social Treks, we ensure you a highly professional, dedicated, hardworking, and well-organized team. For this trek, we will provide you with our highly dedicated and passionate team that is specialized and has years of experience in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake. Our trekking guides are highly experienced and have carried out more than 100 treks around the Himalayas of Nepal.

We have been able to deliver 99 percent of the success rate in all of our treks consistently. One primary factor of our successful expedition year after another is our hardworking guides and porters who guarantee exceptional service to make your trip a success.

Superb Food and Accommodation Facilities

The health and well-being of our clients have always been the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. On the trek, we provide you with a hearty three-time meal every day and ensure that you get the proper calories to compensate for your effort. Our team guarantees that the food served at your table is hygienic and delicious and makes you feel at home.

In addition to that, we also provide you with a cozy bed at the end of every night. As per our Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake itinerary, we take the full responsibility of providing your rooms at one of the best teahouses at each stop.

Am I likely to suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness on this trek?

In general, the threat of high altitude sickness begins once you exceed the elevation of 3,500 meters. On this trek, you’ll be visiting the world’s highest altitude lake — Tilicho Lake at 4,949 meters and navigating the world’s highest pass — Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters. With such altitudinal variation, the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness in Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is significant.
But don’t worry! Our Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake itinerary is thoughtfully designed with proper acclimatization day to minimize the possibility of high altitude sickness. Our trekking guides are all professionals who have been operating high altitude treks with a 99 percent success rate. As first-aid responders, our guides are fully capable of handling the situations effectively.
It is advisable to stay hydrated and walk at the most comfortable pace while trekking in the Himalayas. Drinking enough fluids and maintaining a decent pace are considered the two most effective ways to reduce the risk of high altitude sickness. Besides, if you notice any symptoms of AMS, make sure to inform your trekking guide as soon as possible.

What is the accommodation like on Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake?

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is a teahouse trek in the heart of the Annapurna region. Although this trek is remote and challenging, it is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. While you’ll be staying in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the trek’s accommodation facilities will be relatively basic.
Do not worry! The teahouses in the Annapurna region are cozy, comfortable, well-managed, and hospitable. Although they lack in luxuries, they provide all the necessary amenities, such as rooms, blankets, food, toilets, WiFi, charging facilities, and hot showers. Nonetheless, if you choose Nepal Social Treks for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake, we will ensure the most comfortable and hospitable teahouse at every stop during the trek.

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake?

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is by far one of the most challenging trekking destinations in Nepal. Although this trek does not require any technical skills or climbing techniques, you’ll be navigating the world’s highest Lake — Tilicho Lake at 4,949 meters and the world’s highest pass — Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters. Therefore, this trek requires both physical fitness as well as mental strength.
You will be walking through muddy, unpaved, and gravel-strewn trails for more than two weeks, averaging four to six hours each day. So, prepare yourself for the challenge, especially if you have a weak ankle or knees.
Remember, the trek difficulty highly depends on which season you choose to travel. If you’re trekking in the winter, the trail will most likely be covered in ice and snow. Also, the pass would be covered in thick snow, making it extremely challenging to cross. Likewise, if you choose to trek during monsoon, the trail will most likely be wet and slippery, causing a massive risk of landslides.
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is achievable, even for first-time trekkers. However, we suggest you to start training and preparation at least a month prior to the trek.

What kinds of insurance do I need for this trek?

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is one of the most strenuous treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is because this trek leads you across the highest navigable pass along the rugged mountains trails. Additionally, this trek will also take you to the world’s highest lake. Therefore, it possesses a massive threat of Acute Mountain Sickness and other unforeseeable events.
So, if you’re trekking to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake, it is mandatory to provide a copy of your travel insurance to Nepal Social Treks before the trip. Considering the trek’s challenge, we highly recommend you to buy comprehensive travel insurance that covers all the necessary expenses.
Make sure your travel insurance covers all the medical treatment expenses, trip cancelation, accidents, theft, and, most importantly, helicopter evacuation charge at high elevation (up to 6,000 meters).

What is the food like on Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake?

The teahouses in the Annapurna region offer both Nepali as well as western cuisines on their menu. We’ll be balancing both Nepali and western meals during the trek. Your health and well-being is the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. Hence, our company will guarantee that all the meals served during the trek will be fresh, healthy, hygienic, nutritious, and delicious.
Here is a list of popular items on our menu:
Breakfast – Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolates, Oatmeal, Pancakes, French Toast (with Jam, Butter, and Honey), Tibetan Bread, Local Tsampa Porridge, Muesli, Fruits, Egg (Boiled, Fried, Omelets), etc.
Lunch – Dal Bhat, Tibetan Bread, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soup, Momo, Pizza, Sandwich, Pasta, Noodles, Spaghetti, Fruits, Thukpa, Vegetable Salads, etc.
Dinner – Dal Bhat, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soups, Momo, Sandwich, Macaroni, Thenduk, Thukpa, Pizza, Noodles, Pasta, Vegetable Salads, Desserts, Tea, Hot Chocolate, etc.
Although there are a few non-veg meals available on the menu, we advise you to avoid the meat as much as possible. Meats items are usually not healthy and hygienic meals. Also, avoid having too many dairy items, such as cheese and milk. Not only that, but we strictly suggest you avoid alcoholic beverages during the trek.

Packing List for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

Here are a few essential gears you need to pack for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake:

Bags:

Daypack
Duffel Bag

Clothing:

Trekking Shirt – Pack 3 to 4 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves

Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants

Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek

Fleece Jacket – Pack a lightweight fleece jacket for the lower region

Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather at the trek’s upper reaches

Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather

Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer

Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 3 to 4 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear

Footwears:

Hiking Boots – A pair of high-quality hiking boots will be enough for the trek.

Hiking Socks – Pack at least 4 to 5 pairs of comfortable hiking socks.

Sandals/Trainers – A pair of either sandals or trainers, depending upon your preference.

Thermal Socks – Carry at least a 2 pair of warm thermal socks to keep you warm in the evening and night.

Gaiter (For Winter) – You can pack a gaiter for any season, even though it is primarily for winter.

Head Wears:

Sun Protection Hat – One sun protection hat to your face protected from harmful UV rays and sunburn.

Buff/Neck Gaiter – One buff or neck gaiter to protect your neck from the harsh wind.

Warm Beanie – One beanie to keep your head warm in the upper reaches of the trek.

Hand Wear:

Outer Gloves – A pair of outer gloves to wear as an additional layer in the upper reaches of the trek.

Inner Gloves – A pair of inner gloves for the lower region of the trek.

Other Accessories:

Toiletries
Trekking Poles
High-Quality Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle
Water Purification Tablets
UV Protection Sunglasses
Hand Sanitizers
Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
Trekking Towels
Camera
Portable Chargers
Prescribed Medications

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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

Trip Facts

  • 5,416 meters at Thorong La Pass
  • Strenuous
  • Syange/Jomsom
  • Hotels and Teahouses
  • Drive/Flight
  • 4-6 Hours Per Day
  • Autumn and Spring
  • Minimum 2 People

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