Standing at the edge of one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek have long been the dreamland of many trekkers who seek the classic adventure in the Himalayas that lets you explore the enriching flora and fauna, varied landscapes, sacred holy sanctums of Himalayan temples and monasteries, cascading waterfalls, alpine freshwater lake, high mountain passes, deep gorges, and the abundant culture of Himalayan natives.
The land is cherished as one of the greatest trekking trails in the world that savors the finest scenes circumambulating the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) above sea level, equally known for its difficult, solid uphill ascends and descends. When combined with Tilicho Lake at an elevation of 4,919m, there is nothing that can beat this 14-day Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek.
This scenic and memorable trek officially commences in Dharapani and approaches the traditional villages of the Annapurna Circuit in the order of Chame, Pisang, and Manang. As you reach Manang, you finally start the long-awaited cultural and natural exploration in one day of acclimatization in the village of Manang itself and later by visiting the Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m) that offers the wide mountain vistas and awe-inspiring scenery of the whole Annapurna Circuit that you cannot get enough of!
From the base camp of Tilicho, you will head to one of the major highlights of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek: Tilicho Lake (4,919m), the turquoise watershed amidst Manang, and the Kali Gandaki river valley that treats the trekkers with its ultimate serenity, leaving a life-lasting imprint in the hearts and minds of every Himalayan adventurer, which then falls to Shree Kharkha, after which either you will ascend directly to the high camp Phedi right before crossing what is called the true challenge of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek, Thorong La Pass (5,416m).
Once you have crossed the Thorong La Pass, the route will eventually lead you to the eye candy, considered the most precious holy temple of the incarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu, of the Annapurna region, which receives over thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from all over the globe, especially from India, where you will spend the spiritual evening accompanied by all the shining armor of the stars in the sky to bid a heart-wrenching goodbye the next day to hop for another touristic paradise of the country, Nepal, Pokhara, and then to the capital city, Kathmandu.
Therefore, the trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake in the north-central of Nepal is an excellent trekking destination as well as the best alternative route to the highly in-fluxed Everest region, which has affected the authenticity of the pristine tea house trekking that the Annapurna trekking region still retains today to unfold by one of its popular routes: the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek 14-day.
What to expect in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
The 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek in 2024/2025 is a standard Himalayan journey that lets you venture deep into the diverse ranges of landscapes, from the low subtropical woods of oak and pine to the alpine meadows and further into the trans-Himalayan desert terrain.
Trekking here is not going to be easy as it involves passing through several climatic zones, high mountain passes, glacial regions, and rugged rural terrain, which provides an unmatchable sense of achievement and a view of a lifetime. Basically expect:
The scenic Himalayan landscapes in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
The glacial lake at an altitude of 4,919m located in Manang district, formed by the beautiful blend of the Churia and Mahabharat Himalayan ranges, is a unique landmark that has not recorded any aquatic flora or fauna till now.
Located in the foothills of mountain ranges such as Muktinath, Khangsar, Nilgiri, and Tilicho, the beautiful lake, in perfect harmony with the pristine Himalayan breeze, grants you the scenic landscapes below, where the river valleys of Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki River take your breath away with their beauty.
The tropical lowlands are typically filled with lush forests, home to diverse ranges of wildlife, and inhabited largely by the indigenous communities of Nepal farming in the lovely setting of terraced fields.
Once you begin to ascend to the higher elevation, you will notice the Gangapurna glacier surrounded by snow-clad summits, which makes the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake a top-notch trekking destination offering a rich tapestry of natural beauty and cultural encounters.
Once must see Tilicho Lake in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
Amid Tilicho Lake is one of the best places to be on earth under the Annapurna Conservation Area, it is also a religious land revered by many Hindus as an ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake from the holy scripture of the Ramayana.
The highly elevated lake en route to the Annapurna Circuit Trek at an altitude of 4,919m undoubtedly offers a greater range of spread scenery along with the sky-bluish colored water in the lake that contrasts largely to the high desert lands above, right at the foot of the snow-covered predominant mountains.
Although there are two passes, Mesokanto La and Tilicho North Pass, that descend to Thini Gaon and Jomsom, in our 14-day Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Trek, you will return to the Manslu Base Camp to discover more hidden mysteries of the Annapurna region, where Tilcho Lake is, without argument, the best once-must-see and be place in the world if you are somebody who enjoys nature and its charm.
Celestial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
Nepal is known in the world of trekking for its stunning Himalayan ranges, which have led to the opening of several restricted areas, such as the Manaslu region, while Annapurna and Everest remain the most preferred and referred to for their never-ending mountain vistas.
The 14-day Annapurna and Tilicho Lake adventure is predominated by the tenth-highest peak in the world, Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft) and its ranges, which are set like the jewels of the crown with other surrounding mountains like the Dhaulagiri massif, Manaslu range (8,163 m/26,781 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,457 ft), Thorong Peak, Tilicho Peak (7,134m), Khagsar Kang, and Nilgiri Himal.
They all are preached above the sky, visible from the starting point of the trek, granting you drooling views that look straight out from the heaven of human imagination.
Scenically rich Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki River Valleys the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
The Kali Gandaki River, originating from the plateau of Tibet and flowing through the Himalayas of Nepal, is one of the deepest gorges on planet Earth and encompasses valleys such as Jomsom, Mustang, and Muktinath, flanked by towering peaks.
All three of these magnificent villages are sheltered by the people of Thak, called the prosperous Thakali. They have a significant culture and are one of the wealthiest natives of the trans-Himalayan region.
Aside from these three popular stopovers in the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek, there are numerous valleys on the bank of the Kali Gandaki River that come second to none in the natural beauty and culture that you will come across during the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake odyssey.
A deep cleansing and relaxing bath in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
Aside from being the natural amphitheater located in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas, Tilicho Lake is popular for its bluish, crystal-clear water that possesses a super healing power and significant religious values that you will get to visit and even take a spiritually and physically cleansing bath in our 14-day Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake long journey.
A dip into the famous lake is beneficial to soothe muscle strain and cure skin diseases due to their antifungal and antibacterial properties, while Hindus and Buddhists believe the water to have acquired the blessings of the Himalayan god to wash away all the human pain, and suffering, and faults.
Therefore, Tilicho Lake is not only a destination for travelers seeking adventure in the Himalayas with spectacular landscapes but also for the intriguing cultural and natural diversity of the Annapurna trekking region.
Side trek to see the Poon Hill sunrise in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
Poonhill, the talk of the town for short treks in Nepal that stands second to none, is a vantage point at an elevation of approximately 3,210m in the Gandaki Zone of the Annapurna Conservation Area near another famous travel destination, Ghorpani.
It serves as one of the most convenient stopovers before or after the trek to acclimate adequately to the increasing or massively dropping altitude with the otherworldly panoramic views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, and Machapuchare.
These dominating peaks look more surreal when the first light of the day kisses their top, creating a magical sight to behold for those who aspire to see them on a side trip in our 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake voyage.
In the unfortunate occurrence of not being able to add the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek, you can take an alternative short route to witness the beauty of our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (9 days) or Poon Hill short trek (3 days).
Exploration of authentic charming villages en route to trek the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake
Did you know the Annapurna region has some of the most traditional villages roofed by stone that you can see in rapid urbanization? They are not only scenically stunning but also showcase the enriching culture, customs, and traditions of the true Himalayan people.
The locals from here are some of the most lovely and smiling individuals you have ever come across in your life, nestled in a narrow gorge of the Kali Gandaki, which are: Besisahar, Tal, Chame, Upper Pisang, Manang, Thorong Phedi, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Marpha.
Endeavor the enriching flavor of local cuisines during your trek to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake
The adventure to the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is a journey that not only offers jaw-dropping Himalayan landscapes but also the unique flavors of Nepali and some Tibetan cuisines of the region.
They are simple yet rejuvenating and full of nutrients required for the journey to the Annapurna Circuit and a side hike to Tilicho Lake while passing by the traditional local villages and lush valleys.
En route, make sure to indulge yourself in culinary delights such as Dal-Bhat-Tarkari. Momos, Thukpa, Gunduk (fermented leafy greens), yak cheese and its other products, Sherpa stew, local tea, and freshly baked legit bakeries.
Therefore, the trek to the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake expands the cultural dimension with its delicious local dishes that you will regret not embracing heartily.
The best route to trek Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake in 2024 and 2025
As one of the most popular trekking destinations, Annapurna does not exactly have the predetermined best route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers multiple routes and an itinerary to enjoy the most adventurous journey to the Annapurna Circuit with the Tilicho Lake trek.
Usually, your mountain guide or porter decides on a specific route depending on several factors, such as the time of year you are trekking, the weather, and your personal preferences.
The Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. has a group of professionals and has picked the 14-day itinerary to go on the Annapurna Circuit trek with a side exploration of Tilicho Lake via Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Tilicho Base Camp.
Thereafter, our 14-day package route heads forward to take a scenically enriching sight at the infamous Tilicho Lake, adored and treasured for its magical healing power, which is guaranteed to cure skin ailments and help in rejuvenation.
Then, the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Trek route begins yet another adventurous journey to cross the Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters that goes through the Shree Kharkha, Yak Kharka, Phedi, and Muktinath, and finally takes a panoramic break at the high pass.
The high pass of the Annapurna region is the best spot for the overall trekking route that offers an exclusive view of the surrounding mountains, such as Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri, which are just a few steps away from here.
After spending the most glorifying moments in the pass of Thorong La, the 14 days of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek route initiate the return to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu by Muktinath, and Pokhara.
This is one of the best routes in the Annapurna region, used by locals as well, which helps us to ensure your safety and well-being due to our familiarity with terrains, altitudes, and possible weather-related unforeseen complications.
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek cost 2024/2025
Generally, the cost to go on the adventurous journey to the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is decided based on the overall cost of trekking permits, guides and porter fees, means of transportation used during the trek, types of accommodation booked, food menus, side exploration, trekking equipment, your travel insurance, and the season you have to begin embarking.
With the Nature Excursion Pvt.Ltd, you can do this trek at a group discounted price of:
- USD 1099 for 1 Pax
- USD 899 for 2 pax
- USD 799 for 3-5 pax
- USD 749 for 6-10 pax
- USD 699 for 11-16 pax
Which starts from the standard cost of USD 1,099 to USD 699 depending upon the size of the group reservation and shows our flexibility with the cost to venture the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho in 2024/2025 that only a few experienced travel and trekking agencies like us offer.
This package covers all the expenses of trekking logistics, including 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 11 dinners, standard accommodation in Kathmandu, and throughout the trekking stays, along with the essential permits, guides, porters, and gear and equipment.
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek: Is this trek right for you?
Yes, why not? Any healthy, fit individual looking forward to being in the ultimate serenity of the Himalayas and its unspoiled culture can absolutely go for a 14-day Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake adventure.
Interestingly, children over seven years old and older without any permanent illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, or other diseases related to the lungs are just the perfect adventurers for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek.
Moreover, after special consultation with your personal doctor, even trekkers with the above-mentioned foods can enjoy this 14-day odyssey to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake within a cost-effective budget with Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd.
We take care of each and every necessary piece of trekking logistics required for the trek, from the trekking permits, food, accommodation, routes, side exploration, safe navigation, and other special trekking equipment to the gear for the special seasons of winter and summer.
Therefore, as long as you are a healthy fellow who has maintained themselves and wishes to see the mountains and their beautiful valley, culture, traditions, and others, you can add this trek to your bucket list right now, right here with us, for an absolutely hassle-free trekking acquaintance in Nepal in 2024/2025.
Acute Mountain Sickness in Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake
Before beginning the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek, it is important to remind yourself that it is one of the higher altitude treks in the Himalayas of Nepal that crosses one of the high mountain passes, Thorong La, at an elevation of 5,416 m, where symptoms of acute mountain sickness are inevitable due to a lack of proper acclimatization.
Here we have provided a comprehensive guide on acute mountain sickness during the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek. Please read thoroughly for a better trekking acquaintance while assuring your safe and sound being.
What are the symptoms of acute mountain sickness?
The occurrence of symptoms of acute mountain sickness can differ from individual to individual, which generally occurs due to the trekkers' inability to cope with the mountain surroundings if they rush the pace of hiking during the trek.
Usually, the symptoms of acute mountain sickness include:
- Persistent headache.
- Difficulty sleeping or restless nights.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness even when standing or simply trekking.
- Unusual tiredness or fatigue.
- Sudden loss of appetite, nausea, or vomiting.
- Shortness of breath, rapid increase in heart rate, etc.
What to do on spotting acute mountain sickness during the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Trek?
Prevention is better than cure! Therefore, we at Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. recommend that you acclimatize well, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If you are still seeing some signs of mountain sickness, it is better to consult with your professional guides or porter. In general, the suggestions given are:
- Avoid further ascending and try to descend to a lower altitude.
- Take a break and allow your body to recover while you hydrate well with fluids.
- Skip alcohol or any intoxicating substances as much as possible.
- Keep monitoring the health condition of a person.
- If symptoms are severe, make sure to seek medical support.
- Consider medications such as acetazolamide (Dimox), etc.
What not to do on seeing symptoms of acute mountain sickness?
Indeed, acute mountain sickness isn’t a problem when you acclimatize thoroughly before traveling to high-altitude areas such as Annapurna Circuit and Tilcho Lake. However, if you Ignore the symptoms it can lead to otherwise results, and here's what you must not do when experiencing acute mountain sickness.
- Push through the discomfort, or, simply put, do not ascend nor descend till the symptoms improve.
- Take medications without consultation with your guide or medical professionals.
- Consumption of alcohol can exacerbate the symptoms, so avoid it at all costs.
- Isolate yourself from your group.
- Keep on staying at high altitudes.
- Overexerting yourself.
- Underestimate the severity of the acute mountain sickness.
- Delay in seeking medical assistance
- Skip adequate hydration.
What to include in your diet to mitigate the symptoms of acute mountain sickness?
Well, there is not any definite food that can guarantee to prevent acute mountain sickness in the upper Himalayan sections, similar to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake. However, certain foods can actually help your body respond well to gaining altitude, which normally consists of:
- Grains, fruits, and vegetables are rich in carbohydrates.
- Vitamin C-adequate food items such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi, and others.
- Antioxidant-rich diets like berries, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, etc.
In the meantime, all these listed diets might not be available in high-altitude areas like Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake. Therefore, it is advisable to either stick to Dal Bhat and Tarkari or what is freshly being cooked in your stopping teahouse and local guest houses.
Why trek Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake with us in 2024 and 2025?
Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. is one of the reputed travel and trekking organizers in Nepal, run by a group of experienced tour and trek experts. We are authorized by the government of Nepal to assure your one hundred perfect successful treks in the country nestled amongst soaring hills and mountains, including the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek.
Among plenty of reasoning, we are best known for:
- No hidden cost policies.
- Our flexibility in arranging all the necessary trekking logistics in our country, Nepal,
- Obtaining required permits, special permits, and other legal documents.
- The best mountain guide was born and brought up in the Himalayas.
- Hassle-free trekking experience.
- God's hospitality towards our clients, and many more.