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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek - 14 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 5,416 m/17,769 ft
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Drive
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Enjoy the never-before-seen scenic ride from Kathmandu to Dharapani.
  • Get a deeper insight into the spiritual guidance of the Annapurna region at Barge Monastery.
  • Roam around the valley rich in natural and cultural beauty, Manang.
  • Challenge the Thorong La Pass to be rewarded with lifelong memories.
  • Be amidst the ethereal beauty of the Annapurna region, such as Annapurna I and its other ranges, Dhaulagiri, Pisang, etc.
  • Venture around the serene ambiance of Tilicho Lake.
  • Cross some lush to green alpine woodlands.

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 lakes, 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 (8,091 m) above sea level, equally known for its difficult, solid uphill ascends and descends. When combined with Tilicho Lake at an elevation of 4,919 m, 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 (4,150 m) 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 (4,919 m), 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 (5,416 m).

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 on 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 4,919 m 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, you 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 4,919 m 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 (7,134 m), 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, 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 3,210 m 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 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 safety and soundness.

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 when 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 when 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 other 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 should you 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 the 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 reasons, we are best known for:

  • There are no hidden costs.
  • 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.
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Itinerary

Day1

Namaste from the country of hills, mountains, and aesthetic culture! On your arrival, our team representative will pick you up from the terminal gate of the Tribhuvan International Airport with your name on a placard and then transfer you to your designated hotel.

If you arrive by the afternoon, you will have enough time to take an aromatic tour of the city of Thamel and later enjoy the welcoming dinner. In the evening, meet up with your other team members and your mountain guide, who will help you with your backpacking for the upcoming trek.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
Day2

The real trekking to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho begins this day as you board the early morning ride from Kathmandu to Dharapani after breakfast. The drive is through the stunning hilly roads along the banks of the Trishuli River, following the path to Besisahar for lunch.

The overall drive itself is an adventure while you feel the pristine breeze of the Himalayas kiss you on your cheek, slowly winding through the valleys and towns gazed at by all majestic Himalayan ranges, and finally to Dharapani.

  • Max. Altitude:1,860 m/6,100 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:8-9 hours
Day3

On this day the trekking route of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake traverses through the alpine territory of the region right after the morning breakfast and passes by the lovely Tibetan settlements of Bagarchaapy and Danakyu.

Then the trekking trail of this day descends at the village of Jagat following the stunning pine trees, terraced farms, and astonishing vistas of the Annapurna II and Lamjung after diverging from Koto connecting the Nar Phu route to the Circuit and finally to the village of Chamein around 6 hours from Dharapani.

  • Max. Altitude:2,610 m/8,890 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day4

The walk of this day is through steep, narrow, and rugged valleys dotted in between the vibrant woods of pine and rhododendron in the summer, watched over by the Pangdi and Swargadwari Danda approximately 1,500 m after overpassing the river Marshyangdi on a chilling hanging bridge.

En route, you will get to witness more extensive views of Annapurna II, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu, and others. After 5–6 hours of hiking steep uphill, you will reach the destination of the day, Pisang, by crossing the last suspension bridge right before the village.

  • Max. Altitude:3,300 m/10,827 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours
Day5

Today, you will leave the Pisang behind by trailing the trackways of the upper Pisang that moves forth by Geru, adorned with unexplainable majestic views of the north faces of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Pisang, and Tilicho.

By now, you would feel the significant gain in altitude when the cold air waves you a dry and harsh hi, where the Tibetan-influenced settlements are settled amazingly. The largest monastery in Manang, Barge, captives you the moment you set your eyes on it for sure.

  • Max. Altitude:3,540 m/11,300 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours
Day6

The time has finally come when you will let your fatigued body take a rest to get used to the thinner air of the higher Himalayas before crossing the high mountain pass of Thorong La.

So, you will use this day to explore the valley of Manang by hiking the Gangapurna glacier in the morning and visiting the spiritual Barge Monastery to enjoy the panorama of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu.

Moreover, Manang village, Barge, also facilitates the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), where you can take an interesting educational visit to learn more about the upcoming altitude tactics.

  • Max. Altitude:3,540 m/11,300 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:2-3 hours
Day7

The trail to Tilicho Base Camp moves forward by the lovely village of Khangsar and the landslide-prone area of Shree Kharkha, where you will grab the delicious lunch of the day while safely making your way through it with the help of our excellent navigators' guides.

From Shree Kharkha, the walk to the Tilicho base camp takes a maximum of five hours through the ruggedly formatted hiking trail kept in care by the peak of Tilicho, which you can relish from the very beginning of the day.

  • Max. Altitude:3,900 m/12,795 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day8

Tilicho Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, featured in the book of Maurice Herzog, that you will get to delve into after leaving the village of Braga and the base camp behind. It is a special day that follows the steep, laboring path of two to three hours.

Once you reach the lake, you will notice the whole ambiance of the lake seems to be out of the world, surrounded by gigantic peaks of Tilicho, Annapurna, and Nilgiri that chill every core of each visitor, including you to retrace way back with the ultimate feeling of achievement to Shree Kharkha as the resting spot of the day.

  • Max. Altitude:4,080 M/13,386 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours
Day9

After spending a must-fulfilling night at Shree Kharka and leaving footprints in the major highlight of the whole Annapurna Circuit Trail, Tilicho, you will hop for the yak pasture land and summer settlements of the yak herders, Yak Khrakha or Ledar.

The hiking track of this day first descends to Khangsar village and passes by one of the ancient monasteries, Tare Gumba, which leads to Thorong Khola and finally to Yak Kharka, with its awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna ranges and others.

On a lucky day, one can also get to have a rare encounter with the endangered blue sheep or snow leopard in 4-5 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:4,050 m/14,275 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dineer
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours
Day10

The walk today is uphill from Yak Kharka to arrive at Phedi above 500 meters, covering an area of 8.5 km in around five hours, following the windswept trail and enjoying the views of Annapurna II, Gangapura, and Chuli Peaks to the fullest.

The walk to the Phedi takes a small lunch break at the Marsyangdi River valley right after crossing the river with the help of the suspension bridge over it. Walking past the village, climbing up the hill following the narrow trackway descends to the Phedi of Thorong La.

is the last village before the infamous pass that connects the hidden valleys of the Annapurna Circuit, featuring several mountains of the region, such as Syagang, Khatungkan, Thorong, and Gudang, etc.

  • Max. Altitude:4,525 m/14,525 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours
Day11

The most anticipated day of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek is here when you will cross the scenic and adventurous part of the holistic journey, Thorong La Pass. It is the highest elevation gained during the overall trek and has the most unbeatable Himalayan views.

Extending to Tibet in the north, the Annapurna ranges stand tall and majestic with the other predominating peaks while you walk down Downhill to make it to the sacred pilgrimage of Muktinath at an altitude of 3,800m.

The holy sanctum for Hindus and Buddhists has 108 stone sprouts flowing directly from the Himalayas as Kali Gandaki and an eternal flame that is believed to have been burning for more than 20,000 years. You will bow down to ask for blessings and spend the night at the nearby tea house or lodge.

  • Max. Altitude:3,760 m/12,623 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:8-9 hours
Day12

Now, you are almost at the end of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek when you ride a local bus to the tourist treasure of Nepal, Pokhara, in 8 hours after an early morning breakfast.

If you wish, you can hire a private jeep at an additional cost for a more luxurious driving experience, admiring the greenery and scenery on the way back.

  • Max. Altitude:895 m/4,936 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:8-9 hours
Day13

The day aims to make it to the valley of Kathmandu by tourist bus while you hear the roaring of all passing rivers in the foothills that irrigate the side by farms and fields filled with crops and green vegetation.

Depending on the traffic of the day, you will arrive in the capital city in around 7-8 hours to savor the delicious farewell dinner with your team in the evening. In your spare time in the afternoon in Kathmandu, you might consider exploring the aromatic Thamel and Basantapur to pack some souvenirs to take home.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,593 ft
  • Meals:Farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:7 hours
Day14

The final goodbye day is here when you will take a last glimpse at all the soaring hills and mountains of Nepal before flying back to your beloved hometown. Three hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transport you to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

We hope you had a great trekking experience with us, and we hope to see you back in Nepal. Have a safe flight!

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Cost Details
Includes
  • Free airport transfers To and From Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival and departure
  • All standard meals ( 8 Breakfast, 9 lunches and 9 dinners/main course from the menu) during the trek
  • One-night accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara ( Hotel)
  • One professional, experienced and friendly Nature Excursions government-licensed, English-speaking native guide and porter with their salary, meals, accommodation, insurance and necessary equipment
  • Local strong porter to carry your luggage ( 2 trekkers = 1 porter, weight limit 10 kg each)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit fees
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking equipment such as sleeping bag, down jacket and duffle bag
  • Accommodation during the trek (tea house/lodge)
  • Water purification tablet to purify your tap water during the trek for safe drinking
  • An assistant trek guide groups over 8 trekkers
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus
  • Transportation during the trek
  • Snacks ( cookies/snickers/bounty)
  • Seasonal fresh fruit every evening after dinner
  • Arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health conditions ( funded by your travel insurance)
  • Souvenir: The Company’s T-shirt 
  • Nature Excursions certificate of appreciation after successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at end of the trek in Kathmandu
Excludes
  • International flight costs
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport ( 15 Day: $25–30, 30 Days: $40–50, and 90 days: $100–10)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra-night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in pokhara
  • Personal expenses ( shopping, snacks, boiled water, tea/coffee, hard and cold drinks, hot shower, laundry, wifi, battery re-charge fee, telephone calls, extra porters)
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage,
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our company's control, like landslides, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, weather conditions, illness, changes of government policies and strikes
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in the include section

Clients Reviews

  • Thrilling Adventure with Nature Excursion in Nepal!

    I recently embarked on an adventure tour with Nature Excursion in Nepal, and it surpassed all expectations! The professional guides were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience throughout.

    Nature Excursion offers a diverse range of activities that cater to all skill levels. From mountain treks to relaxing dips in hot water springs, every moment was filled with excitement and adrenaline. Their attention to detail in logistics, including accommodations and meals, was commendable.

    What sets Nature Excursion apart is their commitment to environmental conservation. They promote responsible tourism and encourage participants to minimize their impact on the natural beauty of Nepal. I highly recommend Nature Excursion for an unforgettable adventure. Can't wait to join them again in the future!

    Omar Al Zeidi
    Omar Al ZeidiOmanJul 08, 2023
    TripAdvisor
  • Fantastic guide-Karan

    We had a great time trekking through the Himalayas. Everything was taken care of. We didn't have to worry about anything. Our guide Karan Gurung was amazing. Such an experienced guide. We always felt safe and also had a lot of fun while trekking. We were so glad to have Karan, our dedicated guide and Taran Gurung, our very strong porter with us. Especially on the way to Tilicho lake with the landslide areas. Everything was tailored and flexible to our preferences before and during the trek. In the teahouses during the trek we also didn't have to worry about anything. Karan and Taran made sure we had the nicest rooms and best experiences in the mountains. We enjoyed the company and also our own spare time. I have celiac disease, so I eat glutenfree. Anytime we had food, Karan made sure to communicate it well with the kitchen. Even with my weird request with egg with bananas. We were blown away by the beautiful nature of Nepal as well as the variety which you encounter on the Annapurna Circuit. Each day was a different experience altogether. We did Poonhill as a beautiful end to the trek. In April the Rhododendrons were absolutely gorgeous. We did our trek end of March/start of April.

    Pieternel Kers
    Pieternel KersNetherlandsJun 20, 2023
    Google
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When is the best time to go to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Hike?

The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek in 2024/2025 are possible throughout the year, as each season of the Himalayas opens something unique and spectacular for the trekkers to explore.

However, the time of spring and autumn is considered the best season to venture into the land, all surrounded by the crown jewels of the Annapurna and other predominating peaks, due to its calm, dry, and pleasant environment.

Although you have put extra consideration into trekking gear and equipment in the winter and summer to do the combined trek to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake, it is still possible when guided by one of our expert mountain guides. Here’s what trekking in each season of the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake looks like:

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho in Autumn

The autumn is a fantastic time to visit the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho, with clear skies, a moderate temperature of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day and 5 to 15 degrees to negative 8 degrees Celsius at night, and the most stunning views of the Himalayas.

The autumn season spans from September to November with vibrant colors of falls, green forests, and panoramic views of completely snow-covered peaks without any obstructed views. It is just the perfect time to visit the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake; hence, it is also considered the peak trekking season of Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek in Spring

The spring season, which spans from March to May in Nepal, is yet another popular and best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit and visit Tilicho Lake, with a mild temperature that begins to gradually increase and creates a more comfortable trekking environment.

During this season, the rhododendrons and other wildflowers bloom in full vibrant colors, adding more to the beauty of lush greenery and scenes of the terrains and landscapes of the Annapurna region.

The temperature in the spring of the Annapurna Circuit revolves around 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius in the day and drops below 5 degrees at night above 2,000 meters (6,560 ft), inciting a warmer trekking day in the chilly higher Himalayan part of the Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek in summer and winter

While many consider the monsoon, spring, and winter to be the off-trekking seasons in Nepal, you can actually conquer the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trail in these often highly feared times of the year. 

It is crucial to remain cautious of weather, terrain, and altitude challenges that come from December to February, referred to as winter, and June to August, called the monsoon or summer. 

During the winter, it snows heavily in the upper Himalayan parts, obstructing the trekking routes as well as overall visibility when the temperature throughout the day and night can experience below zero, which usually ranges from 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius during the day and drops significantly in the evening. 

On the other hand, the summer season in the Annapurna region observes frequent rainfall, while the surrounding area gets humid due to rain obstructing the views. The trekking path also tends to get very slippery and muddy to approach for a convenient trekking experience 

However, it does not mean that a trek here is not possible at all. With the proper guidance of our professional guides or porters, you can absolutely achieve the most successful and fulfilling trekking acquaintance, even in the winter and spring, with appropriate gear and equipment recommended by experts.

Food and accommodations during the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek

Generally, the accommodation options in the high Himalayan trekking region, such as Annapurna, offer you basic lodges, tea houses, and local guest houses, which are convenient for taking a break and resting for the night in such a remote land.

While you trek with us for the 12 trekking days, we will arrange for you to stay in the standard one with the attached bathroom, which usually comes with a twin sharing bed and varying food menus that normally include porridge of oats, wheat, and rice, Tibetan bread jam, toast, and hash brown for breakfast.

As per the lunch menu, the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek menu offer a variety of dishes like Dal-Bhat (lentil soup with a bowlful of rice), pizza, noodles, and veg and non-veg Thukkpa. However, we insist you must try and stick to the Dal Bhat in terms of taste buds as well as nutrients.

For dinner, we recommend light foods, whose options might be similar to lunch. To sum it up, the food and accommodations during your trek through the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho are expected to be basic yet fulfilling and comfortable, and we assure you that you will get the best out of the best available in a comparatively less developed area.

What are the permits required to trek to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake?

Since the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake round up within the Annapurna Conservation Area, it is mandatory to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and a standard Annapurna Conservation Area permit (ACAP).

Both of them are issued by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the umbrella organization of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, and different government-registered trekking companies.

As per the price, it depends on the nationality of the trekkers. If you are a citizen of SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Countries), the TIMS card comes at NPR 1,000 only, while tourists globally pay NPR 2,000 for it.

Similarly, the cost of ACAP also varies based on citizenship. The trekkers trekking from SAARC countries pay NPR 1,000, while it costs NPR 3,000 for people from other nations.

Difficulty Level and Fitness Required for Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek

To go on a voyage into the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho, you do not need any past climbing or trekking experience and do not necessarily have any age criteria. It is good to maintain your physical flexibility, stamina, and endurance level to tackle any sort of trekking hindrance that might occur in a moderately challenging trek to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake.

Why is the trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho regarded as a moderately strenuous trek? Well, it is very obvious with the equal amount of hindrance presented by the rugged terrains, steep ascents and descends, high altitudes, and the unmatchable, never-ending sight of the Himalayan ranges and nature in a beautiful amalgamation with regional abundance in culture and tradition that it truly earns its name as a moderate-grade trekking acquaintance in the Annapurna region.

This means the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek are paradise for those seeking adventure in the serene environment of the Himalayas with its untainted culture, which you can be one of the few first people to discover and come across successfully when prepared quite early once you have made up your mind. The method to be physically fit and eligible is not that tough, and, to be exact, it is not mandatory at all. However, being prepared in advance does enhance your journey to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake significantly.

Here’s what you can do to prepare yourself for your upcoming handsome Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek:

  • Involve 6-7 hours of steep downhill and uphill hikes in your daily routine.
  • Engage yourself in cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, cycling, and dancing to keep your heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy and suitable for the low oxygen level that plays a significant role in mitigating acute mountain sickness at high altitudes.
  • Include everyday squats and planks to strengthen your muscles.
  • Doing yoga is a good way to balance your breathing and body flexibility.
  • Begin eating healthy even before departure day.
  • Always remain hydrated, and if possible, try avoiding nicotine, alcohol, and other bad addictions.

Guides and porters to trek the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

Nepal stands out in the world for its unique landscapes and terrains, along with its rich cultural and natural diversity. It is home to some of the best top-notch trekking destinations, such as Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake. 

Although it has been talked of in the town for many years, due to your unfamiliarity with the region, it can pose many hurdles that you alone might not be able to tackle easily, where the local professional trekking guide provides you with an edge. 

Along with the country banning solo trekking in Nepal from 2023, April 1st guides are the true heroes in the field of leading trekkers to their desired location safely and thoroughly while ensuring you make the bang out for bucks. 

Therefore, as one of the right hands for trekkers in Nepal, Nature Excursion strongly advises you to at least hire a guide or porter to go on an adventure in the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake in 2024 and 2025. 

If you prefer, you can hire one from us. Our guides are the best navigators, having gathered years of extensive expertise and knowing how to keep their clients as well as themselves, which lies within the Himalayas of Nepal.

What should I pack to trek the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake?

Packing wisely is essential to trekking anywhere in the world, as it plays a vital role in determining the overall safety, comfort, and joy of the trek. Especially when you are planning a high-altitude trek such as the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake.

So, here is a comprehensive guide on what to pack and what not to pack before you officially begin embarking on the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek:

  • A couple of long-sleeved shirts
  • Hats and gloves
  • Fleece and down jacket as an insulating layer
  • Trekking pants
  • Several pairs of moisture-soaking woolen socks
  • At least two pairs of thermal underwear
  • Perfectly fitting trekking boots
  • Sunblock
  • Toiletries (wipes, hand sanitizer, towel, sanitary pads, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap)
  • Small first aid kit

Note: To trek the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake in winter and summer, you will need to pay extra attention while packing, which is broken down below.

What to pack during the winter Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek?

As you might be already familiar with, the winter in the Annapurna region gets extremely cold and snowy, and many do not prefer to go trekking at this time. However, with appropriate gear and equipment, it is absolutely achievable. Hence, make sure to include the following items in your packing for the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek for winter, along with the above-mentioned basics:

  • A warm and light sleeping bag
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Crampons

How do pack to trek Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake in Summer?

The summer season throughout the country of Nepal usually rains cats and dogs, including in the Annapurna Conservation Area, under which the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake fall.

Therefore, the monsoon/summer season spanning from June to September also needs careful consideration in packing, along with the basic ones, as there is a high probability of having to deal with active leeches. The summer packing for the trek should consist of the below-mentioned gear, along with the basic ones: 

  • Raincoat or jacket
  • Waterproof or quickly drying boots
  • Insect repellants
  • Waterproof backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Water Purification Tablets, Filters, etc.

If you wish to know more, contact us now.

 

Equipments

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat, insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes
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HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODYY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20-degree sleeping bag is best in high-altitude trekking)

TOILETORIES

  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek - 14 Days FAQs

  • Yes, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is worth a shot, which is equally adventurous and rewarding.

     

  • Generally, it will take you 10–18 days, depending on the route, duration, hiking tours, and acclimatization day you have allocated to go on an adventure in Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek. It should be said that our 14-day itinerary to trek the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho is a standard one.

     

  • The lower region offers a wide variety of food and accommodation options in the form of tea house lodging, but the choices can get restricted as you begin ascending to higher altitudes.

     

  • Tilicho Lake is an alpine water body formed by the direct melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas of the Annapurna region and is turquoise, i.e., blue and green. 

     

  • Although Thorong La Pass is the highest altitude you will be at during the trek at 5,416m, the highest elevation you will be resting overnight is 4,880 metres at the high camp.

  • No, although both are higher-altitude treks, Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake are comparatively more beginner-friendly than the EBC route, with equivalent cultural and natural fascination.

     

  • With Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd., you can conquer the Annapurna Base Camp with the Tilicho Lake 14-day trek at a reasonable package cost of USD 1,099, where we are offering you a discount as per the size of the group as mentioned above.

     

  • No, usually the trekking package cost of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek covers expenses throughout the trekking days, and in case you are thinking of getting some personal snacks and other souvenirs or tipping, it must be made in Nepali rupees.

     

  • Yes, with a professional guide authorised by the government of Nepal, a single lady trekker can also do this trek, and we assure you that your safety is our priority.

     

  • Tilicho Lake is the highest-altitude lake in the world at 4,919m.

     

  • While the Annapurna Circuit Trek rounds up the tenth highest mountain on the planet, Annapurna I (8,091 m), to the north central of Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is within the central part of the mountain ranges.

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