Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trek in Nepal, among many travelers around the world for its immense natural and cultural attractions. The..








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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trek in Nepal, among many travelers around the world for its immense natural and cultural attractions. The trek explores the Annapurna Massif and the sprawling settlements along its foothills through the Annapurna Conservation Area. Meanwhile, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek also makes a stop at one of the highest lakes in the world, Tilicho Lake (4920m). This trek combines the definitive Annapurna circuit trek with a trip to Muktinath Temple as well as a visit to another classic destination of Ghorepani Poonhill.


Trek Highlights

  • Experience the unique culture of the Gurung, Thakali, and Tibetan communities
  • Explore the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake (4920m)
  • Be blessed with spectacular views of Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himlung, and Tilicho ranges
  • Cross the Thorung La Pass (5416m), one of the biggest passes in the world



The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek begins from Kathmandu and heads to Besisahar on a drive. We trek up to the Manang passing Jagat, Dharapani, and Pisang. From Manang, the trek splits from the traditional Annapurna Circuit route towards the Tilicho Lake. We take the path to Tilicho Base Camp via Khangsar and Thare Gompa. After exploring the lake thoroughly, we head back to Khangsar and head north. Crossing one of the biggest passes in the world, the Thorung La Pass (5416m), and descend to Muktinath.

Hereon, the trek leads towards the lower mustang settlements, of the Kali Gandaki valley. From here, you pass by the Jomsom, Marpha, Tatopani, and then wrap up with the final highlight of the trek which is a trip to Poonhill. The mesmerizing Himalayan chain as seen from the Poonhill viewpoint offers blissful experiences. The Annapurna circuit with the Tilicho lake itinerary concludes as we head towards Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

The Annapurna Tilicho lake trek is best experienced in the autumn and spring seasons, as the weather is perfect to witness the Himalayas. Also, a good physical condition will be of great help during the trek. To be more specific the best time to hike the Annapurna circuit would be in October. During this time monsoon ends making the skies clearer and the trails less slippery. And the temperature during that time is quite right i.e. neither hot nor cold.

Nepal Treks is your trusty trekking partner for Treks in Nepal. Whether it is a short trek or a long one such as this one, we will make sure that we are your ideal companions. Our experience will be very useful for long treks such as these, where we pay attention to every detail to ensure you have the smoothest trekking experience.


This trek’s major attraction – Tilicho Lake – has religious significance among Hindus. As per the article in Wikipedia, Hindus believe this lake is the ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake mentioned in the epic Ramayana. Also, Tilicho Lake was the site of the highest ever altitude scuba dives. A Russian diving team had conducted the dive in 2000.

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Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hustle and bustle of the city. You will be accompanied to your hotel in Kathmandu by a company representative. You can rest at your hotel or choose to explore the nearby areas around the hotel.
Day 2
Kathmandu drive to Besisahar (820m) then Bhulbhule (840m)
The road-trip from Kathmandu to Besisahar is a long drive of about 7 hours. The town of Besisahar is a beautiful town led to by roads that wind around the neighboring hills. From here on Bhulbhule is about 1.5 hours away, and the road is not as comfortable as before. This fact is compensated by views of the surrounding low hills along the way.
Day 3
Bhulbhule Trek to Ghermu (1050m)
We traverse along the east bank of the Marshyangdi with views of Manaslu (8163m) and Ngadi Chuli (7871m) before arriving at Ngadi. The road leads you to the village of Bahundanda. From here the trail moves along the river to Khanigaon. You will spend the night at Ghermu which arrives shortly after.
Day 4
Ghermu Trek to Tal (1700m)
The trek begins by crossing the Marshyangdi on a long suspension bridge at Syange. As you cross the bridge, you also transition from the lower hills into the sheer canyon faces. You will arrive at Jagat, which is a village of Tibetan heritage. Further ahead is the village of Chamje from where you cross to the east bank of the Marshyangdi. The trail then goes through farmed fields, Bamboo and rhododendron forests before arriving at Tal.
Day 5
Tal Trek to Chame (2670m)
The trek today is long and climbs a decent amount. The path follows the Marshyangdi River along the hillsides to Dharapani, where we can catch a brief glimpse of Mount Manaslu (8163m). From here on, we cross the villages of Danakyu, Timang, Lata Marang, and Koto finally arriving at Chame. Chame is the district headquarters of Lamjung so the lodges here have internet access.
Day 6
Chame Trek to Pisang (3200m)
You begin beside the Marshyangdi river on your left and dense pine forests on either side of the river. As you move further away from Chame, Manaslu appears fainter in the distance. The trail all the way to Manang can also double up as a vehicle path, but the trekking route also winds around the forests. On your way you will arrive at Bhratang. You can end today at either Upper or Lower Pisang but, Upper Pisang offers better views of the Annapurna ranges.
Day 7
Pisang Trek to Manang (3540m)
As you enter deeper into the Manang Valley, you make your way closer to Tibet. Also, the aridness of the landscape also increases as we trek deeper into the rain shadow zone. You will also notice great views of Tilicho Peak (7134m). Just before reaching Manang you will get to see a splendid and timeless Tibetan village at Braga, which houses an ancient monastery.
Day 8
Acclimatization in Manang (3540m)
You can explore the village of Manang and its settlements. If you want more of a challenge and proper preparation for the trek ahead, you can visit the beautiful blue Gangapurna Lake. The lake also provides excellent mountain views of mountains in the region such as Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Khangsar Kang (7485m). If you trek further you will arrive at Milarepa cave where a historic monk Milarepa was said to have meditated.
Day 9
Manang Trek to Khangsar (3734m)
We begin by crossing a suspension bridge again, above the Jarsang Khola as we descend away from Manang. The village is in between two hills on either side and a huge grassy meadow is located nearby where yaks are often seen grazing. Khangsar also houses a traditional styled palace, with a square build and vertically rectangular windows.
Day 10
Khangsar Trek to Tilicho Base camp (4150m)
You can notice a layered wall of hills in front of Khangsar that ends with snowcapped mountains in the distance. The trail to Khangsar climbs above and through a sea of brown shrubs. Along the way, there are many streams that split from or go to join the main rivers below. The highest point of the trek today is at 4650m a pass marked by stones and prayer flags, from here on it’s a sharp descend down to Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 11
Visit Tilicho Lake then trek to Khangsar (3734m)
We will climb to Tilicho lake early in the morning. The lake is turquoise in color and sits majestically in front of the Tilicho peak (7134m) which dominates the background. The lake is also one of the highest located in the world. After a stunning experience we carefully trek back to basecamp and back to Khangsar village to stay overnight.
Day 12
Khangsar Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
The trek today is unmarked and there seem to be less Mani stones and chortens along the way. You will be crossing a river on a log bridge passing from Gunsang to Yak Kharka. Before arriving at Yak Kharka you will notice a high meadow at almost 4000m. Further ahead from the meadow is Yak Kharka where you will be spending your night.
Day 13
Yak Kharka Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
Our first destination reached today is Chauri Ledar as we climb higher to get to Thorung Phedi. From here the trail is along the Jarsang Khola crossing it with a wooden bridge. The path to Thorung Phedi is a gradual climb but the trail is tricky due to several loose rocks sitting across the narrow ridge you will be climbing on, so take it slow and careful. We will be spending the night at Phedi.
Day 14
Phedi Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m)
You begin the trek before the break of dawn for great sunrise views higher up in the Thorung La Pass (5416m), later in the morning. The hard trek is rewarded by magnificent views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna Ranges with the huge kali Gandaki basin below. From the top of the Thorung La Pass (5416m), you descend all the way to Muktinath. Muktinath is a spiritual powerhouse as it houses the Muktinath temple which is of great significance to both Buddhists and Hindus.
Day 15
Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m)
You can explore the Muktinath Temple in the morning. The temple houses 108 water taps in which people bathe and cleanse themselves on the icy cold water. The temple also houses an eternal flame, which has never gone off for centuries. Thereafter, you start trekking to Jomsom via the Jharkot village. Jomsom is the capital of lower Mustang thus, the town is well endowed with lodges and a stone paved path runs across the town.
Day 16
Jomsom trek to Tukuche (2590m)
After leaving Jomsom, the journey continues on to the Thakali village of Tukuche. The views of Nilgiri (7061m) on the east will keep you wonderful company with Gangapurna (7454m) far behind. The village of Tukuche is home to the proud Thakali people the village houses many good lodges and shops, and even traditional utensils on display.
Day 17
Tukuche Trek to Marpha (2680m)
Leaving Tukuche, the trek follows the barren banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Plenty of monasteries and player flags decorate the trails on the trek. A relatively short trek brings you to Marpha. Marpha is another delightful Thakali village built around the spinal stone pathways. Marpha is famous for its apples, and apple products such as cider and dried snacks along with apricots and Peach wine.
Day 18
Marpha Trek to Tatopani (2710m)
From Marpha it’s a pleasant trek to Tatopani along the Kali Gandaki River. Passing the village of Ghasa on the descending trail, you can also witness the views of Nilgiri (7061m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). The trek passes numerous settlements along the way including Dana and Guithe. Tatopani houses natural hot springs, which are perfect places to relax after a long hard trek.
Day 19
Tatopani Trek to Sikha (1935m)
As we trek from Tatopani to Sikha, the Kali Gandaki moves away from our sight heading up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail is surrounded by terraced lands with the familiar mountains in the background. The lush vegetation is in stark contrast to a few days before when the lands were barren. A short trek heading east settles at Sikha.
Day 20
Sikha Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
The trek today takes you through beautiful forests decorated with flowers especially the rhododendron trees. The trail also allows you to immerse in the views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges. Ghorepani is a beautiful village located atop a ridge. The popularity of this destination means there are several good shops and lodges along the way for refreshments.
Day 21
Visit Poon Hill (3210m) trek to Ulleri
You begin the trek early in the morning to the Poonhill viewpoint amazing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains at sunrise. In addition to these, from atop the Poon Hill you can witness numerous other high mountains like Lamjung Himal (6983m) and Nilgiri (7061m). The trek to poon hill is steep but short, and, after enjoying the Himalayan scenery, we return to Ghorepani. After breakfast at Ghorepani, we head back down the rhododendron forests and green ridges and cliffs and waterfalls to Ulleri.
Day 22
Ulleri trek back to Pokhara
The famous stone steps of Ulleri take us to Birethanti and then to Nayapul. From Nayapul, a short drive will bring you back to Pokhara. As you will arrive Pokhara relatively early, you can explore the city for the remainder of the day. Phewa Lake, Peace Pagoda, Mahendra Cave, and Bat Cave are some of the attractions in and around Pokhara.
Day 23
Pokhara Drive to Kathmandu.
From Pokhara we cross the countryside roads that wind through hills beside rivers to Kathmandu. You will see the Marshyangdi River which you saw previously in the trek which has gotten bigger as it flows lower. You will head along many towns and then drive back into the Kathmandu through the Thankot.
Day 24
Leaving the country of Himalayas, you prepare to head to your next destination. You can feel free to recommend us to your friends and family for future visits to Nepal. Goodbye!

  • Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and English-speaking guide)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by a tourist bus
  • 1 Night hotel in Pokhara at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • Transportation (Kathmandu to Dharapani and Nayapul to Pokhra) by private vehicle
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conversation Area Permit) and TIMS Cards
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including insurance during the trekking
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kgs to 20 kgs) and their all expenses including insurance
  • Full board basis during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trekking in twin sharing basis
  • Trekking route map
  • Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
  • First aid kit
  • All the government and company service charges
Not Included
  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except complimentary dinners
  • Personal expenses (WIFI, bar bills, laundries, electricity charges for the gadgets, hot shower, hot water etc.)
  • Tipping for guide(s), porter (s), driver(s)
  • Anything does not include in the inclusion list.
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    • 1 pair strong hiking boots/ sports shoes
    • 1 medium rucksack/backpack
    • 1 small day pack
    • 1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
    • 1 inner sleeping sheet
    • 1 down jacket/all-weather Anorak
    • 1 fleece/warm sweater
    • 1 water and windproof jacket
    • 2 pair lightweight trousers
    • 1 pair shorts
    • 2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
    • 2 T-shirts /1 medium sized towel
    • 1 water bottle-1 or 2 liter
    • 1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
    • 2 pairs light socks
    • 3 pairs heavy wool socks
    • Underwear (including thermals)
    • Cotton headscarf/bandana
    • Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
    • Sunglasses and Sunhat
    • Money Belt
    • Water purification tablets/solution
    • Sun block Cream(30-50)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Moleskin for blister
    • Toilet paper
    • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
    • Any personal medication
    • 3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)
    Note: Due to the different seasons in Nepal, trekkers are requested to inquire before preparing equipment.  
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