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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  • 17 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 5416m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn


  • Experience the diversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Trek through Thorong La Pass, one of the highest trekking Pass in Nepal.
  • Get a glimpse at the unique Tibet Buddhist culture and lifestyle.
  • One of the best routes with cascades, suspension bridges, small villages, and majestic mountains.
  • Witness the crystal clear blue freshwater lake, Tilicho Lake.
  • Stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and several other peaks in the Annapurna massif.


Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake takes us to western Nepal. This iconic trek is anywhere around 160km-230km which takes us through the Annapurna Conservation Area and beneath the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas. One of the major highlights of this trek is the crystal clear blue freshwater lake, Tilicho Lake. Situated at an elevation of 4919 meters, it is the second-highest lake in the world and the first-highest lake at such altitude in Nepal.

After sightseeing in Kathmandu, the trek will begin from Besisahar. We will walk through the forest of rhododendrons, oaks, pines, and alpine meadows. Similarly, we will pass by small and picturesque villages like Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, and many others. The trail may require you to cross several suspension bridges. It is a great chance to witness the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

We get to experience unique Tibetan-Buddhist cultures throughout the trek. The trek is unquestionably rich in the natural backdrop, contrasting extraordinary views of the verdant valleys, circling high mountains, and the dry Tibetan-styled hills of Mustang. As a result, the route provides jaw-dropping views of the panoramic Annapurna massif range. The views are heavenly and unlike anything you’ve experienced before!

The trails are not going to be easy to conquer. However, your every effort will be worth it. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake’s awe-inspiring experience is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and ethnic diversity. So trekkers looking for adventure or nature enthusiasts looking to enjoy unspoiled nature, the trek is an ideal match.

Join Adventure Walkway for this amazing journey where you will be presented with the most picturesque sights and Himalayan sceneries. You will be accompanied by professionals, you will be subjected to hiking to the teal Tilicho Lake and looking at the mesmerizing wonder of nature in all its glory.

Altitude Sickness And Acclimatization

After reaching 3,000 meters, the oxygen level in the atmosphere begins to drop. This reduced oxygen level causes trekkers to experience altitude sickness at higher elevations. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, trekkers will climb up to 5,416 meters above sea level. Therefore, many trekkers feel discomfort and experience altitude sickness. The symptoms of altitude sickness include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat

The symptoms of altitude sickness should be taken seriously. Taking proper precautions is better but you can still experience the sickness. Taking medication like acetazolamide can help relieve the symptoms but if it persists, you should descend to lower elevation immediately. Altitude sickness can be fatal if not taken seriously.

The best way to minimize the risk of altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. Acclimatization refers to gradual ascending to higher elevations and taking proper rest days. It helps the body to adapt to the elevation and surroundings. The acclimatization is not just for altitude but also for temperature and humidity. Trekkers’ body has to adjust to all of these factors. During the acclimatization period, it is important to stay active. The other ways to minimize the risk of altitude sickness are to stay hydrated, rest well, and avoid excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol.

What does 17 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Package Include?

Adventure Walkway’s 17 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake package includes all the accommodations and meals during the trek. You will be provided with a government-registered, English-speaking guide, porter (one for two clients), transportation, trekking permits TIMS cards, and arrangements for emergency rescue services. For groups exceeding six people, an assistance guide will be provided.

The package does not include visa fees, personal expenses, travel insurance, or any other costs. The meals in Kathmandu, hot shower expenses, charging expenses, and additional costs due to political and natural disturbances are also not included in the package. If you have further inquiries or need more information, feel free to contact us!


Day 1 Arrival Tribhuban Internatinal Airport Kathmandu

On the first day of this exciting journey, you will land in the capital of Nepal, a city of temples, Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative of Adventure Walkway will be there to welcome you and assist in your transfer to the pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu.

After you are settled and refreshed, we’ll meet for a briefing and a short rundown about the trip. During t you’ll be invited for a welcome dinner of typical Nepali cuisine as our warm welcome and overnight stay and rest at the hotel before the challenging journey that tomorrow brings.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing or Trip preparation Day

Kathmandu is an ancient city full of unique arts and artifacts, one day is not enough to cover the whole city. After Breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu, we will take you for a cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.

Your tour will include visits to UNESCO-declared world heritage sites as you get to see thrilling historic monuments where the echoes of royal conspiracies & tragedy still ring in the corridors of these ancient symbols of a once-upon-a-time thrilling history that still lives on to this day. In the evening you will meet your trek leader and have a briefing on the whole course of the trip and you will have some time to shop for your trekking gear if you need it.

Day 3from Kathmandu Drive to Besisahar 6 hours

Our out-of-valley drive starts today. The trekking leader will be there to pick you up from the hotel at 7 am. We will drive to Besisahar to enjoy the scenic landscape of the hills. The drive is about 7 hours, 185km from the capital city, Kathmandu. Upon arrival on the Besi Sahar, we will see the stunning snow-capped mountains. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4from Besi Sahar Drive to Chame (2399 m). 5 hours

The trail drops precipitously to Syange at 1070 meters from Bahun danda. After leaving Bahundanda we will see the huge waterfall. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone-paved village of Jagat before ascending through the forest to Chame at 1400 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Chame Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) glistening in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang after having our breakfast. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an obstructed cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You can see the vistas of the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m) to the northeast. As we continue to walk, we come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Pisang Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours.

After having our breakfast, we leave Pisang and walk towards Manang village where we visit the 900 years old monastery. Then, continuing to walk towards Manang, we come to cross a bridge over the Marsayangdi River and ascend through the pine forest to Ghyaru. We climb uphill to Ngawal and downhill to Mungji to meet the lower route to Manang. Overnight at a guest house. (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)

Day 7Acclimatization day at Manang village.

Today, we spend the day exploring the outskirts of Manang. We hike up to the beautiful Gangapurna Lake where an amazing view of the Marsayangdi River valley is seen. We’ll so see the magnificent vistas of the Annapurna range, Gangapurna (7454m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m). We also visit the ancient monasteries and the old village of Tengi while in Manang. We’ll explore all day as the daytime is best to gain altitude. Overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Manang Trek to Khangsar Village (3700 meters). 4 hours.

After acclimatizing at Manang for a day, we continue our journey to Tilicho Lake. From Manang, we head out through the western gates and then follow the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar river on the bridge below Khangsar and ascending the slope to the village, a village which is very much dominant in the old Tibetan style, also known as the last village of Nepal. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Khangsar Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200meters) 5 hours.

We start our day with a warm breakfast. We then continue to walk from Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp. Today, the walk is through the slopes, uphill and steep downhill, in the narrow valley. Overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Tilicho Base camp Trek to Tilicho Lake (5200 meters) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4200 meters) for 6 hours

Today, we visit the freshwater lake which lies on the second-highest elevation in the world and the highest in Nepal, Tilicho Lake. We will leave for the lake early in the morning to avoid the wind. It’ll take 3-4 hours to reach the lake. After exploring the surrounding lake for a few hours we return to the Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Tilicho Base Camp Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours

Today, after breakfast we continue to walk towards Yak Kharka which descends by only 200 m. We walk downhill and cross the valley across Marsyangdi Valley. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out as we reach the Yak Kharka at 4000m. Overnight at Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12Yak Kharka Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours

Our day starts with a warm breakfast in the Yak Kharkha. Thorung Phedi is only a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across a wobbly gravel slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at the lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Throungla Phedi Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) for 8 to 9 hours.

Today is the most important and long day of this trek that you will conquer at the height of 5,416 meters. We start early today by crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m), the pass at the highest elevation in the world. About four hours to climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags.

As you reach the top, you are rewarded with a magnificent view from the top of snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, and hills. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Muktinath means the place of salvation and nirvana.

It is believed that if we take bath in the 108 waterspouts present in the periphery of the temple, we will achieve nirvana, and all the sins we have committed knowingly, and unknowingly will be forgiven by Lord Vishnu. There are several monasteries as well. This place is sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at the guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters) 5 hours

Today we descend to the other side of the Thorong La Pass, most of the land we see will be dry and looks somewhat like the desert. We will continue our trek through the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Most of the time, we will go downhill with a closer view of stupas and old traditional houses, and the civilization of the Mustang. Jomsom is a large town with many facilities. It is also the headquarter and official town for the whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 15Jomsom early Morning flight to Pokhara or Drive to Pokhara

Today we will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Enjoy the scenic flight of 35 minutes. Pokhara is a beautiful city with seven lakes and majestic mountain views. We’ll explore the city and go boating in Fewa Lake in the evening. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16Drive or Flight to Kathmandu 1310m

Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Or, we can even take a flight at extra cost. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 17Final Departure

The trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

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Favorable Time For Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is difficult and physically challenging. Trekkers must climb uphill and downhill from subtropical terrains to rocky and steep trails. Similarly, the trail can also get narrow and need to cross rivers on suspension bridges. Trekkers need good physical fitness to overcome these difficult terrains. Similarly, as you move to a higher altitude, the area becomes more remote so facilities and amenities become limited. You must be ready to walk 7 to 8 hours a day on average during the trek. The long duration of the trek can also put stress on trekkers.

The high elevation is another difficult part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. Trekkers will climb up to the Thorong La Pass. It is situated at an elevation of 5,416 meters. The high altitude can cause trekkers altitude-related sickness. Likewise, the weather becomes more unpredictable at high elevations. The temperature can also get cold during wintertime. All these difficulties put physical strain on trekkers and can also be mentally strenuous.

Trekkers are required to have a good level of physical stamina and endurance. Similarly, they also need to build mental resilience to combat uncertainties. Equipment and gear play a pivotal role in easing the trek difficulties and safety. Therefore, to overcome the difficulties of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, trekkers need to be physically and mentally prepared. Similarly, proper equipment preparation is also important.

The most favorable time for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is in spring and autumn. These two seasons are perfect for trekking all across Nepal. As a result, these are also the peak trekking seasons. Let us see why these two seasons are best for trekking:

Spring (March to May)

The spring season is ideal for trekking the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. It is pre-monsoon season thus, there is very little rainfall. The trails are safe and well-defined during this season. However, in early spring, the trails on higher elevations can still have some snow left. The temperature is mild and warm. The sky is clear and provides brilliant views of the surrounding peaks.

You can get the mountain views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and many more. Another reason for trekking the route during spring is to see the colorful and vibrant landscapes. The vegetation is lusciously green, the rhododendron forests bloom all around, and the Himalayan wildflowers are also in full bloom.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is when most trekkers visit Nepal to explore. It is post-monsoon season with perfect and crisp weather. The weather is also stable and favorable. The rainfall during the summer season cleans away most of the dust and pollution. Hence, the visibility is most brilliant during autumn. The vegetation also looks fresh and green.

The autumn is the harvesting season. During this time, trekkers can witness villagers harvesting crops. Furthermore, most of the big festivals in Nepal also fall in autumn. Towards the end of autumn, it gets colder in the higher elevations.


What is included in the Kathmandu sightseeing?

Since Kathmandu is an ancient city, it is filled with many historical and cultural sites. A day in Kathmandu is not enough to explore them all. So, the Kathmandu sightseeing includes important UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (also known as Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, and Boudthanath Stupa.

How hard is it to climb Thorong La Pass?

The climb to Thorong La Pass is difficult and physically strenuous. You will have to climb uphill and sometimes on a steep path. Additionally, the pass is situated at an elevation of 5,416 meters above sea level. Hence, trekkers can experience altitude sickness due to the high elevation. Climbing down is comparatively easier but it is still a challenging task.

Do I need a restricted permit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

No, you do not need any restricted permit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. During the trek, you do not have to pass by a restricted area. However, you will require a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). Adventure Walkway’s package includes both the TIMS card and the ACAP.

Is a sleeping bag necessary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

Yes, carrying a sleeping bag can be helpful during the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. The accommodations along the route do provide basic facilities but the bedding may not be enough to keep you warm. The temperature at night time at higher elevations can drop significantly. Hence, the sleeping bag can come in handy and keep you warm during cold nights.

How long does it take to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

It can take anywhere from 14 to 17 days to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. Although it is possible to shorten the trek, it is recommended that you include an acclimatization day in your itinerary. Ascending to the higher elevation rapidly can cause altitude sickness to the trekkers. But it depends on the trekker’s preferences and the duration of the trek.

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