Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

Pokhara, Gandaki, Nepal
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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Highlights

  • Scenic Diversity: The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek showcases a remarkable range of landscapes, from lush green forests and terraced fields to arid high-altitude deserts, providing a visual feast for hikers.
  • Tilicho Lake Marvel: At over 4,900 meters (16,000 feet) above sea level, Tilicho Lake is one of the world's highest lakes, surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers, making it a stunning and unique destination for trekkers.
  • Cultural Encounters: Along the way, you'll immerse yourself in the rich cultures of the local Gurung and Manang communities, experiencing their warm hospitality and unique traditions.
  • High Mountain Passes: Conquer high mountain passes like Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet) and witness breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Adventure and Challenge: The trek offers a thrilling challenge for adventure enthusiasts, combining physically demanding sections with awe-inspiring natural beauty, making it an unforgettable experience for those seeking both adventure and tranquility in the Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Overview

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is an incredible adventure in the heart of Nepal, offering breathtaking natural beauty and cultural richness. This renowned trek takes you through lush forests, charming villages, and high mountain passes, all while leading you to the mesmerizing Tilicho Lake, one of the world's highest lakes nestled amidst towering peaks. As you journey through this region, you'll encounter the warm hospitality of the local communities and witness their unique way of life. This epic trek is a dream come true for nature lovers and adventure seekers, promising an unforgettable experience in the lap of the Himalayas.


Quick Facts 

➔ Start Point: Chame

➔ End Point: Jomsom

➔ Duration: 16 Days 

➔ Trek Level: Moderate 

➔ Trek Distance: 160 to 260 kilometers 

➔ Trek Altitude: 5416 meter at thorung la high pass 



  • Transport: All ground transfers are via private vehicle according to our itinerary.
  • Stay: Thamel Eco Resort Hotel is a three-star hotel in KTM. (Twin sharing, includes breakfast and all government taxes and VAT.), Accommodation in Pokhara at the Tibet Resort (including breakfast and all taxes
  • Meal: Makalu Adventures hosts a welcome dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • Guide: Guided tour of KTM's world heritage sites, including all relevant entrance payments.), Guides, porters, and their daily salary will provided.
  • Flights: All domestic flights (Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu).
  • Trekking: Trekking from lodge to lodge. (Accommodation and meals are provided by the best local resorts.)
  • Permit: Permit Fees for Annapurna Conservation Area, including TIMS Card
  • Insurance: Insurance and other necessary arrangements, are provided.


How to reach 

By Air 

➔ To reach the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake by air, you'll first need to fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

➔ From there, you can take a domestic flight to Pokhara, a popular starting point for the trek. Pokhara is well-connected by daily flights from Kathmandu.

By Road

➔ To reach the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake by road, you can take a scenic bus ride or hire a private vehicle from Kathmandu to the town of Besisahar.

➔ From Besisahar, you'll continue the journey by jeep or local transport to the trailhead in Chame or Syange, which marks the start of the trek.

By Train

➔ There are no direct train routes to the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake as the region is located in Nepal, and Nepal does not have an extensive train network.

➔ Travelers typically rely on air or road transportation to reach the starting points of this trek in Nepal, as mentioned earlier.

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Itinerary For Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake


Day 1 - Kathmandu Arrival


  • Meet at the airport and take the shuttle to your accommodation.
  • Stay in Kathmandu for the night.

Day 2 - Drive to Besisahar (6 hours)


  • Trekking staff arrives at your hotel at 7:00 AM.
  • Drive to Besisahar, enjoying scenic views.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Besisahar.

Day 3 - Drive to Chame (5 hours)


  • Trekking begins as you drive to Chame.
  • En route, witness waterfalls and the Marsyangdi River.
  • Reach Chame, the district headquarters of Manang.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Chame

Day 4 - Trek to Pisang (5 hours)


  • Trek through a steep and narrow valley.
  • Cross bridges and enjoy views of Paungda Danda rock face.
  • Arrive in Pisang, between 3,200m and 3,300m.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Pisang.

Day 5 - Trek to Manang (5 hours)


  • Continue through the drier upper Manang district.
  • Pass through Tibetan-style villages.
  • Arrive in Manang (3,540m) for acclimatization.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Manang.

Day 6 - Acclimatization in Manang


  • Spend the day acclimatizing in Manang.
  • Explore the village and nearby viewpoints.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Manang.

Day 7 - Trek to Khangsar Village (4 hours)


  • Begin the journey towards Tilicho Lake.
  • Reach Khangsar Village, known as the last village in Nepal.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Khangsar Village.

Day 8 - Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (5 hours)

Tilchho base camp

  • Continue toward Tilicho Base Camp.
  • Trek through diverse landscapes and a high ridge.
  • Arrive at Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m).
  • Overnight at a basic guesthouse.

Day 9 - 6-hour trek to Tilicho Lake and returning to Base Camp

Tilchho base camp

  • Start early in the morning for Tilicho Lake (5,200m).
  • Explore the world's highest lake.
  • For the night, return to Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 10 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000m) (5 hours)

Yak kharka

  • Descend from Base Camp to Yak Kharka.
  • Traverse forests and alpine landscapes.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Yak Kharka.

Day 11 - Thorong Phedi (4,450m) trek (5 hours)

Thong phedi

  • Continue your journey to Thorong Phedi.
  • Cross a river as you ascend and drop.
  • Arrive at Thorong Phedi and spend the night.

Day 12 - Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (8 hours)


  • Start early to cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m).
  • Descend to Muktinath (3,800m), a sacred site.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Muktinath.

Day 14 - Trek to Jomsom (5 hours)


  • Descend further to Jomsom (2,720m).
  • Enjoy the facilities in this town.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Jomsom.

Day 14 - Morning Flight to Pokhara


  • Take a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pokhara in the afternoon.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 15 - Drive/Fly Back to Kathmandu


  • Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Check-in to your hotel.
  • Free time for shopping or leisure.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16 - Departure


  • Transfer to the international airport for your departure.

This itinerary offers a thorough exploration of the Annapurna Circuit with a visit to Tilicho Lake, providing ample acclimatization days and a rewarding trekking experience through diverse landscapes and cultural encounters.

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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake FAQs

What permits are required for this trek?

You'll need two main permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. Additionally, you may need a permit for Tilicho Lake, which is often included in the ACAP.

When is the best time to do this trek?

The best time for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is stable, and the views are clear. The monsoon season (June to August) and winter (December to February) can be less ideal due to rain, snow, or cold temperatures.

What is the level of difficulty?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging. While the trek itself doesn't require technical climbing skills, you'll need to be physically fit and prepared for high-altitude conditions, steep ascents, and descents.

What is the highest point of the trek?

The highest point of the trek is Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. It's a challenging but rewarding part of the journey.

Are there accommodation and food available along the route?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges along the trail where you can find accommodation and meals. The availability and quality of facilities may vary, so it's a good idea to book in advance during peak trekking seasons.

How should I prepare for altitude sickness?

Adequate acclimatization is crucial. Spend extra nights at higher altitudes to let your body adjust. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, and listen to your body. If you experience severe symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately.

What should I pack for the trek?

ack warm clothing, comfortable trekking gear, a good-quality sleeping bag, a first-aid kit, and essentials like a water purification system, headlamp, and sturdy hiking boots. Don't forget important documents, such as permits and identification.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.
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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 30% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 60% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 100% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be cancelled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveller an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.
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  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.
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