Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek one of the highest Lake in the world
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the highest lakes in the world and this trek is a fantastic journey along the famous Annapurna region. This trek is one of the most challenging yet rewarding treks in the Annapurna region. It allows us to observe Himalayan Thar, snow leopard, splendid views of the Tilicho Lake, massive natural diversity i.e. vegetation zone from lush-tropical to harsh and semi-desert along this trekking route. This lake has historical significances according to the Hindu, finding reference to it in the holy book Ramayan. Hindu pilgrims and devotees from all over the world visit this place of worship and pilgrimage.
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek offers you an unbelievable sight with the mountains standing on the different lakesides with the glacial melt from the Mt Annapurna and the Thorong La pass (5416m). This trek offers us many magnificent views, an ancient monastery, chances to observe and explore the beautiful villages, chances to interact with local inhabitants, exotic scenic views of the Tilicho Lake, Gangapurna, Tarkekang, Khangsar Kang and the Manang valley and its surrounding Himalayas and the Hindu pilgrimage of the Muktinath temple etc.
This is a 17-day trek best for trekkers willing to not just walk the Annapurna Circuit trails but also reach the serene Tilicho Lake. The best seasons for trekking is Autumn and Spring but you can join this trekking at any time of the year.
The trip begins in Kathmandu with visits to several cultural heritage sites. We then drive to Syangeand begin the trek toDharapani. For the trekkers who prefer a shorter trek, it will be mostly the same route as the Annapurna Circuit trek – taking 14 days.
This trip is organized by Everest Trekking Routes which have over 20 years’ experience in Trekking, Tours, Peak Climbing and many others activities in Nepal.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
After arriving in Kathmandu, a delegate from Everest Trekking Routes will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit the Everest Trekking Routes office. In the evening there will be welcome dinner given by Everest Trekking Routes where you will be served Nepalese food which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Syangee by Bus/Jeep.7 hour (1100m)
Early in the morning, after having breakfast we will drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar. After reach in Beshishar, we will move towards Syangee and at the time of trekking we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will have our lunch on the way and takes some rest then after move towards our destination. After reaching Syangee, first of all, we will check out the hotel then after we will go to explore all around the Syangee where we will spend one night.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani. (1700m) 6/7 hrs)
We slowly start trekking towards Dharapani after the wonderful night in Syangee. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will walk on the way of the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Dharapani. We approach the steeply-forested village of Kartemeandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge where we stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2660m, 6 hrs)
Whilst walking to Chame after having breakfast in Dharapani. During the time of trekking, we get the opportunity to see amazing views of the Himalayas including LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang District. It will go through unpaved road so you have to prepare yourself for the possible bumpy road. We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way and this day will be an easy day. After reaching Chame we will explore all around the Chame village and we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
Day 05: Trek to Upper Pisang (3185m 5 hour.)
Today we trek to Upper Pisang after having breakfast early in the morning. This route will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. After passing this last bit of rock, the valleys open up with majestic vistas. During the time of trekking, the trails will pass through the left side of the valley and you will cross the suspension bridge. It takes almost 5 hours to trek here from Chame to reach Upper Pisang. From here we continue for a short time to Upper Pisang where we spend the night.
Day 06: Trek to Ngawal (3600m 6 hrs)
There are two routes that we can follow today an upper and lower. The lower, easier route follows the river to Ghyaruwith a couple of hours up steps where it meets the upper route and continues to Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 meters higher than the lower trail. You will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna. This has very beautiful views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Chulu West and Chulu East Pisang Peak. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will move towards Ngawal where we will stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m 5 hrs)
After Ngawal we slowly walk to Manang which takes 5 hours.The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will walk on the way of the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Manang. It is the largest, oldest and best-endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a short walk from Braga and we stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 08: Manang (Acclimatization & Explore)
Today is a scheduled acclimatization day which should include a short walk to higher altitudes and back to prepare for the two challenging high altitude days to come. In this day we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. We stay the night in Manang.
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar (3734m), 4 hrs
After having breakfast in Manang we slowly start our trip in Khangsar which is 3734m above from the sea level. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Kangsar and slopes to the villages. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes, and the wonderful views of the mountain and we will have our lunch on the way then after we will slowly start our trekking towards Khangsar. It takes 4 hours from Manang to reach in Khangsar where we stay overnight.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m), 6 hrs
After spending the night in Khangsar village we slowly start our journey towards the Tilicho base camp which is at the height of 4150m above sea level. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide are whereby we can see impressive rock formation along the trail. We will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will walk on the way of the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Tilicho Base Camp. It takes 6 hours from Khangsar village to reach Tilichobase camp.
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and Back to Tilicho B.C. 7 hrs
After breakfast in Tilicho base camp, we start our journey to Tilicho Lake which is at the height of 4919m above sea level. We spend some time at Tilicho Lake enjoying the scenery before returning to base camp where we stay another night. During the time of trekking, on the way, we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. It takes more than 7-hour trekking to go to Tilicho Lake and return to Tilicho base camp. And we will explore all around the Tilicho Lake and come back towards the hotel and we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m) 7 hrs
After Tilicho base camp we trek to Yak Kharkafollowing the main trail down. We walk further more until reaching a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. The trail leads you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Today is a 7-hour trek ending at Yak Kharka at 4200m and we will spend one night in Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Trek to Phedi (4450m) or High Camp (4800m), 5/6 hrs
We continue our trek to Phedi or High Camp which is 4450m or 4800m above sea level. We will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards High Camp. .It takes more than 5 to 6 hours from Yak Kharka to reach Phedi or High Camp and we will spend one night in High Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Thorong La Pass (5416m) and Continue Muktinath (3750m), 7 hrs
After having breakfast in the early morning you will start your walk to Thorong La pass. When you are at the top you will feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. We then continue to Muktinath. On the way, we get chance to see the wonderful views of the mountain, landscapes, and villages. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will take some rest then after we will move towards Muktinath where we will spend one night.
Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2700m.) 6/7 hrs
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. After leaving Muktinath we slowly walk for Marpha. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then after we continue our trekking towards Marpha. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal and after reaching Marpha we will go to explore all around the Marpha and return back to the hotel and we will stay overnight at Marpha.
Day 16: Marpha to Tatopani by jeep. (1100m) 4-hour drive.
We drive to Tatopani from Marpha. It is 1100m above from the sea level. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people and upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will walk on the way of the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Tatopani. After reach Tatopani we will explore all around the Tatopani and we will spend one night in Tatopani.
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2800m, 7 hrs)
After leaving Tatopani we slowly start our trip to Ghorepani which is 7 hours from Tatopani. It is 2800m above from the sea level. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the beautiful Gurung village, Landscapes, monasteries and get the chance to see the wonderful views of the mountain. We will have our Lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards Ghorepani. We will pass through the Lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. It takes 5-6 hours to reach Ghorepani where we stay overnight.
Day 18: Early Morning Trek to Poon Hill (3210m.) and continue to Pokhara (2650m) 6 hrs
Poon hill is the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region. In the early morning, we climb to Poon Hill to see the awesome views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and others. The panoramic views of the sunrise over the Himalayas will take your breath away. After taking in the views of this panoramic scenery we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge to descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Pokhara to spend the night.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus/Jeep/Plan
In the morning time around the 7:00 am we will drive towards Kathmandu valley. We get chance to see the wonderful scenery of Nepal. After reach in Kathmandu valley, First of all, we will check out our hotel first then after we will explore all around the Thamel Bazaar and have a farewell dinner. And return back to the hotel and spend one night in this village.
Day 20: Final International Departure
We will drop you at the International Airport with our vehicle for your departure and we will see you off.
Manual Note :
According to plan extend date on trip above the custom Itinerary the cost will be additional. We cannot guarantee it if weather, road condition bad, and vehicle breakdown mountain acute sickness for trekkers. We will try to ensure that our official schedule trip run, And if you have more extra days pre-plan then let us inform we assist by your requirement.