Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 15 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
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  • Trekking Season
    March to May and September to November

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a spectacular journey that combines the beauty of the Annapurna region with the serene majesty of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. This trek typically spans about 18-21 days, beginning with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, the starting point of the trek. The route passes through lush subtropical forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups such as Gurung, Manangi, and Thakali. The trek continues through the Marsyangdi Valley, leading to the arid landscapes of Manang Valley, where acclimatization is essential before crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass (5,416m). 

After crossing the pass, the trail descends to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists, before heading towards Jomsom. From Jomsom, the trek continues towards the tranquil oasis of Tilicho Lake (4,919m), surrounded by breathtaking views of snowy peaks. The trek to Tilicho Lake is often a side trip from Manang, offering a glimpse into the remote and pristine landscapes of the Himalayas. The journey then continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley, known for its deep gorges and ancient Thakali villages, and concludes in the hot springs of Tatopani. 

The final stretch of the trek passes through Ghorepani, famous for its panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, before reaching the picturesque city of Pokhara, where the trek ends. The best times to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake are from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is generally clear and dry, offering the best visibility for the stunning mountain views and landscapes along the way.

This trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who seek a challenging adventure amidst some of the world’s highest peaks, coupled with cultural immersion in the diverse ethnic communities of the Annapurna region. Trekking permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card, are required for this trek, which is facilitated by experienced guides and porters from reputable trekking agencies in Nepal.

Best Time to Trek

The best times to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake are from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is generally clear and dry, offering the best visibility for stunning mountain views and landscapes along the way.


This trek is suitable for experienced trekkers due to its length, altitude, and challenging terrain. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential.

Permits Required

Permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card.

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    Detailed Itinerary

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), you will be greeted by a representative from our trekking agency who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, preparing for the upcoming adventure.

    Early morning, drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) by private vehicle, and then continue to Chame (2670m) by local jeep. Enjoy the scenic drive through terraced fields, villages, and river valleys. The road passes through bustling towns and settlements, providing a glimpse into the daily lives of Nepali people. Upon arrival in Chame, settle into your lodge and relax. Overnight in Chame.

    Today’s trek takes you from Chame to Upper Pisang (3300m), a trek that offers fantastic views of Lamjung Himal (6983m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The trail continues through dense pine forests and small villages, providing a contrast between the greenery of lower altitude and the aridness of the higher altitudes. The day’s trek is relatively moderate in terms of difficulty. Upon arrival in Upper Pisang, explore the local monastery and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

    Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3540m), passing through contrasting landscapes of lush forests and arid, desert-like terrain. Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m), and other peaks. En route, visit the village of Braga and its ancient monastery, which is believed to be over 500 years old. Take some time to explore the village and interact with the local people, gaining insights into their unique culture and way of life. Overnight in Manang.

    Today is an acclimatization day in Manang. Acclimatization is crucial before crossing the Thorong La Pass. You have the option to take a day hike to Gangapurna Lake or visit the Bhojo Gompa, a small monastery located above Manang. Another option is to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s clinic, where you can learn about altitude sickness and its prevention. Spend the day relaxing and exploring the village, soaking in the stunning mountain views. Overnight in Manang.

    Trek from Manang to Khangsar (3700m), passing through alpine landscapes with views of Annapurna IV (7525m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), and other surrounding peaks. The trail leads through small settlements and terraced fields, providing a glimpse into the rural life of the local people. Upon arrival in Khangsar, explore the village and its surroundings, including the local monastery. Overnight in Khangsar.

    Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m), passing through the seasonal settlement of Tare Gumba and other natural landscapes. The trail gradually ascends, offering breathtaking views of Tilicho Peak (7134m) and the surrounding mountains. Upon arrival at Tilicho Base Camp, settle into your lodge and prepare for tomorrow’s visit to Tilicho Lake. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

    Early morning, embark on a hike to Tilicho Lake (4949m), one of the highest lakes in the world. The trail to Tilicho Lake is steep and challenging but rewards you with stunning views of the turquoise-blue lake surrounded by towering peaks. Spend some time at the lake, soaking in the natural beauty and tranquility of this remote location. Later, return to Tilicho Base Camp, where you can relax and enjoy the serene surroundings. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

    Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m), descending through rocky trails with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. The trail passes through barren landscapes and yak pastures, providing opportunities to spot Himalayan wildlife such as blue sheep and mountain goats. Upon arrival in Yak Kharka, settle into your lodge and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

    Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m), the base camp for Thorong La Pass. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna range and Thorong Peak (6144m). Upon arrival in Thorong Phedi, settle into your lodge and prepare for tomorrow’s early morning pass crossing. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

    Today is a challenging day as you cross Thorong La Pass (5416m), one of the highest trekking passes in the world. Begin your ascent in the early morning hours to avoid strong winds and ensure safe passage. The trail to the pass is steep and rocky but offers breathtaking views of the entire Annapurna range. Take a moment to celebrate your achievement at the pass and then descend to Muktinath (3800m), a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight in Muktinath.

    Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2743m), descending through arid landscapes with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Nilgiri (7061m). The trail passes through the village of Kagbeni, known for its medieval architecture and narrow alleyways. Upon arrival in Jomsom, settle into your lodge and enjoy the evening exploring the bustling town. Overnight in Jomsom.

    Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m), weather permitting, or alternatively, drive from Jomsom to Pokhara by jeep. Enjoy the scenic flight over the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, or a scenic drive through picturesque villages and terraced fields. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into your hotel and relax by the lakeside, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. Overnight in Pokhara.

    Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive offers stunning views of rural Nepal, with opportunities to see farmers working in their fields and women carrying baskets of hay. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy your last evening in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    A representative from our trekking agency will transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure flight. This marks the end of your unforgettable Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake.

    Trip Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop by private car / van (depends on group size)
    • Domestic air ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport taxes.
    • 15 days Trip, 12 of which include 3 meals a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Two night’s hotel in Kathmandu on the basis of bed and breakfast.
    • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and porters (one porter for two person) salary / accommodation / insurance.
    • Kathmandu – Beshishar drive by local bus – Beshishar to chame by local jeep and Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    • All the necessary trekking entry permit. (Trekking permit / TIM’s card etc.)
    • One night hotel in Pokhara city on the basis of bed and breakfast.
    • First Aid Medical Kit Box
    • All the government taxes and service charge
    • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (Need to returned after the trek)
    • Farewell dinner

    Trip Excludes

    • Personal Travel Insurance .
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • International airfare
    • Drinks (mineral water, Tea, coffee, whisky) or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hot shower, charge etc.
    • Tips for Guide and potter.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses.
    • Personal trekking equipment.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the “Trip Includes” Section.

    5 Responses to Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

    • Johon

      Annapurnna with Tilicho lake

      I’ve been on a trek to Annapurna Circuit and tilicho lake trek. It was a wonderful experience as the management team including the guides and porters along with the response of the head office was very pleasing. Thanks to all the management team of Mountain Treks Nepal.

    • Robert

      Annapurna Curcuit trekking

      I was in a month-long holiday to Nepal in April 2019, and since it was also very short time in such a diversified country, I felt quite confusion where to start since there were so much thinks to do. Then a friend of mine recommended me to contact Mountain treks Nepal, and I can extremely say that it was the best chosen I ever made by connecting with friend. Our guide was amazing person and had long experience in the Mountain. He could answer everything we ask quicker and in Details. Later they arranged us to visit important places around in Kathmandu valley like Nagarkot and Kakani and Chandragiri hills completed my Nepal holiday in the most enthralling way possible. Mr Bharat and yaka are both very friendly, , they have a very good knowledge of geography, history, Religion ,Mountaineering and cultures of Nepal.

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    • Killonin

      Breathtaking Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake - Organized by Mountain Treks Nepal

      I recently completed the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake, an incredible journey organized by Mountain Treks Nepal. This experience exceeded all my expectations, and I wanted to share my praise for their excellent service.

      A big thank you to Mr. Bharat, the manager at Mountain Treks Nepal. His team’s organization was flawless, from the initial booking process to the final drop-off. Everything was meticulously planned, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free trek.

      Special recognition goes to our exceptional guide, Millan. His knowledge of the Annapurna region was phenomenal. He expertly navigated the trails, ensuring our safety and providing fascinating insights into the local culture and environment. Millan’s friendly and encouraging demeanor made the challenging moments more manageable and the entire experience even more enjoyable.

    • Erickie

      Amazing tilicho lake with Thorong la pass

      My friend and I did the 14 days Annapurna circuit trek with tilicho . We can extremely say it was one of the most amazing experiences of mountain trekking. And we can’t thank Mountain treks Nepal enough! Our guide yaka was an excellent person. He was so knowledgeable about the mountains, nature and culture flora and fauna. His English was excellent and he was friendly, accommodating and kindness. All the team were wonderful especially Bharat who help us to make this situation.
      We would highly recommend this company and mr yaka . A once in a lifetime unforgettable experience!

    • Loranzo T

      Breathtaking Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake - Mountain Treks Nepal Excels!

      This review is a long-overdue thank you to Mountain Treks Nepal for an unforgettable Annapurna Circuit trek with the incredible addition of Tilicho Lake. Our experience was nothing short of phenomenal, and a large part of that credit goes to Mr. Bharat, the manager, and our exceptional guide, Dipesh.

      From the very beginning, Mountain Treks Nepal was outstanding. Their communication was prompt and clear, ensuring a smooth pre-trek process. Everything was meticulously arranged, from permits and transportation to comfortable accommodations throughout the trek.

      A special shout-out to Mr. Bharat! His professionalism and attention to detail were truly impressive. He ensured everything ran seamlessly and was always available to answer any questions we had.

      Our guide, Dipesh, deserves the highest praise. His knowledge of the Annapurna region was extensive, and his passion for the Himalayas was infectious. He expertly navigated the trails, ensuring our safety and comfort every step of the way. Dipesh’s friendly demeanor and encouraging spirit made the challenging moments much more manageable.

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