Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake

22 Days from $ 1399

Trip Overview

Tilicho Lake Trek “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you just don’t stop.”

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake is one of the most adventure & interesting trek amongst the few treks that combines different landscapes, rippled and adventurous segments, and extensive cultural variations of the inhabiting local communities of this region. Our trek features us going through trans-Himalayan region of Manang and Mustang and a visit to Tilicho Lake (4949m) a beautiful wetland surrounded by rich biodiversity and Himalayan ranges, one of the highest altitude lakes in Nepal. On this trek you shall be offered with the opportunity to experience varied cultures, arid landscape and magnificent vistas of Himalayan massifs.

Our trek explores one of the most illustrious walks in the locality Himalayas of Nepal and circumambulates the grandiose Annapurna massifs, navigates to the beautiful Tilicho Lake. Our trek shall begin from the gorgeous hill town of Besisahar, the administrative headquarters of Lamjung District which is reached after a 5 hour drive from Kathmandu passing through the terraced fields, fast-flowing streams, rocky gorges & rural settlements. On this trek you shall experience large bio and cultural diversities from the lush valleys of Pokhara and Kali Gandaki River to the mysteries of Manang, Muktinath and Marpha leaving you justly enthralled and contented. The reputation of this lake can be anticipated by the colossal amount of Hindu pilgrims who flocked from around the world to this lake being convinced that it is a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan in 2001. Our trekking path shall go through many Tibetan influenced settlements of Manang and shall head into the Mustang district over the challenging yet inspiring Thorung La Pass decorated with prayer flags and providing beautiful view of lofty peaks. Stunning waterfalls and verdant valleys close up views of Annapurna massifs, unique traditional villages and the challenging Thorung La Pass (5416m) with a fabulous view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu are some of the highlights of this trek. Lastly at the closing stages of our 22 days Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake comes to conclusion in Jomsom and from there you shall be flown to Pokhara, pursued by another flight/drive to Kathmandu.

This Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake trek is reasonably evaluated as a mild adventurous trek which generally requires a good amount of above average physical fitness to successfully finish this entire trek. Subsequently Feb- Apr & May-Nov are preferred as the finest seasons for this trek as the weather conditions are sympathetic to the trekkers. Contact Himalayan Trekking Alliance now and go through the famous Annapurna region with our experienced and professional trekking staffs.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01:  Kathmandu Arrival Day (Altitude – 1350m)
Day 02:  Kathmandu city tour and trek preparation day
Day 03:  Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (Altitude – 820m, 8-9 hours Drive by bus/Jeep)
Day 04:  Bhulbhule to Jagat (Altitude 1300m, Walking Time 6-7hrs)
Day 05:  Jagat to Bagarchhap (Altitude – 2160m, Walking Time 5-6hrs)
Day 06:  Bagarchhap to Chame (Altitude – 2670m, Walking Time 4-5hrs)
Day 07:  Chame to Pisang (Altitude – 3200m, Walking Time 4-5hrs)
Day 08:  Pisang to Manang (Altitude – 3540m, Walking Time 5-6hrs)
Day 09:  Manang Acclimatize day
Day 10:  Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (Altitude –  4150m, Walking Time 5/6hrs)
Day 11:  Hike to Tilicho Lake early morning and trek to Siri Kharka. (Altitude – 3800m, Walking Time 7/8 hrs)
Day 12:  Siri Kharka to Thorung Phedi (Altitude – 4525m, Walking Time 5-6hrs)
Day 13:  Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via pass (Altitude – 3760m, Walking Time 8-9hrs)
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (Altitude –2670 m, Walking Time 6-7hrs)
Day 15:  Marpha to Ghasa ( Altitude 2110m, Walking Time 5-6hrs)
Day 16:  Ghasa to Tatopani (Altitude – 1190m,  Walking Time 6-7hrs)
Day 17:  Tatopani to Ghorepani (Altitude 2880m, Walking Time 6-7hrs)
Day 18:  Hike up to Poonhill early morning and trek to Tadapani  (Altitude–2630m,  Walking Time 6-7hrs)
Day 19:  Tadapani  to Pokhara via Ghandruk (Altitude – 820m, Walking Time 4-5hrs,   Drive 2hrs by jeep)
Day 20:  Pokhara rest day
Day 21:  Pokhara to Kathmandu (Altitude – 1350m, Drive 6-7hrs by tourist Bus)
Day 22:  Final Departure to TIA

Price Includes

  • 16 nights 17 days in the mountains which include accommodation and 3 meals a day.
  • 3 nights of accommodation in the city (Kathmandu and Pokhara) with breakfast.
  • All ground transportation including Airport pick up and drop off as per itinerary.
  • Annapurna National Park trekking permit and a Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
  • Government-licensed, English speaking guide.
  • Porter service (one porter for every two people).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at Immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) (approx. $40 USD) per person.
  • Trekking gear rental like sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Unforeseen costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu in-case if an early return from your trip for any reason.
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • Tips for the guide and porter after the trek.
  • Anything else not mentioned in the included costs above


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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe emergency medical coverage is very essential for any traveler traveling to Nepal. Travel insurance exists to ensure that trekkers/travelers get medical help if things go wrong. For our treks and trekking peak expeditions in Nepal, you are highly recommended to get yourself insurance that takes account of trekking to 5000–6000m with helicopter evacuation. Lastly, make sure that you compare your insurance plans with others to get the right policy for you.

Yes! A 25 % deposit of the full payment is required to book the respective trip package. We have very simple cancellation policy in case of your trip cancelled.
The full payment due is after your arrival in Kathmandu and before the commencement of the particular trip package that was booked by the client. And if you deposit your full payment two month prior to your arrival we will give you the surprise gift upon your arrival at Hotel.

No, you don’t have to book anything else yourself because we provide a fully guided tour packages to all of our clients. From the airport pick up to your hotel rooms for your stay, all are inclusive to our trip packages, so, even during the entire trip, our guide will accommodate you entirely without the need to book anything yourself.

Cancellation policies are defined as the circumstances in which the “Host Company” will return (or in some cases doesn’t return) the money to their guest when the booked trip package is cancelled. Generally these policies tend to protect the “Host Company” in the event of unpredicted and unanticipated cancellations of a particular trip package. It is expected for our clients to keep in mind that each tour package available through Himalayan Trekking Alliance has a cancellation policy, and we try to do our best when you choose to cancel a tour package booked by or on your behalf.

  • $25 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $50 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $75 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 6 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

As we asked for a 25% advance to confirm your trip, this amount will not be refunded if you don’t notify us about your cancellation or any re-scheduled date within five days before your scheduled arrival. However, if you provide us with your re-scheduled dates, we will keep your advance for up to one year from your scheduled arrival and apply it to the cost of your rescheduled trip.  We may ask for an additional advance amount if the overall cost of the trip increases.

To apply for Nepal’s entry Visa, you can submit an application for a visa directly on the official website of the Department of Immigration in Nepal before traveling to Nepal. Click here for online application. You can also acquire and obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.  You can also obtain an entry visa at the following border points of entry in Nepal if you traveling overland:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa District (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birgunj, Parsa District (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk District (Northern Border–for group tourists only)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi District, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali District, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal)

Our trekking packages are all inclusive in the basic standards, but we suggest each of you carry Nepalese currency of about Rs 40,000/- to Rs 50,000 (about $400 to $500) for extra expenses for the trip. These includes:

  • A down jacket rental ($1.5 per day) and sleeping bag rental ($1.5 per day).
  • Three meals with cups of hot tea are included, but you have to pay yourself if you want to have extra food and snacks, cold drinks, chocolate bars, bakery items, etc.
  • Tip are generally expected in the tourism industry in Nepal so we suggest you kindly tip the crew. The standard tip is at least $100 per crew for about 2 weeks trip or $15 per days for Guide and $10 per day for porter.
  • Buying mineral water in the mountains will cost $2 to $4 per bottle or you can buy water purification tablets in Kathmandu for about $5 and put them in water that we can get from the teahouses.
  • Additional costs not included while trekking includes hot shower cost ($3 to $5), battery charging ($3 to $7), Wi-Fi cost ($3 to $5 per hour), etc.
  • Extra hotel night in Kathmandu due to health issue, flight cancellation, weather conditions or an early return from the trip for any reason cost ($50 per night)

For your safety, this is the suggested trekking gear list for any type of trekking in Nepal. Either you bring most of your trekking gear with you or you can buy all of the following gear in Thamel, Kathmandu from one of the many shops open from 10am to 8pm.

  • Sleeping bag and down jacket rated for about minus 10 degrees
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Towel, shampoo and toiletries
  • Trekking pole
  • Camel-bag or water bottle
  • Wind breaker jacket and fleece coat
  • Warm woolen beanie, sun hat, socks (a few pairs)
  • Long and short trekking pants (a few pairs)
  • A few t-shirts (quick dry), gloves, sun glass and sun cream
  • Day bag (carry yourself with all of your valuable belongings)  size: 40L

Note: Sleeping bag and down-jacket can be rented in Kathmandu.


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