Duration: 16 days Maximum Elevation: 5416m
Grade: Medium / Hard Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May
Annapurna Circle with Tilicho lake Trek is one of the most popular classic treks in the world that takes us from 830m/2,723ft to 5,416m/17,769ft through the deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The most enchanting trek further provides us a chance to congregate with wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and walk in a diverse terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high and dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. While experiencing an opportunity to interact with assorted ethnic groups, it will be a walk by the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, an exciting triumph over one of the world's highest pass -Thorong La (5,416m/17,769ft), the Manang valley,the Tilicho lake and the spiritual Muktinath.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Mountain Goal Adventure display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Tibet Guest House or a similar rating hotels in kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 - 10 hrs
At early dawn, we begin our jouney as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. Upon our breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours' drive we will be at Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. While enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding sceneries through the windowpane. Overnight stay at Syange or Jagat Guesthouse.
Day 03: Trek Syang or Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
Upon our breakfast, we begin our jouney today relaxly. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. Our upcoming trail continuously traverses us through barley, rice, potato fields, and along with the village of Kodo till to Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 04: Dharapani-Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame.
Day 05: Chame- Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hrs
Today, we will have disjunctures of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route (Himalayan Glacier recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
Day 07: Manang: Rest
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon wherre we will be at a village's monastery. At this site, we also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang.
Day 08: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours
From Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on the south side of the river through coniferous forest towards Khangsar village. From Khangsar we move further towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka
Day 09: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
From Siri Kharka to the Tilicho Base Camp, it's mostly going downhill, but it has landslide areas that can be dangerous. They're not difficult to walk, but the trails are very narrow. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area. The rock formations along the trail are very impressive. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp
Day 10: Visit to Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
From Tilicho Base Camp the path continues up along moraine ridges and grassy slopes to some large switch backs carved out of the slope. We then reach the watershed. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak, part of the snowy wall that the 1950 French expedition team referred t as the The Great Barrier. The leader of the French team, Maurice Herzog referred to Tilicho Lake as the The Great Ice Lake. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan. We retrace our step and return to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
Day 11: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
On returning from Tilicho Lake, this route from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka, which lies on the main cicuit trail, avoids backtracking to Khangsar and Manang. We descend from Siri Kharka toward Thare Gomba and in only a few minutes reach a trail junction. Again, we stay left and reach Old Khagsar after walking for a while. Khangsar is uninhabitated except for occasional herders and during festival times. We follow rock wall north out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. We cross the river to the east band and ascend along for a while to a plateau. We walk further more until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
From Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi is an uphill walk. After waling for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We again ascend towards Thorang Phedi which is only about an hour walk from Leder. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of some of the Himalayan ranges like Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi
Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (8-9 hours): Drive to Jomsom (2,743m/8,999 ft: 1 hour
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes by flight
After breakfast, your trekking crews will help you with your bags to the airport and offer farewell for the last time. Our representative in Jomsom will make all the arrangements for your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will have to check in at the hotel. Then, you can either rest or stroll in the beautiful streets of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours
Early morning drive to Kathmandu in a tourist bus where you get to enjoy the river side scenery garnished with terraced farms and some local villages along the way. Upon reaching Kathmandu you check in at your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day taking rest or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or even explore any landmarks in Kathmandu that you may want to visit.Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 16: Conclude the trip.
Transfer to airport and conclude the trip.
What Is Included
All airport/hotel transfers
Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu (similar standard)
All accommodation during the trek
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
2 Mountain hiking training.
What Is Not Included
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
All meals during the trip (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Travel and rescue insurance
Tips for guides and porters