Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake

  • Max Altitude
    5,416m/ 17..
  • Trasportation
    Private bus, planes
  • Trek Days
    14 days
  • Type
    TeaHouse

One on one with one of the highest walkable passes and lakes

With an unmatched diversity, this classic trek around the Annapurna Massif is one of the country’s finest, and made even better with the addition of a difficult side trip to the ‘real’ heart of the Annapurnas, a closely concentrated series of high peaks on a ridgeline known as the Great Barrier, below which is the stunning Tilicho Lake, at 4,930m, purported to be the highest in the world. This side trip takes us off the main trail into a more sedate atmosphere which allows you to commune with the mountains on a more personal level.


Highlights

  • Scenic drive to Besisahar and to Kathmandu through  deep river valleys
  • Incredible geographic and cultural diversity
  • Indigenous people of various ethnic groups: Gurung,  Manange, Tibetan, Thakali, etc
  • Mule caravans reminiscent of olden times
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries and old villages
  • Try the potent Seabuckthorn juice, said to have vitamin  content higher than any other fruit or vegetable
  • Trading town of Manang
  • Quiet trail from Khangsar valley
  • Turquoise coloured Tilicho Lake, claimed to be the  world's highest lake
  • Great view of what Maurice Herzog called the Great  Barrier, a concentration of greater bulk of Annapurna  massif, from Tilicho
  • Cross 5416m Thorung La Pass, one of the world's  highest navigable passes
  • Fantastic mountain panorama from the pass
  • Sharing trail with pilgrims on their way to Muktinath  Temple, one of Hindu's most revered sites
  • Walk through the world's deepest river gorge flanked by  Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri (both above 8000m)
  • Walk on the historic trade route and explore the trading  villages
  • Try the famous apple pie and very potent apple brandy  at Jomsom
  • Jomsom-Pokhara, one of the world's most beautiful  mountain flights
  • Beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara
  • Kathmandu's ancient temples and markets
  • Day 1
    Arrive Kathmandu (1,330m)
  • Day 2
    In Kathmandu, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 3
    Drive to Besisahar and on to Bulbule (840m); commence trek across forested ridges to Ngadi (930m)
  • Day 4/8
    Slowly ascend Marsyandi Valley through Hindu settlements to the trading village of Manang (3,540m)
  • Day 9
    Acclimatisation and exploration in Manang
  • Day 10/11
    Follow Khangsar valley along difficult landslide trail to Tilicho Lake BC (4,140m)
  • Day 12/13
    Excursion to Tilicho Lake (4,930m) and return to the old trail to Thorung La at Yak Kharka
  • Day 14/15
    Cross the mighty Thorung la (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,800m), a place of pilgrimage
  • Day 16
    Trek through the world's deepest gorge along Kali Gandaki Valley, to Jomsom (2,710m)
  • Day 17
    From Jomsom take the spectacular mountain flight to Pokhara; afternoon free in Pokhara (820m)
  • Day 18
    Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 19/20
    At leisure in Kathmandu
  • Day 21
    Trip concludes
  • All meals except main meals in Kathmandu;
  • All ground transport, including airport transfers, and  flights as mentioned;
  • All accommodations;
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu;
  • All applicable permits and entrance fees;
  • Full trek staff arrangements including a Trek Leader  and Sherpa guides;
  • Porters or pack animals to carry personal and group  equipments;
  • Use of Trek Pack;
  • Group medical kit;
  • All major group equipments, etc.

Comments

  • This route boasts of some of the finest teahouses in Nepal except basic teahouses at Khangsar Valley and  Tilicho BC hotel
  • Please note that the prosperous town of Jomsom (at the Kali Gandaki Valley) is being connected by road and  there are a lot of constructions going on below Jomsom as part of Nepal's drive to bring road networks to major  villages. We ask you to experience this trek before it's too late as there is another road construction in the  pipeline on other sections of the trekking trail. Given the circumstances, flying out of Jomsom sadly appears to  be the better option than to do the entire Circuit route.
  • It is important to have 2 spare days in Kathmandu as cushion for any flight delays or cancellation at the remote  mountain airstrip of Jomsom
trip profile21 Day Trip 14 days point-to-point trek 5 nights Kathmandu 1 night Pokhara
cost343
type TeaHouse
trip codeTACT
trek days14
accommodation6 nights Hotels, Guesthouses
trek accommodation14 nights Teahouses
transportPrivate bus, planes
when to visitSep to Nov, May
max altitude5,416m/ 17,765ft (Thorung Pass)
average altitude3,100m/ 10,170ft
grade7
styleDiscovery
trip note--

We can carefully link trekking trips with rafting adventure, jungle safari, mountain biking, cultural tour, research and exploration in remote areas, or even another trek. You only have to ask.


Wildlife Safaris 3 day trip (2 nights/3 days)
The lush jungles of Royal Chitwan National Park preserve one of the last remaining examples of the primeval forest that once covered the Indian subcontinent. Chitwan is ranked among Asia's finest wildlife reserves, harbouring the Royal Bengal tiger, greater one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, four types of deer, crocodiles, and over 400 species of birds. Unlike African game reserves, where one must drive vast distances to view wildlife from afar, Chitwan's forests allow you to view animals close-up and undisturbed in their natural cover.  Explore the park with a trained naturalist-guide atop elephants, in dugout canoes, on foot or in vehicles.
Whitewater Rafting 3 day trip (2 days/ 2 nights)
A two-day rafting trip in the Trisuli River, running between Kathmandu and Pokhara, is the perfect add-on to any trek, and can lead to Royal Chitwan National Park. A morning drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara takes you to the put-in point, where your guide gives safety instructions and practical pointers. Then the fun begins, with some thrilling whitewater action. Rapids alternate with tranquil waters on a relaxing journey through Nepal's middle hills and into the Terai plains. Camp is made on a broad sandy beach with time to swim, fish or explore the surrounding area. If you have never been in a raft before don't worry we can teach you the basics. Please note that we provide safety equipments to all the participants.
Rivers and Jungles 5 day trip
2 days Rafting, 2 nights/3 days Jungle Safari
A different kind of adventure: whitewater rafting combined with elephant safari riding your way through the primeval forests and river floodplains of Chitwan National Park. Rafting is the perfect way to rest up and wash off after the trek, and safari outings introduce a totally new environment where animals share the natural habitat with you! Driving to the raft put-in, you camp two nights on the river banks and then take a short drive to the jungle lodge for a three to four-day wildlife safari excursion.
Mountain Biking
The best way to explore the Kathmandu Valley and the spectacular villages on its fringes is on mountain bike. There are plenty of dirt roads and trials in and around Kathmandu to meet every mountain biker's wildest fantasy. We have a range of trips set in beautiful locales from just a day to 3-4 days.Involves cycling through undulating country on sealed and unsealed roads for 4-5 hours each day. If you haven't cycled since your school days don't worry as there will be a ratio of one guide to two participants, so you can cycle at your own pace.
Bird Watching
With over 860 species of birds (that's more birds than in the US and Canada combined and almost 8% of the world total!), Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers. And among them almost 500 species are found in the Kathamndu Valley alone! We have specialist guides who can take you to heavily forested areas of Shivpuri National Park, Phulchowki, Nagarjun or at serene marshy locations such as Taudaha that are home to some of the most exotic birds of the Himalaya.
Mountain Flight
For those who can not withstand the rigors of mountain climbing or trekking or are restricted by time or other considerations from doing so, the one-hour Mountain Flight is a good way to catching a quick glimpse of the best of the Himalayas. These flights offer the seldom seen and closest possible aerial views of six of the highest mountains in the world (i.e. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, ChoOyu and Shisapangma) and the Tibetan Plateau. Mountain Flights appeal to all category of travellers including mountaineers and trekkers, and are guaranteed to give you an experience you are not likely to forget in a long time!
Short Treks around Kathmandu
You needn't travel far beyond Kathmandu to discover the leisurely charm of Nepalese village life and to admire the sweeping Himalayan views. These short moderate altitude treks of 2-3 days beginning from Sivapuri, Nagarkot, Kakani or Dhulikhel, take you through hillside terraces, thatched-roof settlements, and temperate forests, overlooking Kathmandu, sampling the serenity of a typical rural Nepal. Camping in the forested ridge along the Kathmandu Valley rim offers superb views of both snowcapped peaks and city lights.
Day's Hikes in Kathmandu
Few destinations in the world can match the diverse terrain and cultural sites that the Kathmandu Valley offers for the active walker. Our programs, while not being arduous, introduce village life, and even wilderness, in a short time, with day's hikes to forested hills such as Phulchowki (2,762m), Shivpuri (2,732m), Nagarjuna (2,145m) that reveal unexpected vistas of the snow-draped Himalaya on the horizon and the Kathmandu Valley below. In spring, these forests become God's slide show with the kaleidoscopic blossoming of red and pink rhododendron into thick canopy and grounds blanketed red by fallen petals.
Village Tours & Homestays
Village tours allow visitors to experience a stay in a typical village enjoying the warm local hospitality at the 'homestays,' where you will get delicious local food and drink, and comfortable accommodation provided by your host family. Run by members of the community, private homestays offer you an excellent opportunity to observe the rich indigenous cultural tradition from close quarter and interact with the locals on a more personal level. You will have the added satisfaction in the knowledge that you are contributing directly to the welfare of the village.
Cultural/ Sightseeing Tours
These tours introduce you to the rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal in the most convenient and comfortable way possible. These tours do not involve trekking. We concentrate on areas that are of cultural and historical interest and easily accessible by road. Some of the popular destinations include the seven monument zones named as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, all located within the small confines of the Kathmandu Valley. Our knowledge of the area ensures that we can take you to lesser known, but equally interesting and culturally rich places.
Fishing
Although not a major activity, angling is gaining popularity in Nepal as a water sport. Fishing trips on white waters are generally organized before and after the monsoons from February through April and October through November. Boats, fishing rods and tackle are available on hire. The rivers of Nepal supports more than 100 species of fish including the human size catfish known as Gonch, famous sporting fish the Mahasheer, and delicious species, the Jalkapoor. Some popular fishing areas include Karnali, Babai in Bardiya, Chitwan's rivers, Dolalghat, and Pokhara's lakes. We also organize fishing trips in streams close to Kathmandu.
Festivals
Adding dazzling colour to the Himalaya's myriad attractions are the many festivals that dot the calendar. All are full of life, colour and noise! A visit can add a fascinating new dimension to your holiday. Join in the numerous annual festivals that are celebrated throughout the year in traditional style highlighting enduring customs and beliefs. Your escort can provide informative commentary on local festivals and customs. We can incorporate any festival into your itinerary (subject to routing). Please note that festival dates vary from year to year.
Other activities
On a clear day, the hill resorts of Dhulikhel (32km from Kathmandu), Nagarkot (32 km east from Kathmandu) and Daman (80km SE of Kathmandu) afford magnificent views of Mt. Everest and other high peaks of Himalayan range. These resorts provide perfect retreat for those who are here to escape the hum-drum of everyday life or those travellers who need to unwind themselves after a grueling adventure. For others, the lake city of Pokhara provides endless opportunities for fishing, swimming, short hikes, canoeing, and boating along Phewa Lake with majestic panoramic views in the background.
More Adventures
Nepal has been a magnet for adventure lovers due to the variety of world-class adventure options on offer, apart from trekking and mountaineering, at affordable prices. We take bookings for activities such as Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Canyoning, etc. These short but exciting adventures could be an excellent add-on to any trek.