Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek - 17 days

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  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate Trek
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Accommodation hotels and lodge
  • Meals breakfast in kathmandu and pokhara, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • Best Season March-May and September to December
Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek - 17 days

The Annapurna Circuit Trek including Tilicho Lake is one of Nepal's most popular and hardest treks, lasting around 19 days. The trek combines the traditional Annapurna Circuit walk with a visit to Tilicho Lake, one of the world's highest lakes. The trip begins at Besishahar and continues through beautiful woods, terraced farms, and traditional villages along the Marsyangdi River valley. The environment changes as you ascend, and you will meet more difficult terrain and lovely alpine woods. The path also provides breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna massif, including Annapurna II, III, and IV, as well as Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. You will travel to Tilicho Lake at a height of 4,919m/16,138ft after traversing the difficult Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft), the highest point of the expedition. The lake is revered by Hindus and Buddhists for its pure beauty and breathtaking mountain vistas.

The trek then continues to Jomsom, where you can take in the breathtaking vistas of the Kali Gandaki valley and explore the old settlement of Kagbeni. From Jomsom, you may either hike to Muktinath, a Hindu and Buddhist holy place or take a vehicle to Jomsom. The trek ends with a drive to Pokhara, where you may rest and enjoy the gorgeous lakeside city. Overall, the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is a difficult journey that needs a high degree of physical fitness and acclimatization. It's critical to have the right gear and equipment for the expedition, as well as a trustworthy guide and porter, to ensure your safety and pleasure of the adventure.

The Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit treks introduce you to charming villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, all while offering breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas. Our itinerary has been tailored to match the Annapurna Circuit route, with a slight variation. Instead of heading north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka from Manang, this route veers westward through the main valley. It takes you through the captivating Khanshar Village, which marks the last settlement in Nepal. Continuing onwards, the trek ascends to the stunning Tilicho Lake. From there, the journey proceeds to Yak Kharka and eventually culminates at the Thorung La pass, towering at an elevation of 5,416 meters.

 

Difficulties of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek presents significant challenges. Trekkers are required to hike for approximately 7-8 hours on average each day, enduring high-altitude conditions for over two weeks. Mitigating the risk of altitude sickness involves acclimatization, hydration, and gradual ascent. The trekking route encompasses steep ascents and descents, leading through various natural terrains like alpine forests, glacial lakes, mountain passes, and deep gorges. The demanding terrain, along with the constant elevation changes, poses challenges for trekkers of all levels of experience. This remarkable journey demands both physical and mental readiness, considering its extended duration. Accommodations and food are basic, necessitating some compromises. While technical skills are not imperative, the trek demands a considerable amount of physical strength and endurance.

Trekkers must possess good physical fitness and stamina, with prior hiking experience being advantageous. Adequate training and exercise, undertaken for two to three months or at least two weeks before the trek, are essential. This training regimen should encompass aerobic activities such as hiking, swimming, jogging, cycling, etc., to enhance your preparedness for the trek. In conclusion, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek is undoubtedly challenging, but proper preparation and planning can ensure a more comfortable completion of the journey.

Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

When packing for the Annapurna Trek, aim for practicality and minimize weight. In colder months, anticipate needing additional warm clothing. Crampons might be necessary if encountering icy or snowy conditions on the pass. If utilizing a porter, ensure not to overload them. Remember, it's common to store excess baggage in Kathmandu's accommodations.

Cold Weather:
- Long-sleeved shirts or sweaters
- Scarf
- Warm gloves
- Insulated hat
- Layered warm clothing

Modest Attire:
- Attire covering knees and shoulders for cultural sensitivity (long pants, skirts, shoulder-covered shirts)
- Shawl or scarf for temple visits

Documentation:
- Flight details (printouts for border crossings)
- Insurance information (with photocopies)
- Passport (with photocopies)
- Essential visas or vaccination certificates (with photocopies)

Necessities:
- Optional binoculars
- Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
- Cash, credit, and debit cards
- Day pack for daily outings
- Earplugs
- Comprehensive first-aid kit
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Fleece top or sweater
- Hat
- Locks for bags
- Long pants or jeans
- Money belt
- Outlet adapter
- Personal entertainment (books, cards, music player, etc.)
- Reusable water bottle
- Shirts and T-shirts
- Sleepwear
- Compact travel towel
- Sunglasses
- Toiletries (preferably biodegradable)
- Watch and alarm clock
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Windproof rain jacket

Health and Safety:
- Face masks (required)
- Hand sanitizer (required)
- Pen for paperwork
- Rubber gloves

High Altitude Trekking:
- Down jacket (recommended in winter)
- Well-worn hiking boots
- Waterproof pack liners
- Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre)
- Camp sandals for evenings
- 4-season sleeping bag and liner
- Spare boot laces
- Thermal base layer
- Waterproof gloves
- Whistle
- Windproof rain gear
- Wool socks

Staying Hydrated:
- Drinking ample water is vital during the physically demanding Annapurna Circuit. Aim for at least three liters daily.
- Use effective water sterilization methods like purification tablets or the Steripen.
- Bottled and hot water is available for purchase along the trek at varying costs.

Adapt this list to your needs and preferences, ensuring a well-prepared and enjoyable Annapurna Trek experience.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is mandatory for Annapurna Circuit trekking due to the potential health risks, altitude-related issues, and trail hazards. High altitudes can lead to various health problems and trekkers may become vulnerable or make errors in judgment. Additionally, the trails entail risks of falls, avalanches, and accidents. When selecting travel insurance, ensure it includes medical coverage, with a minimum of USD 200,000 for emergency rescue and repatriation. It's advised to opt for a policy covering personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, as well as loss of luggage and personal belongings.

Nepal Visa:
For those embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek, tourist visas can be acquired upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, as well as at various land border crossings accessible to foreign travelers. While most individuals can obtain visas on arrival, some countries' citizens must secure a visa beforehand. SAARC country citizens can obtain visas free of charge. The visa options and costs include Multiple Entry 15 Days (30 USD), 30 Days (50 USD), and 90 Days (125 USD). To obtain a visa on arrival, you'll require:
1. One passport-sized photo
2. A passport with at least six months' validity
3. At least one blank passport page
4. The visa fee in cash (preferably in US Dollars)

 

Altitude Sickness- duringAnnapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek - 19 days:

Travelers venturing to altitudes exceeding 2,500 meters face the risk of altitude sickness, also termed acute mountain sickness (AMS). This condition can be severe and is not limited to individuals lacking physical fitness. Even those in good shape can be affected. The risk escalates for those with prior history of altitude sickness, those engaging in physical activity or consuming alcohol before acclimatization, and individuals with respiratory health issues. If your journey involves high altitudes, consult your doctor prior to departure for personalized guidance.

Recognizing and Understanding Normal Altitude Symptoms:

1. Intermittent Sleep Patterns
2. Occasional Decreased Appetite
3. Vivid Dreams at Elevations of 2500-3800 meters
4. Short-lived Breathlessness, Day and Night
5. Periodic Waking Due to Breathing Patterns
6. Nasal Congestion
7. Dry Cough
8. Mild Headache

Should you experience nausea, dizziness, or other symptoms, promptly inform your guide for constant monitoring. It's vital to note that if your guide perceives trekking to be unsafe for you at any point, arrangements will be made for your descent to lower altitudes.

Prior awareness and vigilance regarding altitude symptoms ensure a safer and more enjoyable trekking experience.

Highlights
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • The Thorung-La pass (5416m) passs.
  • Trekking Beyond the Himalayas.
  • World's Highest Lake – Lake Tilicho.
  • The pilgrimage hub of Muktinath.
  • Tibetan Camps.
  • Pokhara Trip.
  • Fewa lake Boating.
  • Exciting flight to Pokhara from Jomsom.
Itinerary

You arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, which is the starting point for most treks in the region. You'll likely land at Tribhuvan International Airport. After your arrival, you'll be transferred to your accommodation in Kathmandu. You can explore the city, rest, and make any final preparations for your trek.

  • Max. Altitude:1,300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:40 mins drive

You begin your trek by driving from Kathmandu to Besisahar, a town located in the Lamjung District. This drive is a long journey and takes about 8 hours. Besisahar is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, and from here, your trekking adventure officially starts.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After reaching Besisahar, you continue your journey by driving to Chame, a town in the Manang District. The drive takes around 4 to 5 hours. Chame is the administrative center of the Manang district and is the last major settlement before entering the higher altitudes of the Annapurna region.

  • Max. Altitude:(2,710m/8,891ft)
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:4-5 hours drive
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You start your trek from Chame, walking through beautiful forests and charming villages. Pisang is your destination for the day, and it's at an altitude of 3,300 meters. The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:(3,300m/10824ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continuing the trek, you head to Manang, a village situated at an elevation of 3,500 meters. This day's trek offers spectacular views of the Annapurna and Pisang peaks. It typically takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Manang.

  • Max. Altitude:(3,500m/11,482ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It's essential to acclimatize to the higher altitudes. Manang is an ideal place for a rest day. You can explore the village, hike around, and help your body adjust to the altitude.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You leave Manang and continue ascending to Siri Kharka. The trek takes about 4 to 5 hours, and you'll notice the terrain becoming more barren and rugged as you gain altitude.

  • Max. Altitude:(4,060m/13,320ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 to 6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day's trek takes you to Tilicho Base Camp, which is the starting point for your journey to Tilicho Lake. The trek is challenging and takes about 5 to 6 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:(4,140m/13,583ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Manang, we will hit the road through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. Crossing the river, we will continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forests. After reaching the Kangsar Village, we will walk towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery. Throughout the uphill walk, we will have the Gungang Himal and Mount Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company.

Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

  • Max. Altitude:4,949m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You descend from Siri Kharka and head to Yak Kharka, which is at an altitude of 4,040 meters. This day's trek takes around 4 to 5 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:(4,040m/13,020ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You continue your trek towards Thorang Phedi, the last settlement before the Thorong La Pass. The trek is relatively short, about 3 to 4 hours, allowing you to rest and prepare for the pass crossing.

  • Max. Altitude:(4,420m/14,501ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is a challenging day as you ascend to the Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters. After crossing the pass, you descend to Muktinath, a sacred site at 3,800 meters, which is known for its religious and cultural significance. The trek can take 7 to 8 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:(5,416m/17,764ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni, a picturesque village with traditional Tibetan culture. The trek takes about 3 to 4 hours.

  • Max. Altitude:(2,810m/9,060ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You continue your trek to Jomsom, a larger town in the region and the gateway to the Lower Mustang. The trek takes approximately 5 to 6 hours.

 

  • Max. Altitude:(2,720m/8,790ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You take a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a beautiful city located on the shores of Phewa Lake. This flight offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

  • Max. Altitude:(820m/2,707ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:30-minute flight
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Pokhara, you'll drive back to Kathmandu, a journey that takes about 5 to 6 hours.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 - 6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the last day of your journey. You may have some free time in Kathmandu for last-minute shopping or sightseeing before your departure. It's a day to say farewell to Nepal and your fellow trekkers.

    Useful Information:

    Accommodation:
    In Kathmandu, you'll stay in 3-star hotels, while during the trek, lodging will be in lodges or teahouses. Initially, you'll find more comfortable teahouses with attached bathrooms at lower altitudes. As you ascend, accommodations become simpler with basic amenities.

    Meals during Trek:
    Breakfast is provided at your Kathmandu hotel. Throughout the trek, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are included. Local staples in the Manang and Mustang regions include potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Potatoes are prevalent due to their carbohydrate-rich nature, providing essential energy at high altitudes.

    Transportation:
    Sightseeing and airport transfers utilize private cars. Public transportation or local buses are used during the trek.

    Physical Fitness:
    While prior hiking experience isn't mandatory, this can be a demanding trek, typically requiring 6-7 hours of daily walking. Various individuals, regardless of their background, have successfully completed the trek. The main challenge is altitude sickness and its impact on the body. Preparing physically before departure by improving stamina and oxygen intake is advisable.

    Keep in Mind:
    The more you prepare, the more enjoyable your trekking experience will be!

    Cost Details
    Includes
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu 1 night Hotel in Pokhara
    • All accommodations and meals during the trek
    • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket
    • Pickup and drop to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or your destination
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
    •  All Nepal Hiking duffel bags.
    • Sleeping bags can be rented from us (sleeping bags are to be returned after trip completion)
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes
    Excludes
    • All bar bills during the trek (soft drinks, hot drinks & alcoholic drinks)
    •  Teas, coffee, hot water, desserts.
    • Monument entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
    •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    •  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
    •  Travel insurance is required for emergency rescue and evacuation.
    •  Sweets, Cigarettes, Telephone bills, hot showers, Battery Charges, Wi-Fi, Heater Charge and personal expenses, equipment during your trek beyond I mentioned above in a price included a section
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Tips for trekking staff and drivers
    FAQs
    • Some of the highlights include breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks, crossing the Thorong La Pass, exploring diverse landscapes, and experiencing the local culture of the Himalayan region.

    • The cost of the trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, your choice of accommodations, whether you hire a guide or porter, and your personal expenses. On average, budgeting around $25 to $40 per day for basic expenses should give you a rough estimate.

    • The Annapurna region is home to various wildlife species, including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, langurs, and a variety of bird species. However, spotting wildlife is not guaranteed and requires luck and patience.

    • Yes, it's possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in the reverse direction, starting from either Besisahar or Bhulbhule. However, it's less common and may affect your acclimatization schedule.

    • Teahouses and lodges offer a variety of meals, including Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Western dishes. Common menu items include dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), momo (dumplings), noodles, pasta, and fried rice. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

    • Yes, you can purchase bottled water at teahouses along the trail, but it's recommended to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or a water filter to minimize plastic waste and ensure a clean water supply.

    • ATMs and money exchange facilities are available in some larger villages along the trail, such as Manang and Jomsom. However, it's advisable to carry enough cash in Nepalese Rupees to cover your expenses during the trek.

    • Yes, the trek can be extended or modified according to your preferences. You can choose to include side trips to Tilicho Lake or the Annapurna Base Camp, or explore other routes in the Annapurna region.

    • The popularity of the Annapurna Circuit Trek means that certain sections of the trail can be crowded, especially during peak trekking seasons. However, there are still opportunities to find quieter stretches and enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

    • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for its diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural experiences.

    • Yes, there are numerous teahouses and lodges along the route where you can find accommodation and meals.

    • Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk during the Annapurna Circuit Trek, as some parts of the trail reach elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). It's crucial to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, staying hydrated, ascending slowly, and being aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. It's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before the trek.

    • Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a good quality rain jacket, trekking poles, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. It's important to pack light and carry only the necessary items.

    • Along the Annapurna Circuit, there are teahouses and lodges available for accommodation. These basic guesthouses provide rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms and dining areas. The quality of facilities may vary along the route, with more amenities in larger villages.

    • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves long daily hikes, steep ascents and descents, and high altitudes. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are essential. Prior hiking experience and training will be beneficial, but it is not required for fit individuals.

    • Yes, you need two permits to trek the Annapurna Circuit. The first is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which is required for entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. The second is the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, which provides trekking information and helps ensure safety.

    • The length of the trek can vary depending on the specific route taken and side trips chosen. Generally, it takes around 15 to 20 days to complete the entire circuit, covering a distance of approximately 160 to 230 kilometers (100 to 145 miles)

    Clients Reviews
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      Best company ever

      Shankar was very nice and kind enough to provide every information we needed. It was our first time in Nepal, we wanted to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek and All Nepal Hiking was the best company we could have ever choose. Jasmine organized everything smoothly and was very accommodating in our travel plan. Indra was great, kumar and saroj, kul was also very great, we have formed a great bomd with them. And we will be coming to Nepal to do Everest Base Camp Trek with All Nepal Hiking again. 

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      Jose HamraIndonesia,Aug 2023
    • green star

      ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH ALL NEPAL HIKING

      We did the Annapurna circuit trek. Was very good. Even during monsoon season, we were lucky cause we got good weather. And the most important thing is we had a very great team from All Nepal Hiking. Tour Guide Indra Thapa is super fun. The Team (KUL, SAROJ, and Kumar) is very friendly, helpful and so much experienced. So the whole trip we felt very secure and we really had a good time.

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      DianaIndonesia,Aug 2023