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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the most admirable treks in the Annapurna Region offering a life-changing experience opportunity. It is undoubtedly the most adventurous and satisfying trek presenting the most captivating views of nature. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of every element including the vegetation and dense forests, floras and faunas, rivers and lakes, glaciers and waterfalls, people and their lifestyle, temples, and monasteries, hills and mountains, passes and gorges, and several suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki as well as other numerous rivers.
The trekking trail offers striking views of different giant mountains like the Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Nilgiri ( 7,061 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,999m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Pisang Peak (6,091m), Thorong Peak (5,416m), Dhaulagiri and many more in the background. These terrific and exotic views will keep you motivated throughout the trek.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek was opened to travel enthusiasts in 1977, a very popular trekking trail since then. The route starts at Besisahar to Tilicho via Chame, Pisang, and Manang, heading towards Thorong La Pass and descending to Jomsom, Tatopani, and Pokhara, and finally getting to our vehicle back to Kathmandu.
The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake and Poonhill Trek presents you with a wide variety of cultures and traditions. You may experience local Hindu culture in some parts of the trail while local Sherpa/Buddhist culture in the other sections. However, you will get to know about Thakalis in Tatopani, Tamangs in Chame and Pisang, Gurungs in Poonhill, Sherpas in Manang, and numerous other cultures by the end of the trek.
Muktinath Temple ( God of Salvation) is one of the sacred heritage sites for both the Hindus and Buddhist communities attracting thousands of pilgrims every year. The water flowing from 108 taps in the outer courtyard is believed to be sacred and pious.
The other major attraction is the Barge Monastery in Manang which is sacred to the Sherpas in Manang also the largest monastery in Manang itself.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho and Poonhill Trek presents a wide diversity of ecosystems ranging from tropical to freezing alpine zone. You will walk past villages with rice paddy fields ascending to the dense green forests with blooming Rhododendrons, tall trees of pine, and junipers while you will also spend your days on barren rocky lands with no sight of trees or plants. The initial and final days will be spent in villages with dense settlements while the mid-days will be spent in remote areas with no signs of human settlement. Fortunately, as we will be going through the Annapurna Conservation Area, we can expect to encounter some wildlife, but if we get lucky enough, we might see Snow Leopard and Blue Sheep. The Apple Farms in the Mustang and Manang valleys are wonderful to watch as well.
Therefore, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is the perfect trek to experience the diverse ecosystem.
The best time to go on a trek in the Annapurna Circuit is in March, April to May, and September, October, November, and early December. The monsoon and winter seasons make the trail very difficult to trek. Monsoons bring the risks of landslides and floods while winters shut down all lodges and activities due to extreme temperatures. So, if you wish to accumulate the memories of white snow-capped mountains, dense green forests, picturesque villages, vibrant colors of blossoms, and breathtaking waterfalls and glacial lakes, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake and Poonhill Trek is the best choice for you and you can travel between March to May or September to early December.
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Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. After completing official formalities at the airport terminal, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you where you can rest and relax.
Since we do not need to fulfill any documentation and briefing sessions for trekkings, we start our journey on Day 2. We drive to Besisahar via a Private Jeep enjoying the beautiful sceneries throughout the way. The settlements on the hilly side, the roadside hotels, waterfalls, numerous small rivers, and suspension bridges, and the never-ending views of giant snow-capped Mountains at a distance will make your road trip a trip to remember. We stop at Besisahar to rest overnight.
The next day we wake up for some scrumptious breakfast that will keep us full until we reach our destination for lunch. We may trek to Chame via trekking route as well but in this customized trip we take our jeep to Chame, the district headquarter of Manang District. Surrounded by green trees of maple, fir, pine, and junipers, enjoying the view of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and IV, we spend our night in a cozy lodge in Chame and taste some authentic food for dinner. We then rest as we have a big day the following day.
With the striking views of the gigantic Annapurna Massif in the outskirts, we slowly trek towards Pisang. Following some narrow and steep valley, we will get to witness the sight of Paungda Danda Rock Face that rises 1500m above the river and is a subsidiary of Pisang Peak. As we gain some elevation, we will make sure that we remain careful and safe.
Our next stop in the trail is the Manang valley itself. Walking past the Tibetan settlements, exploring the Buddhist culture, and gradually feeling the change in humidity and speed of air, we keep our feet on the trail until we reach Manang to rest overnight. We stay in Manang the next day to acclimate our bodies and explore the nearby areas. One of the attractions is the Barge Monastery, the largest one in Manang. We will also go on short hikes up to Gangapurna Lake and the Base Camp. The views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang Peak, and Chulu peaks are simply marvelous and will easily help to spend the rest of your day in Manang.
After acclimatizing in Manang, we head towards the Tilicho Base Camp at 4600 meters. This trek is going to be strenuous and tough as we cover almost 19.8 kilometers and gain an elevation of about 1100 meters. On our way, we stop at the beautiful Khangsar village to admire its beauty and move towards Shiri Kharka. We will have lunch at one of these villages as the way up to the Tilicho Base Camp is a bit challenging through the landslide areas, narrow trails, and hanging bridges at some points. We then reach the Tilicho Lake Base Camp to rest overnight at a lodge.
We take an early morning hike up to Tilicho Lake via the descent uphill climb through the rocky and rugged path. It will take you some moment to admire and realize the beauty of the lake, the lake at the highest altitude. The turquoise blue water, the chilly cold temperature, and the waves of wind will give you goosebumps. The spellbinding lake that also holds some religious significance as the ancient Kak Bhusundi lake mentioned in the Epic Ramayana, is one of the best destinations in this trek. After spending some good time at Tilicho Lake, we slowly descend to Lethdar to rest overnight.
After resting overnight at Lethdar, we trek towards Thorong High Camp at 4800 meters. As it is very challenging to cross the Thorong La pass from Lethdar in a single day, we take a night’s rest at Thorong High Camp which will allow enough time for us to move early in the morning and acclimate ourselves for Thorong La Pass as well. In winter, crossing the Thorong La Pass is almost impossible because of heavy snowfall, avalanches, frostbites, and whiteouts.
This is the day when we get to the highest point of the overall trek. We start our trek early in the morning before sunrise to avoid the wind. From Thorong La High Camp, we ascend slowly and steadily until we cross the Thorong La Pass, the world’s highest pass which is also the most widely used. After crossing Thorong La, we gradually descend towards Muktinath in the Mustang District. The elevation decreases sharply as we descend about 1600 meters. In Muktinath, we visit the temple, sacred to both the Hindus and Buddhist followers. The natural spring water flows from 108 taps in the outer courtyard of Muktinath where people bathe even during freezing cold temperatures.
Tatopani is located along the way back from Mustang to Beni. We stop here for a special purpose which is the natural hot water spring. We stay here overnight and relax in the natural hot water which will release your body off the pressure and pain. It is a natural healing therapy and you can spend hours in the pond. We will then have some wonderful dinner and rest overnight at a cozy lodge.
We will start our day early as we need to cover almost 1650 meters elevation. The trek will be a bit tiring because of the elevation gain but will be equally rewarding and fulfilling because the trail goes through lush green forests of Rhododendrons, pines, and junipers. The views of the mountain ranges in the background will surely keep you motivated all along the way. We will then rest overnight at Ghorepani.
From Ghorepani, we hike for about an hour to reach the sunrise viewpoint Poonhill. We will start early so as to make it before sunrise. Poonhill is a popular destination for sunrise and sunset as well as majestic views of giant Annapurna massif along with Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri Range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Gurja Himal, and others. After spending some memorable time in Poonhill we have some nice breakfast and hit the trail towards Ulleri from where we will take our jeep to Pokhara.
Pokhara is a beautiful city with lots of adventurous activities like boating, paragliding, skydiving, zip line, and many more. There are many other attractions like the Bat Cave, Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, The World Peace Stupa, Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and many more. So, we dedicate this day of our trip to enjoying the beauty of this magnificent city.
NOTE: Any additional adventurous activity will be entitled to extra cost.
After having a luxurious day at Pokhara, we now pack our bags and drive to Kathmandu enjoying the scenery on the hillside along the highway. In Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel and we will see you in the evening for farewell dinner.
final departure we will trasfer you to TIA 3 hours before your flight schudule
Always keep two copies of your passport and photos with you. Make sure to carry your medicines if you take any. Make your luggage as light as possible and keep only the most important items. Carry a handy water bottle and a side bag to keep your valuable belongings like phone, camera, money. Avoid carrying jewelry and other valuables. Pack some fine cotton clothes to wear in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Keep distance from animals and wild plants.