Tilicho Lake Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Trip Duration
17 Days

Overview

Trekking Highlights:

“Enjoy wonderful adventure within high Manang valley with beautiful Tilicho Lake Exceptional scenery both sides of Annapurna Himalaya with striking Chulus peaks From low warm paddy fields to cooler hills and at the arctic zone of ice and glaciers Sensational views of high and beautiful landscapes of green hills and mountains Explore impressive villages enriched with colorful Buddhist cultures and custom Within picturesque emerald colored Tilicho Lake surrounded by high peaks Crossing highest point of the adventure over Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m high.”

Trip Profile:  

Trip Mode:  On hotels and lodge basis on treks.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.

People and Culture: High areas populated by Gurung Manang people and Thakali of Kaligandaki valley with another ethnic hill tribes of both Hindu and Buddhism religions of varied interesting cultures.

Highest spot: On top Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft high.

The region of Trekking: Nepal Far North Mid-West within Annapurna Region.

Duration of walks: 2 Nights and 13 Days (drives and flights from Jomsom).

Total Trip: 16 Nights and 17 Days (Arrival to final departure).

Seasons: March to May and September to mid-December months, March to May wild-flowers in seasons with clear morning for views and pleasant day for walks, October to mid-December another best months for clear views of mountain scenery, morning and night times will be cold as per altitude wise.

Introduction:

Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking an adventure of two-week time frame that leads you to enjoy the spectacular scenery of unique contrast of landscapes and high peaks that keeps leaves you awe-stricken.

Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking where you will be in the midst of Annapurna and Chulu range of peaks, as walk progress crossing high Thorang-la pass with Dhaulagiri and southern Annapurna, truly a great walk with constant views of mountains that never ceases till treks end at beautiful Pokhara.    

Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit with Nepal High Point will be an enjoyable adventure as this walk covers most of the wonderful and scenic sides of Annapurna and taking a short flight from Jomsom at the end of the journey.

Starting Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking taking an overland drive from Kathmandu towards Nepal Mid West around the low warmer valley where the trek begins following raging Marysangdi River upstream into cooler alpine areas filled with serene woodland of tall rhododendron-oaks and pine tree lines and nice country farm villages.

As walk progress exploring local culture of Manang villages enriched with age-old heritage attached with Buddhism religion and culture heading into scenic Manang valley enclosed by an array of peaks with Annapurna range in the south with Chulus in the north includes Manaslu Mountains towards east direction.

Finally reaching into main Manang villages with time for sidewalk and excursion on rest days with charming views where our route leaves the main trail of Annapurna Circuit heading into hidden areas at picturesque country within beautiful Tilicho Lake.

At Tilicho Lake enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountains and its emerald colored lake, where walk leads back on the main trails to cross over Thorang-la pass to reach at lower Mustang areas at holy Muktinath, a place with a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (one of the main three gods of Hindu religion).

From here down at Kaligandaki River valley to reach at Jomsom, headquarter and main town of Mustang areas and home of Thakali people, situated on old Trans Himalayan Caravan and Salt Trade route of Nepal and Tibet, at Jomsom ending our adventure taking a scenic, short flight to reach at Pokhara, a renowned touristic spot in whole Himalaya blessed with natural beauty of mountains and lakes.

Pokhara the right and the perfect place to complete our great adventure after a wonderful experience onTilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking with excellent services of Nepal High Point Trekking. 

Trek Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:   Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:   Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

Day 03:   Drive to Dharapani1, 860 m- 07 hrs.

Day 04:  Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Day 05:  Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

Day 06:  Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07:  Rest day at Manang for local hike and acclimatization.

Day 08:  Trek to Khangsar 3,734m - 04 hrs.

Day 09:  Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,150 m / 13,615ft)-04 hrs

Day 10:  Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,920m / 16,141 ft walk back to Siri-Kharka 4,000 m - 05 hrs.

Day 11:  Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 06 hrs.

Day 12:  Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Day 13:  Cross Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m and walk to Muktinath 3,800 - 06 hrs.

Day 14:  From Muktinath drive to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.

Day 15:   Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lake. 

Day 16:   Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 17:  Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport received by Nepal High Point staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in centre of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal, where guides will provide information about the trek-local lodge-hotels-culture and other necessary information related to this trekking.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

In Kathmandu, a free day preparation for Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking with optional sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani1, 860 m- 07 hrs. 

Morning a long and interesting overland journey from Kathmandu to reach Nepal Mid-West around Lamjung district at Besar town and then towards Manang areas, where drive leads to Syange by the bank of Marysangdi River, with climb from here for few hours to reach a nice village at Jagat, after a refreshing stop at Jagat continue drive on gradual winding trail with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges to reach at Dharapani village for overnight stop.

Day 04:  Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk leads on a winding path within rhododendron, pine forest through Bagachap and Danque village, towards Tamang village, from here onward into more Buddhist cultural areas facing views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m. After Taming village a few hours walks to Koto and then at Chame town for an overnight stop, a large and major town and headquarter of Manang area.

Day 05:  Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

AThe adventure continues into the cooler area from here onwards heading closer to mountains, as trek leads into nice alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows with uphill within green pine woodland overlooking Chulus and Pisang peaks, an afternoon with lunch break where route descends to lower Pisang village for ocean right stop. 

Day 06:  Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk from Pisang village leads through tall pines and rhododendron trees with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulus and Pisang peak. As walk continues reaching at Hongdae village, from here tree lines disappear for barren, landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village. The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions. 

Day 07:  Rest day at Manang for local hike and acclimatization. 

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.  

Day 08:  Trek to Khangsar 3,734m - 04 hrs.

From Manang, our route leads off and away and beyond Manang Valley to reach Tilicho Lake, on leaving the main Annapurna Circuit trail heading into the complete wilderness and getting closer to high Himalayan peaks. The walk leads through Manang village where our path diverts heading due south to reach first at Khangsar village for an overnight stop, a remote and last settlement of Manang on route to Tilicho Lake and towards Mesokanto-La pass.

Day 09:  Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,150 m / 13,615 ft- 04 hrs.

After a peaceful and quiet overnight in Khangsar, morning walks starts with a climb up a hill facing tremendous views of Gangapurna and Tilicho Peaks at close distance, as our morning progress walking into the sheer wilderness of arid and barren landscapes, with few bushes of juniper and Burberry prickly plants. The walk leads into the narrow trail with short climb and ups to reach our highlight destination with an overnight stop at Tilicho Base Camp facing panorama of snow-clad peaks at near distance, with the afternoon free to marvel the beauty of surrounding peaks and dramatic landscapes.

Day 10:  Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,920m / 16,141 ft walk back to Siri-Kharka 4,000 m - 05 hrs.

Today morning walk reached you at our main highlight of the adventure with a steep climb for short-while and then descend to a shore of beautiful turquoise colored Tilicho Lake, a magnificent spot surrounded by high peaks of Tilicho and Gangapurna Himal. Enjoy ha like around the lake, regarded as sacred spot by both religions Hindu and Buddhist, truly a most mind-blowing experience to visit this lovely emerald lake of Tilicho. With glorious scenic moment at Tilicho Lake, where afternoon walk leads to a climb and then on the gradual level path to reach our overnight stop at a small and isolated place at Siri-Kharka, after a great marvelous day. 

Day 11:  Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 06 hrs.

On completing our visit other sides of Manang valley around Tilicho Lake area, morning walk leads towards Khangsar village on uphill path then on near level trail to reach at a nice place in Yak Kharka for overnight stop, an interesting high altitude Yak grazing pasture at Yak Kharka with some good lodge to stay where you can catch tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Day 12:  Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Morning adventure heading high areas at the base of Thorang-la after climbing along the river bank, as walk leads to Thorang Phedi (bottom/base), from here an hour of steep climb takes you at Thorang High Camp for oven overnight stop. 

Day 13:  Cross Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m walk to Muktinath 3,800 - 06 hrs.

Today main highlight of the adventure, having early breakfast where trek leads to a steep climb to reach at high Thorang-la at above 5,416 m, facing tremendous panorama of snowcapped peaks, after feeling in high spirits on reaching the main highest spot of the trip where walk follows on long downhill to Muktinath at 3,800 m. On reaching Muktinath for one night stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 14:  From Muktinath drive to Jomsom 2,715 m- 02 hrs.

After Muktinath, where walking parts ends as motorable road has reached to this point at Muktinath through the town of Jomsom, which makes our adventure much easier where drive leads to a big drop of 1,200 m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, and to Jomsom a headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. 

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lake.

Morning a short walk to Jomsom air-terminal where scenic and sweeping short flight reaches at Pokhara, during air-borne excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range on both side of the plane window. Reaching Pokhara airport drive of fewer than 30 minutes takes near scenic beautiful Phewa lakeside for overnight stops.

Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Having early breakfast where interesting drive brings you back in Kathmandu, as drive departs from Pokhara (either tourist coach or in private vehicles), as journey leads past many nice farm villages and town, from Mugling Bazaar following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then on winding uphill to reach into Kathmandu valley as well back to your respective hotels. (Flying options of 30 minutes flights to Kathmandu from Pokhara)

Day 17: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful adventure on Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Semi Circuit trek with great service of Nepal High-Point Trekking and then depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your homeward flight or to next respective countries.

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara - every hotel rates are effected by standard and ranking. We will be happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per your interest and budget. Thus, please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of accommodation that you would like to stay in.


Cost Details

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Hotel or Tea Houses accommodation during trekking.
  • All Meals - Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  • All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  • A well trained and experienced, English speaking, Government licensed holders trekking guide.
  • Porter services (2 guest = 1 porter) would carry 20 - 25kg.
  • Staff cost - Their insurance, Food and accommodation, salary and insurance and airfare.
  • All necessary paper works - National park permit and Nepal Government permit ( Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Trekking equipment - Sleeping bag and Down Jackets but to be returned after the trekking trip completion.
  • Two nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with bed and breakfast included. 
  • All Government and local taxes.
  •  Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
  •  Drinks, Beverage, Hot shower and heater charge.
  •  Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  •  TIPS.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.